Parasite and Worm Remedies: Q&A
Last Modified on Oct 30, 2012
Cat Has Tapeworms, Need Home Remedy
08/17/2012: Catlover from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada: "Larah fron canada: I have two cats (both 1 year old) and they have tapeworm. I found a worm in his butt couple nights ago, did a little research and it was tapeworm. I am feeding him a homeopathic medicine but its not working. Are there any natural options? My cats are also a little anemic they also have bad gums and teeth so if anyone has a cure for that it would be great. I really can't afford a vet right now and I really want my cats to feel better. I was going to buy a natural wormer that was $12 but it contained garlic and betel nut so I was afraid it was going to hurt my cats. PLEASE HELP!! *** At home I also have Yucca schidegera powder and apple cider vinegar if those will help.
Thanks so much!!"
09/11/2012: Diane from Uniontown, Pa replies: "Catlover, foodgrade diatomaceous earth will rid your cats of tapeworms. 1/2 tsp for kittens and 1 tsp for cats in wet food. Not sure how many days you would have to feed though. I just do for a few extra days when I no longer see the worms. Of course, you would first of all need to treat your cats for fleas, or they will just groom themselves and get tapeworms again."
Remedies Needed for Potential Whip Worm Infestation
05/30/2007: Tasha from Fayetteville, USA: "My dog has been itching and I tried the ACV thinking it was dander issues and she had an area on her lower back where the hair was thinning plus she had a lot of shedding and still shedding. Well, I have been giving her some brewer's yeast tabs. olive oil on her food and the ACV spray for a bout a month. Her hair has filled back in she doesn't scratch as much but there is no dander flakes only hundreds of tiny white particles. A friend of mine said it appears to be result of whip worm infestation. Because her dog was the same way mine is now. My baby has never had a problem with worm infestation or fleas. I kept a friends 10 month puppy who died from parvo in April. My dog was up to date on her shots and all. This was back in April. Then my dog got infected with the fleas. I have been researching this site for answers as well as benefitual remedies. ACV baths for her and salt treatments in my carpet have worked. But this whip worm thing now has me stressed. My baby is 6 years old. What recommendations or suggestions or treatments is there for this? MAYDAY S.O.S."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "While I did not do any experiments directly on whipworm, I did try borax and tannic acid solution were quite effective against most parasitic worm eggs, and this is the key to prevent infection or reinfection you are looking at, at least to humans if it was treated on a dog, or on a carpet. A 5% tannic acid solution with saturated solution of borax sprayed over the carpets, floors, and outside, especially on the dirt, grass, and other areas the dogs tend to reside should be more than enough to kill them. It leaves a residue and the continued killing goes on after the solution was applied for sometime. Therefore no rinsing should be considered, to keep the residue there and continue the kill. Dogs tend to lick whatever things you put on, so in effect, it kill the whipworm internally without the need to even feed them with it.
Dog wastes should be disinfected with a higher concentration of tannic acid perhaps 10% and saturated borax solution after cleaning, and I prefer to use a 5% solution with borax saturated for general disinfectants. Of course there are powerful chemical cleanser I can recommend, but most commercial brands are generally not safe and accidents do happen.
This should be more than enough to prevent the eggs from actually surviving and getting reinfected in either dogs or humans. The solution may be applied to the dog, and the tannic acid will cause the drying effect on whipworm eggs, usually denaturing them, while the borax will prevent females from laying more eggs. This is not a cure for whipworm, but to get rid of possible whipworms you see. I would imagine either black walnut hull tincture might be a good one to use against parastic infection for internal purposes to kill the parasitic worms.
One of the interesting aspects of whipworm in babies, is that the babies should they get it accidentally, it caused the babies to be immuned against Crohn's disease or Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the future. In tests they received a 75% decrease in the disease after 12 weeks, which is quite high against Crohn's disease.
This is from recent research findings, on the use of pig whipworm, not the human whipworm, based on observations of third world countries that 100% of the babies get infested with whipworm, but don't get Crohn's disease or IBD. As to the reason why this happens, I have not researched the reason, but the researcher's explaination, were not well explained.
An interesting sidenote is caveman (well preserved Iceman) knew the cure for whipworm using the birch fungus which contains agaric acid and some powerful diarrhea to rid of the blood sucking whipworm.
In other words the cure for Crohn's could be attributable to the worm reducing the body's excess iron, and heavy metals, which can bring on anemia, that resulted in the cure for Crohn's disease. However, I prefer the use of chelators of chlorella, EDTA instead. Conversely, a small amount of EDTA added to the solution would prevent the whipworm from surviving by nutritionally depriving of needed metals by chelating them and might be used in a solution of 1% as an antiseptic for cleaning. The problem about that of course is EDTA might cause discoloration in carpets as it removes color if the solution were left on them, but it can be applied to use as a bathing solution for dogs to kill the whipworm for external purposes."
Borax for Parasites
01/30/2007: Sandi from Mount View, HI: "Aloha Ted, I am trying your reply to Heather about using borax in water for parasites in dogs, and have been adding drops of black walnut in their water, too (alternating). Any other advice? One of my dogs is plagued with worms all the time, and is getting very thin. I have tried all of the vet medicines which is very costly and either doesn't work or doesn't work for long. She particularly has hook worms. My other female doesn't get it at all, and my male gets both hook worms and round worms, but is cured easily. Any insight for me? I am at a dead end! I would appreciate any advice! Thanks, Sandi in Hawaii"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Yes adding some neem oil mixed to the food also helps kill them by preventing egg laying. Consider adding both black walnuts and borax together using the same dose might help. The reason why it is not effective is the dirt in which the dogs walk on get reinfected. You need to get sanitize the grounds in which the dogs walk on, by spraying a solution of saturated borax and 1% hydrogen peroxide on the ground and dirt. Adding some bentonite to the drinking water will cause the hookworms to be dehydrated and die off or getting a lump of bentonite clays for the dog to lick on might help. Some dogs have a good instinct on licking a clump of clay. If clay are easy to find, consider putting some clay on the dirt and clean the dogs feces so they won't get reinfected. I found peppermint oil prevents laying of eggs of certain intestinal parasites, but not sure as the condition went away as quickly as it was given. The hormone from peppermint may disturb certain worms, but not sure."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Heather: I think black walnuts using a couple of drops of extract of black walnut should help getting rid of parasites if mixed in drinking water. Sometimes I give my dog 1/4 teaspoon of borax per liter of drinking water."
01/26/2012: Sally from Porterville, Ca. replies: "I have a problem with my dog she has worms and I need help getting rid of them please. sally"