Natural Remedies for Leishmaniasis

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Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by parasites. It is transmitted by sand flies. The disease is most commonly contracted in the tropics, subtropics and southern Europe. The disease can affect the skin causing sores, and can affect internal organs, including the spleen, liver and bone marrow. Natural remedies to consider for leishmaniasis include colloidal silver, garlic, black walnut and turpentine.


Garlic is an inexpensive and potent anti-parasitic herb. Garlic can be used internally and externally. To use garlic on an external parasitic infection, mince several cloves of garlic and heat gently in some extra virgin coconut oil. (8 cloves of garlic to 1/4 cup of coconut oil.) Keep the heat low enough that you do not brown the garlic. After 30 minutes, strain out the garlic and use the oil topically twice a day. Alternately, take a garlic bath. Chop the cloves from a bulb of garlic and let them sit for 15 minutes. Then add them to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. Garlic baths can be taken once or twice a day.

To take garlic internally, mince one clove of garlic and mix with coconut oil, honey or yogurt. Garlic can easily be added to salad as well. Take at least 1 clove of garlic internally three times a day.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver can be used internally or externally for a variety of infections. An adult dose would be 2 tablespoons of 30 ppm colloidal silver 3 times a day on an empty stomach. Studies have been shown that nano silver is a potential natural cure for Leishmaniasis (see Art's post under Nano Silver in the table of contents below).

Black Walnut 

A tincture of black walnut is used for parasites and can also be used internally and externally. To take internally, add 1 dropperful of black walnut tincture to 1 ounce of water and taken 4 times a day between meals. The tincture can also be sprayed on wounds caused by parasites.


Turpentine has been used as an anti-parasitic remedy for generations. To take it internally, saturate sugar cubes with turpentine. Take 1/4 teaspoon twice a day. Turpentine can be used topically as well - mix it with equal parts of a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Be sure to buy a high quality and organic turpentine when you are using it for health purposes.

When your body is fighting a serious parasitic infection, it is important to support your immune system as best you can. Taking extra vitamin c and b-complex, daily doses of sunshine, and avoiding sugar and processed foods during the healing time are very important.

Nano Silver

Posted by Art (California, Usa) on 04/30/2016 934 posts

I was looking through the ailments page and did not see a page listing for Leishmaniasis so I thought I would mention this potential remedy in case EC decides to add a page for it and just in case anyone happens to be looking for a remedy. Here is an abstract discussing the potential use of silver nanoparticles as a potential remedy.


Here is a link to a description of Leishmaniasis:

Here is a link to the full study:

Here is the abstract from PubMed:

Int J Nanomedicine. 2011;6:2705-14. doi: 10.2147/IJN.S23883. Epub 2011 Nov 3.

Antileishmanial effect of silver nanoparticles and their enhanced antiparasitic activity under ultraviolet light.

Allahverdiyev AM1, Abamor ES, Bagirova M, Ustundag CB, Kaya C, Kaya F, Rafailovich M.

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Leishmaniasis is a protozoan vector-borne disease and is one of the biggest health problems of the world. Antileishmanial drugs have disadvantages such as toxicity and the recent development of resistance. One of the best-known mechanisms of the antibacterial effects of silver nanoparticles(Ag-NPs) is the production of reactive oxygen species to which Leishmania parasites are very sensitive. So far no information about the effects of Ag-NPs on Leishmania tropica parasites, the causative agent of leishmaniasis, exists in the literature. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Ag-NPs on biological parameters of L. tropica such as morphology, metabolic activity, proliferation, infectivity, and survival in host cells, in vitro. Consequently, parasite morphology and infectivity were impaired in comparison with the control. Also, enhanced effects of Ag-NPs were demonstrated on the morphology and infectivity of parasites under ultraviolet (UV) light. Ag-NPs demonstrated significant antileishmanial effects by inhibiting the proliferation and metabolic activity of promastigotes by 1.5- to threefold, respectively, in the dark, and 2- to 6.5-fold, respectively, under UV light. Of note, Ag-NPs inhibited the survival of amastigotes in host cells, and this effect was more significant in the presence of UV light. Thus, for the first time the antileishmanial effects of Ag-NPs on L. tropica parasites were demonstrated along with the enhanced antimicrobial activity of Ag-NPs under UV light. Determination of the antileishmanial effects of Ag-NPs is very important for the further development of new compounds containing nanoparticles in leishmaniasis treatment.

Replied by Michael
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I've tried all the mentioned remedies for Leishmaniasis and the only one that really did the trick was gum turpentine, but straight, not diluted.

Replied by Pat

So, if something worked for leishmaniasis, it would be helpful and important to offer more details. What kind of leishmaniasis did you have? Cutaneous? Mucosal? Visceral? What symptoms did you have? How exactly did you fix the leishmaniasis problem? How much of the ingredients? How did you take them? Put them on the skin? Ingest them? How often and for how long? I would appreciate it if you could write more. Thank you.

Replied by Mariano
(Costa Rica)

Hello, I will like to know more datails on how to use Turpentine gum on the leishmaniasis and where or how to get it, I have it and the intra muscular Glucantine really makes me sick and is what the Doctors recomend to use ... Thank you and pura vida.

Oregano Oil

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Posted by Sherri (Seattle, Wa) on 09/23/2020
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I developed Cutaneous Leishmaniasis while living Buckeye, Arizona, in 2016. It is 30 miles west of Phoenix and is next to Luke Air Force Base. It occurred after I was bitten by sandflies while living in Buckeye, Arizona. An I.D. doctor in Scottsdale diagnosed me. He was a specialist in Vector Bourne Chronic Diseases.

Classic Leishmaniasis sores developed on my upper back, neck and frequently reoccured just above both of my temples on the scalp. The sores were very painful and oozed goo and debris.

The only treatment that completely got rid of them was a treatment I read about in a Brazilian medical article - applying oregano essential oil, neat, multiple times a day (3-8 applications) until the lesions dried up. If I caught the lesion early I could even prevent it from erupting. If I forgot to apply the oil for 1/2 - 1 day the lesion would start to become worse. Eventually, no more lesions appeared on my skin. I have been lesion free for 3 years.

I was not sure which species of oregano oil to apply so I applied two species: oreganum vulgare and oreganum heracleoticum from Greece. Both oils were very potent and stung. Though, the pain quickly subsided.

Later, I also took oregano oil internally, with other anti-leishmanisis essential oils for months. I am not sure if taking the oils internally did anything for getting rid of the lesions.

I had to take a very potent probiotic at bedtime because oregano oil can wipe out the flora in your intestines.... think "stinky" bottom.

My doctor was impressed that I resolved the infection on my own. I think prayer led me to helpful information.

Replied by Linda C.
(Phoenix AZ)

Dear Sherri, I found your article on Leishmaniasis very interesting. My husband caught it in Saudi Arabia in the '80s and he has Reoccurring episodes of it periodically. His is "old world leishmaniasis, " and is an internal not external manifestation of the disease. Would you kindly be able to tell us who your doctor was in Scottsdale AZ? We would like to contact him. Your solution was fascinating and yes, prayer is powerful. Wishing you the Best! Linda C.

Replied by Sherri

Hi Linda,

I am sorry to hear about your husband's condition and I hope he is able to resolve it soon.

The physician I saw was Stephen E. Fry, MD. He is founder of Fry Laboratories LLC and the Southwest Center for Chronic Disease. The lab specializes in the vector borne diseases. 14807 N 73rd St. Suite 104 Scottsdale, AZ. 85260 480-292-8560 I hope he is able to help you or to lead to other resources that might. He noticed the bites on my calves and readily recognized sandfly bites which had caused the lesions. Since then, I have researched this condition quite extensively.

Wishing you health and happiness, Sherri