Home Remedy for Intestinal Worms and Related Diseases

Herbal Treatment

Home Remedy for Intestinal Worms and Related Diseases

Role of Plants

1. Artemisia maritima. Linn.

Description: A stout, much branched, perennial aromatic shrub, about 3 ft. high. Leaves 2-5 cm. long, whitish in colour, divided into numerous fine, linear segments, upper leaves simple, undivided linear. Flower heads small, in short spikes.

Distribution: The plant occurs in northern India from Kashmir to kumaon.

Parts used: Flowers, buds and leaves.

Properties: Antiperiodic, aperient (describing drugs which have a laxative action), stomachic, tonic, anthelmintic and cardiac stimulant.

Phytochemicais: Terpenes, lactone-Santonin.

Forms of use: Powder, decoction.

Medicinal Uses

(a) It is powerful anthelintic and this property is due to the presence of a chemical santonin. Powdered young leaves when taken expel thread and round worms from the intestine.

(b) Other uses

The drug is useful in fevers, dropsy and as a stimulant, a fomentation of the herb is applied over inflammations, tumours and foul ulcers.

2. Centratherum anthelminticum, Wild, Kuntze

Description: An erect tall herb, stems and leaves covered with minute hairs. Leaves 6-10 cm long, their margins toothed, base tapering into a petiole. Flower heads 1.5-2.5 cm diameter, in small clusters, each head with 30-40 minute purplish flowers. Fruits, which are scientifically called achenes, 4.5-6 mm long, cylindric, hairy with 10 narrow ridges, the tuft of hairs on top of achenes, reddish.

Distribution: The plant is found throughout India Up to an altitude of about 1,500 m, and is more common in waste places near habitations and around where dirty water flows.

Parts used: All parts of the plant and seeds.

Propertits: Anthelmintic, tonic, stomachic and diuretic.

Phytochnnicals: Bitter substance, sterols, fatty acids and essential oils.

Forms of use: Powder, leaf juice, decoction.

Medicinal Uses

(a) The word anthelminticum in the name of this plant suggests the medicinal usage of this plant in treatment of worms. It is useful in worm infections. Powdered seeds 0.5 g to 1 g given to ward off thread worms even if their administration is not followed by a purgative. It's utility in thread worms infections has been confirmed by trials in hospital.

(b) Other Uses

In old literature, the plant has been reported to be useful also as stimulant and antiseptic and for promoting urination. It IS found to be useful in skin diseases and in scorpion stings.

3. Chenopodium ambrosioides, Linn

Description: An erect, much branched herb, 1 to 2 ft high with aromatic grandular hairs, leaves short, petioled, oblong, or lancealate, flowers small green, in axiallary and terminal panicled leafy spikes, fruits are somewhat smooth, slightly compressed, with a thin pericap surrounding the seeds. Seeds are small, brown, smooth and shining and possess a bitter pungent taste.

Distribution: Found all over India in wheat field during winter season.

Parts Used: Whole plant.

Properties: Anthelmintic, laxative, amoebicide (an agent capable of destroying amoebae).

Phytochemicals: The oil contains ascaridole content. A terpene-chenopodium oil.

Forms of use: Decoction, leaves mixed with pulses forming a tasteful curry of Dal + Sag. Boiled whole plant is also eaten with salt. Bread is prepared by mixing leaves with flour.

Medicinal Uses

(a) It is a powerful anthelmintic expelling almost all types of intestinal worms.

(b) Preparation of Dal-Sag when used for 3/4 days. It will expel all types of obstinate worms from the intestine. No laxative is needed. It works better than allopathic preparations.

(c) Boiled Bathu Ka Sag when eaten with salt also quickly removes enterobius (thread worm) and ascaris (kechua) from the intestine.

Other Uses

It has also been found useful in the treatment of amoebic dysentery. It is a perfect laxative. So, if dried in powder form, it can be used mixing with Isafgol.


Oil     3 to 12 ml.

Other Useful Plants

Carica papaya (Papita)-The seeds are found to be strong anthelmintic, they are given with honey for expelling round worms. The leaves are also anthelmintic.

Ambelia tsjeriam-Cottom (Baibirang)- The dried fruit of the plant constituted the drug, effective against tapeworms and roundworms. The drug also showed some antibacterial and antitubercular activity.

Euphorbia hirta (Dudhi)-It is useful in removing worms in children. The plant is also found to be antibacterial and anti-tubercular experimentally.

Gaultheria fragrantissima (Gandhpura Ka Tel, Oil of winter green)-It is useful against hookworms. The oil of the plant is used in many preparations for killing or repelling mosquitoes, flies and other insects.

Mallotus phillippaensis (Kamela)-Kamela is chiefly used for destroying tapeworms. The kamela powder is taken with milk or curd etc. If one dose of kamela does not expel the worms, the dose is repeated. Sometimes a dose of castor oil is necessary to expel the dead worms. It is also useful in skin diseases and hairs of fruit reduce fertility.

Curcuma longa (Haldi)-One gram haldi powder if used with warm water, two times a day kills pinworms and roundworms.

Ananas comosus (Ananas)-Fresh juice of the leaves or leaves are powerfully purgative, anthelmintic and vermicide. Mixture of chuhara+Ajwain+Baibarang (1:1:1), if taken (6 g) with honey two/three times a day clears worms in children.

The worms attach themselves to the wall of intestine and cause very slight but persistent loss of blood. The resulting anaemia is not severe but it is enough to keep the patient's general condition below what it should be. But above all general hygiene is essential and bare foot walking should be discouraged.


Ayurvedic              Krimghna Vati/Vidangarist

Unani                     Kirmar  


Homeopathic        Santonine Complex 

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