What are parasites?
Parasites are an organism that live within another organism, which is the host, and the parasite benefits and survives by taking nutrients from the host 1. They are generally acquired by consuming food or water that has been contaminated with parasites. However, if you are a person with leaky gut syndrome, or have a weakened immune system the risk of acquiring parasites is higher 2.
What is an anti-parasitic
Anti-parasitics are a class of medication that are for the treatment of parasitic diseases, which are to inhibit the growth of, or to kill parasites3. There are many synthetic drugs for the use of eliminating parasites, however the parasite can inevitably create a resistance to the synthetic drugs and become ineffective. Oil of Wild Oregano is a natural antibacterial with anti-parasitic effects which has not shown to create a resistance to parasites.
How can parasites affect the host?
A parasitic relationship is where one organisms (parasite) lives off another (host), the survival of the parasite causes harm and possible death to the host 1. Generally, parasites only harm their host as it is in the parasites best interest to keep the host alive, so they can survive longer4. When you have contracted a parasite, there are a range of different symptoms you may encounter. Possible symptoms are as follows; digestive problems, irritability, chronic fatigue, acne, rashes, sleep problems, anaemia, muscle cramps, allergies and headaches5. Your body will favour genes that make them resistant to parasites due to natural selection. Unfortunately parasites are also under natural selection, resulting in a host-parasite coevolution, a continuous arms race of defence and counter-defence6.
How can Oil of Wild Oregano help?
Oil of Wild Oregano is a natural antibiotic, antiviral, and antimicrobial healer. A study showed that patients who were given a specific emulsified oregano leaf oil 200 mg orally three times daily with meals for 6 weeks resulted in eradication of Blastocystis hominis, Entamoeba hartmanni, and Endolimax nana from the stool in 10 of 13 patients7.
How to Use
Firstly, do not forget to consult with your doctor to discuss whether it is appropriate to take the Oil of Wild Oregano in light of any existing medical conditions or existing medication. .
You can take 1 to 5 drops 3 times daily of an Oil of Wild Oregano which is already diluted with a carrier oil, such as that of Solutions4Health’s Oil of Wild Oregano. You can take this in a glass of water or juice.
(It is important that this dosage relates only to an oil which is already diluted and presented for internal use).
We recommend 1 capsule per day as a general health tonic. Our capsules contain 100mg of Origanum vulgare essential oil. More can be taken to combat a particular issue; various practitioners and literature recommend a higher dosage over a short period of time to attempt to deal with the bacteria and parasites which cause the gastrointestinal issues. However, in terms of dosage and the likely benefits of the product for your specific issue, you must consult with a health practitioner.
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- The Parasite Cleanse + Anti-Parasite Diet. [online] Dr. Axe Food is Medicine. Available at: https://draxe.com/parasite-cleanse-top-5-treatments-naturally-2/ [Accessed 16 Jan. 2018].
- Antiparasitics. Purdue University Cytology Laboratories. Purdue Research Foundation. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
- Evolution. [online] Available at: http://www.necsi.edu/projects/evolution/co-evolution/parasites/co-evolution_parasite.html [Accessed 16 Jan. 2018].
- How do parasitic infections affect the body? | Parasitic Infections. [online] Available at: https://www.sharecare.com/health/parasitic-infections/how-parasitic-infections-affect-body [Accessed 16 Jan. 2018].
- Evolution, sex & parasites. (2018). Host-parasite coevolution and the Red Queen. [online] Available at: https://engelstaedterlab.org/research/host-parasite-coevolution/ [Accessed 16 Jan. 2018].
- Force M., et al, “Inhibition of enteric parasites by emulsified oil of oregano in vivo”, Phytotherapy Research, 2000