An herb or compound that expels parasitic worms (helminths) such as tapeworms from the body. They act by stunning or killing the worms without causing significant harm to the body. The term “anthelmintic” is derived from the Greek anti, meaning “against,” and helmins, a term that denotes a worm, usually of the parasitic persuasion. There are two types of anthelmintic herbs: a vermifuge, which stuns and a vermicide, which kills.
- Ajwan (Trachyspermum ammi)
- Black Walnut Hulls (Juglans nigra)
- Cayenne (Capsicum annuum)
- Garlic (Allium sativum)
- Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
- Papaya (Carica papaya)
- Pau d’arco (Tabebuia spp.)
- Pumpkin seed (Cucurbita maxima)
- Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Parasites have killed more humans than all the wars in history.
— National Geographic
This video gives a brief overview of anthelmintic herbs, including cayenne, garlic, goldenseal, papaya and pineapple.
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