Holistic remedies for children with worms

by homeopath Marie McLoughlin

Has your child ever had worms or some such parasite?

The word ‘parasite’ comes from the Greek word “parasitos”, which referred to someone who ate at the expense of another. It only later came to be an epithet for someone said to take without giving back, like the perpetual dinner guest who never returns the invitation.

Pinworms or threadworms (Enterobius vermicularis) are uninvited guests – and so we’re desperate them out to kick out as soon as we know they are feasting away inside our gastrointestinal tract!

Unfortunately, the usual way to kick out these blighters is by ingesting a vermicide, which kills the worm, or vermifuge, which stuns them!

The problem with these treatments is that they are neurotoxins, and we are putting these toxins into the sensitive systems of children (not to mention the neurotoxic head lice treatments which they are subjected to!)

As a homeopath, I rarely see a child just because they have worms; I see them because their distraught parents say that they don’t know their child anymore, something is so badly wrong with their behaviour. They are sleepwalking, having night terrors, feel sad and tearful for no reason, or have massive tantrums, and that’s often for months on end, before they finally come to me.

I have observed that children who have worms often have blue rings under their eyes and also subtle bluish shadows around the mouth. In rare cases that I have seen, children who are very sensitive to neurotoxins develop ticks and twitches or even little OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) mannerisms, such as finger licking.

The things I recommend are: eat lots of raw carrots and pumpkin seeds, as awful as it sounds, these foods strip the dermis from the worms.

I also like to use Diatomaceous Earth, but only use “food grade” and be careful not to breathe in the dust as it is so fine it can harm delicate lung tissue.

diatomaceous earthDiatomaceous Earth is brilliant because you can get your child to drink it in juice, and they don’t make a fuss as it’s tasteless.

For adults, Citricidal (grapefruit seed extract) is excellent, but the most evilly bitter tasting thing on the planet! [You just need a few drops in a big glass of water or fruit juice, and it’s really not that bad then. It’s very effective! Ed.]


The best homeopathic remedies for children with worms are:

  • Cina, best used over four weeks, as the worms have a lifecycle.
    The children needing Cina are restless, almost frantic, with marked irritability. They scratch their bottoms and bore their noses. They can strike out, and throw tantrums. Sleep is disturbed, screaming, night terrors and sleepwalking is common.
    This remedy is derived from Wormwood which is what herbalists use to rid the body of worms.
  • Teucrium, is also a well established homeopathic cure for worms, and well worth trying if the child’s symptoms don’t fit Cina.
  • Chamomilla, which has been mentioned in an earlier article, can be a godsend for the rage and sleep disturbance, and may be used as an intercurrent as needed. It’s a good constitutional homeopathic remedy for your child will strengthen their immune system, and make it less likely they will be susceptible to catching worms, or any parasite.

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The author of this article …

Marie McLoughlin lives in London, England, where she works as a Classical Homeopath, and just recently qualified as a CEASE therapist. You can contact her here on Facebook.

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