Posted by Newt on April 14, 2002 at 23:41:18:
In Reply to: Herbal wormer containing black walnut, wormwood, cascara sagrada posted by Anghave on January 19, 2002 at 14:05:50:
: This may sound like a strange question, but here goes...because I work a lot in the dirt and around animals, I thought there's an off-chance I could have some parasite. So, I thought I'd try an herbal wormer just in case. I don't have symptoms of parasites, and haven't been checked by a doctor for it (too embarrassing), but I've read that many people have parasites in their body and never know it. Anyway, I purchased an herbal vermifuge (wormer) from Penn Herb Company (a reputable dealer in Pennsylvania) but I haven't yet taken it because I need some info about it.
: My question is, has anyone out there used herbs, especially black walnut, wormwood, and/or Cascara Sagrada as a vermifuge, and how long a period does one have to treat for it be effective? (The product label doesn't say! It only gives the recommended dosage of 15-30 drops one to three times daily...and adds "Not recommended for long-term daily use")
: Also: if one *doesn't* have worms but wants to take a wormer just for insurance, is it harmful to take herbs such as wormwood, that act as a vermifuge? It mentions on the product label that Cascara Sagrada may worsen conditions like abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc.
: I was also wondering if this wormer would be effective for dogs...anyone use herbs to worm their pets?
: As I said, I know this is a strange question, but let's face it, parasites are out there! I'd greatly appreciate any info!
You shouldn't be embarressed to have a parasite test one. They would want a stool sample and you can do that in private. If a blood test is needed, I don't see how that would be embarrassing.
I see a homeopathic and I would never just take an herb for insurance. I just don't think it's a healthy practice. If any of the animals that you work around have a parasite, then maybe you need a test for that.
If this were my question I think I would want to get opinions from someone on an Herbal Forum. I did a search at www.google.com and put, in quotes, "herbal forum" and got 309 hits.