Anthelmintic (Krimi Hara)
Anthelmintics will destroy or expel worms from the digestive system. Many can be quite toxic in high doses and are no longer accessible to medical herbalism. The term is synonymous with vermifuge& anti-parasitic.
Anthelmintics are herbs that help destroy and dispel worms, parasites, bacterial, fungal, yeast infection such as candida albicans, and related food allergy problems.
Parasitical infections are treated like Phlegm, as undigested food while it stagnates will eventually breed some sort of parasite. Parasites are treated with a detoxifying therapy, since tonification would only feed the infestation. For this reason anthelmintic herbs have an emaciating effect upon the body and can weaken the tissues, reduce sperm and deplete vitality. Therefore these herbs should be used symptomatically and with care, especially when the patient is already weak or emaciated.
Antiparasitic action is possessed mainly by pungent or bitter tasting herbs, yet it is often more a matter of special potency, than of general energetics. Be cautious in using hot, pungent anthelmintic on Pitta people or cold, bitter ones on Vata People.
Typical anthelmintic spices: ajuwan, asafetida, cayenne pepper, cloves, garlic, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, thyme.
Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)
Allium sativum (Garlic)
Juglansnigra (Black Walnut)