aren’t you glad you live in an era when you can just pop a pill to get rid of worms? nursemyra has been looking at old time remedies and home remedies for ridding the body of parasites…..


The pin-worm, inhabits the rectum, and may be destroyed by injecting into it a strong solution of salt, or decoction of aloes, and when it is allowed to pass away, the rectum should be anointed with vaseline, butter, or lard. (This immediately makes me think of Last Tango in Paris)

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The real cause of intestinal worms is faulty living. The eggs, taken into the human body through food and water, can breed in the intestines only if they find there a suitable medium for their propagation. This medium is an intestinal tract clogged with morbid matter.


Garlic has been used from ancient times by the Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Babylonians for expelling intestinal worms. Both fresh garlic and its oil are effective. One method of administration was to place a couple of cloves fresh garlic in each shoe. As the person walked, the cloves got crushed, and the worm-killing garlic oil was absorbed by the skin and carried by the blood into the intestines easily, as it possessed a powerful penetrative force.

The seeds of ripe pumpkin are useful in intestinal worms, especially tapeworms. One tablespoon of the seeds should be peeled and crushed, and then infused in 250 ml of boiling water and drunk. It is necessary to first fast for a day and empty the intestines by taking the juice of boiled dry prunes.


An infusion of the wormwood herb can be prepared by mixing 2 ml of wormwood oil in 120 ml of water, and be given as an enema for killing worms in the rectum.

Diatomaceous earth is a powder that can be mixed with any beverage. It’s very fine earth that is ground up small and it won’t harm humans but is deadly to worms. The jagged edges of the granules act like razor blades that literally hack the worms to pieces inside of you. Mix a tablespoon of the powder in any beverage and drink it once a day for a few days (tastes a little like dirt, but not too bad).


Eat a few tomatoes in the morning on an empty stomach to throw out the worms. Eat only raw pineapples for three days to kill tapeworms.


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recently, scientists have been studying the use of worms as an actual cure. It is possible that drinking the eggs of a certain type of worm can help fight against the effects of multiple sclerosis. And here Dr Michael Eades writes about combatting the nasty but very clever guinea worm with the help of ex US President, Jimmy Carter. This story is not for the squeamish.


image from cox and forkum

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  1. OK, the story about Jimmy Carter was interesting. But the rest of this makes my skin crawl.

  2. I’ve never thought of garlic as having ‘powerful penetrative forces.’ Interesting. You do come up with some awesome artwork :-))

  3. I particularly love the pineapple hairstyle

  4. Pretty yech. I recall a school biology trip to the London School of Tropical Medicine where they had a pickled foot with extruding guinea worm. Also a picture of a skinny African kid with elephantiasis in the testicles, we were all jealous.

  5. I often wonder who buys Mr Brains’ ‘morbid matter’ when I see it in the supermarket. Really bad name for selling processed ‘meat’ type stuff … eeeww!

  6. so that product really exists? I thought it was photoshopped

  7. As for medicinal uses of worms, i recall hearing the [possibly urban myth] tale of girls who brought back ‘weight loss’ pills from their trips to South East Asia, only to find that these wonder pills were basically clusters of intestinal worm eggs in a sugar coating.

    They found this out after their doctor diagnosed them as having lost all that weight due to an infestation of worms, of course.

    I heard that film stars back in the 40s resorted to the worm pills too. and there’s this…

  8. This post is is not for the squeamish! Read this while having my morning coffee. Coffee is nature’s laxative, so it all ties in.

  9. sometimes I think my brain is clogged with morbid matter…

  10. So if I get called garlic in the bedroom that’s a really good thing… excellent.

    And I would think anything regarding the intestines would be a morbid matter.

  11. I’m going to start plaiting my pubes ……..

  12. yeah – Marlon Brando had gained a bit of weight before Last Tango…. Love the pineapple do — and will keep growing my hair long so i might have the option to build me a hair-temple some day!

  13. i have, somewhere, an old picture (like the ones you find for your posts) of “medicinal tape worms”. guess they used to sell them to assist weight loss. i’m just not grasping that someone would willingly and purposefully put one of those in your body… ewww…

    see the link I put on gullybogan’s comment?

  14. “…an intestinal tract clogged with morbid matter…”, you mean things like Richard Gere movies?

  15. yep they do exist ….. scarily

  16. Did poor Marlon Brando suffer with worms then? 😉

  17. 70s, that is seriously scary. and those poor kids are never going to live it down.

    Jeffman: Marlon Brando and worms in the same sentence? He was seriously hot in Streetcar Named Desire, I need to remember him that way

  18. This is pretty interesting- though I find Maggot Therapy pretty interesting too:

  19. Um….ouch on the guinea worm front. I’m happy to be free of suh a worm but my give the old garlic in a shoe trick a try.

  20. I havent seen it, but I heard the way they get them out of horses is to hold a bowl of porridge at the end of the horse then the worm comes out and then you rip it out by hand.

  21. A bowl of porridge? I’d be holding out for some bacon if I were a worm…

  22. Diatomacious earth. Cool. Slugs and snails be hatin’ on it.

  23. Lady. Sometimes my eyes want to fall out of my head. *shudder*

  24. Porridge. Hm. Sounds suspiciously like the joke about the tapeworm cure that involves shoving a lemon cookie up the guy’s ass every morning at 10 am and then after a week reporting to the doctor at that hour, where he is laid prone with his trousers off, and after about half an hour the tapeworm sticks its head out and says “Where’s my lemon cookie?” And the doctor brains it with a reflex hammer…

  25. Dr Michael Eades writes about combatting the nasty but very clever guinea worm with the help of ex US President, Jimmy Carter.

    Now we just need someone to teach us how to rid ourselves of the Jimmy Carter worm…

  26. sledpress– Only one person I can think of that knows that joke. Your name wouldn’t be “Shirley” would it?

    Abbadpm– The Jimmy Carter Worm has morphed. The world is rid of the Carter Worm, but “The Worm formerly known as the Jimmy Carter Worm” has infested Congress. It’ll take a few years for it to run its course.

  27. Shirley you jest.

    As a matter of fact, that joke was turned into a “shtik” in a rather bad, or at least tiresomely clever, Sherlock Holmes pastiche called An East Wind Coming. It was populated by every character you could imagine from thriller detective fiction, showing off how widely read the author was in that genre, except every now and then a tapeworm would pop out (I forget out of whose ass, or wherever) and ask for a lemon cookie. I never figured out what the point of the story was, but the lemon cookie persisted in memory, like Proust’s madeleine.

  28. Lemon cookies will now be forever associated in MY mind with worms. Thanks Sledpress 😉

  29. […] It also contains an antibacterial compound, rumicin, that is effective against bacteria such as Escherichia, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. It also helps fight off viral infections. Sheep sorrel has also been used as a vermifuge — that is, it gets rid of intestinal worms. To find other natural ways to get out intestinal worms, which can be deadly…click here […]

  30. My mother told spoke of drugstores in the “old days” displaying jars with tape worms in their windows to encourage healthy eating practices and promote medicinal aids for those with infestations.
    I really should not read this blog before bed-time.

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