Worldwide, billions of people suffer from toxoplasmosis, a condition resulting from a parasite infection. Toxoplasmosis is a condition that results from being infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, caught from undercooked meat or exposure to cat feces. This is one of the most common parasites worldwide. While only about 11% of the adult population in the United States is infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, in other parts of the world, up to 95% of the population carry this parasite (2). While the symptoms of toxoplasmosis are very mild for many people, some groups are at risk of severe symptoms resulting from toxoplasmosis. The good news is that there are a variety of natural remedies for toxoplasmosis treatment, making it a manageable condition. Our home remedies for toxoplasmosis will kill the parasite and get your gut back to health.
Toxoplasmosis in Cats
Domestic cats and other felines are the primary carriers of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. Once a human or other species is infected, the parasites tend to reproduce in the digestive tract and also localize to muscle tissue where cysts are formed. It is the ingestion of these cysts in undercooked meat that can also lead to foodborne contraction of the parasite.
Toxoplasmosis in cats is extremely common because the parasite’s reproductory life cycle has evolved alongside the life cycle of the cat. Indeed, the lifecycle of the parasite is truly bizarre as it also involves the cat’s favorite prey, – rodents. Toxoplasmosis has been shown to alter the brain chemistry of rodents so that rodents are no longer scared of the smell of cats pee, but find it sexually attractive. (5)
However, the parasite is the real winner here as it manages to find its way to the cat’s gut, its preferred breeding ground and it does all this via the mind control of rodents.
The parasite can also be passed to humans or other species via contact with the cat’s feces. This means that even water sources and dirt can become infected. It is therefore very important that cat feces should be cleared up immediately and one should make every effort to prevent cats from entering your property.
Symptoms of Toxoplasmosis
For many people, the symptoms of toxoplasmosis are similar to flu-like symptoms and many people may not develop any at all (3). People who are generally healthy may not require any treatment for toxoplasmosis. However, for people with weakened immune systems and infants born to infected mothers, toxoplasmosis can pose a serious threat.
In general, toxoplasmosis is not transmitted via day to day personal contact yet there is evidence it can be contracted during intercourse from semen (4). Also, infected mothers can pass the Toxoplasma gondii parasite to their children. Although individuals with toxoplasmosis may manifest no symptoms at all, common physical symptoms include
• body aches
• swollen lymph nodes
Because all of these are flu-like symptoms, many sufferers may not immediately realize that they have toxoplasmosis and for most, the symptoms pass unnoticed.
Unfortunately for humans, the symptoms of toxoplasmosis don’t end there. Just like with rodents, studies have shown that toxoplasmosis can also have psychological effects on humans. People who are infected with toxoplasmosis demonstrate subtle changes in their attitudes to risk and aggression. (6) Similarly, it has also been linked to more defined conditions such as depression and schizophrenia.(7)
However, there are some groups that are at risk of severe symptoms resulting from Toxoplasmosis:
- Expectant mothers are at risk for passing the infection to their children. While mothers themselves often show no symptoms, newborns often experience eye infections, seizures, and an enlarged liver and spleen and toxoplasmosis can also increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. (8)
- People undergoing chemotherapy, who take steroids and immunosuppressant drugs or are HIV-positive are all at higher risk of complications because they generally have weakened immune systems.
Home Remedies for Toxoplasmosis
There are many natural treatments for toxoplasmosis, most of them readily available that will treat toxoplasmosis by killing the parasite that causes the condition.
1. Black Walnut
Black walnut is a herb that, taken in tincture form, can cure toxoplasmosis and by killing the parasites that cause it. Black walnut contains tannins that kill parasites, yeast and fungus, making it a good treatment for a number of conditions. Black Walnut also contains a high number of antioxidants and has some antibacterial properties. For centuries, Native Americans used the husk, bark, and leaves of the black walnut to treat a number of ailments. Black walnut is, however, is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
2. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is an effective treatment for toxoplasmosis. It also works as an antimicrobial and antibacterial, making it useful to treat many conditions. It can be consumed by infusing oregano leaves in hot water to make a tea or by pouring essential oil into capsules and swallowing. Oregano oil has a particularly unpleasant taste, so it is not recommended that you swallow the oil directly.
3. Aloe Vera Juice or Gel
The juice or gel from the Aloe Vera plant works to cleanse the colon, helping to kill and eliminate the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. Simply drink 2 oz. of Aloe gel or ½ cup of Aloe juice three times a day. Aloe can taste bitter, so you may want to add honey or stevia to make it more palatable. Aloe gel and juice also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the digestive tract, so it’s a good choice to soothe any digestive problems that can accompany toxoplasmosis.
Turmeric has a significant number of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It works well to cure toxoplasmosis and many other infections because it also has antiseptic properties. Turmeric can be consumed by mixing powdered turmeric in water or in a glass of warm milk, which many people find relaxing before bed. Turmeric is also available commercially in capsule form.
5.Psyllium Husks and Other Fiber-Rich Foods
High fiber foods work to flush parasites from the intestinal walls, thus helping to rid the gut of the bugs. If you are suffering from toxoplasmosis, fiber-rich foods can support your treatment. However, it may be easiest to mix commercially available psyllium husks in a glass of water, juice or a bowl of broth and “drink” the psyllium husks. If taken daily, psyllium husks keep your digestive system clean and accelerate the cleansing process. Psyllium husks are beneficial in helping cleanse other toxins from the body, as well.
A natural antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial and antiparasitic, garlic is a good choice for the treatment of toxoplasmosis. Garlic works to eliminate parasites from the body and prevents parasites from reproducing, making it an ideal treatment. Garlic can be consumed raw, included cooked in a number of foods or taken as tablets. The form matters very little, but garlic is a valuable addition to any healthy diet.
Sometimes referred to as a daikon radish, this radish-like root is a staple of many Asian diets. Daikon effectively kills the Toxoplasma gondii parasite and is also a natural antiviral, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, offering many healthy properties. Although it can be cooked, raw daikon offers more healing nutrients. It should be consumed once a day, preferably in the morning, and patients can expect to see improvement within three weeks.
Goldenseal has been used for centuries to treat a variety of illness and ailments and is effective at fighting bacteria, fungi and yeast in addition to treating toxoplasmosis. It works to cleanse parasites from the body, including Toxoplasma gondii. It is best consumed either in capsule form or as a herbal tea. Goldenseal extract is also available but should only be used according to the manufacturer’s directions.
9. Oregon Grape Root
Powdered Oregon grape root is another effective treatment for toxoplasmosis. It contains the compound berberine which helps boost the immune system and helps your system fight the parasite. It can be consumed orally in pill form, or 1 teaspoon the dried powder can be steeped in hot water for 20 minutes to make a tea.
10. Coconut Oil
Sometimes we treat coconut, its oil, and water as a kind of panacea in the world of natural medicine. There is a good reason for this—coconut oil does, in fact, serve as a way to combat illness and promote overall wellness. While boosting the immune system, coconut oil has natural anti-parasitic properties. Even drinking coconut water is helpful if you are suffering from toxoplasmosis.
Pineapple is absolutely delicious but it has a hidden secret when dealing with toxoplasmosis. Bromelain is an enzyme that is found in the pineapple fruit and has been shown to help the fight against parasites. The enzyme works by breaking down the parasite’s larvae and eggs.
Not to be beaten by pineapple, Papaya also has an enzyme called Papain which also is effective in killing the larva and eggs of parasites.
The bark of the pomegranate tree has been used to treat a variety of digestive problems from conditions such as dysentery to diarrhea. It also can be used to flush out intestinal parasites by drinking the juice in large quantity throughout the day, repeating for several days.
What is the Best Diet to treat Toxoplasmosis?
Although a number of natural treatments and remedies support healing from toxoplasmosis, a healthy diet is particularly important. It’s a good idea to avoid or at least limit one’s intake of sugar, dairy, refined carbohydrates, wheat, coffee, tea, and alcohol, as when fighting any infection.
A healthy diet when treating toxoplasmosis includes plenty of vegetables, some fruits, and adequate protein. It’s a good idea to include foods with an anti-parasitic effect such as garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, black pepper, kelp, almonds, cabbage, carrots, lemon, and kombucha.
- Seek medical advice if there is suspicion of infection
- Cook meat thoroughly
- Use glove to clear up cat mess
- Take measures to keep cats from your property
- Eat a balanced diet including anti-parasitic foods
- Come into contact with cat feces
- Come into contact with cats if pregnant