At 18:05 30/10/96 -0000, DANIEL ROBERT HOLDSWORTH wrote:
>>It depends on what the herbal product is.
>>The oldest intestinal worm killer I have heard of is something which was
>referred to colloquially as "Russian Worm Seed", which sounds like a plant
>seed secondary chemical. What was interesting was that although the material
>was said to be effective as an anthelmintic, it was poisonous to the vertebrate
>host to the extent that when used with pigs, the pig had to be weighed and a
>bodyweight-related dose given.
Chenopodium Oil (American Wormseed)? Listed toxic effects include headache,
vertigo, tinnitus, nausea, deafness, kidney & liver damage and death!
However the need to weigh the pig or human does not disappear with less
toxic products - all anthelmintic doses are bodyweight-related.
>The only other "cure" for intestinal parasites I have heard of which is plant
>derived is one quoted by the UK-based survival expert Lofty Wiseman. This is
>an infusion of fern rhizomes; this is said to be effective, but Mr Wiseman
>commented that the effect was that of a very severe laxative, which acted very
>quickly, hence the advice never to use the material unless you were close to
>a lavatory of some kind.
This would be male fern extract. Nevertheless, temporary diarrhoea is
usually better than tapeworms or intestinal flukes.
>These anecdotes suggest that there aren't really any good plant-derived
>anthelmintics which are highly toxic to the helminths, but fairly harmless to
>the vertebrate host. In the light of this, I would be highly skeptical of
>the claims of medical doctors to have a new "Miracle cure" for intestinal
Depends on your definition of "good" and "fairly", but Kamala, from Mallotus
phillipinensis, and Pomegranate bark are both used to remove tapeworms.
>Give me a modern synthetic such as one of the avermectin group any day...
The avermectins aren't really synthetics. They were isolated from a soil
fungus found on a Japanese golf-course! And it's very important to weigh
the pig before dosing it.