Pinworms are a type of parasite that inhabits the human digestive system. Infestation with pinworms occurs when pinworm eggs get into food or onto hands followed by transmission into the mouth and onward into the intestines. Once in the intestines, the eggs hatch into pinworms, which usually inhabit the anal area. They cause anal itchiness or a burning sensation. Pinworms are more common in young children of 2 to 10 years.
Adult pinworms are about one inch long and can be seen with the naked eye. Touching the infected anus can lead to transmission of the pinworms to food, utensils, and furniture. For this reason, it is critical to practice good hygiene at all times and especially if you suspect that you may be infected with pinworms.
Besides seeking treatment for infestation with this parasite, you can try the following 10 home remedies for pinworms.
Home Remedy #1: Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are one of the best-known traditional remedies for many gastrointestinal tract problems, including pinworms. The active compound in pumpkin seeds is curcurbitin, which is effective against parasites. Curcurbitin has the ability to paralyze the pinworms such that the worms lose their ability to hold on to the wall of the intestine. In this state, the worms can be eliminated easily from the digestive tract.
One study found that pumpkin seed extract can control gut parasitic infections. There are two ways to get rid of pinworms using pumpkin seeds. The first one involves consumption of 2 teaspoons of pumpkin seeds after a 12-hour fast. Follow this up with a drink of water or milk. Repeat this daily for 7 days. Alternatively, crush one tablespoon of dry pumpkin seeds with honey and eat it first thing in the morning for a week.