Parasites


Do you suspect that you might be carrying a parasite? Do you suffer from loose stools, constipation, fatigue or skin conditions? Have you unsuccessfully eradicated a parasite with orthodox pharmaceuticals and are looking for a natural treatment option with herbs and naturopathy?

Get it touch now and ask a question to discuss thorough testing options and essential steps to remove them.

The Cura clinic refers patients for a 3 day parasitology tests where further investigation is needed. Often IBS symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain or general discomfort can be a result of intestinal parasites such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium or Blastocystis.

Intestinal Parasites are increasingly becoming accepted as an agent of human intestinal disease. For example, in twenty-three symptomatic patients, Blastocystis hominis represented the only causative parasitic agent. The most common symptoms were diarrhoea (30.4%), abdominal pain (26.1%), flatulence (21.7%). vomiting (13.1%) and fatigue (8.7%). High concentrations of Blastocystis hominis were found in symptomatic patients than in asymptomatic ones with statistical significant difference (8.2 cells/100 x field versus 3.8 respectively). The mean number of Blastocystis hominis was significantly high in patients complaining of diarrhoea and abdominal pain.

Common Intestinal Parasite Symptoms

  • Diarrhea, loose stools or frequent bowel motions
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence or bloating
  • Fatigue or associated conditions such as anaemia
  • Nausea
  • Generalised body aches
  • Broken stools
  • Nutritional deficiencies and malabsorption issues

How Do I Test For Parasites?

It is very important for laboratories to use current and up to date testing methods. Some literature on alternative medicine for parasites on the  internet quotes old literature and evidence and some laboratories do not conduct thorough testing methods. The Cura clinic uses laboratories which use current methods and fixatives in the collection jars.

Fixative improves the accuracy of stool testing by preserving the structure of the parasite, making it easier for the lab to identify the parasite. Fixative increases the likelihood of diagnosis because it enables all forms of B. hominis to be identified, not just the cysts.

The Cura clinic uses a variety of laboratories such as  Australian Clinical Labs, Metametrix laboratories in America and Nutripath pathology in Australia. 

Laboratories use different standards for identifying and culturing stool samples. Furthermore some doctors refer patients for only a single day stool test which often returns negative. For this reason, it is recommended to use a professional functional pathology laboratory such as Metametrix or Australian Nutripath.

Effective Parasite Testing – CDSA Stool Test

Giardia cysts, worms or other parasites are spread via the fecal-oral route. Cysts may be ingested with contaminated food or water, or acquired from unwashed hands. Giardia cysts are quite resistant to chlorination, making water filtration the key to effective water treatment. Since cysts can sometimes be isolated from filtered drinking water, however, boiling water is the best way to kill chlorine-resistant Giardia cysts. Once cysts are found, natural treatment with herbal medicine and nutrition improves successful eradication.

Food borne transmission of giardiasis has also been documented, although not very well characterized. There have been several reports where food has been identified as the source in some cases. Outbreaks attributed to infected foods have usually been linked to an infected food handler.

Blastocystis hominis Testing

According to a study in 2005, B. hominis is increasingly becoming accepted as an agent of human intestinal disease. In twenty-three symptomatic patients, B. hominis represented the only causative parasitic agent. The most common symptoms were diarrhoea (30.4%), abdominal pain (26.1%), flatulence (21.7%). vomiting (13.1%) and fatigue (8.7%). High concentrations of B. hominis were found in symptomatic patients than in asymptomatic ones with statistical significant difference (8.2 cells/100 x field versus 3.8 respectively). The mean number of B. hominis was significantly high in patients complaining of diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Treatment success rates are increased with natural medicine treatment. 

Pathology Available

There are various pathology test available in Australia. The Cura clinic uses both Nutripath parasitology, complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) and Metametrix stool testing in America. For more information please contact us.

The following are example testing reports, although more detailed reports are now available.

Sample CDSA – Parasite and Bacteria Stool Test

IgA sample report – Example Allergy Test




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