Parasite and Microbiome Testing
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 various parasitology tests (such as a microbiome test) 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 diarrhea (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 diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Common Intestinal parasite Symptoms
- diarrhea, loose stools or frequent bowel motions
- fatigue or associated conditions such as anemia
- generalised 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 Metametrix laboratories in America and Nutripath pathology in Australia. You can see an example report here.
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 – Microbiome 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. Read more…
Did you know that some of the most common digestive issues can come as a result of the presence of parasites in the body? If you suffer regularly with diarrhoea, loose or broken stools, frequent bowel motions, constipation, flatulence, fatigue or associated conditions such as anaemia, nausea, nutritional deficiencies and malabsorption issues, these health conditions may derive from the presence of intestinal parasites.
Many people struggle to comprehend how parasitism could possibly be the root cause of a digestive health concern. However, it is a much more common issue than people think and is increasingly becoming the core agent found to be the root cause of many intestinal diseases.
In the testing of 23 different symptomatic patients at the Cura Integrative Medicine clinic, Blastocystis hominis, a genus of single-celled protozoan parasites, presented as the only causative agent.
In fact, quite interestingly, the presence of parasites was significantly high in patients from this sample who were complaining of diarrhoea and abdominal pain symptoms.
How can parasite symptoms be tested?
The Cura Clinic uses a variety of laboratories including the Microbiome test and Nutripath pathology in Australia to ensure the delivery of the most superior parasite testing in Perth.
We utilise fixative collections to increase the accuracy of a parasitic draw test and, in turn, increase the likelihood of correct diagnosis. Fixative collective jars preserve the structure of a parasite, making it easier for lab technicians to identify any and all forms of B. hominis, not just the cysts.
How can the presence of parasites be treated?
Treatment success rates of the presence of Blastocystis hominis parasites are increased with the use of natural medicine treatment versus similar methods of eradication using orthodox medicines.
As our naturopaths submit stools for such in-depth testing, we are able to conclusively identify the precise type of parasite and the level of parasites presence in the body and devise a natural treatment plan which has been proven to successfully eradicate the specific type and level of parasites.
Through a combination of herbal medicines and other naturopathic treatments, we can enable your body to perform a natural parasite cleanse. By eliminating the presence of parasites, your original digestive health complaints will dramatically improve and you can resume living life to the full, just as you deserve.
At the Cura Clinic, our naturopathic doctors not only ensure to help you successfully eradicate the current presence of parasites in your body but we provide best-practice advice and care plans to ensure that patients can prevent future issues or encounters with parasitism.
If you are experiencing any of the parasitic or worms symptoms mentioned above, consult with the expert team of doctors at Cura Clinic today. Through advanced parasitic testing, we’ll help you to get to the root cause of your issue and help you to naturally eradicate a parasitic presence, ultimately treating the cause of your digestive health problems.
Cura Integrative Medicine specializes in natural medicine in Perth. We offer naturopathic advice and consultations, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional medicine. Cura Integrative Medicine provides testing for food allergies, testing for parasites, hormone level testing, underactive thyroid testing and testing for pyrrole disorder. Make an appointment with a Perth nutritionist, a Perth iridologist or a Perth naturopath.
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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.
Microbiome Sample report – Parasite and Bacteria Stool Test
Food Allergy Test sample report – Example Allergy Test