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This page lists the main commercial suppliers of therapeutic helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths].

These providers each offer different organisms, services and pricing options, and they don’t all ship to every country, so all these details need to be considered very carefully by the prospective buyer.

Symmbio, Biome Restoration, Tanawisa and Wormswell sell their products as individual doses, while Worm Therapy and AIT offer contracts of 2 and 3 years duration respectively. To assist readers in comparing the cost of obtaining helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths] from each of the companies, the approximate annual costs are shown in bold.

The information below was correct at the time of publication. Please contact the providers for current details about shipping and pricing.
Symmbio
Founded: 2016.
Contact: Simon.
Organisms: NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus and TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura.
Ships worldwide, including to the US.
Supplies doses of various sizes on a pay-per-dose basis according to individual requirements. A single dose of NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus costs $200 USD. Three doses are $450 USD, valid for 2 years from the date of purchase. TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura prices start at $1 USD per ovum and are supplied as doses of 25, 50, 100 or 250, with a minimum order of $300 USD.
Cost per year: variable. [*]
Payment is currently only accepted in Bitcoin.
Communication is via email only.
No medical advice is offered, but information about the therapy is available, along with email support.
Worm Therapy
Founded: 2008.
Owner: Garin Aglietti.
Organisms: NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus and HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta.
Based in a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.
(Worm Therapy would not confirm any details for publication here, citing the US FDA's regulations and import policy.)
So far as is known, ships worldwide, excluding the US.
Offers a 2-year contract for NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus costing $2,000, which includes all doses required and full customer advice and support, but US residents have to collect their doses in person from the clinic in Tijuana.
Equivalent cost per year for NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus is approximately $1,000. HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta are priced per dose. 
Support is provided via email, skype and phone.


Biome Restoration Ltd
Founded: 2013.
Founder: Marc Dellerba.
Organism: HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta.
Ships worldwide, including to the US.
Supplies doses of various sizes on a pay-per-dose basis, with discounts for multi-vial purchases.
Cost per year: £750 (pounds sterling) for customers outside the UK who require 30 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta every 2 weeks, ordered via automatically renewing subscription, or £900 (pounds sterling) including VAT for UK residents.
International delivery and expedited delivery options are extra, and some individuals may need doses of more than
30 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta and/or more frequent dosing. For example, some users take 60 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta every 2 weeks, or 30 every week, either of which will double the cost.
No medical advice is provided, but assistance is available with how to use the HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta.
Tanawisa
Founded: 2004.
Owner: Detlev Goj.
Organism: TSOthe ova (eggs) of the porcine (pig) whipworm, Trichuris suis.
Ships worldwide, excluding Russia.
Supplies doses of 500, 1,000 and 2,500 ova, with special offers on packs of 10 doses.
Cost per year: $5,200 for the most frequently used dose size of 2,500 ova, if taken every 2 weeks and purchased in multiples of 10 doses. A very small number of users may require up to 7,500 ova every two weeks.
Individual discounts are available.
Support is provided via telephone and email.


Wormswell
Founded: 2014.
Owner: Nathan.
Organism: NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus.
Ships worldwide, excluding the US.
Will supply a dose of 5 larvaeThe active immature form of an insect, or an animal such as a helminth, which develops from an egg and eventually transforms again into its adult state. for $85 USD, 10 larvaeThe active immature form of an insect, or an animal such as a helminth, which develops from an egg and eventually transforms again into its adult state. for $130 USD, or between 25 and 40 larvaeThe active immature form of an insect, or an animal such as a helminth, which develops from an egg and eventually transforms again into its adult state. for $200 USD.
Cost per year: variable. [*]
Payment is only accepted in Bitcoin.
Communication is via email only.
No medical advice is offered, but information about the therapy is provided, along with email support.
Autoimmune Therapies (AIT)
NB. See the customer reviews here.
Founded: 2007.
Owner: Jasper Lawrence.
Organisms: NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus and TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura.
Ships worldwide, including to the US.
Supplies doses of various sizes, determined according to each client’s individual needs.  
Offers NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus via a 3-year contract for $2,900 USD, and TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura via an 18 month contract for $2900 USD. Contracts include all doses required and unlimited customer advice and support, but a charge of $150 USD is added to each shipment after the first year.
The equivalent cost per year for NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus in each of the first 3 years is approximately $1,000 USD, reducing to $750 USD per year from year 4. For TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura, the cost is approximately $1900 USD per year, reducing to $1450 USD per year from year 4.
Payment plans are available, and discounts in validated cases of financial hardship.
Read customer feedback about all these companies: Helminth provider reviews

[*] With providers who sell helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths] by the dose, the actual cost is dependent on the number of doses that may be required to achieve and maintain disease remission. In the case of some users of NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus, this might be a single dose, while, in other individuals, an eventual colony size of between 100 and 150 hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. may be needed. Further doses will also be required, over time, to offset losses due to gradual attrition, which varies greatly between individuals, a few of whom may need supplementary doses of NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus up to 4 times each year, indefinitely. Replacements would also be needed following any accidental losses due to the use of certain general anaesthetics, some antibiotics and a few other substances, all of which are detailed in the Human helminth care manual.

Notes

  • If you are unable to have your selected helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths] delivered direct to your home, you could have them shipped to another country and either travel there to collect these yourself, or arrange for someone who lives there to receive and re-ship them to you. However, a potential problem with traveling to collect hookwormA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. larvaeThe active immature form of an insect, or an animal such as a helminth, which develops from an egg and eventually transforms again into its adult state. is that these can succumb to freezing during transit, including while in the cargo holds of planes, so doses may be dead on arrival at their destination, potentially resulting in a wasted journey for the person collecting them.
  • There are individuals who are supplying HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta for a wide variety of prices, from no cost at all up to 8 times more than the cost of HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta from Biome Restoration. This is mainly happening in the US, where the supply is often routed through, or arranged by, medical practitioners who are serving the autism community. However, most if not all of the HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta supplied by these individuals are placed in saline so may not be viable unless used within 24 hours of being harvested (not 24 hours after receipt). See also Shelf life on the Introduction to helminthic therapyThe reintroduction of a controlled number of carefully selected benign intestinal worms in the form of larvae or eggs to reconstitute a depleted microbiome in order to treat or prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy. page.
  • These companies are all commercial entities and, as such, their owners are keen to promote their own products. This can result in some of them occasionally exaggerating the benefits of their own worms and/or misrepresenting the attributes of the worms sold by their competitors, sometimes even claiming that their own worms are cleaner, safer or more powerful than the alternatives, or that their competitors’ products will cause worse side effects, and possibly even multiply within a host or mis-migrate to the wrong parts of a host’s body. However, none of these claims are true for NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus, TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura, TSOthe ova (eggs) of the porcine (pig) whipworm, Trichuris suis or HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta. See the Helminthic therapy safety page and this study. Details about the different species, and how they compare can be found here.
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