Helminthic therapy and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

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SIBO can be challenging to treat, and it may be best to do whatever one can to get the SIBO under control before starting helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy., as this post explains.

Some doctors have apparently told their patients that 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] don’t work in someone who has SIBO. However, there is no evidence for this claim, and one doctor has been reported to have found that SIBO is easier to manage using conventional therapies when HDCHymenolepis diminuta cysticercoids (Hi-men-o-lep'is dim-a-nu-ta sis-ti-sur-koid) - the larval cysts of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta are being taken at the same time. [1]

The fact that helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy. can help SIBO can be seen from the entries for this condition on the following page.

While helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy. can improve SIBO in the longer term, there has been one case where each new dose of NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus taken by a patient with SIBO caused the condition to flare temporarily.

If someone were to develop SIBO while hosting 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], the condition can be treated medically before inoculating with more worms.

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I took metronidazole, according to the medical protocol, and immediately afterwards (re)inoculated myself with NAs. This put an end to SIBO and allowed HThelminthic therapy to work in the best possible way. [2]

Also worth noting

  • 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. will not affect the hydrogen breath test for SIBO. [3]
  • Peppermint oil, which provides antimicrobial activity in the small intestine and is sometimes used in the treatment of SIBO, [4] (PDF) may also adversely affect the human 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], TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura and NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus, especially the latter. [5]
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