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This page contains details about all 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], with relevant notes. All details have been gathered and carefully checked by independent volunteer editors, none of whom have any affiliation with the companies listed.

Provider details

The 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 and Tanawisa 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 providers are listed according to the overall star rating that each has achieved based on customer reviews. The companies with the highest scores are presented first.

Symmbio ★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars
13 customer reviews
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, depending on the number of doses purchased.
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.

Wormswell ★★★★★ 4.9 out of 5 stars
Wormswell suspended their service in April 2018 until further notice, and are unlikely to resume shipping NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus until at least April 2019.

Biome Restoration Ltd ★★★★★ 4.9 out of 5 stars
8 customer reviews
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 ★★★★★ 4.8 out of 5 stars
5 customer reviews
Founded: 2004.
Owner: Detlev Goj.
Organism: TSOthe ova (eggs) of the porcine (pig) whipworm, Trichuris suis.
Ships worldwide, but 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.

Worm Therapy ★★★★☆ 4.5 out of 5 stars
14 customer reviews
Founded: 2008.
Owners: Garin Aglietti and Jorge A. LLamas MDDoctor of Medicine (MD, from the Latin Medicinæ Doctor meaning "Teacher of Medicine")..
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, but 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.
Bitcoins are accepted.
Support is provided via email, skype and phone.

Autoimmune Therapies (AIT) ★★☆☆☆ 2 out of 5 stars
15 customer reviews
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 according to individual requirements.
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 plus customer advice and support, but there is an additional charge of $150 USD for 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, excluding the additional $150 USD shipping charge for each dose beyond the end of the first year.
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, excluding the additional $150 USD shipping charge for each dose beyond the end of the first year.
Payment plans are available, and discounts may be offered in validated cases of financial hardship.

The information above was believed to be correct at the time of publication, but please contact the providers to double-check prices, etc., in case of any recent changes.

Customer feedback about the providers

Customer reviews for all the above companies are available on the following page.

Regarding advice from the providers

When seeking information from a provider, it should be borne in mind that no one provider sells or has experience with all four helminth species, so they are unlikely to be able to match the objectivity or breadth of information found in this wiki, which offers a balanced assessment of all four available 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] based on the findings of science and the first-hand experience of self-treaters.

It is also important to remember that the companies listed on this page 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 of adverse effects 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.

Comparing the available helminth species

Details about the different species, and how they compare, can be found on the following page.

Comparing NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus 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. from different sources

NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus 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. all produce the same therapeutic effects whichever company they are bought from.

Some self-treaters have occasionally reported that the 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. from one provider produced a stronger or weaker skin response than those from another provider, a fact which is seen by users as either positive or negative depending on their point of view. (Some may perceive a stronger skin response as indicating better worms, while others might prefer 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. that produce less itching.) But any variation between the 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. from different providers is not due to those from one company being any better or worse than those from another.

All the providers currently supplying NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus 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. are using stock from the same original source, but there can be considerable natural variation between batches of 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., even between batches from the same provider. This is due to the fact that 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. are living creatures and not pills punched out identically by a machine. Some incubations can even occasionally fail to yield any 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. at all, and this happens to growers who have been incubating for many years as well as novices, and to commercial providers as well as private growers.

Predicting the long-term cost

In the case of 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] that are sold by the dose, the actual cost is dependent on the number and size of doses that may be required to achieve and maintain disease remission. TSOthe ova (eggs) of the porcine (pig) whipworm, Trichuris suis need to be taken even 2 or 3 weeks, at least for a few months (see Self-treating with TSO and this page section) and HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta also need to be taken every 2 or 3 weeks (occasionally weekly or monthly), usually indefinitely (see Self-treating with HDC). Small doses of TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura may be taken regularly, but larger doses can be taken less frequently. Some users of NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus might only require a single dose every few years, while others may need supplementary doses every few months, indefinitely, due to a higher rate of attrition, which varies greatly between individuals. Replacement 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. doses would also be needed following any accidental losses due to the use of certain substances, all of which are detailed in the Human helminth care manual.

Minimising the cost

The cost of 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. varies considerably between the providers and the different worm species, all of which is explained in the Provider details section above.

A number of factors need to be taken into account when looking at the cost of 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..

Possible options for minimising the costs are as follows.

Discounts and payment plans

In cases of genuine financial hardship, some providers may be willing to help customers by offering a discount or arranging a payment plan.

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. donation

In the case of NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus, it may be possible to obtain a donation of 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. from a fellow self-treaterSomeone who treats their own disease or condition without medical supervision. who grows their own supply, or by using the Hookworm Donors group, although very few people are actually willing to provide this service, and there are risks attached to accepting 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. from a private grower. For more about these risks, see the following page sub-sections.

DIYDo-It-Yourself. Literally to bypass the professional and do it yourself. incubation

In order to combine cost savings with safety when obtaining 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., it’s best to purchase the first dose of 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. from one of the providers listed above. This will obviate the risk of acquiring a different and possibly harmful species of worm, or some other unwanted infection, from a private grower. Once the purchased worms are producing eggs, the latter can be used to grow more 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.. HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta and TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura can also be grown at home.

Using Bitcoin

Commercial helminth providers don't have a clear green light to ship their products to all destinations, so some of them need to remain anonymous in order to protect both themselves and the supply. Since the maintenance of anonymity must also extend to methods of payment, some providers only accept payment in Bitcoin.

The use of this cryptocurrency can appear daunting to those who are new to it, but most people find that Bitcoin is easy to use, once they get into it.

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I was very concerned about the bitcoin process and security… it seems a bit dodgy for newbies, but I have had no issues, and no one that I have heard on this forum has had issues. [1]
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I just had to wrap my mind around it. Now, it's easy. [2]
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The ordering experience was very easy, and I'm new to bitcoin. [3]
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I felt comfortable with Coinbase. [4]
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I use coinbase. It is not hard. [5]
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Coinbase is easy. [6]

Once you have a Coinbase account, you will also be able to use Coinbase's sister company, GDAX, which has dramatically lower fees varying from 0.1% to 0.25%, compared to upwards of 4% with Coinbase.

Although GDAX is an advanced trading platform aimed at serious traders, the fact that it is owned by the same company as Coinbase means that, once you have a Coinbase account, you can use the same details to log in to GDAX. You may then need to provide some further details, and you’ll have to move funds from one wallet to the other, but this should be easy.

Help with using Bitcoin

Those helminth providers who request payment in bitcoins include detailed Bitcoin guides on their websites to help their customers, and they will assist personally with the process, if asked.

For those who don't want to have to bother with Bitcoin, there are trustworthy members of the Helminthic Therapy Support group who will exchange bank wires or PayPal payments for bitcoins, which they will then send directly to the appropriate provider on behalf of the customer. For further details, see these two group posts: Bank wires / PayPal.

Price and viability variations in HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta are being supplied for a wide variety of prices, from no cost at all up to 8 times more than the prices charged by the main supplier of HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta, Biome Restoration. The extremes of pricing are found mainly 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 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. page.

Routing shipments via a different country

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.

Losses during shipping

The vast majority of helminth deliveries arrive safely at their destination containing viable organisms. However, since 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] are living creatures, they are susceptible to extremes of heat and cold, both of which may be encountered during shipping.

NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus 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. are the most at risk because they have a very limited temperature range and will die if frozen. The temperature in an aeroplane hold drops rapidly at altitude and anything on the outside of a pallet will freeze, whatever the time of year.

Providers will usually make good any losses incurred during shipping.

See also

SimpleHTLogo(18x18).gif Helminthic Therapy Wiki: documenting the science, management, experience and results of helminth replacement therapy.