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Does the Full Moon Affect Intestinal Worms? (Plus Why It Matters When You’re Getting Rid of Parasites)

It’s true that parasites are more active during a full moon, and it’s science, not astrology or woo woo. But it does feel kind of crazy to consult a moon phase calendar to time a parasite cleanse and maybe even a fast!

full moon

I was fortunate enough to sit down with Dr. Jay Davidson and learn from his parasite expertise, and I was totally fascinated by how the full moon affects these intestinal worms (and other parasites).

(You can read more about getting rid of parasites and watch my entire interview with Dr. Jay here.)

The real takeaway from Dr. Jay’s brilliance about everything parasitic is that you can’t just try to get rid of parasites or intestinal worms for a few days or a week. It’s a really long process the first time because those little buggers are so wily and good at hiding!

That’s their job, after all — they’re parasites, literally existing to leach resources from a host without being so much of a problem that the host can kill them.

I remember hearing a friend describe her daughter’s odd once-a-month vomiting sessions, and I always want to solve things for people.

“You should write those episodes down and see if they correlate with the moon cycles,” I cried.

Note: Saying stuff like that to normal people who don’t know about how parasites ebb and flow with the full moon and new moon doesn’t always go well. 😉

RELATED: Do you even have a parasite? Spoiler alert: the answer is most likely yes! So you also need to know how to kill parasites

Getting Rid of Parasites (for good!)

I’ve done a couple of protocols to get rid of my own parasites; already, and then lo and behold, a stool test showed that I still had one! Wily, I tell you, wily critters…

That rings true with another one of Dr. Jay’s points: You can’t just parasite cleanse once.

Even if you’re successful at getting rid of parasites once…you’ll probably get another one before too long. shudder

Here’s where the moon cycles come in! By timing multiple cleanses with the full moon, you can get rid of those intestinal worms for good.

Here’s a little bit of our interview to help you time your parasite cleanse:

Can’t view the video? Watch it on YouTube here.

No time to watch? Here’s an edited transcript for old-fashioned learning! 😉

Yes, Intestinal Worms are Most Active During a Full Moon

The full moon is usually when parasites are most active, and the second most common time is the new moon.

Essentially, water content changes with moon cycles and parasites are mostly water organisms. Think about the tides in the ocean. We all know the tides are linked with the moon cycle right?

We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales of werewolves and witches and all of this crazy stuff happening during the full moon. Clinically it comes down to the fact that parasites just multiply, are more active at that time, and they stress you out more.

When you have a parasite, you probably don’t get as much sleep during full moons or the quality of sleep isn’t as high primarily because they’re more active.

Your First Parasite Cleanse Must Cross Multiple Moon Phases

Typically for your first parasite cleanse you want to be persistent and consistent for at least 90 days which would cover three full moon cycles.

Parasites lay eggs, the eggs wait a little bit then they hatch. Now you have new parasites, and those lay eggs. Ascaris lumbricoides, more commonly known as roundworm, will lay 200,000 eggs per day! It’s just disgusting to think about those intestinal worms inside you.

You’re not going to kill all the parasites in one day or one weekend.

But since they’re typically most active over a full moon, you can use that to time your parasite cleanse. Dr. Jay usually likes to recommend people start off doing at least 90 days straight of parasite cleansing.

parasites affected by the moon?

Getting Rid of Parasites with the Full Moon

Once you feel like, “You know what? I feel a lot better. I don’t think I need to continue,” then that’s where you can just focus on the full moon. You can do three days, five, or even seven days over a full moon several times.

For example, if you’re going to do five days, you would do the two days before the full moon, on the full moon, two days after the full moon. That’s when you’d want to really dose up on a lot of anti-parasitic herbs, and you’re going to get the most bang for your investment and for your time. Typically, you’ll feel a lot better during that full moon period as well.

Teachers and parents often say that kids get zany during a full moon. Who knew it wasn’t just a myth, but science?

Should you keep this up every few full moon cycles? It’s really up to the individual. Some people need to work to get rid of their parasites for over a year, because they’re so infected from the get-go, and some are just looking at maintenance.

Maintenance to Keep Intestinal Worms Away

Parasites are in our food supply, they’re in veggies and meat. So no matter what your diet is, there are parasites in the food supply. They’re also in the soil and water supply. You can get them from family members, you can get them from pets, you can get them from almost anywhere in your environment.

RELATED: Filter your water to make that parasite-free at least!

While doing one parasite cleanse is great, and timing it over a full moon is better, you’re assured of needing to continue with regular parasite cleansing throughout your life.

Back in the day, farmers would cleanse their animals and their family members every spring and fall. To follow this approach you could do a 30 day cleanse twice a year as maintenance.

A lot of people choose just to focus over the full moon, so they’ll go every full moon for a few months, and then if symptoms start minimizing, they’ll start to skip every other or every third full moon.

Dr. Jay recommends at least 30 days every six months as far as maintenance. Then if you notice, “Whoa, my stomach is going nuts,” or, “I’m seeing things in my stool,” or “I feel something working,” extend it.

Don’t keep it short, but extend it, because you know that you need to clear those parasites out once you’ve got them moving.

Don’t Know Where to Start a Parasite Cleanse?

parasite diet printable shortcut guide

Embarking on a parasite cleanse can seem daunting – where does one even start?!

There are SO MANY options out there for how to approach a pathogen purge, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

I made this simple for you by capturing the three most important steps to rid your body of parasites and put them together in a printable one-page guide.

Resources for Getting Rid of Parasites

Dr. Jay has formulated products to help you complete a successful parasite cleanse and keep them away for good! You can check out his program here.

You can also read about my experience doing a pathogen purge.

Once you’ve completed your initial parasite cleanse (remember 90 days or more!) Dr. Jay has created a full moon kit for parasites including his favorite anti-parasitic herbs and other support for your system, which you can use over a full moon for maintenance. This is not meant to be used as an introduction to parasite cleansing, but once you’re in maintenance mode!

Now that I know more about getting rid of parasites I think I’m finally winning! (After two previous attempts!) More on the conclusion of my story later. 😉

Are you ready to tackle your parasites?

Dr. Jay Davidson

Dr. Jay Davidson D.C., PSc.D. completed his undergraduate studies at University Wisconsin La Crosse Majoring in Biology with biomedical concentration and chemistry minor. He received his doctorate of chiropractic degree at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minnesota.

Dr. Jay Davidson focuses on functional, natural medicine. He is a husband and a father. He is also a prominent speaker and a two-time #1 international best-selling author. Dr. Jay has been a speaker on a wide range of summits and docuseries, along with hosting seven of his own.

Dr. Jay Davidson is admired for his ability to bridge the gap between the scientific health community and the layperson. Dr. Jay Davidson is an ambitious researcher and clinician in the health world. His At-Home program is his private community that walks you through his exact protocols that changed his wife’s life from a near-death experience with Lyme disease. He is also the co-founder of Microbe Formulas.

Unless otherwise credited, photos are owned by the author or used with a license from Canva or Deposit Photos.

2 thoughts on “Does the Full Moon Affect Intestinal Worms? (Plus Why It Matters When You’re Getting Rid of Parasites)”

  1. question about during a females menstrual cycle, I just had mine along with the full moon we just had the 26th of May, so would I do the parasite cleanse during the New Moon that comes June 10th?
    or Do I need to wait till the next full Moon June 24th? I was told not to do it while on menstrual period. thank you

    1. Carolyn @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Hi Ryann, this is a guest post and Dr. Jay doesn’t check the comments so unfortunately, we don’t have an answer for you. I would check that directly with Microbe Formulas if this is the cleanse you’re planning to do. Good luck!

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