What To Expect

WHAT TO EXPECT:

The aim of wormswell is to provide a new model for the provision of hookworm larvae for the purpose of Helminthic Treatment.  We simply believe that everyone deserves to be given the opportunity to access helminths safely and affordably so that they can manage their own treatment. To this aim we expect our clients to engage in the process of research, self-administration and self-treatment.

In order to achieve affordability, we cannot offer any medical advice regarding an individual’s underlying immune condition.

Please make sure that you are comfortable that Helminthic Treatment is the right path for you through research and consultation with your primary healthcare provider before proceeding. There is a huge amount of information available on-line. Please have a look at our Science and Research page for a guide on how to begin the process of researching the treatment in relation to your own immune condition.

Should you decide to go ahead and purchase a dose of Necator americanus hookworm you will receive a vial of larvae suspended in a small amount of clear liquid. They are too small to be seen with the naked eye so it will just look like a little vial containing a few drops of water.

You will also be provided with a vial of purified water (for rinsing), a pipette, a dressing and instructions.

Application:

The liquid from the vial should be dripped onto the dressing using the pipette, and then the dressing placed on bare skin for 12 hours. The larvae will penetrate the skin and begin their migration to the small intestine. You may experience an itchy rash at the site of inoculation.

The Journey:

Over the next 2 weeks the larvae will travel through the bloodstream to the lungs and on to the small intestine via the throat and stomach. During this time you may experience a cough and an allergic response that can exacerbate your usual symptoms. In a few lucky cases the opposite will happen and you can experience the famous hookworm “bounce” where all your allergic and inflammatory symptoms will go into profound remission and leave you with feelings of energy and vitality. Those who experience the bounce tend to describe it as “feeling like they are teenagers again”. This is a temporary phenomenon that usually lasts no more than a week, so enjoy it while you can!

Maturation:

Over the next month the larvae attach to the intestinal wall and molt to become adult worms. During this time they will conduct what has been described as a “conversation” with your immune system as your body tries to reject them and they fight for their right to remain. You may experience bouts of fatigue, diarrhea, bloating, gas, fever and inflammation, commonly referred to as “worm flu”. These symptoms will usually peak at around the 6 week mark when the worms become firmly established, and diminish over time from then on.

Many people will not experience any negative symptoms, but for those who react strongly Immodium or Pepto Bismol can treat gastric issues and if symptoms continue to worsen it is recommended that you should ask your doctor for a short course of antihistamine or Prednisone which is very effective at treating any discomfort.

Results:

Usually the immunoregulatory effect of the worms begins at around the 12 week mark, although there have been cases of reported improvement as early as 7 weeks and some have taken as long as 12 to 14 months to see results.

Every individual’s reaction to helminths is very different so it is difficult to prescribe an ideal number of worms or an expected time frame for them to become effective. If there are no signs of improvement after 12 weeks you may wish to consider further doses at a minimum of 12 week intervals until results are achieved. We would not recommend that anyone should let their colony of worms exceed 150 due to the risk of becoming anemic.

The scale of negative symptoms during the worm’s settling in phase directly correlates to the size of the dose, so we would not recommend an initial dose of more than 25 worms in order to reduce the likelihood of discomfort. You are likely to have your strongest reaction with the first inoculation then find that symptoms are less apparent with subsequent doses thanks to the established worms exerting their influence and dampening the immune reaction. The localised skin rash at entry point can, however, become progressively more inflamed with subsequent doses.