by Daphne Woodhouse
(Burnaby, BC, Canada)
I am under the care of a naturopath at the moment and during the time I'm taking the remedy for parasites, when I wash my hair (usually after applying the conditioner and rinsing), sometimes I will see (not more than 3) small white clumps (tapioca-like) in the hair strainer.
What kind of scalp parasites are these and how can I get rid of them faster?
Are you sure these are actually scalp parasites that you are seeing? Have you carefully examined the small white clumps?
Do they look like they could be eggs? Do they have any legs or specific features?
Why not collect them and put them in a container to take to your next naturopath visit? They may be able to help you identify them if they actually get a look at whatever it is.
Usually for scalp issues I recommend regular rinsing with raw organic apple cider vinegar, particularly if there is itching involved.
To kill live parasites on the scalp (like lice, etc.), olive oil can be quite effective. For that treatment you just completely saturate your hair and scalp with olive oil, wrap it in a towel and leave it on overnight (for about 8 hours).
The purpose of the olive oil is to smother the parasites. In the case of lice, it's wise to repeat the process every 3-4 days for a couple of weeks to be sure any hatched eggs aren't allowed to reproduce and repopulate.
I hope your naturopath has encouraged you to take probiotics along with whatever cleansing supplements you are taking. They are very important in the parasite cleansing process to rebuild the good bacteria in your immune system.
You should take probiotics each day but at a different time of day then cleansing herbs.
Hope that helps. To your good health!