From looking a numerous stool tests I’ve seen most patients have dysbiotic organisms (aka parasites) in their GI tracts. Parasites can cause people to act grumpy, mean, and distracted. Here is a comprehensive chart listing several herbal parasite remedies which may be of potential beneift, depending upon the organisms.
Some examples from Mark Hyman’s excellent article 5 Steps to Kill Hidden Bad Bugs in Your Gut that Make You Sick
– A 3-year-old boy with autism started talking after treating a parasite called Giardia in his gut.
– A 6-year-old girl with severe behavioral problems including violence, disruptive behavior in school, and depression was treated for bacterial yeast overgrowth, and in less than 10 days, her behavioral issues and depression were resolved.
For digestive tract parasties, it’s helpful to take the herbs on an empty stomach so the parasites “eat” the herb.
When killing parasites many people experience a die-off reaction. It’s helpful to take activated charcoal to sop up the toxins the parasites will give off as they die. Since activated charcoal absorbs everything it comes into contact with (including the nutrients from your food, or your parasite herbs) I like to take activated charcoal on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Before retiring for the night, I set it on the nightstand next to the bed with a glass of water. I wait 20 minutes before consuming the next thing (usually my parasite herb).