Black walnut, a hardwood tree that is native to North America, is known for its richly colored, high quality wood that carpenters use to create furniture. The plant also contains nuts with hulls that are used for medicinal purposes. If you are suffering from parasitic infestation, a black walnut supplement may be beneficial. However, you need to know how long to take black walnut for best results.
If you have intestinal parasites, chances are you've experienced symptoms like fatigue, multiple food allergies or possibly anemia. In these cases, take a black walnut tincture or supplement long term. Dr. Hulda Clark recommends taking 2 tsp. of a black walnut tincture in water every hour for five hours for a day or two for individuals who want to jump-start the removal of parasites. After this two-day period, Dr. Clark suggests repeating the dosage every day for two weeks. For individuals who are concerned that an herbal supplement may not agree with conventional medicines they're taking, or don't want to take a "medication" every day, adding a drop or two to a glass of water each day is acceptable until the individual feels comfortable increasing the dosage.
The Web MD website asserts that black walnut may be effective in topically treating skin wounds, so adding a few drops to water or alcohol on a cotton pad may be sufficient for removing the bacteria from a cut or scrape. For topical use, black walnut is only needed temporarily, perhaps for one or two treatments, the same day the wound occurs. According to the Herbal Supplement Resource website, black walnut can also be used to treat acne or eczema, which should perhaps be a more long-term daily treatment to keep skin eruptions under control.
Keeping Parasites Away
To strengthen the immune system and keep parasites from infesting the body again, Dr. Clark recommends taking 2 tsp. of an extra strength black walnut tincture once a week for a year as a maintenance treatment for parasites. The Natural Path website suggests that parasites could come from contact with pets or eating uncooked meats and fish, so washing your hands -- and your furry pets -- thoroughly and cooking meats to their proper temperature will help to cut down on parasitic transfer.
In addition to black walnut's ability to keep parasites away with long-term use, the supplement is also very rich in vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system. The Herbal Supplement Resource website also states that black walnut is a beneficial diarrhea treatment and can be used as a natural laxative. Black walnut hulls are also a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to lower cholesterol and curb hypertension.