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- By Dr. Todd Watts
- 13 May 19
If you're considering taking Mimosa pudica seed or you're just starting to use it in a parasite cleanse, you probably have questions — maybe even a few embarrassing ones.
For example, you may wonder:
You’re not alone in these uncertainties.
Mimosa pudica seed is a relatively new therapy in functional medicine. So, many people are unfamiliar with how it works for gut cleansing.
This article tackles 7 common myths, 3 mistakes, and 5 questions about Mimosa pudica seed to help you maximize its benefits.
When you don’t understand how something works or what to expect, it’s easy for myths to develop. These can stand in your way of getting the most benefit from Mimosa pudica seed.
Here are some common myths and concerns, along with the information you need to put your mind at ease.
You’ll probably see Mimosa pudica seed in your stools. Your gut lacks enzymes to digest the sticky goo that forms when you ingest the seeds. So, it travels through your gut, “grabbing” parasites, biofilm, and toxins along the way. This all exits via your stools. (1, 2)
Still, you won’t necessarily see the parasites that you’re evicting from your gut. You can only see 30% of parasites with the naked eye. The other 70% are microscopic.
For example, some helminths (parasitic worms) — particularly the adults — are large enough for you to see. Some may even be frighteningly long. In contrast, you need a microscope to see protozoan parasites, which are a single cell in size.
Even so, you may notice some differences in how your stools look during the cleansing process. You could be expelling biofilm, a protective shield produced by communities of critters. Or, you may see mucoid plaque, which forms in damaged areas of your gut. (5, 6)
Whether you’re eliminating parasites, biofilm, or mucoid plaque, the motto is: better out that in. Removing parasites and the related buildup helps in restoring gut health.
Parasites produce many inflammatory toxins when they’re dying. These toxins may overwhelm your liver, which plays a vital role in detoxification. If your liver is in overdrive, it may keep you up at night.
Your liver and other organs follow a 24-hour cycle or rhythm, performing specific functions at certain times. According to traditional Chinese medicine, your liver’s peak activity is around 1 to 3 a.m. Waking up then may be a sign your liver needs extra support. (9, 10)
Parasites can also block your common bile duct, which releases bile into your small intestine. Bile contains toxins processed by your liver. This drainage pathway may need herbal support. Taking toxin binders may help as well. (11)
The other drainage pathway you need to keep open is your colon or large intestine. Some of the toxin-laden bile travels to your colon and is eliminated via your stools.
You should also note that parasites may particularly interfere with your sleep during a full moon, as they’re more active around this time. Some are more likely to move into your gut to reproduce. (12, 13)
You can use this to your advantage. Parasites are easier to kill if they’ve come out of hiding. If you’ve already gotten your drainage pathways flowing well, you can increase your dose of Mimosa pudica seed around the time of a full moon.
All factors considered, what if you still feel Mimosa pudica seed may be affecting your sleep? Try taking one larger dose early in the day instead of a dose in the morning and a dose at night. Some people find this helpful for sleep.
Mimosa pudica seed itself shouldn’t negatively affect your blood sugar. In fact, some animal studies suggest the whole plant and certain extracts from it may have blood sugar (glucose) lowering effects in diabetes. (14, 15)
However, as your body detoxes from pancreatic parasites and liver flukes, it’s possible to affect blood sugar.
Your liver and pancreas play vital roles in glucose metabolism. Parasites can hide out in these organs and interfere with your blood sugar control. As you evict these critters, your blood sugar may become more stable.
You should also remember that some parasites feed on sugar. Following a low-sugar diet may help starve the critters as you’re trying to clear them out. A diet low in sugar and other refined carbohydrates also supports more stable blood sugar. (16, 17)
In evaluating this myth, you have to look at what part of the Mimosa pudica plant is used.
Reportedly, Mimosa pudica root has been used as a temporary birth control agent in India. And, animal studies that tested the plant’s leaf or root extracts suggest they may alter reproductive hormone levels and possibly reduce fertility. (18, 19, 20)
However, this has not been shown with Mimosa pudica seed.
Moreover, in clinical practice, it’s been observed that couples who have been taking Mimosa pudica seed long term have been able to conceive. There is no evidence that the seed disrupts hormones or causes infertility. Still, it’s best to consult your doctor for guidance.
On the other hand, parasites are linked to infertility. This applies to both men and women. So, evicting parasites may improve fertility. (21)
Parasitic infections can change how your bowels function. This may be most obvious when you’re initially infected with a parasite like Giardia and end up with profuse diarrhea.
Yet, parasites’ effects on your bowels may be more subtle. They can also cause constipation and irregular bowel habits.
What’s more, when you kill parasites, they can cause a backup in your bowels. Even if Mimosa pudica seed is doing its job of scrubbing your gut wall and pulling out biofilm, your colon may not be.
Are your bowels moving at least 2 or 3 times a day when you’re purging parasites and toxins? If not, you may need the help of intestinal moving herbs.
Over time, Mimosa pudica seed could help your bowels normalize. That said, people’s responses to it vary. Some people initially get loose stools while others get constipated.
If you become constipated when using Mimosa pudica seed, try a lower dose and drink plenty of water. A lower dose can still help you get results, just not as quickly.
Mimosa pudica root is rumored to be an aphrodisiac, helping increase libido.
One study found that Mimosa pudica root extract increased testosterone and libido in male mice. However, a very high dose was used — 1,100 mg per pound of body weight. For a 150-pound person that would be a whopping 165 grams or about 6 ounces of extract. (22)
Moreover, an aphrodisiac effect has never been shown with Mimosa pudica seed or in people. So, perhaps unfortunate to some, Mimosa pudica seed is not an aphrodisiac.
You may worry that parasites will become used to Mimosa pudica seed and render it ineffective. Fortunately, this can’t happen.
Mimosa pudica seed is not something that parasites get used to or build up a tolerance against. The seed works by grabbing unwanted critters and dragging them out of your gut so that they can exit in your stools.
Parasites can’t outwit this “gut scrubbing” action or get used to it. It’s like getting gum in your hair. It will stick every time and take some strands with it when you pull it out.
How you take Mimosa pudica seed can make all the difference in its effectiveness. Here are three common mistakes and how to avoid them.
You may wonder if Mimosa pudica seed is working if you don’t see a change in your stools. First, remember that many parasites are microscopic, so you can’t see them without significant magnification.
Additionally, watch for results beyond the toilet bowl. Do you notice changes in how you feel, and is your digestive tract working better?
You also have to give time for Mimosa pudica seed to do its work.
Some people stop taking it too soon. Though you may see results quickly, you may not notice significant effects for a month or longer. It’s generally recommended that you continue it for at least three months.
That said, if you’ve been taking Mimosa pudica seed for a couple of weeks and aren’t seeing anything in your stools, try slowly increasing your dose.
You may need a higher dose of Mimosa pudica seed to get the desired effects. Generally, you can take up to 5 capsules twice a day. Increasing your dose may help open the floodgates and release the critters.
Additionally, you should make sure you’re taking herbs — such as neem, clove, and Holarrhena — to help kill parasites. Certain essential oils may also help kill parasites. Mimosa pudica seed helps pull out these dead critters in your gut. (23, 24, 25)
Lastly, periodic challenges, such as during a full moon when the critters are more active, could also boost the effects of Mimosa pudica seed.
Mimosa pudica seed’s stickiness is why it works so well. But, that can make it tricky to take if you can’t swallow capsules or want to take only part of a capsule. The powdered seed quickly turns into a gel when you mix it with water. That can be unpleasant to swallow.
If you want to take it outside the capsule, mix it with honey, pure maple syrup, or healthy fat like organic extra-virgin olive oil. These will prevent the powdered seed from getting too sticky to swallow, yet they won’t interfere with its effectiveness.
That said, binders can reduce the stickiness of Mimosa pudica seed, which is essential for its gut scrubbing work. So, avoid mixing it with binders like BioActive Carbon, as well as old-school binders like bentonite clay and diatomaceous earth.
Mimosa pudica seed works best when taken on an empty stomach. Ideally, aim to take it about 30 to 60 minutes before a meal.
With this timing, the critters will be expecting more fuel but will get Mimosa pudica instead. This could help in catching them off guard and removing them.
Still, if you’re sensitive and want to start slow, taking it with food can be helpful at first. Then, transition to taking it alone.
As for taking Mimosa pudica seed with other supplements, it’s best to separate them by at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour. And, as mentioned above, you should always keep it one hour away from BioActive Carbon.
Lastly, if you’re doing coffee enemas to support detoxification, take Mimosa pudica seed after your coffee enema.
Chances are, you have some of the same questions about Mimosa pudica seed that other people have. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs).
The answer is different for everyone. It depends on how long you’ve been sick and how aggressive you can be with clearing out the critters. For some people, it may take a few months, but for others, it may take a few years.
For instance, if you’re very sensitive, you might have to approach it more slowly. That could take longer. If your body is more resilient, you may be able to take higher doses sooner.
Moreover, parasites release in stages. So, a total Mimosa pudica seed parasite cleanse can take time.
Even when you're finished, you're still at risk for being re-exposed to parasites. There are things you can do to reduce this risk.
Mimosa pudica seed’s sticky gel — which is formed from mucilage, a soluble fiber — doesn’t move beyond your digestive tract. However, it contains beneficial compounds that could reach other parts of your body.
You can compare this to when you eat vegetables. The fiber stays in your gut. But, your intestines absorb the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals from the vegetables. These nutrients are transferred to your blood and can be routed to various parts of your body.
Scientists haven’t tested nutrient absorption from Mimosa pudica seed. Studies of similar seeds suggest that you absorb some of their nutrients, including phytochemicals. (26)
That means Mimosa pudica seed could have benefits beyond your gut.
For example, Mimosa pudica seed contains phytochemicals called tannins. These can interfere with energy production in parasitic worms and lead to their death. The seed also contains alkaloids, which can paralyze worms. (27, 28)
There is no right or wrong time of day to take Mimosa pudica seed. That said, it is most effective when taken on an empty stomach. Experiment and see what works best for your situation.
Some people prefer taking it first thing the morning, then take their second dose in the afternoon.
Other people have found a significant increase in parasite release when they take Mimosa pudica seed before bed. See what works best for you.
If you take any medications, separate them from your dose of Mimosa pudica seed by at least 2 hours. This includes antibiotics as well as any other medicines.
The Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge is a method of taking parasite cleansing to the next level. It gets your body out of its routine, so you can take the parasites by surprise.
In short, the challenge means taking 2 capsules of the Mimosa Pudica Seed supplement every hour with plenty of water while avoiding eating.
For example, take 2 capsules as soon as you get up. Then take 2 more capsules every hour until you decide to eat. Drink lots of water with each dose you take.
This pairs well with intermittent fasting. That can be as simple as limiting your eating to a narrow window of time during the day.
The goal is to get eight hours of these small, frequent doses of Mimosa Pudica Seed before you eat. If you can’t go this long without eating, you can try a shortened version of the challenge.
This challenge could be especially helpful if you seem to have hit a plateau in your parasite cleansing. It could also be the boost you need if you have persistent gut issues you can’t seem to resolve.
Remember, you may see critters in your stool when you take Mimosa pudica seed for parasite cleansing. Still, you may not see any, since the majority are microscopic.
Moreover, you may not see a change in your stools several weeks into the cleanse. Or, you might see lots of critters soon after starting the protocol. Everyone is different.
Stick with it for the long haul and give it time to work. Periodically step up your dosing, too. You can do challenges with more frequent doses to catch the critters off guard.
Do you still have questions about Mimosa pudica seed? Contact us today.
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