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How to Do a Full Moon Challenge or a Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge

Parasites are unwelcome guests. They show up unannounced — you likely don’t even know they’ve taken up residence inside your body. Then, they use your body as a luxury hotel, digging in for an extended stay. They eat your food, suck up your nutrients, drain your energy, compromise your gut health, and leave behind a toxic mess.

And while you might succeed in kicking some of them out with a parasite cleanse, others linger deep in hard to reach places, such as your muscle tissue or liver bile duct. If you’re in this (literal) can of worms, it’s time to give your long-term “guests” an extra push to leave with a Full Moon Challenge or a Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge.

Why You Should Evict Parasites

It’s commonplace to deworm cattle, horses, and pets regularly. Yet, a misconception persists that it’s unusual for people to have parasitic infections. Unfortunately, that is not the reality of human parasitic infection.

You might think, “No way! Parasites? Not me!” But it's much easier to acquire a parasite infection than you might realize. Parasites are everywhere, in all climates and every place around the globe — not just third world countries. (1)

But did you know that merely walking barefoot outside is one of the many ways you could acquire a parasite infection? These critters can also sneak inside you when your fur baby sleeps in your bed, you swim in a lake, eat raw sushi, etc. These trespassers can be so tiny that you need a microscope to see them or can be more than four feet long. (2)

Intestinal parasites can live inside your gut for months or years before you notice any symptoms. Your body is warm, cozy, and has room service. Every time you eat, they eat. They gobble up whatever they need and may leave little for you. (3)

Unfortunately, conventional medicine overlooks parasitic infections, a primary root cause of many health problems. Many parasites are undetectable or unseen in stool tests. If you struggle with anxiety, chronic bloating, fatigue, low energy, and other “mystery” symptoms, you may have exhausted all solutions to get better and stay better, without much success. (4)

Parasitic infections may contribute to nutritional deficiencies of some vitamins and minerals. Here are some deficits you may develop and why these nutrients are essential: (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

  • Vitamin A: Needed for eye and immune system health 
  • Vitamin B12: Required for energy, brain function, and DNA production
  • Copper: Required for mitochondrial function, as well as bone and collagen strength 
  • Iron: Helps transport oxygen as part of hemoglobin in red blood cells
  • Magnesium: Crucial for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body 
  • Zinc: Necessary for enzyme function, immune health, and wound healing 

Parasites have a vested interest in depriving you of nutrients. For example, zinc bolsters your immune system, presenting a threat to parasites. Robbing you of zinc helps them solidify their stronghold in you, their host. (16)

These unwelcome visitors can also steal your macronutrients — the carbohydrates, fats, and protein that you ingest. Moreover, as they subtly reduce your nutrient absorption, they increase inflammation and compromise your gut health. (17, 18, 19)

Parasite-killing herbs and protocols may help you eliminate a significant number of these freeloaders. One such Ayurvedic botanical, called Mimosa pudica, catapults killing parasites in your parasite cleanse to the next level.

Mimosa Pudica Seed 

Mimosa pudica seed is an extraordinary gut scrubber that can be paired with other herbs used for killing parasites. When you take capsules filled with Mimosa pudica seed, the contents mix with fluids in your digestive tract to form a sticky gel.

This incredibly sticky substance can help: (20, 21)

  • Latch onto parasites in your intestinal tract so you can excrete them in your stools
  • Grab the critters’ protective biofilm, as well as mucoid plaque formed in injured areas of your gut, to carry them out in your stools
  • Absorb toxins from dying parasites, so you don’t absorb them in your body
  • Provide glucuronic acid, a carbohydrate-based compound that may help heal your gut lining
  • Transport harmful heavy metals out of your body

Taking Mimosa pudica seed can be helpful for other gut issues, not just killing intestinal parasites. It may be especially beneficial if you have: (20)

  • Persistent intestinal issues that aren’t improving. Mimosa pudica seed may help support the health of your gut lining and promote healing.
  • An acute issue like food poisoning. Mimosa pudica seed may help you feel better fast by absorbing toxins and soothing irritation in your digestive tract.
  • Hit a wall in your health journey and are no longer progressing. Changing up your routine could “break open the flood gates.” Targeting gut toxins and parasites may help you reach a new level in your health journey.

Long-term parasite infections can be stubborn, and the moochers aren’t easily evicted from your body. Using Mimosa pudica seed, two challenges that can help shove them out the door are the Full Moon Challenge and Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge.

Read on to find out how to do these parasite cleanse challenges, starting with The Full Moon Challenge.

    The Full Moon Challenge

    Full Moon Challenge


    Launch a parasite-killing breakthrough with the
    Full Moon Challenge parasite cleanse!

    Everything in nature has cycles, including the moon. It cycles from the new moon (no visible moon) to the full moon.

    Throughout history, people have connected the full moon with strange behavior in both animals and humans. More recently, the full moon has been linked with increased parasite activity. (22, 23, 24)

    Why is that? Some unique things happen in your body, and to the parasites who use you as a comfortable hideaway, during a full moon. This increased activity is due to parasites looking for the best times to be active and reproduce. 

    Levels of the hormone melatonin fall during the full moon. Melatonin functions as a neurotransmitter — a brain and nervous system chemical messenger. It not only helps you sleep, but it also helps control your immune system. (25, 26)

    You need a well-functioning immune defense to fend off a parasite infection. When melatonin decreases, there is less immunity to combat parasites. The pesky critters take advantage of this and become more active. (26, 27

    Additionally, levels of serotonin, one of your “feel-good” neurotransmitters, are also affected by the full moon. Unlike melatonin, serotonin increases during the full moon. (28, 29)

    There are serotonin receptors on human cells and parasites as well. Parasitic worms use serotonin to help them move. When they have access to higher serotonin levels during the moon’s full phase, they can move around more freely. Without it, they’re paralyzed. (30, 31)

    The increased activity of parasites during and around the full moon provides an ideal opportunity to evict the critters using a parasite cleanse. That’s why we recommend doing a Full Moon Challenge and increasing parasite-killing supplements during this time. 

    If you take the necessary natural remedies to wallop the freeloaders when they are more active, they clear out more quickly and thoroughly. 

    Turn the tables on them. Increase your parasite cleanse protocol as they’re coming out of their hiding places around the time of the full moon.

    Here's a video of Dr. Jay discussing the Full Moon Challenge.

    How to do the Full Moon Challenge

    You start the Full Moon Challenge shortly BEFORE the full moon and complete it shortly AFTER the full moon. The length of this parasite cleanse ranges from 3 to 5 to 7 days, based on your individual tolerance.

    There are three levels of the challenge: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced:

    • Beginner 3-day = start challenge one day before the full moon and end one day after
    • Intermediate 5-day = start the challenge two days before the full moon and end it two days after
    • Advanced 7-day = start challenge three days before the full moon and end three days after

    Full Moon Challenge Chart

    During this time, you’ll take nutritional supplements used for killing parasites. We recommend you take Mimosa pudica seed, the innovative, gut-scrubbing, parasite killer mentioned above. 

    Add botanicals that support the body and target killing parasites to your parasite cleanse, including:

    • Black walnut hulls
    • Clove
    • Holarrhena (kutaj)
    • Holy Basil
    • Neem 
    • Sage
    • Tansy
    • Thyme
    • Triphala 
    • Vidanga
    • Wormseed (epazote)

    To protect and deliver these herbs precisely where they are needed, add carbon-based binders to your full moon parasite cleanse. Carbon-based binders also bind the biological toxins and debris that killing parasites leaves behind. 

    Plus, these binders leave behind the building blocks of tissues — carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen — that repair the damage done by the parasites and the toxins they release. 

    Parasite-Killing Botanicals

     Follow these steps to complete the challenge:

    1. Take steps to ensure your drainage pathways are moving well.
      1. Continue taking intestinal moving herbs and lymphatic drainage herbs before, during, and after your Full Moon Challenge parasite cleanse. 
      2. Increasing this support is crucial to eliminating toxins and debris released by dying parasites. Particularly if you tend to become “backed up” easily, you need to keep your drainage pathways open to expel the critters as they die.
    2. Choose whether you’ll do a 3, 5, or 7-day Full Moon Challenge.
      1. You’ll dose with the parasite-killing herbs one, two, or three days before and after the full moon.
      2. Include the actual day of the full moon, making for a 3, 5, or 7-day total parasite cleanse.
    3. Take your herbs and botanicals at higher than the recommended amounts during your Full Moon Challenge parasite cleanse.
      1. Up the ante on dosing to kill the critters when they’re most active.
      2. If you start to feel ill or react with side effects at higher dosages, focus on opening drainage pathways or back off the dosing a bit to better tolerate the die-off reactions that may occur while killing parasites. 

    These are basic guidelines. You can adjust, using higher or lower dosages, based on your individual tolerance.

    The 5-day and 7-day Full Moon Challenges aren't recommended if you’re brand new to parasite cleansing. Taking high doses too soon may cause die-off (Herxheimer) reactions. When your body isn't able to clear out dying parasites and their toxins quickly enough, it can lead to an increase in your symptoms. (32, 33)

    General timeframe for parasite cleansing is 4-6 months. Remember, one go-around with this challenge may not clear everything out.

    And since there are thirteen full moons every calendar year. This means thirteen opportunities to take control of your health and experience greater levels of well-being.

    Additional Tips for the Full Moon Challenge Parasite Cleanse


    Bowel movements

    Keep tabs on your bowel movements. A few people may develop loose stools on this challenge. If this is you, slow down on the challenge to your tolerance level.

    On the other hand, some people may get constipated during the parasite cleanse. If you’re prone to constipation, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Three other suggestions to help keep your bowels moving are: (34, 35)

    • Increase your intake of intestinal moving herbs. If you kill parasites but don't push them out quickly enough, your symptoms may worsen.
    • Consider doing coffee enemas to help you excrete toxins. This may help prevent your liver bile duct from becoming clogged while the parasites are moving out. 
    • Take a magnesium supplement before bed to help your bowels move.

    Many people will have neither loose stools nor constipation during the challenge.

    • Bloating: Bloating often results as toxins accumulate.
      • If it occurs, focus on ensuring your drainage and detox pathways are open and free-flowing, using targeted drainage products. 
      • You may also want to consider backing off your dosages a bit until your body is no longer overburdened with die-off toxins.
    • Brain fog: A parasite cleanse can trigger brain fog if your brain is not draining well. 
      • The brain has its own drainage process through its glymphatic system. 
      • The glymphatic system kicks into high gear while you sleep, removing the toxic elements contributing to fogginess, concentration issues, memory problems, and inflammation in your brain. 
      • Combat brain fog and similar symptoms by getting more sleep and increasing the drainage in your lymphatic system. 
    • Low energy: It’s not unusual for your energy to wane during a Full Moon Challenge, or any parasite cleanse, for that matter. 
      • If it does, focus on opening your drainage pathways — the colon, liver, liver bile duct, kidneys, and lymphatic system. 
      • If the toxins and debris you’re releasing from parasite die-off can’t exit your body, you could experience energy loss, along with other unpleasant die-off reactions. 
      • Also, consider supporting your mitochondria while you perform the Full Moon Challenge. Mitochondria, as you likely remember from biology class, are the energy-producing structures within your cells.

    The Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge

    The gist of the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge parasite cleanse is to take the Mimosa pudica seed herb every hour (with plenty of water) while intentionally avoiding food. However, it is completely fine to drink other liquids, such as tea or coffee, when doing this challenge. 

    Along with the Full Moon Challenge, taking frequent, small doses of Mimosa pudica seed may help increase its cleansing benefits. It could help you flush out biofilm, mucoid plaque, and parasites that don't budge when you take less frequent doses.

    However, the benefits of doing the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge versus the Full Moon Challenge is that you can do the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge any time, not just around the Full Moon. Plus, it’s only one herbal supplement to keep track of. 

    This parasite cleanse pairs well with intermittent fasting, which can be as simple as restricting the period you eat to a 6 to 8-hour window. For example, you might eat only between 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Alternatively, some people may do a water-only fast a few times a week. (36)

    How to do the challenge:

    1. Choose a day to do an intermittent fast or water-only fast.
    2. As soon as you wake up, take Mimosa pudica seed with plenty of water.
    3. Take more Mimosa pudica seed every hour with plenty of water, while avoiding food. Set an alarm to remind you, if necessary.
    4. Take as many hourly doses of Mimosa pudica seed as you can before eating, aiming for eight doses on your challenge day.

    There are also four levels of the challenge: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced, and Bonus:

    • Beginner — skip breakfast only, taking Mimosa pudica seed every hour, then ending the parasite cleanse by eating at lunchtime. You can work your way up to the intermediate level in subsequent challenges.
    • Intermediate — skip breakfast and lunch, taking Mimosa pudica seed every hour until you resume eating at your dinner meal. 
    • Advanced — for an extreme ramp-up of your efforts to drive out parasites, do a 24-hour water fast and take Mimosa pudica seed every two hours while you're awake.
    • Bonus — to take the Beginner or Intermediate challenge to the next level, do this Bonus Challenge. If you tolerate Mimosa pudica seed well, you can take it every 30 minutes rather than every hour.

    How to do the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge

    Pay attention to how your body responds, what symptoms develop (if any), and challenge yourself accordingly. Your tolerance level and degree of parasitic infection are unique to you. Adjust your timing and dosing according to what provides you the greatest success and minimal discomfort.

    Here's a video of Dr. Jay reviewing the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge.

    How to do a Mimosa Pudica Seed Mini-Challenge

    If the full Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge sounds like more than you can do, try a mini-challenge. In this case, you won’t fast; rather, you will just delay eating.

    To do the Mimosa Pudica Seed Mini Challenge:

    1. Instead of eating, when you feel hungry, take extra Mimosa pudica seed — beyond the standard Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge.
    2. Wait 30-60 minutes afterwards before eating

    Remember, hunger is one of the symptoms of a parasite infection. When you eat, your parasites eat too. If you take Mimosa pudica seed instead of eating, you may find that you weren't hungry at all. It was the parasites wanting a meal. (37, 38)

    Don’t give parasites the room service they’re demanding. Bind and pull them out instead. Doing a mini-challenge before every meal or snack may help move out parasites. You’ll likely find you’re less hungry once you’ve gotten rid of the parasites.

    Moreover, temporarily increasing Mimosa pudica seed may help you break through a plateau and reach a new level in your healing journey.

    Tackle Your Tenacious Tenants

    Your uninvited guests are quite happy for you to host their sit-in long term. The longer you let them stay, the more territory they’ll claim. The longer they hang out, the bigger the mess they’ll make. That means more of your cells, tissues, and organ systems could be affected.

    If you’ve reached a standstill in evicting parasites, take advantage of parasites’ increased activity during the full moon and complete the Full Moon Challenge. Or, try the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge at any time.   

    Which challenge seems right for you?

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