A parasite is an organism which exploits any other live animal for nutrition. In most cases, the parasitic process causes harm to the host through the actual removal of the nutrients, or by carrying other diseases into the body.
Parasites are often thought of as a tropical disease, but this is a huge misconception. It is estimated that as many as 10% of people in the UK have parasites. Many people will carry parasitic infections at a subclinical level for years, with the parasite feeding, reproducing and affecting the health of the host. Contaminated food and water, raw or inadequately cooked meat and fish and physical contact are the most widespread sources of intestinal parasites.
The effect of parasites living in the gut depends on the species of parasite identified. There are two main types of intestinal parasite, helminths and protozoa.
CNS carry out a total of 12 investigations. Samples are subjected to a microscopic examination using specific stains to highlight any parasite species. We use state of the art microscope photography to record the presence of any parasites, and will report back the presence of any species detected. It is key that the parasite is correctly determined, as this will have important implications for any therapy.
When you order the test we will send you the stool collection kit with comprehensive instructions for use. Samples need to be taken on 3 different days, and put into the pots provided containing a preservative. On the final day a sample is also placed into a pot without preservative, to enable us to examine the live gut fauna.
When you have collected the required samples, you just post them back to the laboratory in the mail-safe container. Test turnaround times The results of our investigation will be returned to you within 10 working days.
30 minute session
Important Details: We request 48hours notice of cancellation. Should you fail to cancel within these guidelines a 50% charge will apply. All no shows and same day cancellations will be charged the full cost of the treatment. All treatments are by appointment only and require card details to secure your booking. (50% deposit will be taken at the time of booking)
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