Herxheimer Reaction: Also called Healing Crisis, “Die off” Reaction, Cleansing Responce, Detox Reaction etc
What is it?
Also known as the “Herxheimer Reaction”, this reaction occurs when the body tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be properly disposed of. The more toxic one’s bodily systems are, the more severe the detoxification, or healing crisis. It is characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during the cleansing or detox process which may be mild or severe. You may feel worse and therefore conclude that the treatment is not working. But these reactions are instead signs that the treatment is working and that your body is going through the process of cleaning itself of impurities, toxins and imbalances.
Healing Reactions are temporary ; they can happen right away or within several days, or even several weeks, of a detox. If you are suffering from an illness, the symptoms you experience during the healing crisis may seem as if your symptoms are getting worse. This may explain why there may be a sudden worsening in one’s condition. Most people feel somewhat ill during the first few days of a cleanse because it is at that point that your body dumps toxins into the blood stream for elimination. With a more serious condition there may be many small crises to go through before the final one is possible. In any case, a cleansing & purifying process is underway, and stored wastes are in a free-flowing state.
There are lots of opinions on how to handle a healing crisis. Some think its great because you are really detoxing, but others, including myself, think that only a mild healing crisis is beneficial. I think that if too many toxins are released at once, they may find another place to lodge in the body or damage the organs. That being said, when I was very sick with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity I did sleep a lot and had twitches, aches and pains which I still don’t know if it was the MCS or the detoxing. I was taking supplements, doing sauna and coffee enema almost every day. I got 95 % well, so my story turned out good.
The healing crisis is the result of the body working to eliminate waste products through all elimination channels and set the stage for regeneration. The end result: old tissues are replaced with new. When any treatment or cleansing program causes a large scale die-off of bacteria, a significant amount of bacteria and toxins are released into the body. Releasing chemicals, candida, virus and parasite die off all will have to exit the system. I personally think that the coffee enema is the best way to increase the livers ability to detox and also flushes wastes out of your body so that they no longer have the opportunity to make you ill. if you have any type of illness related to toxicity (MCS, Cancer) I strongly recommend coffee enema. I made two videos explaining. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0VNXtMv56Y
Extreme fatigue and/or its opposite, restlessness
Fever and/or chills
Frequent urination and/or urinary tract discharges
Drop in blood pressure
Skin eruptions, including: boils, hives, and rashes.
Cold or flu-like symptoms
change in emotions
Drink plenty of clean water , juices, and herbal teas to flush the body of toxins.
Always ensure your health by having a thorough medical check up: don’t assume that if you have any of the above symptoms that you are in a healing crisis: you may not be in a healing process, you may have a medical health problem. Being your own doctor can be tricky and its always good to work with a doctor you trust or if you have severe or prolonged symptoms, don’t hesitate to get help.
I am not a doctor and this is not “medical advice”.
Here is a video I made about the coffee enema. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0VNXtMv56Y