AKA: The Cleansing Reaction, The Detox Reaction, or the Herxheimer Reaction
What is a Healing Crisis
A healing crisis reaction occurs when the body tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be painlessly disposed of. The more toxic one's bodily systems are, the more severe the detoxification, or healing crisis can become.
It is characterised by a temporary increase in the very symptoms that need treatment. You may feel worse and therefore conclude that the treatment is not working or that you are allergic to the supplements. However, 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 has started!
Such reactions are temporary and can occur immediately - or within several days, or even several weeks, after starting lifestyle / dietary changes. The Healing Crisis symptoms usually pass within 2-7 days, but on rare occasions can last several weeks.
Symptoms of a Healing Crisis
The Healing Crisis will usually bring about past symptoms in whatever order the body is capable of handling at that time. So there are a wide variety of reactions that may manifest during a Healing Crisis, the most common are:
- Increased joint or muscle pain
- Fever (usually low grade) and/or chills
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Arthritic flair up
- Sinus congestion
- Drop or increase in blood pressure
- Extreme fatigue and/or its opposite, restlessness
- Frequent urination and/or urinary tract discharges
- Skin eruptions, including: boils, hives, and rashes
- Flair-up / attacks of psoriasis and eczema
- Strong emotions i.e. anger, despair, sadness, fear, etc.
- Suppressed memories arise
- Mood swings
Easing Your Way Through the Healing Crisis
Drink plenty of fresh water, Biozest and/or herbal teas to help flush the body of toxins.
If the reaction is mild enough that it can be borne without grave discomfort, the best approach is to continue treatment.
If the reaction is too severe, cutting back on the dosage or frequency of supplementation can be very helpful in lessening symptoms but allowing the healing process to continue. Sometimes stopping supplementation for a day or so and then beginning again at a lesser dosage can allow for quick relief.
If you are feeling fatigued, or sleepy, your body is talking to you, and telling you to rest. Be kind to your body and get the rest that you need.
Important: Always insure your health by having a thorough medical check up - do not assume that if you have any of the above symptoms that you are in a healing crisis - you may not, you might have a medical health problem.