We’ve been taught to believe that when our bodies feel good, we’re healthy and when our bodies feel bad, we’re sick, but this isn’t always the case. A Healing Crisis, also known as a Detoxification Reaction or Herxheimer Reaction occurs when the body begins the natural process of healing itself. Toxins are released into the circulatory systems and rather than feeling better, a patient going through a Healing Crisis feels worse. That’s because the kidneys, skin, and digestive system can’t rid the body of the toxins fast enough, leaving them in circulation to cause nausea, fatigue, headaches, fever, and general malaise.
Toxins that are released into circulation can come from a variety of different sources. A successful program designed to kill off excess candida in the body can lead to a Herxheimer Reaction when the yeast die in vast numbers releasing endotoxins into the body. This is known as a Candida Healing Crisis. When the body isn’t used to ridding itself of these endotoxins in large quantities, discomfort results. As the body gets healthier and becomes more accustomed to undertaking this process of detoxification, the Healing Crisis becomes less pronounced.
Most Common Symptoms Associated with the Healing Crisis:
-Nausea and vomiting
-Increased Blood Pressure
-Hot or Cold Flashes
Other Healing Crisis Causes:
A number of treatment modalities can set off a Healing Crisis. Reiki and acupuncture can both elicit a detox reaction associated with healing. Homeopathy and the act of fasting or juicing can also bring on this kind of reaction. A Herxheimer Reaction can take place in response to physical, emotional, or spiritual healing. Even certain hypnotherapy treatment methods can cause a Detoxification Reaction brought on by profound emotional healing.
A change to your diet that includes foods that contain probiotics or coconut, or recently added herbal or vitamin supplements to your daily regime can bring on a Healing Crisis. Fasting and juicing can also elicit this sort of physical response, as well as psychotherapy, and other emotion-based treatments.
If you find yourself in the throes of a major Healing Crisis, back off a little bit on the detoxification process. Drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest to facilitate the process and move past it to a healthier you.