Herxheimer Reaction – Feeling Bad Is A Good Thing
For better or worse, that IS the question.
The Herxheimer Reaction is a short-term (from days to a few weeks) detoxification reaction in the body. As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.
When fighting an illness in the body, whether that be a cold, flu, infection, Sarcoidosis or even cancer, protocols I use and implement such as herbs, broad spectrum antioxidants, fucoidan & other nutraceuticals will all result in a die off of the culprit. This is true even if in traditional or allopathic courses of healing such as chemotherapy, cold and sinus medicines, or prescribed antibiotics and other medications. The resulting die off of the pathogen is what you want. If the method that is used is capable of destroying a malignancy, a parasitic infiltration, or a systemic infection, the body has a need to carry off the toxic debris. Almost everything the body gets rid of is release because it is toxic!
If one does not get rid of the toxins quickly enough for the body, lymph channels can become thick and blocked, sometimes resulting in metastases – the spread of a disease from one organ or part to another non-adjacent organ or part. As I learn more and more about the human body all the puzzle pieces connect and I realize that the health of every cell in the body effects the health of every organ etc etc. When Jack was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis I compartmentalized his disease solely to his lymph nodes, as did all his Dr.s & specialists. It has been quite a journey and renewal process to now knowwe must treat the body as the whole that it is & heal completely.
Symptoms Of Herxheimer Reaction
Another very nasty side effect of not ridding the body of this toxic die off is the Herxheimer effect, reaction or syndrome. The Herxheimer’s effect is your body’s reaction to the over abundance of dead or dying bacteria, fungus, yeast, and viruses as a result of your treatment or protocol. The reaction carries with it a multitude of unpleasant side effects, including fatigue, diarrhea, headaches or migraines, muscle and joint aches, ringing in the ears, mental dullness and disorientation, and flu-like symptoms. This reaction is NOT COUNTERPRODUCTIVE or a COUNTER ACTION of the process. It is your body telling you to flush the toxins more quickly.
Many times, I will tell those who are experiencing rapid die off (especially when using Fucoydon or Eternity) to increase the amount of water intake until they experience relief. Literally, the more you drink the faster the toxins will be leaving the body. Ste #1 of “7 Steps To Optimal Health” be sure to subscribe. Another tip is to bounce on a rebounder 5-10 minutes a day to keep your lymphatic system pumping and cleansing. The lymph system only moves when you do.
If you have turned a new leaf in life and think you are feeling worse than better – you may be feeling The Herxheimer Reaction – and if so, it is a good thing. Help your body get rid of years of toxins. Remember, we should all be drinking half our body weight in ounces every day! For every glass of soda, coffee, tea, etc you should add another glass of water.