Yeast Diet Off - The
As the bad bacteria dies off with the treatment of
probiotics, Clostridium and other nosodes, you may experience some of these
issues as a healing response
What Is The Herxheimer Reaction? 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.
This is believed to be a reaction caused by organisms
(bacteria) dying off and releasing toxins into the body faster than the body may
comfortably handle it.
This is a normal
— and even healthy — reaction that indicates that parasites, fungus, viruses,
bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The biggest
problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop taking the supplement
or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very
treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not
make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a
sign that healing is taking place.
it appears to some as if they have the flu. The symptoms of the Herxheimer Reaction can be most severe. Usually die off
lasts only a few hours, though it can last several days, and may, in severe
cases, be maintained for weeks.
Why Does This Happen? The Herxheimer Reaction is an immune system reaction to the toxins (endotoxins)
that are released when large amounts of pathogens are being killed off, and the
body does not eliminate the toxins quickly enough. Simply stated, it is a
reaction that occurs when the body is detoxifying and the released toxins either
exacerbate the symptoms being treated or create their own symptoms. The
important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of
the treatment in question; in fact, usually just the opposite.
Other Names For It
Technically known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction, this syndrome goes
by many names, including JHR, the Herxheimer Effect, the Herxheimer
Response, a Herx Reaction, Herx or Herks. The most common
terminology used is the Herxheimer Reaction. It is also often referred to
as a healing crisis, a detox reaction, or die-off syndrome.
History Of This Effect The
phenomenon was first described by Adolf Jarisch (1860-1902) working in Vienna,
Austria, and a few years later by Karl Herxheimer (1861-1942), working in
Frankfort, Germany. Both doctors were dermatologists mainly treating syphilitic
lesions of the skin.
They noticed that in response to treatment, many patients
developed not only fever, perspiration, night sweats, nausea and vomiting, but
their skin lesions became larger and more inflamed before settling down and
healing. Interestingly, they found that those who had the most extreme reactions
healed the best and fastest. The client might be ill for 2-3 days, but then
their lesions resolved.
About Allopathic Drugs and This Effect? Some immune system compromised or
distracted persons will have moderate to severe herxheimer effects from
antibiotics that will usually have no effects on normal healthier individuals.
It seems to occur when injured or dead bacteria release their products into
blood and tissues, provoking a sudden and exaggerated inflammatory response -
thus the response may be connected to a specific organism being killed off. Many
non-antibiotic treatments (glutathione - whey products ) may also produce a
herxheimer effect -- whether it is bacteria die off or simply toxin
constipation or diarrhea
increased joint or muscle pain
elevated heart rate
chills, cold extremeties
itching scratching nail biting
fever (usually low grade)
hypotension (low blood pressure)
Itching, hives and rash
(sometimes assumed to be an allergic reaction)
decreasing the blood flow which allows the toxins to
anxiety and worry
enzymes, bromelain, pancreatin,
high doses of vitamins
some forms of chelation
Natural Ways to Help Symptom
Reduction Two common strategies:
improving the blood flow to clear the toxins faster, neutralizing the toxins (or
Emotional Freedom Technique - EFT
Lemon/Olive Oil Liver/Gall
Bladder Cleanse:2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (Organic) or 1/2 lemon rind, 1 Tbsp cold
pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Hot baths / hot tub
Steam bath or dry sauna
A Cleansing Bath: Add to a HOT
1 cup salt
1 cup soda
1 cup Epsom salts
1 cup aloe vera
Remain in and
keep hot for about 1 - 1/2 hours all the while consuming about 2 quarts of
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