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Yeast Diet Off - The Herxheimer Reaction
Homeopathic medicine will help during yeast die off and rebalance the immune system for improved health. Contact us to learn more!

As bad bacteria dies off with the treatment of probiotics and homeopathic remedies, 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 often 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.  

What 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 mobilization.


  • nausea
  • headache
  • swollen glands
  • bloating
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • increased joint or muscle pain
  • elevated heart rate
  • chills, cold extremeties
  • itching scratching nail biting
  • unusual perspiration
  • fever (usually low grade)
  • hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Itching, hives and rash (sometimes assumed to be an allergic reaction)

Symptom Intensifiers:

  • decreasing the blood flow which allows the toxins to accumulate
  • fear
  • anxiety and worry
  • hormonal imbalances
  • enzymes, bromelain, pancreatin, etc.
  • clotting agents
  • heavy foods
  • excessive exercise
  • tiredness
  • fatigue, exhaustion
  • cold temperatures
  • air pollution
  • anti-viral's
  • anti-bacterial's
  • anti-fungal's
  • anti-parasitic's
  • chronic illnesses
  • high doses of vitamins
  • some forms of chelation treatments

Natural Ways to Help Symptom Reduction
Two common strategies: improving the blood flow to clear the toxins faster, neutralizing the toxins (or both)

  • Emotional Freedom Technique - EFT
  • Relaxation techniques
  • 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
  • Lymphatic massage
  • Hot baths / hot tub
  • Steam bath or dry sauna
  • A Cleansing Bath: Add to a HOT BATH:
    • 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 warm water.

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