DEALING WITH HERXHEIMER & DIE-OFF REACTIONS
A Herxheimer reaction — also called a die-off reaction, or “healing crisis” — can be a misunderstood and uncomfortable experience if you’re not prepared for it, but is not a cause for alarm.
It is normal, natural, and a sign that something profound is happening under the surface.
When your body starts killing off harmful pathogens, molds, and bacteria, they release endotoxins. These endotoxins, along with other toxic wastes, heavy metals, and/or cellular debris your body has released during treatment, can overwhelm your natural detoxification pathways, leading to headaches, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms, in what is called a Herxheimer reaction. It is a transient experience and symptoms usually resolve on their own in a few days.
This reaction is actually a very positive sign that your body is properly eliminating toxins and is beginning to heal from the inside out.
Symptoms of a Herxheimer reaction include:
- Headaches and brain fog
- Lethargy and general fatigue
- Joint and muscle pain
- General inflammation
- Low-grade fever and/or chills
- Irritability and mood swings
- Skin rashes and irritation
- Nausea and bloating
- Diarrhea or constipation
Most clients of Radiance Health Clinic do not experience die-off reactions, however those who do report that their symptoms typically resolve on their own within 12-24 hours and do not require intervention, aside from hydration and rest.
The faster your body eliminates the excess endotoxins and other waste materials from your body, the sooner you will start to feel your natural vitality return. In fact, it is not uncommon to feel even better than you did prior to the treatment as your immune system starts cleansing these harmful substances from your body.