As the body eliminates toxic residue, vomiting, diarrhea, skin eruptions, etc. will most likely cause inconvenience and doubt. These important reactions measure and report the progress of elimination and healing. They are necessary and beneficial. herxheimer
On rare occasion, some people, when first beginning detox and healing, may experience the so-called Herxheimer effect, a result of therapies rapidly neutralizing pathogens and stimulating immunities, resulting in the body unable to quickly-enough dispose of toxins and wastes through normal elimination channels.
Too-rapid detox can force the body to over-utilize the secondary eliminative organs: lungs, sinuses, skin, and more. Causing experiences that may seem like a cold or the flu, diarrhea, cold shakes, etc. Lowering medicine dosage (or completely abstaining for a day or so), and then gradually increasing while the body clears itself of pathogens, may be needed. This will often slow the healing process, but make detox and healing easier to endure.
We want reactions. Reactions are how we gauge therapies and their results. If we are not obtaining reactions, either you don’t need us or the therapies need to be a little stronger. If reactions are too strong, we need to slow it down a little. If you have what you think is a cold or flu during detox, it’s probably the Herxheimer Effect, due to a high degree of die-off of pathogens entering the eliminative systems.
Here is a list of some of the symptoms you might experience during a die-off (otherwise known as a Herxheimer reaction).
The die-off of toxin-producing micro-organisms releases toxins into the body and as one takes treatment to get better, they feel temporarily worse with headache, myalgias, arthralgias, abdomen pain, nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, constipation, brain fog, anxiety, depression, insomnia (described first by German Dr. Karl Herxheimer).