The Healing Crisis, A Natural Part of Body Cleansing

Introduction to A Healing Crisis


An increasing number of people today are trying alternative healing methods to cleanse and detoxify their bodies.

Simple methods such as switching to a natural food diet, juicing to increase nutrition, or fasting are used to cleanse the body of stored toxins in the hopes of naturally addressing long-standing symptoms such as chronic headaches, adult acne, allergies or arthritis.

More intensive methods may be used to perform cleansing of the body's elimination organs: colon, kidney and liver. However, many people trying these and other alternative health cleansing methods discontinue them when they experience new symptoms of ill health.

Generally, these new symptoms are in actuality not a new disease or malady affecting the body, but rather a healing crisis.

Healing Crisis Defined

A healing crisis happens when symptoms from disease or toxins, released in a detoxification process, manifest themselves. Also known as "Herxheimer Reaction", a healing crisis occurs when toxins stored in the body are released at a faster rate than can be properly eliminated.

The more toxic the body is, the more drastic the detoxification, and the more intense the reaction.

A healing crisis is characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during cleansing or detoxification. Such symptoms may be mild or severe, depending on the body's original toxicity, but are definitely temporary.

They can occur immediately, within several days, or even several weeks of a cleansing program. The symptoms are experienced in the reverse order of when the body was originally exposed to their cause.

To use a common analogy, it's like covering a wall with a new coat of paint every year. After many years, you decide to strip all of the paint off the walls and give it a fresh coat of paint. As you started stripping off paint, you see all earlier layers, and they come off in the reverse order in which they were applied. Human bodies work in a similar fashion.

As the body store fat, the chemistry of the fat reflects the internal body conditions at the time the fat was stored. Each year, a residue of the viruses, bacteria and toxins you were exposed to get stored in fatty deposits.

Similar to the paint stripping analogy, as a body is cleansed, stored toxins, bacteria, and viruses are released. As they are released, symptoms experienced with the particular malady or event associated with the toxin are re-experienced - albeit in a milder form.

Possible Symptoms

A healing crisis can have a variety of possible symptoms, depending on the intitial exposure to toxins.

Symptoms can include:

  • Muscle cramps or pain
  • Arthritic flair ups
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Sinus congestion
  • Fever
  • Skin eruptions
  • Strong emotions or mood swings

Recommended Treatment During a Healing Crisis

It is important to continue the cleansing program tohelp the body rid itself of released toxins and diseases for good. Following these simple steps may help to relieve some of the symptoms of the healing crisis.

  • Drink plenty of fresh water helps the body eliminate released toxins.
  • Increase fiber intake and take supplements to cleanse the colon and kidneys to help accelerate the elimination of toxins
  • If fatigued, give the body rest
  • Meditation can help to manage symptoms such as strong emotions and mood swings.


By Kris Kellar

Mr. Kelkar has been practicing cleansing and detoxification regimes for years. These common-sense routines have proven effective in lowering cholesterol, substantially reducing allergy symptoms, eliminating insomnia and adult acne.

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