Sometimes after a Holistic treatment, you may feel your symptoms get worse before they get better. A healing crisis is the body’s sign of being overloaded and overwhelmed with the changes that are taking place on the road to becoming healthier. This is often due to the body suddenly recognising and eliminating toxins that otherwise had just been sitting there.
The medical term for healing crisis is the “Herxheimer Reaction.” This occurs when the cells release toxins into circulation but the elimination organs (skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, bladder & GI tract) are not able to eliminate them quickly enough.
There are a wide range of reactions which may occur after you have had a treatment. The most common include:
- A drop in body temperature
- Poor co-ordination
- Deep sleep or difficulty sleeping and vivid dreams
- An increase in perspiration
- Spots. outbreaks
- Cold/flu-like symptoms
- An increase in urination and bowel movements
- An Increase in appetite
- Mood swings
- An increase in joint or muscle pain
- Headaches, Migraines
Such reactions are temporary and can occur immediately — or within several days, or even several weeks, of a detox. Symptoms usually pass within 1-3 days, but on rare occasions can last several weeks.
Make sure you drink plenty of water, juices and herbal teas to help flush the body of toxins and speed up detoxification,after a treatment to help you through any healing crisis you may experience. Eating a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables can also help speed up the removal of toxins from the body. Try to rest and sleep well, as this can help improve your energy levels and the symptoms will become milder and will go a lot quicker. Be kind to yourself — mentally, emotionally, and of course physically.
Always remember to take note of any reactions you may have after a treatment and let your therapist know at your next appointment.