The Herxheimer Effect

Herxing Reactions

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. 

Expect One or More Healing Crises (the Herxheimer Effect; Herxing).

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.

The rule of thumb, when disease is fully healed then
no reaction = no disease

Die-Off Symptoms

Here is a list of some of the symptoms you might experience during a die-off (otherwise known as a Herxheimer reaction).

  • Nausea
  • Headache, fatigue, dizziness
  • Swollen glands
  • Bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • Increased joint or muscle pain
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Chills, cold feeling in your extremities
  • Body itchiness, hives or rashes
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Skin breakouts
  • Recurring vaginal, prostate and sinus infection

What is a Jarisch-Herxheimer Reactions?

Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction

  • Release of Endotoxins, as well as Inflammatory Cytokines from reaction to microbial waste & cell death.

Potential Symptoms

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Achiness
  • Headache
  • Mental fog
  • Skin rash
  • Loose stools
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Chills

Herxheimer Reaction

Or Healing-Crisis 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).

Detox and die-off related symptoms reported by various patients 

  • Headaches, “heavy head,” “heavy-feeling headaches.”
  • Alternated periods of mental “fuzziness” and greater mental clarity.
  • Feeling “muggy-headed” or “blah” or sick in the morning
  • Transient malaise, flu-like symptoms
  • Transiently increased fatigue, waxing and waning fatigue, feeling more tired and sluggish, weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Irritablity
  • Sensation of “brain firing: bing, bong, bing, bong,” “brain moving very fast”
  • Greater need for “healing naps”
  • Swollen or painful lymph nodes
  • Mild fever
  • Runny nose, low grade “sniffles”, sneezing, coughing