Can a Supplement be so Effective it Causes a ‘Healing Crisis’?
In short, a supplement can, indeed, be so effective it causes a ‘healing crisis’. If you have ever experienced flu-like symptoms after taking cleansing or nutritional supplements, which you expected to make you feel better not worse, then you may have been having a healing crisis. Believe it or not, this bodily reaction, also called the Herxeimer effect, is actually a healthy response from a compromised immune system!
Sometimes immune stimulating supplements have a strong initial effect on the body, rapidly killing off unwanted pathogens such as harmful viruses, bacteria, or fungi resulting in flu-like symptoms which include fatigue, headaches, muscle or joint pain, and minor rashes.
While not experienced by most people, a healing crisis indicates that your body is cleansing itself with the help of the supplement. The reason the symptoms occur is because the body cannot eliminate fast enough the toxins which are released when microbes die. But there’s nothing to worry about because this reaction is temporary — lasting only a few days — and after it subsides you will feel healthier than before!
The healing crisis that the body and its immune system can go through was first observed by Dr Karl Herxheimer in the late 1800s, hence the name Herxheimer effect.
Which supplements cause a healing crisis?
A healing crisis will not occur in most people unless there are pathogens present. But this is why a small number of new users of LifeQode EDG3 and Olé Olive Leaf Extract occasionally report symptoms of a healing crisis. This can be taken as an indicator of the effectiveness of these natural supplements.
- LifeQode EDG3 uses a patented and highly effective method to deliver to your cells the building blocks of the critical molecule, glutathione, which crucially supports immune activity within every cell of your body.
- Olé Olive Leaf Extract is a non-toxic, herbal alternative to modern medicine that supplies your body with 400% more Vitamin C than orange juice.
What do I do if experiencing a healing crisis?
Drink plenty of water in between doses of the supplement to help keep the lymphatic system and the kidneys functioning properly. To minimise symptoms we suggest sunshine, a healthy diet, and sweating out toxins by means of exercise or having a sauna or bath.
Updated: 27 May 2015
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