Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student
Feeling Sick? Could it be caused by cleansing?
Have you ever had flu-like symptoms including headache, sweating, chills, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, nausea or other symptoms when you are cleansing or detoxifying the body with healthy measures? This is actually known as "The Herxheimer Reaction" or for short "Herx reaction". When the body is detoxifying, purging parasites, releasing toxins, killing off pathogens etc. and the toxins aren't eliminated quick enough, the immune system reacts causing these symptoms from the toxins in the system. The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms does not mean the treatment is not effective, and actually is quite the opposite, it means it is releasing things from the system that need to be eliminated.
In most cases symptoms only last a few days if that, more severe cases can last a week. Usually when one experiences these symptoms it is very mild, hardly noticeable, and the best thing to do is to drink plenty of water and pay attention to how the body is feeling. I always suggest easing the detoxifying process so as to allow your body to "catch up" with the elimination process of the toxins being purged before increasing any regimens. Be sure to get plenty of sunshine while detoxifying, ease up on exercise, and eat very pure so that these symptoms are minimized if they do occur and the body can detoxify. Share this with someone who may have had reactions similar to this when cleansing the body! You can read more about this information on this website about Herx reaction with Colloidal Silver: http://www.silver-colloids.com/Pubs/herxheimer.html