What is a Healing Response or ‘HERX’

Before starting your protocol and journey to wellness, it is important to know the difference between a Healing Response or Herxheimer Response and a Side Effect.

Firstly, let’s look a side effect . . .

From the dictionary . . . side effect is a noun and is a secondary, typically undesirable effect of a drug or medical treatment. For example, "many anti-cancer drugs now in use have toxic side effects"

Now let’s look at the Healing Response, Herxheimer Response or HERX.

Obtaining good health does not go up in a straight line; it goes up in an unpredictable, step-by-step process.

Initially improvements are noticed and then health will plateau, then it may take a small dip seemingly backwards.

 However, if you continue on your protocol, you will notice that your health will restore and improve.

A Healing RESPONSE or the Herxheimer Response is a short-term detoxification reaction in the body (usually lasting from days to a few weeks)

As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headaches, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.

All of your symptoms you want to eradicate seem to come back and/or get worse.

This is a normal — and even healthy — reaction that indicates that parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off.

The biggest problem with the Healing Response or the HERX is that people stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better.

Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Response is actually a sign that healing is taking place.

A Healing Response is in effect when the body is in the process of elimination.

Old tissues are replaced with new.

A Healing Response occurs when toxins stored in the body are released at a faster rate than can be properly eliminated. The more toxic one's body is, the more severe the detoxification and the more intense the reaction.

Often the Response will come after one feels their very best, setting the stage for the elimination.

In extreme cases of toxicity, you may actually feel quite ill. 

However, rest assured, it is your body’s way of cleansing – getting rid of these toxins once and for all.

During this process, if you feel sick, chances are it is from toxins, bacteria and viruses that are being released into your body from your deeper fatty deposits.

Such symptoms may be mild or severe, depending on the body's original toxicity, but are only temporary.

Reactions could include skin eruptions, nausea, headache, sleepiness, unusual fatigue, diarrhoea, head or chest cold, ear infections, boils, or any other way the body uses to loosen and eliminate toxins.

The Response usually lasts three days -- but if the energy of the patient is low, it may last for a week or more.

Symptoms of a Healing Response can include:

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

During a Healing Response, it is important that the cleansing program be continued.

 Continued cleansing will help the body rid itself of released toxins and diseases.

Following these simple steps may help to relieve some of the symptoms of the healing Response.

  • · Drinking plenty of fresh water with lemon, this helps the body eliminate toxins.· · · · 
  • Avoid overeating, enjoy light easily digestible meals
  • If fatigued, give the body rest
  • Meditation can help to manage symptoms such as strong emotions and mood swings

If symptoms are severe and you feel you need extra assistance, whether physically or emotionally, especially if any serious symptoms such as cardiac irregularity; breathing difficulties; chest, lung or throat constriction; significant swelling; or other severe symptoms, medical attention should be given immediately. These symptoms could be unrelated to treatment and could be caused by some other serious condition.

One of the biggest misconceptions people face with the Healing Response is the belief that they have caught some hideous infection or that a condition that they thought they were long rid of has once again returned.

However, with a Healing Response, these symptoms are a sign that your body is finally purging itself of the last remnants of the toxins or substances that created the disease or ailment in the first place.

So while you may not feel like celebrating, take comfort that a Healing Response is in fact a good thing.

When a HERX occurs I personally will be doing a little celebratory dance because of the positive significance a HERX will have on the body, but when they occur the biggest obstacle is what is sitting on your shoulder. . . 

. . .commonly known as your saboteurs.

Those little voices that is the real cause of why you are ill.

Some of these little voices may say . . .

  • My Symptoms are worse and I'm unsure if this is going to work for me 
  • I can’t take another vitamin, pill, herb or supplement 
  • I’m missing my junk food 
  • My friends think I’m crazy and it’s easier to go with the flow 
  • I’m worse and I will try someone else
  • I’m in overwhelm and I can’t go on
  • Oh this is too expensive
  • When will this end
  • I’ve had enough

And these are only some of them. 

But I’m sure you get it. We all have them and it’s the very reason why 80% of people fail at anything they try. Health included.

Have you ever noticed when things go bad it happens in threes.

Maybe a fight with the neighbour, maybe an unforeseen bill will come in and you are experiencing a HERX. There’s that magical 3 number.

From here, if not astute, all your energy will go to the external forces rather than on yourself.

You, and the HERX reaction are where your attention needs to be - on taking care of you, the most important thing here, but guess where we will place all of our attention?

You guessed it on the two external events and you forget about what you are doing . . . getting your health back on track . . . you forget about you, may feel overwhelmed and stop your wellness protocol.

Now the saboteur has won . . . those little voices have won once again and your health journey is given up on once again.

A dreadful statistic but once you understand how and when a Healing Response may affect you, and you are aware of saboteurs and the way they work, then it is much easier to stay on track and not fall prey to those distractions. 

You will become one of the 20% who SUCCEED.

Until next time, 

Dedicated to Improving Your Wellbeing and Committed To Helping You Achieve Abundant Health and Wealth, 

The team at Unique Health and Wellness.

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