You were diagnosed with cancer, you get your laptop and started googling treatment to your disease. Due to fear of the side effects brought by conventional medicine, you decided to seek alternative treatment. During consultation, the doctor told you to cut off intake of certain foods. You follow the advice of your doctor, but after few days you started to suffer from nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, headache and fever so you become upset and scared.
What you are experiencing is probably healing crisis, in allopathic medicine it is term as Jarish-Herxheimer reaction or simply Herxheimer Reaction. Dr.Max Gerson called these reactions “flare-ups”. Healing crisis occurs when the cell release toxins into circulation but the elimination organs such as skin, lungs, liver, kidney, bladder and GI tract are not able to eliminate them quickly. The toxins remain in the circulation and can affect the brain stem region leading to nausea, poor coordination, headache, fatigue, malaise and fever.
Healing crisis is common experience centered to the basis that you become worse before you feel better; this event is inevitable and is an essential part of the therapy. It means that the therapy is working and the immune system is being revived. Symptoms are temporary and will subside as the body gets healthier and able to eliminate toxins more effectively. It usually within 2-3 days but on rare occasion can last a few weeks. During healing the body goes through process of rebalancing, regenerating and cleansing thus create uncomfortable sensation and bodily response which lead us to ask ourselves how can this be good for me if I feel sick? Healing crisis is usually misinterpreted as deterioration in health, but as I said earlier this is common and just temporary.