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How to Minimize the Discomfort of a Healing Response
Occasionally, people have what's called a "healing response" when they heal. It's
a well-known phenomenon in medicine known as
the Herxheimer Reaction. It's also referred to as Jarisch-Herxheimer
Reaction, JHR, the Herxheimer
Effect, the Herxheimer Response, a Herx Reaction,
Herx or Herks. You may also hear it called a healing crisis, a detox reaction, or
Whatever you call it, it's actually a sign of healing. It
is an immune system reaction to the toxins (endotoxins) that are released
when large amounts of pathogens are being killed off, and the body does not eliminate the toxins quickly enough.
Simply stated, it is a reaction that occurs when the body is detoxifying and the released toxins either exacerbate
the symptoms being treated or create their own symptoms. The
important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment in question; in fact,
usually just the opposite.
So while it may not feel good to go through a healing response, it is
actually a sign that you are in fact healing! The biggest problem with
the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop doing the thing that is
causing the reaction (such as The Healing Codes), 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 Reaction is
actually a sign that healing is taking place.
What To Do If You're Having a Healing
Here are some things you can do to minimize the discomfort:
- Shift the focus of your Healing Code to whatever you're
experiencing with the Healing Response. If you have a headache, put
your headache in the Prayer of Intention. You may also do your Code with a focus on staying in balance,
physically and emotionally.
- Also, change the end of the prayer of intention. If you have
been requesting that the effects of this healing be multiplied by 100 times or more," say, "I also ask
that the healing be gentle and easy, for my best good at this time."
- Back down on the frequency and/or duration of your Healing Code until you
feel a little better. That gives your body time to "catch up" with eliminating the toxins.
- Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, preferably with lemon or
lime in it.
- Soak in a warm bath in which you've
added 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. You might also want to add essential oils for
detoxifying, such as
- MOVE! As in, walking or jumping on a mini-trampoline. Get your lymphatic
Remember, healing responses are a sign the Code is working! Be encouraged,
take these suggestions, and see it through. You WILL get to the other
side, and when you do, you will feel so much better.