What is a Herxheimer Reaction?

Often referred to as a healing crisis, detox reaction or die-off, this reaction was first described by dermatologists Adolf Jarish and Karl Herxheimer when treating patients for lesions of the skin associated with syphilis. It has been referred to as the Herxheimer Reaction or the Jarish-Herxheimer Reaction. Many of their patients developed fever, perspiration, night sweats, nausea and vomiting along with worsening of the skin lesions they were being treated for before this reaction settled down and they showed signs of healing. They also noticed that the patients that seemed to have the most severe reactions healed the fastest and better than those with less initial reaction.

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What causes the Herxheimer Reaction?

The cause of this reaction appeared to be the release of toxins from dying bacteria ocandida-bad-bacteria-parasites-herxheimer-reactionr parasites affected by the treatments. This reaction usually lasts a few days to a week or more in severe cases.

The good news? The Herxheimer reaction appears to be a very good indicator as to the severity and also the effectiveness of whatever treatment is being used.


What detox reactions can be expected?

Reactions can include:

  • Flu-like symptoms, chills, low grade fevers
  • Headache
  • Flushes
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea, constipation, bloating or increased gas
  • Rashes, skin eruptions and/or itches
  • Increased joint or muscle pain
  • Fatique
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia

What can alleviate or help the Herxheimer reaction symptoms?

Hydrating and flushing your body to help with the elimination process is probably the most important way to reduce reaction symptoms. Helping the body remove the die-off toxins as quickly and effectively as you can, will help to relieve some of the inflammation process caused by the toxins. A cleansing enema, herbal teas, juices and large amounts of water can all speed the flushing process. Increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage can also be of help.

If the reaction is extremely severe you may want to decrease the treatment or even stop for a brief while to allow the body time to eliminate the toxins. This may also be an indication of the chronic condition or widespread effect on your body.

What treatments can initiate a Herxheimer Reaction?

If you are starting a detox or cleansing program, taking treatments for candida or other forms of destructive bacteria, or taking treatment for parasitic concerns. Be aware that this may be a journey to improved health. You can choose to slow or stop your program or treatment or you may choose to embrace and help increase your elimination channels to speed the journey along.

Barbara Carr


Barbara Carr is a Certified Health Consultant and offers PEMF – Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Systems with various applications to improve circulation and help alleviate aches and pains. Visit www.BionicHealthToday.com for more details.


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