As the body releases and eliminates waste and toxins that have accumulated for so long, it is natural that this will induce a reaction on many levels. This temporary unpleasantness is what is referred to as a healing crisis.
A difficult concept to grasp when undergoing a cleansing regimen is the detoxification symptoms that occur along the way. These unpleasant side effects are merely a necessary part of the healing process that we must endure so that we can experience the true benefits of a clean, healthy body.
The turbulence that our bodies experience during detoxification can be scary– even horrifying at times. And if the detox occurs too rapidly, the symptons can be extreme and severe. So severe sometimes that death would be a welcome relief. This is what’s called the healing crisis. As the body eliminates the accumulated toxins and waste materials that have been stored for so long, it is natural that this will cause a reaction. Basically, we temporarily relive past conditions and illnesses as they are released. The good news is, once eliminated and released, we are free of future problems and diseases that arise from a toxicated body.
Detoxification can be induced through dietary changes such as going vegan or raw; water or juice fasting; and herbal cleanses. The more toxins that have been accumulated, the sicker and more miserable you will be during a detox cleanse.
A healing crisis is usually identified by:
- intense joint or muscle pain
- severe headaches
- fevers and chills
- skin eruptions (acne, pimples, rashes)
- mood swings
- emotional-rollercoaster-type behavior
The fact that must be faced is that there will be some degree of discomfort as the body rids itself of the poisons and toxins that it has been burdened with for so long.
The symptoms are only indicators that everything is working properly and the discomfort is temporary. If severe symptoms occur for more than 3 days or so, you can get some relief by slowing the detox:
- Drink lots of clean, pure water
- Get some sunshine and fresh air
- Slow down and get plenty of rest
- Reduce dosages of herbs if taking teas/capsules
Remember, sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better. It’s a difficult time but don’t give up. You’ll feel so much better when it’s over.
You will have faced the challenge and won a major battle. When you are strong for your body, your body will be strong for you!
Words cannot describe how this victory will impact you on many levels- physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically.
So if you can hold on through the turbulent times and rough patches you’ll soon be greeted with radiant health and new possibilities.