Parasite, fungal, bacteria and virus die off symptoms are different for every person. It depends upon the individual’s overall constitution and the health of the body’s terrain.
The term “Herxheimer reaction” refers to the “die off”, and is also sometimes called the “healing crisis” although healing crisis is also a term used to describe “Herrings Law of Cure”, a reversal of previous symptoms. In “die off” you might feel worse instead of better for a a period of time because the critters are dying. It is similar to an ant colony that is struggling. The ants become overactive, frantic to stay alive.
This reaction should be swift and short term. For some it lasts a day or two, others can experience die off symptoms for up to a week. And still others, who may be dealing with a more exacerbated immune deficiency may experience these unpleasant symptoms whenever a new dietary change is made toward reducing the amount of food available for the yeasts to thrive (more on that farther down the page).
The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment — it usually means that the treatment protocol is indeed working, maybe a little too well.
When “die off” happens in large quantities, it results in an immune reaction to the endotoxins released by those organisms as they die, causing an increase in symptoms we may have already been experiencing, and/or sometimes producing a new set of symptoms As the body works to detoxify, you may experience symptoms including dizziness, headache, “foggy” headedness, eye floaters (the little blurs in vision which can be detected when the eyeball moves back and forth), depression, anxiety, heightened anger reactions, gas & bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, exhaustion, need for more sleep, sweating, chills, nausea, skin breakouts, or other symptoms. I know, it reads like label warning on pharmaceutical drug; a bunch of symptoms from one of those commercials that ends with “side effects may include…” The truth is that die off symptoms are caused by real biological occurrences resulting in your body experiencing these reactions.
The two main factors which cause the unpleasant (and at times even debilitating) symptoms of die off are dietary changes and antifungal treatments.
Dietary Changes: When you begin to make healthy changes in your diet, you begin to starve the excess critters that have been hanging around gobbling up the extra sugars and nutrition in your blood. When there is not enough fuel for these yeasts, they begin to die off.
Antifungal Treatments: Starting on any kind of antifungal treatment will obviously kill fungus. That is why it is called “antifungal”. We prefer to use the wealth of natural antifungal agents found in nature. There are foods which are naturally antifungal, as well as special preparations of herbs or spices which have excellent therapeutic effects.
Remember, it’s very important to make proper dietary changes before beginning an antifungal treatment. There are two important reasons for this, which go hand in hand. First, if you continue feeding the fungus while taking antifungal treatments at the same time, you’re not going to make much progress, as the two actions are going to be canceling each other out. Second, if you continue feeding the fungu while at the same time taking antifungals, you increase your chance of experiencing some pretty severe die die off reactions.
Please remember that candida die off symptoms are an indication that your efforts are paying off. It’s all part of the natural healing process. Stick with the program and you will beat the yeast.
What Else Can I Do To Treat Die Off Symptoms?
Try an epsom salt bath, or a baking soda bath, to help draw out toxins.
If you have access to natural hot sulfur springs in your area, by all means have a soak!
Saunas and steam baths are great for sweating out excess toxins.
Follow a good sweat with a revitalizing, rehydrating drink.
A coffee enema will do wonders for an overstressed liver, and help immensely in flushing out excess toxins.
Castor Oil Packs also help relieve some of the discomfort.
To assist with the cleaning process, we suggest the following Tea made with local herbs.
Colon Cleansing Tea
Most colon cleanse teas on the market contains either senna or cascara sagrada, both of which stimulate the action of the lower intestines and colon.
These herbs are no joke. They’re used in some popular herbal tea blends to help alleviate constipation. If you’ve not used them before, they really do work. Start with a gentle dose.
Senna can cause painful intestinal spasms in some people, so you may want to look for a tea made with cascara sagrada. It supports normal function of the bowel, while stimulating digestive secretions in the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and stomach.
If you decide to use a senna tea start with a mild dose the first time, and see if you get the desired effect. Drink it at night before bed time, by the next morning after being up and about for a while you’ll know whether you need a stronger dose or not.
Our local Tea Blend
Aloe Vera Leaf – also supports normal bowel function, cleanses the blood, and is a liver/gall bladder tonic
Plantain leaf – helps break up mucoid plaque while also soothing to the intestines
Ginger root – relieves gas, bloating and upset stomach
Fennel seeds – relieves instestinal cramping and gas
Fenugreek seed – soothing to the intestines and promotes regularity
Peppermint leaf – stimulates liver and gall bladder, good for colon cleansing, digestion
Dandelion root – supports liver function, stimulates bile flow, help release toxins and also helps carry them safely out of the body.
This tea can be ordered from Seeds Of Wellness. A 20 cup blend is $8. This blend is also available in a 50ml tincture for $10.
To learn about our favourite recipes of Herbal Tonics for detoxing CLICK HERE
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