What is a Healing Crisis?
It’s natural for the body to react on many levels as it releases and removes waste and toxins that have accumulated for a long time. A healing crisis is the term for this period of temporary discomfort.
The detoxification symptoms that occur as part of a cleansing regimen are a challenging notion to grasp. These unpleasant side effects are simply a part of the healing process that must be endured in order to reap the full advantages of a clean, healthy body.
Our bodies’ turbulence during detoxification can be frightening—even terrifying at times. Symptoms can be moderate or severe if the detox is done too quickly. Sometimes things are so bad that death would be a welcome relief. This is referred to as the “healing crisis.” It is natural for the body to react as it cleanses the accumulated poisons and waste products that have been retained for so long. We essentially relive past ailments and illnesses as they are made public. The good news is that once toxins are eliminated and discharged, we are free of future difficulties and diseases caused by them.
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 reality is that while the body rids itself of the poisons and toxins that it has been burdened with for so long, there will be some discomfort.
The discomfort is merely a sign that everything is working well, and the symptoms are only transitory. If you have severe symptoms that last longer than 3 days, you can find some relief by slowing down the detox:
- Drink lots of clean, pure water
- Get some sunshine and fresh air
- Slow down and get plenty of rest
So, if you can persevere through the ups and downs, you’ll soon be rewarded with radiant health and new opportunities.
Mystic Pam Jackson