Understanding the Process of a Healing Crisis


In this day and age we are faced with what I call the “modern man’s diet”, which is a way of life that promotes unhealthy eating plus other bad habits. Use morning as an example. Typically people are in a hurry to get to work or school, miss breakfast and therefore grab something on the way to work, often at a fast food restaurant. What implication does this have to our health? Most fast food is high in saturated fat, salt or sugar and generally not the healthiest breakfast you can have to start your day. The other side of the coin is eating fast and on the go, which plays havoc with the digestion.
On top of this we have the stress factor due to work, private life, environmental and unhealthy eating. All these contribute to a build up of toxins over time causing disease.
Many people are now open to alternative medicine as a different way of dealing with their disease. Alternative medicine like naturopathy works differently from conventional medicine, there is no magic pill given to the client or a quick fix. The toxins first have to be eliminated to make way for a “cleaner environment”, a bit like taking the dirty oil out of a car before putting in the new oil. If you were to put in new oil while the dirty oil was still in the car, what benefit would that provide? Absolutely none! However, the process of toxin elimination may take time and patience. In addition, let’s not forget people with health issues have more than likely lived with toxin build-up for a very long time, so bear this in mind next time you visit a practitioner. The natural support mechanism focuses on not suppressing the symptoms but working on getting rid of the root cause.
I always recommend doing a detox during spring; this is the best time, a time when new things grow and people start to feel energized. Part of my programme is to put steps in place to minimise clients from feeling ill and it is important to follow these steps. Everyone is different and may experience different symptoms.
A healing crisis will occur anytime your body is healing. Hering’s Law stipulates “the symptoms will begin from within out, in reverse order chronologically as to how the symptoms have appeared, tempered by the intensity of the trauma.” These symptoms are often identical to the illness itself.
A healing crisis is aptly named as you often feel worse before you feel better. Symptoms can vary, but during the toxin elimination process you are bound to feel ‘under the weather’ as the toxins leave your cells.
A good example is someone who eliminates caffeine from their diet. They experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches until the body eliminates the caffeine and begins to function normally.
My recommendation is, keep your practitioner up to date and be communicative in order for them to work thing through with you.