With natural therapies such as homeopathy, herbal remedies, acupuncture, chiropractic
and other biological therapies, the patient may experience an initial increase in
symptoms, or what is known as a “healing crisis.” This usually lasts around three or four
days and can be similar to what one experiences when ill, for example, with a cold or flu.
It may start with a headache, body ache, and occasional fever with perspiration. Or one
may just feel very tired and sluggish. Doctors from the old school welcome these
symptoms as the initiation of the healing process.
To understand the process, let’s look for example, at the development of a bacterial
infection. It may start with a scratchy throat, and then develop into other bodily
symptoms, including fever. Within a few days, the fever reaches a peak; then slowly
drops, along with a decrease in the other bodily symptoms. This is the natural course of
the body’s healing mechanism. Naturally, many people, when ill with a cold or flu
become impatient, particularly if it lasts longer than a few days, and seek outside
intervention. They go to a physician and obtain a prescription for antibiotics.
Antibiotics can., indeed be very effective in interrupting the natural cycle of bacterial
infections (they are useless against viral infections); however, this interruption is not a
true healing, but rather, a suppression of the symptoms.
If the antibiotic kills the microorganisms responsible for the illness, the distressful
symptoms subside, the body, though, is now flooded with dead microorganisms. If it has
the strength and vitality to detoxify these toxic residuals through the kidneys and
intestines: then there is no problem in. regaining health. If however, the body loses
vitality because of poor nutrition or a lack of fluid intake (especially clean water,), and
then the body is not able to completely flush out these toxic metabolic wastes.
What Happens to the Residual Toxins?
The storage place for toxic metabolic wastes is primarily the connective tissue, which is
present throughout the body. Connective tissue is like glue that holds the body together.
Most people are born with an inherited constitutional weakness in a particular organ or
organ system. Following the path of “least resistance,” the body uses this area first as a
storage place. (This is why, when one is ill with a cold or flu, some people experience the
symptoms in the stomach, some in the chest, some in the intestines, and others, in the
muscles or joints The same microorganisms can cause different symptoms in different
Over a life time, regular treatment with antibiotics and other ant inflammatory drugs, can
& fill this storage place with residual toxins, which can eventually interfere with the
function of the particular organ system.
The cells cannot get the nutrition they need or rid themselves of their own metabolic
wastes. I like to us the following illustration.
Imagine that your house is invaded by a hundred mice. You proceed to get rid of them by
putting out poison. In a very short time the mice are all dead. You now try to locate the
hundred dead mice but cat find only seventy. Some of them have disappeared into the
walls and under the floors and you just can’t seem to find them. Your house will begin to
smell with the foul odor of decaying mice, which have polluted your house just as dead
metabolites from past infections and disease can pollute your body when they cannot be
The Natural Process of Healing
Simple illnesses such as colds and the flu are handled in the body by developing a fever,
The fever is designed to slowly ID! (identify) the disease-causing microorganisms. This guarantees
that the body does not become overloaded with wastes and can de tox slowly and
The symptoms in a healing crisis are the result of unlocking the toxic storage places and
expelling the accumulated toxins from the body. This is the only effective and permanent
cure for chronic illnesses and diseases such as rheumatism, bronchial asthma and
allergies, which many times are the result of symptomatic treatments.
Of course, during any natural de-toxing process, the detoxifying organs such as the
lymph system, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, may need support with individual selected
remedies. Eating a large variety of vegetables, avoiding sweets and decreasing the intake
of meat is advisable. If one still feels weak or tired rest more and cut back on strenuous
exercise. Decrease alcohol and stimulant intake, you should also drink plenty of pure,
clean water (no tap water), and avoid stress as much as possible.
Finally, GOOD COMMUNICATION with the doctor is imperative. You should call your
doctor if you experience uncomfortable feelings and talk about it. Sometimes with a
slight adjustment in the dosage schedule, one can feel better immediately, and the body
can get on with healing itself. Remember that the discomfort experienced is only
temporary - the result of the body pulling out old toxins. According to some of the
greatest European doctors, the longer the initial reaction, the more the body really
eliminates, pulling a: the deep roots of the disease.
It’s like removing a splinter from one’s hand to use ‘another analogy. One is able to get
along reasonably well with the splinter for quite some time. Even if it hurts, one can still
function. Pulling the splinter out will hurt a little more for a short moment. The shortterm
discomfort however, is well worth not having the chronic pain.
If there have been many illnesses or diseases, the de-tox therapy may take the body
through ‘a series of regressions. The patient can experiences symptoms of EACH past
illness, Should this occur, the patient ought to feel encouraged rather than discouraged.
For that, the symptoms are a positive indication that the therapy is helping the body to rid
itself of accumulated toxins.
As Albert Schweizer so aptly expressed “a good therapy is one that stimulates the healer
Dr. Andreas Marx
Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist
“Center for Natural Healing”
5283 Kimokeo Street
(808) 373-9966 Fax (808) 373-3456