Herxheimer or Herx Reactions are a short-term (from days to a few weeks) detoxification reaction in the body. As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea, or other symptoms.
In a die-off reaction, there is a release of toxins, proteins, and oxidizing agents that results in an increase in inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-6, and interleukin-8.
The symptoms of a die-off reaction are generally a worsening of the underlying symptoms of Lyme disease and its associated infections. A majority of Lyme disease symptoms are actually excess inflammatory cytokine symptoms.
In a die-off reaction, there is a worsening of many Lyme disease symptoms including fatigue, brain fog, muscle and nerve pain, chills and sweats, memory, and thinking effects.
Ways to help a Herx Reaction:
- Epsom Salt Baths
- Lots of Water
- Alkalete from Yoli
- Liposomal C
- Liposomal Glutathione
- Course and Quicken (herb)
- Ozone Therapy
- Colloidal Silver
- OmniCleanse Capsules (supports phase 1 and 2 of liver detox)