Detoxification is meant to rejuvenate the mind and body and positively impact well-being and clarity. However, sometimes the initial reaction to a detoxification program can be anything but pleasant. The process of healing sometimes includes a “healing crisis”, also known as the detox reaction, the cleansing reaction, or the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. During a healing crisis, your horse can feel even worse than before they started before the program. The good news is that this reaction is likely a sign that they’re getting better by way of deep and thorough cleansing.
What is a Healing Crisis?
Environmental toxins accumulate in tissue throughout the body, especially fat tissue. Additionally, the equine body has bacterial colonies. When cleansed, your horse’s body, the toxins dislodge and the bacteria die off and release endotoxins. When the toxins and waste are dislodged, the body begins to flush them into the bloodstream to be filtered and eliminated. This sudden circulation of toxins can temporarily impact your horse’s well-being and symptoms of a healing crisis may occur.
What are the Indications of a Healing Crisis?
The indications that your horse would experience during a healing crisis can include headache, nausea, and fever — symptoms typically experienced during illness. Symptoms of a healing crisis vary from one horse to another and may include:
· Aches and Soreness
· Low-grade Fever
· Mood Swings
· Skin Irritations
· Runny Nose
How Long Does a Healing Crisis Last?
A healing crisis generally lasts around three days, depending on the individual horse and the severity of their situation. The more severe the toxicity, the more intense the healing crisis can be. As your horse’s body begins to expel toxins, their energy may decrease and they may begin to appear a bit off their norm; if it happens, take it as a sign that your horse’s body is working to flush out toxins and waste.
How to Handle a Healing Crisis
For a detox-induced healing crisis, it’s important to keep your horse hydrated with plenty of water to encourage your horse’s body to flush and expel the toxins.
The New Wave Therapy Program is not designed or intended in any way, in whole or in part, to be a substitute for orthodox allopathic veterinary practice. It is not a therapy as such but a holistic address of the equine body, affecting the body and mind, without addressing any specific issue what the horse may have.