It is not that people, including the healthcare providers and patients alike, don’t know about or haven’t heard of the phrase ‘healing crisis’, many people have heard of it before. The problem however is the lack of preparedness and misconception on the part of many as to what this phenomenon is. Perhaps then ‘healing crisis’ should accurately and correctly be termed ‘healing response’ as this is what its truly is, not a crisis which has a negative connotation.

Therefore the purpose of this blog post is to give the readers and visitors to this website a sufficiently detailed information on healing crisis, equipping and broadening their understanding of what constitute a healing crisis and what this is all about. It will give readers details of what to expect and how well to manage this crucial phase of an actual healing process.


What Is the Healing Crisis?

Healing Crisis, in a nutshell, is the ‘apparent’ worsening of a person’s ill-health condition immediately following commencement of a treatment course or detoxification regime (using the word ‘apparent’ here because in reality, the reverse is the case, it’s a positive result of actions taking place within the body, hence the condition isn’t getting worse but moving toward better state).  Put another way, healing crisis is the process by which the body goes through a time period of very intense rebuilding and cleansing, triggered by detoxification and/or treatment programme.


But why does this happen when you start a treatment programme that suppose to make you feel or get better?

The truth is, over time, toxins and waste materials build-up in the body tissues and organs, most especially in the fat tissue (for example, the fat ‘rings’ you see around the waste lines of some people are typically toxins and waste wrapped in fat and deposited for later conversion into harmless substances or expulsion from the body). And this is in addition to many microbes and bacterial colonies that are found in many parts of the human body.

The action of detoxification or a treatment course is to dislodge these waste materials, including the dead bacteria and toxins from the organs and body tissue. Consequently, the body begins the task of expelling these deadly substances from within various parts of itself, flushing them into the bloodstream. The bloodstream carries these poisonous materials from various parts of the body tissue to the filtration organs to be processed and expelled from the body. It is this temporarily overload of waste dumping within the body before the processing and elimination from the body that results in healing crisis that a person experiences, feeling a worsening of his/her condition and those associated symptoms of sickness.


Why Is Healing Crisis A Positive Sign?

From the details and explanation provided, healing crisis should be seen as a positive sign indicating that the treatment or detoxification process being followed or used is actually working and therefore should be welcome with open arms. Though some might think or feel that their actual symptoms  or conditions are getting worse, the truth of the matter is that real healing is taking place naturally within the body.

As a matter of fact, one can perhaps accurately say that healing crisis only happens when a person’s vitality is still fairly strong, sufficient to trigger a response on the biological changes that are taking place within the body during the healing process thus moving the person from a state of illness into that of healthy one.


What Are The Common Symptoms of Healing Crisis?

The question is how does one recognise that he or she is experiencing a healing crisis? There is no single sentence answer to that question because everyone is unique and different. What one person experiences in terms of symptoms and the severity of those symptoms will vary and be different to that of another person. Even the exact time when healing crisis will occur in a person also varies due to a number of factors. Some people will have healing crisis almost immediately following the commencement of the triggering treatment or process while in some people, the crisis may be after a few days or weeks following the triggering action.

Some of the factors responsible for this variation in healing crisis that each person can experience include the state of health of the individual, the severity of the illness he/she is treating, the type illness, the level of  body toxicity and the acidity of the body, the type of triggers (i.e. treatment or detoxifying agent), emotional status, state of mineral deficiency and for how long an illness has being going on, to mention just a few.

Depending on the kind of factors affecting your healing crisis, the following are some of the common or most frequent healing crisis symptoms that you may experience or suffer from. However, it must be stated and stressed here that not all of these healing crisis symptoms will one suffer all at once, only a few of them will exhibit themselves during your healing crisis. These can be as few as just one or two or may be as much as six or seven of these symptoms listed below.

Those crisis symptoms may include:

Headaches or heavy headedness.
Lethargy (sleepiness/drowsiness).
Hot/cold flashes.
Restlessness and Fatigue.
Skin rashes, itchy skin including breakouts or boils.
Profuse or heavy/bad sweat.
Excessive mucus production or secretion including phlegm and/or nose running.
Hyperactive and/or insomnia.
Nasal bleeding.
Increased body pains especially the muscles and joints.
Irregular period including heavy flow and changes in period characteristics.
Bleeding with bowel movements.
Sensation of hunger.
Sore throat.
Slight Edema (swelling due to water retention).
Changes in blood pressure and heart beat (heart racing or beating faster).
Tightness of the chest area and breathing difficulty.
Body weakness.
Body odour.
Foul smelling urine and excrement.
Frequent or increased urination.
Anxiety and irritability.

Note: Hering’s Law of Cure saysAll cure starts from within out, from the head down, from the most important organs to the least and in reverse order as the symptoms appeared.Constantine Hering.


What Is A Typical Healing Crisis Experience?

We may take healing crisis has having two distinct types in terms of characteristics. The crisis type that may be triggered by chelation treatment (removal of heavy metal poisons from the body) or the type that comes as a result of detoxification process (toxins removal).

Typical experience would be that of feeling unwell and perhaps feeling somewhat a worsening condition of the illness. Sometimes these feelings can be very strong, so strong that the natural inclination is to want to stop treatment and jump the ship. That’s understandable since the purpose of you taking treatment course or detox regime in the first place is to get well. This may sounds counter intuitive any suggestion that you should stick to your gun and stay the course. It’s absolutely imperative that you MUST NOT STOP your treatment or detoxification process, STAY WITH IT by ALL MEANS and it will bring you tremendous health benefits in the short, medium and long run.

An important advice to give here is that you must speak with your physician or healthcare provider during the period you’re experiencing a healing crisis. They will help and assist you to cope well by supporting and giving you the confidence booster you need to stick with your programme. Whatever you do, DON’T QUIT! Quitters Never WIN!

Could It Be Fatal or Life Threatening?

An interesting question most people ask about this phenomenon is if healing crisis can be fatal or life threatening. Doubtless, healing crisis is a very positive sign that your treatment or detoxification process is working and should nor or cannot in anyway or shape be life threatening or fatal. However this assurance must be given with a clear guidance and caveats that the assurance is valid and will remain valid if and only if what you’re experiencing is truly a healing crisis and not some kind of unwanted or unexpected reactions.

But why would anyone get unwanted or unexpected reactions? There are a number of reasons, the most likely ones being self-medication (when one is attempting to treat himself or herself without adequate knowledge or expertise of what to do) and perhaps unknowingly using regimes or substances with contraindications. The other subtle factor, which is also related to lack of experience on the part of the one administering the treatment is that of rate of dumping of toxins into the bloodstream. This has to be carefully taken into account in order to prevent what we can call toxins overloads. Other than these factors, there are really no reasons why healing crisis can and should be fatal.


How Long Does This Last For?

How long a healing crisis will last for will depend on the previous and current state of health and wellness of the individual. In general, it can last between 2 to 3 days in most cases but in some instances, this can extend to weeks or even months, depending on the level of toxicity and repair work going on inside the body.

Whatever the case, as long as you observe the general ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for dealing with healing crisis, everything would be fine. Perhaps the most important of these ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ is not giving up and talking with your doctor or healthcare provider during the crisis phase for their support and guidance on how best to handle the symptoms, helping you to sail through the process successfully.


How Should You Handle It As a Patient – The Dos and Don’ts?

This here only serves as a general guideline and not in anyway exhaustive in itself. But with this general principle, you can effectively manage and go through any healing crisis you may face much more confidently and achieve your goal of full recovery from an illness, gaining your health and wellness back on sound footing.


The Dos

Here are some of the things you should do when you’re experiencing a healing crisis.
Recognize healing crisis for what it is; healing.
NEVER STOP your treatment, stick with the treatment or detoxification process.
Drink plenty of water (alkaline water is most preferred and highly recommended).
Get the support of your doctors and healthcare providers, talk with them and seek for the support and help you need to get through this phase of your healing journey.
If the healing crisis is somewhat aggressive or severe, speak with your physician or doctor immediately, who knows the appropriate steps or actions to suggest that you should take to ease the burden.
Where possible, indulge in drinking bitter herbal teas such as those made with milk thistle, ginger, artichoke or cilantro.
Get plenty of sleep and rest, giving the body the needed breathing space to carry out the healing actions.
Try and replenish your gut’s beneficial flora by taking fermented foods and natural probiotics.
Eat plenty of green vegetables and fruits to replenish the body with nutrients and vitamins.
Practice deep breathing daily for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
Do light exercises to aid the flow of your lymphatic fluid.

The Don’ts

And here are the don’ts:

Don’t panic.
Don’t stop the cleansing or the treatment process.
Avoid acidic foods and drinks including alcohol beverages, caffeine foods and drinks (all carbonated drinks should be avoided at all cost).
Avoid all sugar intake, especially refined sugar.
Avoid synthetic supplements and vitamins.
Don’t engage in the use of nicotine, hard drugs and cigarette.
Avoid things that can lead to stress or increase secretion of stress hormones in the body.
Avoid heavy eating, stick with smoothies and veggies.
Avoid all processed and canned foods.
Avoid using microwave oven to cook or warm up foods.
Avoid the use of plastics as your food or drink containers except they are BPA free plastic containers.
Avoid the use of over-the-counter medications or anything else in order to stop the symptoms of the healing crisis.

Observing this basic guideline and sticking to your treatment or detox regime will yield huge benefits as you bounce back to a healthy state.


Cellular Treatment Healing Crisis – Peculiar Features!

Though the healing crisis symptoms are common across the triggers, be it starting as a result of detoxification, chelation or cellular treatment, however there are some features of the healing crisis that are unique and peculiar to functional cellular treatment. This subject matter is complex and too deep to cover very well in a single blog post. Hence all that shall be dealt with is give the readers a synopsis of they should be aware of in terms of a healing crisis, future posts and write-ups would add more flesh to the bone of the subject matter.

Cellular approach to treatment of diseases and illnesses is centred on the premise that disease state only take root at the cellular level. And the fact that there are trillions of cells within the body performing various tasks and functions, treating ill-health state using this approach requires understanding of the Bio-chemical and electrical characteristics of the living cells.

Consequently, when working at this basic unit of life with respect to healing, how the healing crisis will exhibit itself when cellular treatment is the trigger may very well be different and unique compared to those of other healing crisis. Though the symptoms one could experience would fall amongst those already identified and listed, how these symptoms manifest and in what order would be different and peculiar to the cellular medical procedure triggering the healing reactions.

One peculiar feature to note when it comes to cellular healing crisis is the high intensity but somewhat short duration.  This high intensity is what makes it somehow challenging for some to handle. But with prior knowledge of what to expect and the full support of your healthcare provider during this crisis, you’ll sail through fairly quickly and successfully too.


Detoxification Healing Crisis – The Difference From Cellular Treatment Healing Crisis!

There is a remarked difference between healing crisis coming as a result of detoxification and that of functional cellular treatment. For one thing, the repair work going on at the cellular level that would trigger healing crisis may occur slowly and over a considerable time period. So the crisis may not occur immediately a treatment regime commences but somewhat downstream of the treatment.

On the other hand, detoxification healing crisis generally takes hold quickly, in some cases, in a matter of hours or days of starting the process. Bearing this in mind, would prepare your mind for how best to respond to these crisis rather than reacting in a panic mode and jump the ship that is taking you to a shore of good health and full recovery ill-health.


Summary of Typical Healing Crisis Experience!

In summary, a ‘healing crisis’ is truly a ‘healing response’; a positive sign that you’re on the road to recovery from your illness of sickness condition. The period that this experience lasts for varies from a few hours to a few days. In certain circumstances however, depending on what ill-health condition and the type of trigger that give rise to the healing crisis phenomenon, the period may last weeks or months.

But as long as the symptoms are truly those of healing crisis and not some sinister thing going on inside the body, this would be welcome as confirmation that you’re doing the right thing and that the method or approach you’re using to address the underlying health condition is actually working otherwise, you won’t be having a healing crisis.



The conclusion of the matter is that healing crisis is a positive sign, though may be unpleasant to start with but in the end will yield huge benefits in terms or wellness and that of recovery from illness or disease state.


To Your Good Health and Disease Free Living,


Dare Awobiyi,
Chief Executive.
GWI Curative Wellness,
Lekki, Lagos.