Healing Reactions (Cleansing Effects)
What are healing reactions? Most of us don't know
about healing reactions. We know about symptoms of illnesses, and we know about
the drugs and other therapies we use to treat the symptoms and take away the
pain. So what is a healing reaction?
In traditional Chinese medicine, the concept of
healing reactions is described in detail. Chinese medicine understands that as
the body goes through the process of healing and recovery, the causes of
illness are cleansed, literally moved out of the diseased organ or system of
the body, and expelled from the body altogether.
This movement of toxins and
pathogens out of the body can cause us to feel worse for a while. This is the
so-called healing reaction. When we experience a healing reaction, we can have
confidence that the treatment we are using is actually working, and we will
soon be cured of our sickness.
We would certainly like healing reactions to be
minimal or non-existent. But traditional
Chinese medicine tells us that if there is no "ming
shyuan" (healing reaction), there can be no
Most of us are looking for real cures to our illnesses and we're
tired of taking drugs that treat only symptoms and kill only pain. As the body
purges itself of toxins and pathogens that cause sickness, we will experience
some kind of healing reaction.
All healing reactions will go away eventually. A
healing reaction may last for a period of a few days or up to a few months
depending upon the individual's state of health and the seriousness of the
Examples of Healing Reactions
Pain may occur in the internal organs that have a
problem. Headache is common.
Various types of digestive and respiratory discharges
may occur: bile, mucus, phlegm, sinus and nasal drainage.
Other possible discharges include boils, pimples,
rashes, body odors, carbuncles, vaginal discharges, coating on tongue, and
Digestive imbalances may develop: gas, cramps,
diarrhea, soft or dark stool, frequent bowel movement. etc.
Dry mouth, sticky stool, weakness, weight loss, and
sensations of cold or heat may occur. These indicate that the body is first
strongly eliminating before the building and strengthening phase occurs.
More sleep may be needed during transition, and dreams
may be wild.
The symptoms of existing sickness or illness may seem
to worsen at first and then improve later.
increase and cause sleeplessness.
Body pain indicates problems and forces the body to
have a rest. Both pain and resting help the body accelerate the healing
The pain is the commander to order the body into protecting itself.
During this adaptive period, do not try to kill the pain or fight against
tiredness if you can still bear it. Use products to support the weaker body by
providing balanced and high quality nutrients which will speed up the healing