Herxing is the nickname for a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction where the body becomes overwhelmed by the effects of dying microbes. It is very commonly observed in people being treated for Lyme disease. Herxing can be extremely difficult to endure and sometimes results in the termination of treatment. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
What causes Herxing? Dead bacteria release a substance into the bloodstream called endotoxin or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) which causes the immune system to totally freak out. This freak out causes the body to create something called a cytokine cascade. This is a guns-blazing approach to the presence of the dead bacteria which makes you feel utterly horrible. All the symptoms of infection and inflammation combined with toxicity can present. This living hell is sometimes worse than the symptoms of Lyme disease (or other infection) and sometimes becomes the limiting factor in your treatment plan.
As in all healing strategies, a comprehensive approach is best. Laying the groundwork by making sure the body’s pathways of elimination, particularly the lymphatic system to provide the endotoxin with an exit strategy. Completing a detox program before attempting to kill the infection may be a good plan too. Ample hydration, an anti-inflammatory diet, anti-oxidant supplements, and high doses of greens like chlorophyll tablets or other sources may also prove helpful. Fundamentally, the best approaches include a strategy to shut down the cytokine cascade.
How do you stop it? NUW Immune Balance Spray may be a critical component to your Herxing battle plan. NUW Immune Balance Spray contains PRP’s (Proline-Rich Polypeptides) which are short chains of information carrying proteins with remarkable adaptability. When the immune system over-reacts to the presence of cytokines, PRPs send a very specific message by way of specific cell receptor sites to decrease the production of cytokines. Conversely, in the presence of an insufficient immune response to an infection, PRPs signal the body to attack the infection.
PRPs help regulate the thymus gland (the body’s central command for the immune system) stimulating an underactive immune system or down regulating one that is overreacting. PRPs extracted from bovine colostrum (natural antibody-rich substance) help to balance and modulate the immune response.
NUW Immune Balance Spray may be a key component to conquering your Herx reaction and moving forward to the next stage of your wellness program.
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