Ormus and the Herxheimer Reaction

You may be familiar with the concept of a "Healing Crisis." The medical name for a healing crisis is the Herxheimer Reaction. Beginning Ormus users often experience a healing crisis.

German dermatologist, Karl Herxheimer (1844-1947) was the first to notice that some patients experience an initial worsening of their primary symptoms once treatment has begun. The Herxheimer reaction was named for him.

Dorland's Medical Dictionary defines the Herxheimer reaction as a transient, short-term, immunological reaction commonly seen following antibiotic or other supplement treatment of diseases which may be manifested by fever, or chills, or headache, or myalgias (muscle pain), and/or exacerbations of cutaneous lesions.

This Herxheimer Reaction, this ‘healing crisis,' is a healthy, normal reaction and is the indication that bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, or other pathogens are being killed and that toxins are being uprooted and flushed out. But even dead, these pathogens, or released endotoxins can make you feel sick until they are completely flushed out of the body.

The fear that most people have when they start to feel the Herxheimer Reaction is that the supplements or medicine, herbal remedy or curative tea isn't working. They falsely think that the new supplement or medication may be actually causing the reactions or creating their problems. So they decide to stop taking or using it…when in actuality, by stopping they will be halting very treatment that is helping to clear their toxins and pathogens and heal them. In the beginning what is experienced may make you feel somewhat ill or uncomfortable, but the Herxheimer Reaction is actually proof that healing and detoxification is taking place.

The Herxheimer reaction has been attributed to liberation of endotoxins or of antigens (a substance which causes an immune reaction) from the killed or dying microorganisms or toxins.

Simply stated, it is a reaction that occurs when the body is detoxifying and the released toxins either exacerbate the symptoms being treated or create their own symptoms such as headaches, body ache, joint pain, sweating, general malaise, sore throat, nausea and or sometimes, flu-like symptoms. The reaction is caused by an immune system reaction to the toxins (endotoxins) that are released when large amounts of pathogens are being killed off and the body does not eliminate the toxins quick enough.


The phenomenon was first described by dermatologist Jarisch Adolph Herxheimer (1860-1902) working in Vienna, Austria, and a few years later by his brother Karl Herxheimer (1861-1942), also a dermatologist, working in Frankfurt Germany.

Technically known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction, the syndrome is most often referred to as Herxheimer's Reaction or the Herxheimer Effect, and is also called "Herx" for short. It is also known as die-off syndrome, a detox reaction or a healing crisis.

The Herxheimer brothers (who were many treating syphilitic lesions of the skin) noticed that in response to treatment, many patients developed not only fever, perspiration, night sweats, nausea and vomiting, but their skin lesions became larger and more inflamed before settling down and healing. Interestingly, they found that those who had the most extreme reactions, healed best and fastest. The patient might feel strange, ill, uncomfortable or sick for several days, but then their illness or lesions resolved.

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