The Healing Process

The healing process is often described as “peeling an onion.”  As each imbalance or weakness within the body is addressed, a layer of the onion dissolves moving the body closer to wholeness.   Typically this process continues until there are no layers of weakness left to find and this is what constitutes a body returning to optimal health.  As each layer is peeled it may be surprising to discover the onset of symptoms that had not formerly existed or the return of old symptoms.  This is very normal, explainable, and a good sign that progress is being made.

The human body is working constantly to heal and repair itself.  In an effort to correct chronic imbalances, remove stressors, and heal chronic wounds, the body attempts to save energy and create reserves.  If given a chance, the body will completely repair and renew itself to a perfect state.  For example, every eight days the old lining of the intestines is replaced with a new lining.  If given the support, toxins are removed, and the systems of the body are working together, the new intestinal lining will be stronger and more functional than the previous one.   The way to support this is by removing stressors (foods, metals, chemicals, immune challenges, and scars), providing vital nutrition and homeopathics, and practice a lifestyle that respects the needs and natural rhythms of the body.  This is why Advanced Nutrition and Energetics approaches your health in a holistic way.  We support the concept of slowly and methodically nurturing your body back to strength, system after system, cell after cell.

One of the most confusing things about the healing process is what has been called the “retracing phenomenon” or the “healing crisis.”  It has been said that any step of degeneration or decline that the body went through in the process of becoming ill has to return during the process of becoming well.  Step by step.  Sometimes this means that symptoms will get worse before they get better, and this often conflicts with our desires to simply feel better.

Typically a healing crisis is relatively short lived.  Retracing symptoms can last anywhere from an hour to at most, a few days.  One way that one can distinguish between disease symptoms and healing symptoms is how quickly the healing symptoms change and develop into something new.  Often while these healing symptoms are occurring there is a simultaneous general sense of well-being and improved energy.

Healing symptoms often involve clearing mucus such as phlegm, diarrhea, excessive urination and aching in muscles and joints, headaches, or any symptoms that might have been experienced in the process of becoming ill.   This is especially true in chronic illnesses or imbalances that have existed for a prolonged period of time.  For example, in removing heavy metals from the body, it is common to experience nausea, headaches, a metallic taste in the mouth, and/or ringing in the ears.  These symptoms can be uncomfortable and scary, but they are normal and actually a very positive sign that healing is happening.

There is no greater power than the vital force behind a healing crisis to bring the body back to wellness and balance.  In general we do not yet fully comprehend the healing power of the body.  For too long our culture has been largely focused on the removal of all symptoms.  In fact, we associate healing with the fast removal of symptoms or the lack of discomfort or pain.  True, authentic healing of acute and chronic issues occurs when we allow our body the opportunity to expel all the burdens of the disease process.   Working through the many layers of the onion is a process.  A process that can be truly amazing with benefits far beyond what we can see and often even believe.  So, when you are struggling through a series of symptoms, and it is difficult to understand or you feel like giving up, honor your body, breathe, drink plenty of fresh water, rest, and ask questions.  We are here to support you and your healing process!

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