Understanding a Healing Reaction

In short, a healing reaction is the body’s response to curative medicine. Once a disease is annihilated the organism works to restore homeostasis. This is often experienced as an aggravation of symptoms and, on a superficial level, resembles the disease state that an individual sought to address in the first place. But there is a critical difference: when compromised by disease the body is ill-equipped to restore balance and can kill itself trying. In contrast, when a disease-causing agent is dislodged from the system with medicine the body can successfully complete the restorative work it had previously been doing in vain.

Screen shot 2012-12-30 at 8.16.19 PMWith the aid of principled medicine, the body need not kick into overdrive nor produce a flurry of symptoms. Accordingly, healing reactions are typically a lot gentler than disease symptoms; they are a fainter impression of what was or what could have been. Moreover, the experience is usually underlaid with an overall sense of well-being and increased robustness. As such, healing reactions should not be anticipated with trepidation or scorned as setbacks; they should, rather, be welcomed as sure tell signs of effective remediation.

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