WHAT IS A HEALING CRISIS?
The concept of the "healing crisis" is found in a Homeopathic Law called Herring's Law of Cure, which states that all cure comes from within out, from the head down and in the reverse order of the appearance of the symptoms.
Let us take the example of a person who goes to a drugstore upon ‘catching’ a cold. The product purchased is one advertised to relieve the symptoms of a cold. This product will likely relieve the symptoms of the cold, but it probably won't do much more that is beneficial. It will, in all likelihood, dry up and crystallize the mucus and toxins being released through the action of the cold, driving them deeply into the bronchial tissues. This changes the condition from acute to sub-acute, a less noticeable state, making the person feel better. Sometime later (often at the change of a season) the body will make its attempt to throw these toxins off. This may result in a cold, cough or even the flu, which frequently drives the person back to the time-tested formula used earlier to relieve the ‘problem’. This, of course, reverses the cleansing at once, driving the mucus and toxins ever more deeply into the tissues. Starting with a cold, a usual history is to develop tendencies to coughs, flu, bronchitis or hay fever, then asthma and finally, perhaps a degenerate and chronically diseased lung.
At some stage, however, the person may decide to begin living in a healthier manner and eventually begins to feel better. This healthy period progresses happily until the person is usually heard to remark, "I haven’t felt this good in years". At this point the body has built up enough strength again so that it attempts once more to eliminate some of the toxins. In our example, the person might appear to ‘catch’ asthma, which s/he hasn’t had for years. During this crisis, the body is simply trying to rid itself of the toxins and the disharmonies.
Throughout a cleansing/building program there will be periods of better health punctuated by short crises. The person in our example will then, over perhaps months or years, re-experience asthma, hay fever, bronchitis, flues, coughs and colds, in that order. Each of these conditions will appear as a Healing Crisis, with symptoms similar to that of the original disease crisis. The major difference is that the crisis is of much shorter duration and is often more dramatic. The person also feels much better both before and after the crisis (if left to run its natural course). The individual should ensure the intake of plenty of vitamins, minerals, herbs specific to the problem and brothy soups to promote a speedy recovery.