Can shungite cause a detox reaction

Can Shungite Cause a “Detox Reaction”?

Valerie Burke

Although very uncommon, shungite can prompt what's known as a "healing crisis."

If you suddenly begin feeling worse instead of better when you start wearing your shungite jewelry, or when you start placing shungite nearby, you could be experiencing a healing crisis. This is also known as a “detox reaction,” “Jarisch-Herxheimer” reaction, or "die-off." (Davis et al, 2013; Lancet 1977)

A healing crisis is a response to toxins being released from your tissues faster than your body can eliminate them. In other words, it suggests a congestion in a body system. Your cells release toxins into circulation, but your organs cannot eliminate them quickly enough (bowels, liver, kidneys, lungs and skin).

Some of the more common symptoms include:

Fatigue or insomnia Headaches Foggy thinking
Anxiety Mood swings Digestive symptoms
Body aches Malaise Low-grade fever
Increased sweating or bad smelling sweat Sinus or nasal drainage Rashes or itching

    Although certainly unpleasant, these symptoms are nothing to be concerned about – they’re actually a good sign that shungite is working.

    Besides protecting us from EMFs, shungite is also a powerful detoxifier. Its effects vary from person to person, but those who are especially sensitive may experience some temporary symptoms. These commonly last no more than a few days but can occasionally persist a bit longer.

    People who are battling serious illnesses may experience stronger reactions. These can be immediate or delayed - even after beginning to feel better, a person can slip into a healing crisis and experience a brief resurgence of symptoms.

    It is important that if you do stumble into a healing crisis, please don’t just “push on through.” Pushing yourself in this compromised state stresses your body, which is counterproductive to your goals. Detoxing too quickly triggers increased cortisol release from the adrenal glands, which can lead to unstable blood sugar levels, electrolyte imbalance, and other health-defeating processes that slow the healing process.

    Tips for Managing or Preventing a Healing Crisis

    It is not necessary to experience a detox reaction during detoxification - the goal is to help your body detox without triggering one. If a reaction occurs, the remedy is to adjust the “dose” while providing your body with some extra TLC.

    The following are some effective ways of preventing, reducing, and resolving detox symptoms.

    1. Remove your shungite jewelry (or move shungite objects farther away from you) until symptoms disappear. To start, limit your wearing of shungite jewelry to no more than a few hours at a time, until you know how you react.
    2. Stay hydrated by increasing water consumption; electrolytes may be helpful as well (my favorite source of natural electrolytes is coconut water)
    3. If consuming shungite water, start small. I recommend 4 ounces per day in the beginning, and then see how you feel
    4. Eliminate toxic foods - processed food, junk food, sugar, etc. Replace with health-promoting, anti-inflammatory foods (natural whole foods, organic, non-GMO)
    5. Increase consumption of bitter foods, which are beneficial to the liver and gallbladder - organic parsley, cilantro, ginger, lemon juice, dark leafy greens, and others; my favorite is roasted dandelion tea
    6. Herbs like milk thistle offer additional support to the liver
    7. Fasting may be helpful; fasting reduces the required energy expenditure for digestion, permitting the body to focus its resources on healing and detoxification
    8. Get plenty of rest
    9. Move your body daily. Mild exercise such as walking, yoga, gardening, and so on, is best - detoxification is not a time for intense, all-out exercise
    10. Sweating helps eliminate toxins, so saunas can be beneficial – especially infrared saunas
    11. Breathe more mindfully and deeply
    12. Acupuncture, meditation, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, aka tapping)
    13. Treat yourself to a massage
    14. Essential oils can be soothing – try some lavender or peppermint
    15. View detox symptoms as a sign of progress!

      Further Reading

      8 Tips to Ease Detox Discomfort by Mark Hyman, MD

      Are You Experiencing a Healing Crisis by Dr. Jockers

      Tips for Dealing with Herxheimer or Die-off Reactions by Jill Carnahan, MD ABIHM, ABoIM, IFMCP

      What is a Healing Crisis? Global Healing Center

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