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Anti-candida programme - Herxheimer Reaction, or Symptoms of Yeast Die-off

Updated: Oct 19, 2018


When beginning an anti-candida programme with herbal anti-microbials, be aware that you are likely to experience a ‘die-off reaction’, known as a Herxheimer Reaction. These symptoms can be minimized with correct dose of anti-microbials but they are inevitable to some extent as the yeast and bacteria are killed and fragments of cell walls and toxins are in the blood stream. Common symptoms of die off include loose bowel movements or diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, headaches, flu like symptoms, muscle aches, fatigue, joint pain and brain fog. These are also common candida symptoms, which you probably have been experiencing anyway and they can appear worse on starting the bug kill programme. I always reassure clients that this is temporary and after ten days to two weeks they should be noticing an improvement in energy and wellbeing. It is important to continue with the ‘bug kill’ until the infection is resolved and I have checked progress in a follow up.