Dealing With Die-Off Reactions (with notes on constipation)

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 7:18pm.

Dealing With Die-Off Reactions

Written by and re-published here with the kind permission of David B. Schlesinger, L.Ac.

"Many yeast sufferers, after starting a program for yeast control, have experienced a worsening of their condition. This can of course be a most unsettling and discouraging development and if not understood and addressed effectively, may not only forestall one's progress, but possibly bring it to a screeching halt. We therefore want to share our insights and strategies to minimize the chances of suffering unnecessarily from yeast die-off reactions.

Common Yeast Die-off Symptoms

Some individuals may develop one or several of these concurrently:

Fatigue, brain fog, gastro-intestinal distress such as nausea, gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, low grade fever, headache, sore throat, body itch, muscle and / or joint soreness or pain, feeling as if coming down with a flu.

Be aware that contrary to popularly held misconception, yeast die-off reactions are not a sign that yeast treatment is succeeding. It is an indication that yeast cells are dying, usually in large numbers, and is more of an indicator of the system's toxic overload. More poisons are being released than the body can adequately cope with at one time. In most cases, yeast die-off is a sign that the system's eliminatory pathways are overburdened or as oftentimes happens, blocked, as in constipation and liver stress.

When properly undertaken, treatment for yeast related health problems does not lead to yeast die-off reactions.

Individuals with elevated heavy metal levels may have special problems with so called "yeast die-off reactions"(for more information, see their link here).

Strategies to minimize discomfort and shorten the duration of yeast die-off reactions:

1) Reduce your intake of antifungal remedies temporarily. Some individuals may have to discontinue altogether for a few days.

2) More water should be consumed, we recommend 4-6 fluid ounces of warm or hot water every forty-five minutes, throughout the day.

3) It is imperative to rest when experiencing yeast die-off reactions, they will otherwise worsen in severity. Get to sleep as early as possible.

4) Measures must be taken to neutralize yeast / fungal toxins, use Molybdenum and Pantethine to accomplish this.

5) If you've cut out all grains from your diet and are experiencing yeast die-off reactions, the re-introduction of a small amount (half a cereal bowl per day) of brown rice may work wonders. Be sure to chew it thoroughly, since grain cannot be properly digested unless it completely chewed up.

6) For those with access to a sauna, begin slowly (20 minutes per session) scrub all skin surfaces with a stiff brush and shower immediately afterwards.

Measures must be taken to encourage more frequent and complete bowel elimination for those with slow elimination!

If you're constipated, or only eliminating once daily, try some of the following ideas. You'll have to experiment with dosages until you discover what's most effective for you. Ideally you'll want to have three eliminations daily.

-Use Magnesium citrate with Gentle Senna or Herbal Laxative

-Start every morning with a tall glass of very hot water.

-Try a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, several times daily on an empty stomach.

-Grind a small amount of flax seeds in a coffee grinder until fine, light and fluffy, then stir a heaping tablespoon into a glass of lukewarm water, let stand for about ten minutes, stir again and drink on an empty stomach.

If all else fails, administer a warm, salt-water enema. If you have access to a colon hydro-therapist, a course of colonic irrigation treatments is usually a good idea. Individuals who develop rebound constipation after colonic irrigation are advised to avoid this method."

David Schlesinger, L.Ac. has been practicing Traditional Chinese Herbal and Dietary Medicine since 1976. He is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and received his California state license in acupuncture and herbal medicine in 1986. He has pursued a broad range of studies in the natural healing field including Naturopathic, Dietary and Biological (Enderleinian) Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of gastro-intestinal complaints, candidiasis and candida related illness, multiple chemical sensitivities and chronic fatigue syndrome.

If you would like to learn more, you can visit his website at