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The Herxheimer Reaction is a phenomenon that occurs when the body's capacity to expel toxins being released into the bloodstream is overwhelmed. The body's cleansing systems simply cannot rid these toxins as fast as they are being released into the bloodstream by the various cells and tissues of the body. The resulting effect is a temporary accumulation of these toxins within the bloodstream and a concurrent feeling of malaise as when a person is ill. The accumulation of these toxins may make a person feel tired, depleted, even exhausted, as the body works overtime to process and expel them. During this period, the person may even feel sick. This phenomenon can occur when the body is fighting illness or when a person purposefully engages in detoxification of the body whether through a detox diet or other treatment. It is also common when a person stops an addiction, whether it be a drug addiction or another addictive substance such as caffeine or nicotine. This phenomenon may also occur after a person receives a massage therapy treatment, especially if there is a substantial period of time between treatments or if the person has never had a treatment before. In all of these instances, the Herxheimer Reaction is a normal physiological reaction to the release of toxins and a temporary taxation of the body's cleansing capacities.