Healing Crisis. Detox Responses. The herbs. Methods of administration. Why? How. Examples.
I am going to refer to these goats by fake names only because several were ones I bought from someone else and I don't want anyone to think negatively about their practices...we each have different ways of doing things and their is pros and cons to each.
Fanny came to me as a fairly healthy 5 year old doe, but over time she began to look less and less thrifty. Her coat was always thin and in the winter she was ALWAYS cold. She was also hard to keep weight on and birthing was especially challenging for her. She also struggled with chronic anemia. You are probably thinking that this sounds like classic parasite overload, but we keep a regular deworming schedule, that has worked well for 7 years now. We also had several fecal exams run and all were free of parasites. In fact, vets are always curious what dewormer I use that works so well...but that is a whole other story of its own! After 1 or 2 kidding seasons with Fanny I decided to give her a year off from birthing while I worked on her health. This was in my earlier years of seriously pursuing natural methods and so I decided to experiment with a detox on her. I began working on the liver and kidneys with a product from Fir Meadows. After two months I added a blood purifying formula to the program. I continued this for a 6 months total. WOW! Talk about something close to a miracle! To be honest, the first 4-5 months I saw minimal improvement, but it was enough to keep me on it as I had no other ideas. Things changed around that 4 1/2 or 5 month period however. It was very interesting how quickly she suddenly started doing much better! I didn't understand why this was unfolding at the time, but now I know that the liver completely rejuvenates itself, cell for cell, every 4-6 months and that I had finely hit that tipping point. Fanny's coat became so incredibly thick and lush! Most of my goats have slick shiny coats (not all), but Fanny was something I have never felt even to this day. Needles to say, she had no more issues with the cold! While I never was quite able to reverse the chronic anemia she began carrying herself a whole new way with her head up and eyes bright which was really good to see. I think the most interesting thing I noticed from this was related to the large knot she had on her side from a vaccine she had received while on a different farm. It began to disappear! It used to be large, very hard, and easily visible, but after 7 months from the start of her cleanse it had diminished to so small you wouldn't know it was there if you didn't squeeze her skin in that area to find it. This was a really fascinating discovery! Sadly, Fanny passed away in a birthing incident (a big stuck buck kid...) that spring and I was never able to find out if the vaccine spot would have completely gone away and if the anemia would have corrected itself given enough time.
Another experience I had with the power of cleansing occurred with a doe I am going to call Louis. This time I had a bit more knowledge about how cleansing worked. Louis started having fertility issues that prevented her from getting bred one year, so I decided to test cleansing on her while she took a year off. She was somewhat chunky when I started, but two weeks in she was really thin! It was more than a little disconcerting how quickly she had dropped off her condition. I had heard a little about what a healing crisis was, but this was my first experience with it. As I began the cleansing it stimulated her body to literally dump POUNDS of toxins from the fat layers her body had tried to store it in to protect her organs from being damaged. After that first 2 weeks she leveled out and stoped loosing weight. At about 6 weeks in she began gaining weight again and gradually increased to right were I like my goats to keep their weight at. She did noticeably well after that about maintaining her weight without the need for a lot of grain and also wasn't prone to getting overweight. That fall she got bred on the first try and delivered 4 healthy doe kids the following spring!
I have 1 or 2 other stories like these two, but I will save those for another time. You are probably wondering exactly how to do cleansing by now!
Cleansing is a way of stimulating the body to break-loose, process, and remove toxins - these can be toxins that were created by the body or ones taken in by the environment.
A reasonably healthy and nourished animal can generally handle the toxins its own body produces, however, when it comes to environmental toxins which are generally manmade you will need to consider helping with detoxing