If you are a highly sensitive person (and/or an empath) like me, you likely have had the experience where some doctor or medical professional has prescribed a medication or treatment of some type, and you had THE WEIRDEST effects afterward. If you went back to said physician to complain of the side effects, they likely look at you like you're crazy because those effects aren't listed on the documentation. This post is for you! You likely experienced a pharmaceutical side effect detox.
I recently had a client go into the doctor for a relatively routine colon scan. It wasn't even a full on colonoscopy, just a simple scan. After the procedure, she started having severe panic attacks. I'm talking full on freak-outs with body shakes, elevated heart rate, and difficulty breathing. This is a client who is not prone to panic attacks. In fact, she has done extensive mindfulness work to deal with anxiety, which manifests in completely different ways for her. When I tuned into her, I knew that her panic was a detox.
I want to be clear, the pharmaceutical is not the devil here. It is more of a catalyst. In most cases, when we have a severe reaction to a pharmaceutical, it is because we have other energies to expel (not necessarily chemical or physical toxins, but rather energetic and emotional toxins).
In my client's case, she is both an HSP (highly sensitive person) and an empath. The pandemic has been especially hard on her as she's deeply felt ALL the emotional pains and feels of people around her (both loved ones and strangers) throughout the year. When she feels things emotionally, they manifest into physical issues for her. Which is very common for HSP/Empaths. As a result, over the course of the entire pandemic, she has ABSORBED so much. So now that the world is starting to open up and the end of the pandemic is in sight and people are in general happier, her body is needing to get rid of all the extra stuff it absorbed and held over the last year. For her, as with many HSP/Empaths, it also means a roto-rooter to some of her own personal deep seated icks and gunks.
The pharmaceutical stuff that the doc gave her for the scan, that was the catalyst that forced the detox. The detox was bound to happen. In HSP/Empath world, we need occasional detoxes to cleanse ourselves of the icks and gunks we absorb from the world. But we prefer to do our detoxes our way, not to have them roto-rootered out of us forcefully through chemical reactions in our systems. Not Fun.
I told this client, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that this is getting at some really deep seated junk, the worst of the shit, some of which might go way back to her childhood and embedded patterning of her entire life. Only deep intense detoxes can do that. The bad news is that once triggered by a pharmaceutical side effect reaction, there is no way to stop, speed up, and lessen the intensity of the detox.
There are, however, ways to soften it and make it easier to endure.
How To Endure a Pharmaceutical Side Effect Detox
Ask anyone that when you have a pain that needs its own time to subside, the absolute best thing you can do is BREATHE THROUGH IT. The more you do this breathing, the softer the detox will feel, and it could actually expedite the whole process some. Oxygen is your greatest healer. Focused breathing activates that.
What NOT to Do
However, all deep breathing techniques are not the same. I don't mean that you should gulp in a bunch of air through your mouth and sigh it out loudly. This kind of breathing (mouth breathing) can cause even more stress to your system because the mouth air triggers stress hormones. Try it, take a gasp of air in through your mouth and make the sound like you just saw a dog get hit by a car. The sharp little tickle sensation in your belly, that's adrenaline. That's a stress response. That's NOT what you need to do. Avoid that!
What To Do
The Focused Breathing technique is one that uses your lungs and heart to the fullest and most efficient capacity. You want to release all restrictions on your lungs so they can breathe fully, and then slow down the breath in ways that trigger the calming and relaxing hormones in your system. This focused breathing technique is my most important and most effective teaching! I highly recommend you take the 30-minute online focused breathing course to learn it best.
Keep your belly still so that your ribs expand and contract as much as possible. This forces the air to go deeper into the bottom of your lungs, making the breath longer. The deeper and more of your lungs you use, the cleaner the air that goes into your heart.
Breathe through the back of your nose with a little rattle at the back of your throat, almost like a subtle snore. Think of the noises puppies and kittens and even babies make when they sleep. This slight constriction in your throat will slow down your breath and tickle nerve endings telling your brain to send calming hormones through your system.
Even your breath so that every inhalation and exhalation is the same in tone, volume, and duration. This will even out your energies, make every stead-eddy.