General principles for internal application
The liquid extract must always be diluted. In order to eliminate its bitter taste, it should be diluted in at least 200 ml of water, mint tea, lemon balm tea or orange juice.
The dosage provided below is based on many years of experience. However, the guidelines do not have to be strictly followed because even if the recommended dose is multiplied by one hundred, there is still no health risk. In some people, when the extract is used for the first time or the administered dose is larger than recommended, a short period of bad mood or intensification of existing health problems can be observed. This is a natural reaction, known as Herxheimer reaction (named after Karl Herxheimer, a German dermatologist who investigated the phenomenon of toxin release from the human body). It occurs when large amounts of toxins are released to blood from the killed microorganisms. Possible symptoms include bad mood, slight diarrhoea, slight flu-like symptoms, etc. Contrary to popular belief, this kind of reaction is a good sign because it is a manifestation of detoxification. Administration of the extract should not be discontinued in this case. If the Herxheimer reaction is very strong, doses should be reduced. Such response is common in people whose bodies are heavily infected with pathogenetic organisms (fungi, parasites, bacteria, viruses, etc.) or full of harmful substances due to unhealthy diet, overeating or large amounts of synthetic drugs taken. Those who take the extract for the first time should start with small doses (approximately 5 drops a day per one glass of liquid). As has already been mentioned, Citrosept is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, if used, the dose should not exceed 15 drops a day due to the Herxheimer reaction. For an adult, the temporary increase in the level of toxins in blood may result in bad mood but in the case of a foetus, it may lead to unnecessary complications and, in consequence, developmental disturbances. The Herxheimer reaction does not occur or is imperceptible if you start with small doses of Citrosept – about 5 drops a day for 3-4 days. After that time, they may be gradually increased to doses specified on the packaging.