Homeopathy 101 - A beginners Guide - Tissue Salts
So, you've seen Tissue Salts on the shelves of the chemist, health food store or complimentary therapist. What are they and what do you use them for? So, starting at the start....
According to German Doctor, W.H. Schuessler (c1800’s) our body is made up of water, organic compounds (the bulk of our physical body) and inorganic substances or minerals. It’s the inorganic mineral elements that are needed to activate other substances replace continually decaying cells of the body. Small, minute quantities of these inorganic active minerals are carried to all parts of the body in the blood, and if the blood lacks the necessary quantities of these minerals, the cell rebuilding process is disturbed and ill health can occur. This principle of science was termed Biochemistry - the chemistry of living tissues.
In 1821 Dr Schuessler studied the function of what he considered the body’s principal inorganic micronutrients and discovered that there are 12 mineral compounds necessary for optimal health. He called these compounds Tissue Saltsand determined that they had a catalytic effect on the body’s biochemistry.
Dr Schuessler also developed five principles for healing.
- Disease does not occur if cell metabolism is normal
- Cell metabolism is in turn normal if cell nutrition is adequate
- Nutritional substances are either of an organic or inorganic nature where the body is concerned
- The ability of the body cells to assimilate and to excrete and further to utilise nutritional material is impaired if there is a deficiency in the inorganic mineral (tissue salt) constituent of cellular tissues
- Adequate cell nutrition may be restored and cellular metabolism normalised by supplying the required tissue salts to the organism in a finely divided assimilable form.
He also described the type of symptoms which may be presented when there was a deficiency of each tissue salt, and was able to determine which tissue salt to prescribe. By re-establishing the biochemical balance, common complaints such as colds and flu, gastro-intestinal problems, skin disorders, slow healing wounds, eye and ear infections, to name just a few, can be dealt with effectively and safely.
These twelve biochemical remedies are prepared homoeopathically through titration or dilution - one part pure mineral salt is added to nine parts lactose (the sugar present in milk). One part of this mix is then added to nine parts of lactose and it becomes what we term 2X potency. The solution is further diluted so that it becomes 6X and this is the substance which is readily absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the lining of our mouths. Tissue salts are readily available in “tablet” form to be dissolved in the mouth. This ensures that the remedy can quickly restore the balance of the body’s biochemistry.
In addition to their many health benefits, cell salts are an ideal treatment if you are concerned about digestive complications. Cell salts are taken in pellet form and allowed to dissolve beneath the tongue, the salts are immediately absorbed. Cell salts do not require any further digestive breakdown, meaning they are safe for individuals who suffer frequent stomach upset or indigestion. Furthermore, there is no risk of overdosing. Too much of certain minerals can lead to gastrointestinal complications, such as constipation or diarrhea. This is a common problem with mineral supplements. Because cell salts are administered at homeopathic potency, as long as you follow the directions for proper usage, you cannot take too much.
“Even with a well balance diet, rich in vitamins, mineral and trace elements, the body sometimes fails to assimilate theses substances. In such circumstances, the tissue salt in it’s potentised state is able top “bridge the gap” and restore the molecular imbalance that may be impeding the nutritional process….the body should then be able to obtain all the nutrients it needs from the foods eaten…from the digestive process. Tissue salts, however require no breakdown and are immediately assimilated, the key to nutritional biochemistry”- J. Jacka (2008).
Tissue Salts are important to our health because:
- A proper mineral balance is necessary for normal cell function and the maintenance of good health.
- Giving the cells the essential nutrients (mineral salts) they lack, can restore health.
- When our blood is lacking the necessary nutrients, cellar activity declines and our bodies become prone to illness.
- Minerals are basic building blocks of the body
- Vitamins are often useless without the presence of associated minerals
- Well nutrition can be revitalised by supplying the deficient mineral salt in a readily assimilated form
- Tissue Salts are vital constituents of the body
Tissue salts are “vital cell foods”, they can be taken at any time, even during pregnancy, infancy and childhood.
- Tissue Salts are non-toxic and non-addictive
- They are completely safe, producing no side effects
- They can be used by infants and pregnant women
- They can be safely used alongside prescriptive medicines.
Tissue salts most commonly come in the form of a lactose-calcium based tablet. They can also come as an oral spray (good if you’re lactose intolerant). Tissue salts are chewed and dissolved.
There are 12 basic tissue salts that can be used on their own, or in recommended combinations, to treat a very wide variety of ailments.
- Number 1: Calc fluor - Calcium Fluoride - Tissue elasticity restorer
- Number 2: Calc phos - Calcium Phosphate - Cell restorer
- Number 3: Calc sulf - Calcium Sulphate - Blood purifier, purulent agent
- Number 4: Ferr phos - Phosphate of Iron - Anti-inflammatory
- Number 5: Kali mur - Potassium Chloride - Detoxifying agent
- Number 6: Kali phos - Potassium Phosphate - Nerve and brain cell agent
- Number 7: Kali sulf - Potassium Sulphate - Metabolism, pancreas conditioner
- Number 8: Mag phos - Magnesium Phosphate - Pain and cramp killer
- Number 9: Nat mur - Sodium Chloride - Water distributor
- Number 10: Nat phos - Sodium Phospahte - Acidity neutraliser
- Number 11: Nat sulf - Sodium Sulphate - Liver cleanser
- Number 12: Silicea - Silicic Oxide - Skin and connective tissue conditioner
Cell salts are generally taken 4 times a day, 3-4 tablets. The probability is much greater for success if you keep taking them frequently as suggested instead of sporadically. For acute symptoms (sudden onset with more or less severity of symptoms), you can take 1 tablet every few minutes or up to every hour. The good thing is, you can be very flexible depending on the situation. It is best to stay on the Tissue Salts for at least 1 – 3 months and visit your health professional who will further guide you to your unique needs.
- Adults: 1 tablet, 4 times a day or 4 sprays, 4 timers a day
- Children: 1/2 tablet 4 times a day or 2 sprays 4 times a day
- Infants: 1/4 tablet, 4 times a day or 1 spray 4 times a day
Tablets can be dissolved in water, which makes it easy to repeat doses or to give to children or the elderly. Dissolve 4 tablets in 4-8 ounces of water and stir vigorously. You can take a teaspoon at a time as a dose, stirring vigorously before each dose, or just sip as needed. Mag phos works best taken in ‘warm water’ if there is easy access.
More info on the 12 tissue salts
#1 Calc fluor
Calcium fluoride is particularly abundant in the bones and teeth, blood vessel walls, muscles and connective tissue. This tissue salt strengthens weak, brittle bones and poor teeth enamel, and may heal bony outgrowths such as heel spurs. Calc fluor is also widely used to restore tissue elasticity when it is lax or overly stiff. It is recommended for skin cracks and fissures, and when the skin becomes thick and hard. It may help hernia pains and strained or hardened tendons. Calc fluor can help haemorrhoids and varicose veins. Wet weather may make symptoms worse, while warmth and massage can improve symptoms.
#2 Calc phos
Calc phos is important for the skeletal system, teeth and connective tissues. As a mineral compound, calcium phosphate constitutes over half of your bone structure. As a tissue salt, it is naturally helpful in healing fractures, for conditions relating to the digestive tract and for coldness and numbness from poor circulation.
Calc phos is often beneficial for anaemia as well as for poor growth and development in children. It can promote the development of teeth and help with teething problems or decaying teeth. It can also be used to speed recovery when convalescence from illness is delayed. Pains related to Calc phos tend to be worse at night.
#3 Calc sulph
Calc sulph is a blood purifier that is often useful with acne, abscesses, ulcers and wounds that have become infected. Calc sulph closes and clears up an infection. This remedy is indicated for infections that are slow to heal, and when the discharges are yellow, thick and possibly bloody. Calc sulph can prevent an oncoming cold or sore throat.
#4 Ferr phos
Consider this tissue salt in the first stage of any inflammation where the skin or mucous membrane is red, painful and swollen. Ferr phos can relieve fevers, especially where the skin is hot and dry and the cheeks flushed. Typically, there will be thirst. The head may be congested and throbbing. Ferr phos is indicated with painful sore throats, laryngitis, earaches and similar inflammatory conditions in the beginning stages. It is also useful immediately following an injury to help stop the blood flow if there is bleeding, or to reduce swelling, heat, redness and pain. With sprains or strains, the pains are worsened by movement; elevate the limb and apply a cold compress. Ferr phos is an oxygen supplier to the cells, so it is useful for anaemic conditions, particularly when they occur as a result of heavy bleeding.
#5 Kali mur
Kali mur should be considered with weak and sluggish conditions. It acts as a blood purifier when infections discharge a thick, white or gray substance. It is useful in skin eruptions and also in infections after the initial inflammatory stage. In injuries where swelling occurs, use Kali mur during the initial swelling phase. Kali mur is useful for infections such as tonsillitis, head colds and earaches when the swelling is marked. With infectious bronchitis, the phlegm is thick and may cause rattling and wheezing. Poor digestion, when it develops after eating rich or fatty foods, also benefits from Kali mur. The tongue is typically coated white and the stools may be lighter in colour, indicating sluggishness of the liver.
This tissue salt is particularly suited to conditions relating to the nerves. It is beneficial for anxiety and nervousness, for irritability from frayed nerves, or for poor memory, typically accompanied by fatigue. Kali phos will relieve insomnia, asthma, headaches and indigestion if they are triggered by a temporary attack of nervous tension. This tissue salt is also useful for treating physical conditions relating to the nerves, including shingles and skin conditions where there is itching and a crawling feeling. Nerve pains or spasms, and cramps not relieved by Mag phos, are often helped by Kali phos.
#7 Kali sulph
Kali sulph helps with conditions of the skin and mucous membranes. These skin conditions typically develop a discharge which is yellow and sticky or watery, common in the later stages of an infection. The tongue may be covered with a slimy, yellow coating. Crusty or scaling skin problems also benefit from this remedy. Diarrhoea and sinus infections past the initial stages with a slimy, yellow quality are typical uses for Kali sulph. Digestive complaints and colic with gas or shifting pains may be helped by this tissue salt. Typically, the conditions are better in cool, open air, and worse in warm, stuffy rooms. Kali sulph is a remedy for cramps not relieved by Mag phos, especially when some of the above symptoms are also present.
Mag phos is the chief tissue salt to consider for cramps and spasms in the muscles or nerves. Nerve pains are typically sharp and may shoot along the nerve. This tissue salt quickly relieves cramping pains and colic that are improved by warmth, pressure and doubling over. Cold drafts and cold water tend to worsen the condition. Tension headaches and fitful, spasmodic coughs often benefit from Mag phos. In the acute stages, this tissue salt acts more quickly when taken dissolved in some hot water.
#9 Nat mur
This tissue salt’s main function is to properly distribute body fluids. If excess dryness or water retention occurs, this indicates a need for Nat mur. Water-filled blisters, insect bites, hives that itch, and dry eczema are skin conditions this tissue salt often heals. Colds and hay fevers with watery mucus and sneezing, usually accompanied by a loss of smell and taste, also indicate Nat mur. Other problems helped by this tissue salt are constipation, digestive complaints, and headaches that are worse in the morning and from the sun. Often a craving for salt develops, and the spirits tend to be low. Sometimes, there is an associated feeling of hopelessness
#10 Nat phos
Nat phos is an acid-neutralising tissue salt. It is useful for an acidic stomach which causes nausea, gas, sour belching or a thick, white coating on the tongue. Nat phos is a useful remedy for morning sickness or motion sickness, when the vomiting is sour. Since overacidity is also the source of many arthritic complaints (including gout), Nat phos is often helpful. This tissue salt also regulates bile production, and can be used for jaundice, gall-bladder colic and indigestion from rich or fatty foods.
#11 Nat sulph
Nat sulph regulates the distribution of water and the flow of bile. This tissue salt is beneficial for the liver, pancreas, intestines and kidneys. Jaundice, bitter belching and dark-coloured, greenish stools and diarrhoea all suggest a need for this tissue salt. The coating on the tongue is typically greenish brown. Nat sulph is often beneficial for flus and colds and is another remedy for morning sickness, when there is a bitter taste in the mouth. In the respiratory system, this tissue salt should be considered for asthma brought on by humidity. The effects of head injuries may be remedied by Nat sulph.
Silicea is well known as a tissue salt to ripen infections and eliminate them through the surface. It acts as a blood cleanser and is useful in abscesses, tonsillitis, sties and other infections to promote the formation of pus when an outlet is available. The tissue salt Silicea supports the bone structure and connective tissues. When it is lacking, the nails, hair and bones may become weak. Weakness and poor stamina may be evident in other parts of the body, so this tissue salt should be considered if these problems fail to resolve and if injuries heal poorly. It can also be used for absent-mindedness and weak memory. Consider Silicea for neuralgia when Mag phos fails. Excessive or suppressed perspiration can also be restored to normal with this tissue salt.
Schuessler Kali Phos No.6 Tissue Salts Tablets are a specially formulated homeopathic remedy which contains the number 6 Tissue Salt, Potassium Phosphate. This active ingredient is thought to be an excellent Mineral for depression, irritability and tension headaches.
Specifically formulated depression, irritability & tension headaches.
Schuessler Kali Phos No.6 Tissue Salts Tablets are absorbed in the mouth rather than in the stomach or gastric tract, and are suitable for use alongside other dietary Supplements and medication. Other than the aformentioned benefits, Potassium Phosphate makes up one of the four essential potassium cell Salt, which when combined, are thought to be beneficial for emotional well-being, increased Energy and improved Memory function.
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- Balaskas, J. (1991). New Active Birth, A concise Guide To Natural Childbirth. Thorsons, Berwick Upon Tweed.
Further Information on the 12 Tissue Salts PLUS the combinations can be found here