02 December 2022 at 14:58
Cell Salts – A reliable friend in homeopathy
Miranda Castro calls them 'Gentle Little Souls'
HomeopathyPlus! calls them 'A Medicine Chest for the Whole Family'
Dr. Jayne Marquis describes them as: 'To the body, what a really rich fertilized soil is to a plant'
They are also referred to as ‘Homeopathic vitamins’, ‘homeopathic building blocks’, and ‘micro-dose minerals’
What are these wondrous things? Why, cell salts of course!
Cell salts, also known as tissue salts, biochemic remedies, or Schuessler salts, are a fabulous healing tool to get familiar with, because they are readily accessible in more ways than one. With only 12 tissue salts (13 if you count the combination of all 12 together), it is fairly quick and easy to grasp at least a rudimentary understanding of the whole cell salt family. They are also widely accessible to purchase, with many different brands available. They are often on the shelf at a good whole food store, health food shops, and some chemists, not to mention readily available for purchase online. They are also quite affordable, especially compared to many vitamins and supplements on the market. They are safe, meaning anyone can start using cell salts for themselves and their families and pets with no fear of doing harm. All of this makes them, in many ways, the perfect entry into homeopathy and home-prescribing. Indeed, the cell salts have been many people’s introduction into the world of homeopathy, and the beautiful empowerment of being able to heal one’s self and loved ones at home in a deep and non-toxic way.
See what we mean by accessible in more ways than one?
The cell salts are a group of 12 homeopathically prepared minerals and mineral salts. They are the inorganic constituents that make up the material basis of the human body. In other words, the physical structure of our bodies boils down, in essence, to these 12 major components in various combinations and states. (This is a bit of an oversimplification, of course, but is useful for conceptualizing the function of the cell salts.)
When the human body is cremated after death, the ashes are made up in large part of these 12 inorganic materials. In fact, this is how Dr. Schuessler discovered the cell salts and began theorizing about their importance in maintaining health – by analysing cremated remains. He studied the ashes of cremated bodies to analyse their chemical properties, and began to correlate certain mineral deficiencies with patterns of ill health. From there, he created the system of cell salts we have today, where we know which cell salts support what types of mineral imbalances, and what the symptoms of those imbalances are.
These remedies are called cell salts, because they rebalance the functioning of the body at the level of the cell. The support the body to create health beginning at this very basic level. The potency of cell salts is always a 6X or 12X (also known as 6D or 12D). This is a potency at which the final product is below Avogadro’s number, so there are trace molecules of the original substance left. This is why it is often thought of as micro-dosing of minerals. In some ways, this can be thought of as a basic, building block potency, to match the targeted level of reception – the cell, or the basic, building block of our physical structure. These same 12 remedies are available in higher potencies, at which point we refer to them as homeopathic remedies rather than cell salts.
There are many excellent guides to the cell salts and their main uses and indications. A plethora of information is just an internet search away, but here are some keywords and themes for each cell salt, plus a couple of common and popular combinations that are often useful to have in the family medicine cabinet…
Surface of bones and tooth enamel, connective tissue, promotes elasticity of fibres.
Solidity of bones, proper growth and nutrition, nutritional absorption, growing pains, healing fractures.
Detoxification, catarrh, eruptions, purulent exudations, liver action.
First stage of inflammation and general inflammation, pain, heat, swelling, redness, fever.
Second stage of inflammation, swollen glands, white or grey exudations or coatings or discharges.
Anti-septic, decay, want of nerve power, the nerve tonic, recovery phase of illness.
Yellowy deposits or discharges or secretions, cellular-level oxygen uptake, desquamation
Cramps, pains, paralysis, anti-spasmodic, better for warmth and pressure
Watery discharges, fluid balancer, dryness, emaciation/malabsorption
Excess of lactic acid, gout, rheumatism, heartburn, dyspepsia from fats, sour smelling discharges
Excess water removal, urinary system, intestines, everything is worse in damp conditions
Connective tissues, joints, structure of body, deficient assimilation, pus-formation, hastens suppuration
For the very first stage of a cold or flu or other acute illness: Kali Mur & Ferrum Phos
- Kali Mur addresses glandular swellings, sinus inflammation, digestive disturbances, and joint inflammation
- Ferrum Phos addresses low energy, early stage of fevers, and general inflammatory processes
For symptoms of temporarily disordered digestion, such as belching, bloating, colic, heartburn, and indigestion: Mag Phos, Nat Phos & Nat Sulph
- Mag Phos addresses colicky pains, cramping, and hiccups
- Nat Phos addresses issues with acidity including heartburn, belching after eating, and generally sensitive, easily disordered digestive tracts
- Nat Sulph addresses the elimination of metabolic waste products, both constipation and diarrhea, as well as colic and general indigestion
The 12 Tissue Remedies of Schussler, by Boericke and Dewey, originally published 1888
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