Simple guide to tissue salts
I’ve been taking tissue salts since the 1980s, but someone pointed out to me that if you go online it can be confusing to work out exactly what they are and how to use them! I’d love to see more people taking them, so hopefully this simple guide will help.
What are they?
Tissue salts are basically a group of 12 minerals in a form that’s easily absorbed by the body. They have other names including ‘mineral salts’, ‘cell salts’ and ‘biochemistry salts’.
They aren’t medicines but natural remedies that some people – like me! – believe have amazing health benefits without any side effects.
Who invented them?
Dr Schuessler, a German medical doctor, physiological chemist and physicist working in the late 1800s.
Dr S studied the components of organs, cells and tissues; and one of the things he discovered was that all life (humans, animals and even plants) contained these 12 minerals. And the lack of these minerals contributed to stress, health problems and ultimately dis-ease.
Once he’d discovered this, he had to work out how to get the minerals into particles small enough to be easily absorbed and used by the body, without overdosing on the mineral itself. Luckily he was trained in homeopathy (which uses minute distillations of substances) and he found that a dilution of one part per million worked perfectly. Sounds tiny I know, but that’s the point. Ta da – The Biochemic System of Tissue Salts was born!
What do they do?
Each of the 12 twelve tissue salts benefits different parts and functions of the body. Here’s a brief summary:
- Calc Fluor (Calcium Fluoride) – for tissue elasticity, tooth enamel, bones.
- Calc Phos (Calcium Phosphate) – cell restorer, also teeth, bones, connective tissue.
- Calc Sulph (Calcium Sulphate) – blood purifier, good for colds.
- Ferr Phos (Ferram Phosphate) – anti-inflammatory, brings oxygen to cells.
- Kali Mur (Potassium Chloride) – detoxifying, good for acne.
- Kali Phos (Potassium Phosphate) – for nerves, anxiety, brain cells.
- Kali Sulph (Potassium Sulphate) – aids metabolism, pancreas, mucous membranes.
- Mag Phos (Magnesium Phosphate) – relieves cramps and spasms.
- Nat Mur (Sodium Chloride) – balances body fluids (too much or too little water).
- Nat Phos (Sodium Phosphate) – neutralises acidity (esp in digestive system).
- Nat Sulph (Sodium Sulphate) – liver cleanser, pancreas, kidneys and intestines.
- Sil (Silica) – blood cleanser, conditions skin and connective tissues.
You can also buy Combination Tissue Salts, which are various minerals combined for particular health problems. I was going to list them here, but there are about 20, and I thought this was getting too long! Combination 12 is important though – it contains all 12 minerals and is a great general tonic, especially for nerves. (Note to self: must get some!)
Who makes them?
Quite a few brands make tissue salts, and there may be lots around the world I don’t know about. Here in the UK, we have Dr Schuessler and New Era, plus our three world class homeopathy companies – Ainsworths, Nelsons and Helios – who can make them up specially for you. To be honest, I think all the brands are pretty good. As far as I know, nobody ever became a billionaire from making tissue salts, which means people generally do it because they believe in it, so they do it properly. Funny that.
How do you take them?
Just open the jar, and boom! It couldn’t be easier. Seriously, I think you’re supposed to take two tablets four times a day (or it might be four tablets twice a day) but I’m a bit lax about it – I just keep popping them in my mouth until the jar’s finished! You put them under your tongue and let them dissolve – they don’t taste of anything and disappear almost instantly. You can’t overdose and they don’t have any side effects.
As far as I know, you can take tissue salts as often as you like. I immediately turn to them for any health problem and also use them as a preventative for things I’m prone to getting.
So, right now I’m taking Calc Flor and Calc Phos, because I had a bad abscess around my tooth – in fact, my dentist told me they needed to remove it. That was over six months ago and it seems to be fine! I’m also taking Kali Phos for anxiety about a particular situation.
Why do we need them?
I believe tissue salts are more valuable than ever, because so much of the planet’s soil has been depleted of its natural minerals by intensive farming and other human naughtiness. This makes it hard to get the minerals we need from food (it’s hard for plants and animals too).
On top of that, your body constantly loses minerals due to stress, worry, bad nutrition, electro-pollution from mobiles, computers and microwaves, environmental toxins like insecticides and pesticides, and exposure to heavy metals, such as amalgam dental fillings, lead, aluminium and contaminated drinking water. Phew – sometimes I wonder how anyone is still alive!
Just to point out, I’m not an expert in the use of tissue salts, this what I’ve found out from taking them over the years. There are lots of lovely homeopaths and practitioners who prescribe tissue salts professionally.
I really hope you go on to try these miraculous little minerals for yourself. All the best with them!