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If you are a supporter of homeopathy, you will no doubt have heard of tissue salts – various minerals that are beloved for their anecdotal benefits.
If you are a newcomer to the field, read on to find out more about tissue salts.
Many people believe in the effects of complimentary or alternative medicine, even when science has not been able to provide unequivocal evidence.
This is because for centuries, or in some cases, millennia, humans have used a range of natural ingredients to try to remedy various ailments.
Many have since been proven to work by modern scientists and have been made into standardised medicines.
Others, meanwhile, are passed down by different cultures and alternative medicine practitioners as successful, based on their personal experiences.
Homeopathy is one type of alternative medicine, which has many fans – including the Royal family.
It is believed to date back to the 18th century, to a Dr Samuel Hahnemann, who promoted the belief that ‘like cures like’: that is to say that, by giving diluted versions of a certain substance, the body could be kick-started into healing itself.
If you are interested in learning more about homeopathy, check out ‘Homeopathy: what you need to know’ on the Health Hub.
In the 19th century, Dr. Wilheim Heinrich Schuessler, a medical doctor and physiological chemist, developed tissue salts.
After studying the then new field of biochemistry, Schuessler became interested in the inorganic substances in the body: better known as minerals.
He came up with the idea that highly diluting the minerals could lead to better absorption in the cells, which is why they are sometimes known as homeopathic tissue salts or homeopathic cell salts.
Whether or not you believe in the thinking behind Dr. Schuessler’s idea, it is clear that Dr Schuessler tissue salts have stood the test of time – the brand has been around over a century.
There are 12 Schuessler tissue salts:
While it is considered safe to take them all, the manufacturer recommends taking the salts in certain combinations for different concerns.
There are many of these combinations available. If you are interested in the combination pills, it is worth consulting a registered homeopath, who will give you a holistic assessment, before prescribing for your own personal symptoms.
If you are interested in trying one of the tissue salts, read on for more information on some of the most popular salts.
Tissue salt devotees swear by Schuessler Tissue Salts Nat Mur for runny noses and excessive bodily moisture, as the tablets supposedly help to balance bodily fluids and reduce water retention.
Magnesium tissue salts are believed to help muscle spasms and cramps. On the page for Schuessler Tissue Salts Mag Phos the customer reviews support this, with many five star reviews, including one person writing, “It’s excellent for muscular cramps - fast acting and effective”.
Kali phos is another tissue salt favourite. The mineral supports the health of our nervous system, and Schuessler Tissue Salts Kali Phos are said to help reduce anxiety, fatigue and irritability.
Most people know that calcium is critical for good skin, teeth and bones.
So it makes sense that tissue salt customers love Calc Fluor tissue salts for the same reasons. They are also said to be great for tissue strength in general.
Tissue Salts are a famous homeopathic remedy developed in the 19th Century by Dr. Schuessler who was a doctor of medicine, a physiological chemist and physicist. These come in a variety of formats, from liquid to spray and capsules to cream - Tissue Salts provide a variety of different benefits such as support for symptoms of fatigue and exhaustion.
Created by Dr. Schuessler in the 19th century, tissue salts are preparations of the twelve minerals he believed existed in the cells of the human body.
Schuessler believed that imbalances of these minerals could cause illness or ailments and that micro doses were more easily absorbed than those found in mineral supplements.
Therefore tissue salts, sometimes called cell salts, contain just 0.5mcg of each mineral.
Schuessler tissue salts are homeopathically prepared in 6x potencies, higher than traditional homeopathic remedies.
People take Schuessler salts for a range of complaints, from muscle cramps to water retention and skin concerns.
Dr. Schuessler identified twelve minerals that he considered essential for health and wellbeing.
Calc Fluor thought to aid elasticity in the body. People choose calc fluor to help minimise the risk of varicose veins, ligament damage and muscle strain.
Calc Phos works with albumin to create strong bones and teeth. It may also help with digestion. Many people choose calc phos for indigestion or bone issues.
Calc Sulph to aid removal of waste, cleansing and purifying the blood stream. It is often chosen by those with spot prone skin and other skin complaints.
Ferr Phos found in red blood cells is considered essential for energy. People choose ferr phos to support respiratory health.
Kali Mur to regulate balance of fluids and proper nerve and muscle function. It is often chosen by those experiencing congestion and sore throats.
Kali Phos the principal tissue salt for the nervous system. People experiencing headaches, irritability and nervous tension often choose kali phos.
Kali Sulph for skin, hair and nails. Kali sulph is considered important for recovery from skin ailments.
Mag Phos the anti-spasmodic tissue salt. Mag phos is popularly chosen to ease muscle cramps, twitching and shooting, sudden pains as well as coughing fits.
Nat Mur for water distribution. Nat mur is chosen by those experiencing conditions of excess dryness or moisture, including a runny nose.
Nat Phos regulates acidity. People experiencing minor heartburn, reflux or indigestion may find nat phos useful.
Nat Sulph for water retention, the gall bladder and liver. Nat sulph is often chosen by those who feel queasy or are experiencing water retention.
Silica found in connective tissue, bones and nerve sheathes. It is popular with those seeking healthier looking hair, skin and nails.
Combinations of salts are available for specific complaints and concerns.
There is very little research to support the use of tissue salts. However, many people find them to have a gentle effect on certain symptoms.
Easier to take than traditional tablets, tissue salts are simply dissolved under the tongue or chewed.
This means they are absorbed in the mouth rather than in the stomach or intestinal tract. Up to six tablets a day can be taken to address an imbalance.
Highly diluted, tissue salts have no reported side effects so they are suitable for children and those who are pregnant.
Most tissue salts are suspended in a lactose tablet so may not be suitable for those with a lactose intolerance.