Many do not consider Schuessler’s 12 tissue salts as true homeopathic remedies. However they are prepared in the same manner as the lower potency homeopathic medicines and have long been associated with homeopathy. In my own clinical practice I have found them to be exceptionally helpful, either used alone or to complement homeopathic remedies. They are also known as the 12 biochemic cell salts, or simply cell salts or tissue salts. In this article I will be referring to them as tissue salts. In general I use the 6x dilution of the tissue salts.
All the tissue salts consist of minerals found in rocks or soils and are also naturally present in the human body. When in balance these salts help to keep the body healthy. If they become deficient or imbalanced, illness, weakness or malfunction of biochemical processes will result. Schuessler’s tissue salts contain very minimal amounts of the physical salts due to the process of diluting. As in homeopathy where the minimum dose is found to be curative, these minimal salts can restore balance to the quantity and function of the natural tissue salts.
The tissue salts can be used singly or in combination with other salts. The following combinations are used most commonly in the treatment of the common cold. At the onset of the symptoms of a cold take Kali mur 6x and Ferrum phos 6x. Kali mur is an immune booster and Ferrum phos is anti-pyretic and anti-inflammatory. If the nasal discharge becomes thickened and yellow in color, Calcarea sulph 6x can be added to make the trio of KM6x, CS6x and FP6x. In persons who suffer from chronic upper respiratory infections, this trio can be taken over a period of time, even if the symptoms are no longer present, to act as a preventive measure. If the nasal discharge becomes greenish and purulent, Natrum sulph 6x can be used in the trio of KM6x, NS6x and FP6x. This trio can also be used over some time to build up the immunity and prevent further infection. If there is frequent sneezing and a runny nose with a transparent discharge, Natrrum mur 3x should be added to the trio to make KM6x, NM3x and FP6x. If the discharge is yellowish in color Calcarea sulph 6x can be substituted for Ferrum phos 6x to make the trio of KM6x, CS6x, NM3x. This trio is especially helpful in allergic rhinitis.
Whatever the combination, the dosage is 2 tablets of each salt 3 times daily; for more severe cases the dosage can be increased to 3 tablets of each 4 times daily. As they are pleasant to taste and quick to dissolve in the mouth, they are a favorite of children and can be given with no concern of overdosage or side effects.
Dr. Barbara Bova, HOD,
Department of Homeopathy