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Biochemic Tissue Salts


What are Tissue salts?

Biochemical tissue salts, or cell salts, are mineral salts that exist in the cells and play a critical role in cellular metabolism. They are some of the more misunderstood supplements. Often confused with homeopathic products, they're actually part of the Biochemic System of Medicine.

Tissue Salts vs. Homeopathy

Many people are introduced to homeopathy through the use of biochemical tissue salts, even though this approach to health is not at all homeopathic. However, it is not surprising that people associate cell salts with homeopathy since the founder of this system was a homeopath. Also, each of the remedies in the tissue salts is used by homeopaths (although on a different basis) and the tissue salts are manufactured in low homeopathic dilutions.

In the case of homeopathy remedies, they are prescribed on the basis of the "law of similars." Thus, if a given remedy is administered to a healthy person and produces certain symptoms, it will cure those same symptoms in a sick person.

The use of cell salts by Dr Schuessler's method is based on the "law of opposites." If there is a deficiency of a given cell salt, then you must supply a small quantity of that salt to remove any symptoms arising from that deficiency.

Tissue Salt Therapy is Based on Natural Principles

Tissue salt therapy was devised in the nineteenth century by W. H. Schüssler, a medical doctor and homeopath. Schüssler believed that health is the body's natural state and that the body can heal itself by restoring an underlying imbalance. Schüssler discovered that diseases were accompanied by biochemical imbalances of twelve vital mineral compounds. He developed twelve remedies which he called salts – meaning compounds – that can correct imbalances at the cellular level and successfully treat the illness. Treatment with tissue salts is based on the understanding that minerals are essential to the body, regulating the metabolism of all the organs, tissues and cells. The assimilation and regulation of nutrients are dependent upon the proper ratios of each tissue salt. When these vital tissue salts are in the correct ratio or concentration, the body is healthy. As soon as the tissue salts ratio is disturbed, normal cell function is impaired, resulting in illness.

Schüssler analysed human blood and tissues and found the most essential minerals to be calcium, chlorine, fluorine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silica, sodium and sulfur. The twelve naturally occurring tissue salts are made up of combinations of these minerals.

Tissue salt therapy restores health by using specially prepared doses of these minerals to regulate the assimilation and distribution of mineral salts in the tissues. By diluting and grinding the minerals in precise proportions, tissue salts can correct deficiencies and redistribute resulting mineral excesses. For example, the tissue salt Nat mur (sodium chloride or table salt) can redistribute body fluids, and is used to correct water imbalances–either excess dryness or water retention. Calc phos (calcium phosphate) and Calc fluor (calcium fluoride) are tissue salts that can restore the health of weak bones. To differentiate the mineral preparations suitable for naturopathic use from the non-medicinal compounds, Latin names are used.

Dr Schuessler's 12 tissue cell/salts are often referred to by their number and are generally available in most health shops and pharmacy's, either singly or in various combinations. They are listed as follows.
1. Calcarea fluor (Calcium fluoride)
2. Calcarea phos (Calcium phosphate)
3. Calcarea sulph (Calcium sulphate)
4. Ferrum phos (Iron phosphate)
5. Kali mur (Potassium chloride)
6. Kali phos (Potassium phosphate)
7. Kali sulph (Potassium sulphate)
8. Magnesium phos (Magnesium phosphate)
9. Natrum mur (Sodium chloride)
10.Natrum phos (Sodium phosphate)
11.Natrum sulph (Sodium sulphate)
12. Silicea (Silica)


Although tissue salt therapy is not the same as homeopathic treatment, the tissue salts are prepared similarly to homeopathic remedies. Tissue salts are normally sold as a 6x strength. This potency is prepared by mixing one part mineral compound to nine parts milk sugar–the mixture is then ground very thoroughly. One part of this ground substance is again mixed with nine parts milk sugar and ground thoroughly. This process is repeated six times for a 6x dosage. More rarely, tissue salts appear in a dosage of 12x, where the process has been repeated twelve times


The twelve tissue salts are gentle and completely safe for home use. They are also simple to use. Examine the symptoms experienced during an illness and choose one or more of the tissue salts to use. Familiarise yourself with each of the twelve remedies and the symptoms of illness for which each remedy is appropriate. According to Schüssler, different tissue salt imbalances produce very distinct symptoms. Healing occurs when the correct tissue salt is provided to the body and the imbalance is corrected. Symptoms of importance include the type of pain, the color and consistency of discharge or mucus, and any other descriptive signs of a disorder


The dosage is four tablets of tissue salts for an adult and two for a child. For infants, the tablets may be dissolved in some water. If you desire a stronger effect, administer the tablets more frequently. As a general rule, the tissue salts may be repeated every half hour for immediate relief if the complaint is acute or particularly problematic. If necessary, they may be repeated every ten or fifteen minutes. Once the acute stage has passed, reduce the dosage to three times daily until the condition has disappeared.

With chronic, long-term or lingering ailments, take four tablets three times daily. Stop when the discomfort has disappeared. Tissue salts are remedies that should not be taken on an ongoing basis for any problem. If the discomfort needs long-term repetition of a dosage, discontinue use and seek possible sources for this problem in your diet or lifestyle. Tissue salts do not prevent conditions and should not be used as nutritional supplements.

If more than one tissue salt seems appropriate, alternate each remedy in the dosages suggested above. If symptoms change, you may find the original choice of remedy inappropriate and no longer effective. You must replace the remedy with one that better suits the symptoms apparent at the time.

Administration and Storage

Tablets should be placed under the tongue for optimal effect, since they are best absorbed through the mucous membranes. The mouth should be free of food or drink, and nothing else should be taken orally for fifteen minutes before and after administration of the remedy. When storing the containers, they should be kept dry, tightly closed and away from heat and strong aromas.

Tissue salts are compatible with other medicines, but it may be preferable to use the tissue salts alone to better monitor their effects. Another medicine that is administered with tissue salts may affect the symptoms and make it difficult to determine the action of the tissue salts.

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