Pathologists are doctors who study the conditions and processes of a disease as well as deviations from a healthy, normal, or efficient condition.
Today, we know that cells are the fundamental building blocks of all known living organisms and makeup all their structural, functional, and biological parts.
Pathology has become increasing cell-focused as our understanding of disease deepens.
In 1843, German court scribe Wilhelm Schuessler wanted to become a doctor, but his family couldn’t afford the tuition. The young wanna-be medical man “got into some trouble for his efforts to heal the sick without a physician’s training.”
Schuessler finally studied homeopathy in Paris, France, at age 31, in 1852. He earned his medical degree in 1858 and set up his Oldenburg practice as a homeopathic physician.
In 1874, a nutritional physiologist named Gustav von Bunge published “a remarkable paper on dietary, nutritional and metabolic factors of sodium and potassium chloride…He was exploring the interplay within the body of potassium and sodium.”
Von Bunge’s work made Schuessler wonder if any minerals (inorganic substances) linked to human nutrition were left behind after cremation?
Laboratory analysis of crematory ashes revealed something completely unexpected: every sample of ash from human remains contained the same minerals!
Schuessler “theorized that these minerals were essential to life, and thus to health” and came up with his “biochemic principle” which attributes diseases to mineral deficiencies within the body’s cells.
Symptoms of mineral deficiencies include:
- Wrinkles/hair loss/brittle nails
- Chronic inflammations
- Acute and chronic infections
- Excessive sweats/sweaty feet
- Heartburn/over acidity
- Teeth/gums/bones diseases
- Varicose veins
- Poor circulation
Schuessler reasoned that the best way to treat a mineral shortfall would be to take those specific life-essential minerals supplementally. He wrote:
“My healing therapy balances disturbances which come about through agitation of inorganic substances in the human body, by means of similar substances. Homeopathy reaches its purpose of healing indirectly through different substances.”
These different substances are called cell salts. (A <i>salt is any mineral combination that dissolves readily, not only table salt.)
In 1880, Schuessler published his “Twelve Tissue Remedies” which named the dozen cell salts and described which aspects of health they governed.
Using cell salts as tissue therapy quickly became popular in America, but European practitioners did not flock to use the proposed “satiation healing method.”
Homeopathic researchers started developing supplemental cell salts to deliver missing tissue nourishment and support, thereby eliminating biochemical deficiencies to prevent or cure illnesses.
Each specific cell salt treats certain disease markers. Depending on the cellular composition, cell salts may be used individually or in combination to bolster malnourished cells.
Schuessler, like other homeopathists, believed that “dilute medicines would be able to heal every sickness.”
It may seem counter-intuitive that watering down a medicine would make it stronger, but this is a core idea held by homeopathic practitioners.
In homeopathy, “a solution that is more dilute is described as having a higher potency, and more dilute substances are considered by homeopaths to be stronger and deeper-acting.”
The notion that a highly diluted solution makes it more potent is not embraced by conventional science. Homeopathists call this chemical process potentization and has been proven quite effective, historically.
Schuessler often used a “6X” homeopathic potency in his remedies. The “X” stands for the Roman numeral 10, so 6X is one part in ten, repeated six times – a tenth of a tenth of a tenth of a tenth of a tenth of a tenth – which isn’t much.
J.B. Chapman summarized the 12 salts with some of their main symptoms in his book <i>Dr. Schuessler’s Biochemistry:
- KALI PHOS (Kali Phosphoricum; Potassium Phosphate)
- Mental/emotional symptoms predominate
- Feel as if “I’m too tired to rest.”
- Anxiety, brain fatigue, irritability, temper-tantrums, sleeplessness, dizziness, nervous asthma
- Easily bleeding gums
- KALI MUR (Kali Muriaticum; Potassium Chloride)
- White mucus, swollen glands
- White or gray coated tongue, glandular swellings, discharge of white, thick mucus from nose or eyes
- Indigestion from rich food
- KALI SULPH (Kali Sulphuricum; Potassium Sulphate)
- Yellow mucus, later stages of illness, congestion, and cough worse in evening
- Dandruff, yellow coated tongue, yellow crusts on eyelids
- Gas, poor digestion
- CALC PHOS (Calcarea Phosphorica; Calcium Phosphate)
- Teething remedy
- Upset stomach, post-nasal drip, chronic cold feet, poor dentition
- CALC SULPH (Calcarea Sulphurica; Calcium Sulphate)
- Sores that heal poorly, herpes blisters
- Pain in the forehead, vertigo, pimples on the face
- CALC FLUOR (Calcarea Fluorica; Calcium Fluoride)
- Poor tooth enamel, cracks in palms of hands, lips
- NAT MUR (Natrum Muriate; Sodium Chloride)
- Dryness of body openings, clear thin mucus
- Effects of excess overheating; itching of hair at the nape of neck
- Early stages of common colds with clear, running discharge
- Insect bites (applied locally)
- NAT SULPH (Natrum Sulphuricum; Sodium Sulphate)
- Rarely needed
- Green stools and other excess bile symptoms
- Sensitive scalp, greenish-gray or greenish-brown coating on tongue, influenza
- NAT PHOS (Natrum Phosphoricum; Sodium Phosphate)
- Simple morning sickness; acid rising in throat; pain and sour risings from the stomach after eating
- Headache on the crown of the head
- Grinding of teeth in sleep; eyelids glued together in the morning
- MAG PHOS (Magnesia Phosphorica; Magnesium Phosphate)
- Muscle spasms, cramps, and menstrual cramps, if always better with heat
- Hiccups; trembling of hands
- Teeth sensitive to cold
- FERRUM PHOS ( Ferrum Phosphate; Ferrum Phosphate)
- First stages of inflammation, redness, swelling, early fever
- Congestive headache, earache, sore throat
- Loss of voice from overuse
- SILICEA (Silica)
- White pus forming conditions, boils (“homeopathic lancet”), stony-hard glands
- Sty in the areas of the eyes, tonsillitis, brittle nails
To sum up the basics of what you need to know about cell salts, they:
- Are made from the minerals that cells need for good health and proper disease-free functioning
- Balance and bring health to muscle tissue and restore overall cell function
- Are formulated in homeopathic microdoses (potentized dilutions)
- Are safe for adults and children two years old and older
- Are safe to use with other medications
- Are available in quick-dissolving tablets
You can buy cell salts online and at many health food and vitamin supplement stores. A bottle of 1,000 tablets costs around $15.