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Introduction

Introduction

Cell salts have been used in medicine since time immemorial. However, while the concept that a dysfunction due to a cellular imbalance may be corrected by supplying the deficient salt, is all very well and good, in general terms, specific prescriptions were first codified by Dr. W. H. Schuessler in Germany during the late nineteenth century. A classic series of seven articles appeared from 1873. This work has been continued by others, since his death in 1898.

This work has often involved individuals with established reputations in homeopathy, such as Hering, Luyties and Boericke. Indeed, the salts were included in the homeopathic materia medica prior to Schuessler.

Schuessler salts are even prepared homeopathically, by trituration and have a lactose base.

Dr. Schuessler's biochemistry may be summarized in five principles:

1. Disease cannot occur if cell metabolism is normal.
2. Normal cell metabolism depends upon cell nutrition.
3. Cell nutrition is either organic (protein, fats etc.) or inorganic (e.g. mineral salts).
4. Cell metabolism depends upon adequate levels of minerals (tissue salts).
5. Mineral levels can be restored by supplying tissue salts in a finely divided, assimilable form.

The Elements:

The 12 tissue salts are actually a combination of only 10 elemental (8 minerals and 2 nonmetals) constituents:

Calcium (Ca)
Chlorine (Cl)
Fluorine (fluoride) (F)
Iron (Fe)
Magnesium (Mg)
Phosphorus (P)
Potassium (K)
Silicon (Si)
Sodium (Na)
Sulfur (sulphur - S)

Tissue SaltChemical name
Calcarea Fluor.fluoride of lime;
Calcarea Phos.phosphate of lime;
Calcarea Sulf. (Sulph)sulphate of lime;
Ferrum Phos.phosphate of iron / ferrous phosphate;
Kali Mur.chloride of potash/potassium chloride;
Kali Phos.phosphate of potash / potassium phosphate;
Kali Sulf. (Sulph)sulfate of potash / potassium sulfate;
Mag Phos.phosphate of magnesia / magnesium phosphate;
Natrum Mur.chloride of soda / sodium chloride (table salt);
Natrum Phos.phosphate of soda / sodium phosphate;
Natrum Sulf. (Sulph)sulfate of soda / sodium sulfate / Glauber's salts;
Siliceasilica / silica oxide / silicon / silicon dioxide;



Dr. Bunge of Germany has estimated that every kilogram of blood cells has the following mineral constituents:

Calcium phosphate0.094 gms
Iron phosphate0.998 gms
Magnesium phosphate0.060 gms
Potassium chloride3.079 gms
Potassium phosphate2.343 gms
Potassium sulfate0.132 gms
Sodium phosphate0.633 gms



 


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