Written by Dr. Denice Moffat
Dr. Schuessler observed that the human body, when reduced to ashes, contains only 12 minerals in the form of salts. His research, eventually called the Schuessler's Biochemic Theory, integrates the knowledge of the human body's cellular structure and the use of mineral salts as a system of medicine to fortify/energize the individual cells of the body.
These cell salts are vital nutritional elements of the cell, If a cell lacks one or more of these minerals, it will prevent the cells from taking up the proper nutrients supplied by digestion and the blood. This causes an imbalance in the body chemistry and opens it up to the diseased state.
Each cell is made up of three classes of materials: water, organic materials (sugars and fats) and inorganic matter (minerals). Even though water and organic matter make up a greater portion of living cells, inorganic matter is vitally important in many biochemical functions within the body. The creation of new cells depends on the presence of minerals. Mineral deficiencies inhibit the proper functioning of living cells.
Cell salts, also called mineral salts or tissue salts, are sold in homeopathic doses. This means that the mineral salt is diluted so many times it contains a tiny fraction of the original product. In homeopathy the more dilute the substance, the more powerful effect it has on the body.
Cell salts are in ionic form--Very digestible. By putting the substance under your tongue, it bypasses the digestive juices and goes directly into your bloodstream in this ionic form. The cells recognize this form as useable and immediately suck it into the cellular membrane. Once enough of the substance has been accepted and the body is balanced, an intake of more cellular salt will do us no harm and be excreted from the system. This is not like an herb, drug or nutritional supplement where the body has to expend energy to rid the body of the excess.
The doses available to you in the health food stores are usually 6X to 30X dilution. The 6X to 12X doses are used for less acute cases. The tablets can be taken every 2-3 hours and dissolved on the tongue. The stronger strengths, 30X to 200X doses are for chronic cases. These are taken just once daily and usually dispensed by a homeopathic practitioner.
There are 12 Cells Salts contained within the human body:
#1 Calcarea Fluorica (Fluoride of Lime)- Calcarea Fluorica is found in the enamel of bones and teeth, elastic fibers of the skin, connective tissue and in the blood vessels. It is used for bony tumors; sluggish circulation; cracks in the skin, loss of elasticity; rough, loose and sensitive teeth; delayed dentition; relaxation of tissues and blood vessels causing in flabby flesh; varicose veins; hemorrhoids and displacements of organs.
#2 Calcarea Phosphorica (Phosphate of Lime)- Calcarea Phosphorica is found in new blood cells, bone, gastric juices and dentin of teeth. It is used for growth problems; broken bones; cramps; spasms; numbness; cold feelings in the body and head; sluggish circulation; susceptibility to colds and mucous; spinal curvature; sore breasts; chronic tonsillitis; cracks in the skin and night sweats.
#3 Calcarea Sulphurica (Sulphate of lime)- Calcarea Sulphurica occurs as gypsum, alabaster, selenite in nature Present in connective tissue and in liver cells. It is used for cellular regeneration; infection due to pus; pimples, sore throats, colds, pancreatic, liver and kidney disturbances; frontal headaches with nausea; excessive sensitivity of nerves as well as cravings for fruit and acids.
#4 Ferrum Phosphoricum (Phosphate of Iron)- Ferrum Phosphoricum is found in all cells of the body but primarily in the hemoglobin of red blood cells and muscle cells of the blood and lymph vessels and in hair cells. Used for acute phases of disease. Increases body development; regulates the bowels; improves the appetite and relieves debility and listlessness. Also used in vomiting of food and blood; nosebleeds; teething fever; inflamed hemorrhoids; retention of urine in children; excessive menses; congestion, inflammatory pain in general, high temperatures, increased heart rates, insomnia and congestive headaches.
#5 Kali Muriaticum (Potassium Chloride)--Kali Muriaticum has a special affinity for fibrin and is useful in diseases causing blisters. Indicated in all inflammatory or catarrhal conditions such as chickenpox, measles, burns and scalds, leucorrhea (white blood cells flowing out of the system via diarrhea), jaundice, acne and asthma. It is also used for sluggish conditions, sore throat, white colored tongue, light colored stools, coughs and colds.
#6 Kali Phosphoricum (Potassium phosphate)--Kali Phosphoricum is in all cells, especially the gray matter of the brain, nerves, muscles, blood cells and plasma. All oxidation processes use this. The exchange of gasses in respiration and breakdown of fatty tissue depends on it. It is natures' great "antiseptic" hindering decay in the organism. A remedy for offensive secretions and excretions, for nerve depression or excitement, sexual impotence, nervous headaches, lack of pep, ill humor, skin ailments, occasional sleeplessness, timidity, tantrums, loss of nerve and mental power or after great mental and bodily strain, and for nervous giddiness and squinting.
#7 Kali Sulphuricum (Potassium sulphate)--Kali Sulph. is found in epidermis and epithelial cells. Carries oxygen to the cells. Used for hot flashes; chills; weariness; heaviness; giddiness; boxed in feelings; stomach catarrh; inflammatory conditions; eruptions of the skin; shifting pains; palpitations; anxiety; fear; sadness; toothaches; headaches and pains in limbs that tend to increase indoors especially in warm and close rooms or in the warm air of the summer; yellow/slimy catarrhal discharges; dandruff; psoriasis and diseases of the nails (rough or ribbed).
#8 Magnesia Phosphorica (Magnesium phosphate)--Mag. Phos. is contained in beer and cereals. Note a craving for beer may mean a deficiency of Mag. Phos. It is a constituent of bone, teeth, white matter of brain tissue, nerve, muscle and blood cells. Used for headaches with darting stabs of pain, muscular twitching, rheumatic pains, throat spasms, muscle cramps, hiccoughs, squinting, teething, hypertrophy of the prostate gland, colic, asthma, spasmodic palpitation of the heart, spasmodic yawning, menstrual pain, stomach cramps, flatulence, neuralgia, sciatica, insomnia from brain exhaustion and in profuse sweating.
#9 Natrum Muriaticum ( Sodium Chloride)--Nat. Mur. is a constituent of every liquid and solid in the body. A salt craving is indicative of deficiency, but the molecules of table salt are so big they cannot attach to the cells. It is the most important cell salt of the body as all the other cells are dependent on it for their distribution. Used for delirium tremors, eyestrain, vomiting of watery mucous, hay fever, low spirits, heartburn, toothaches, craving for salt and salty foods, weak eyes, either excess of heavy sleep or insomnia, falling hair, early morning headaches, headaches with constipation, chronic constipation due to dehydration, rapid pulse intermittent with palpitation, hangnails, cracked finger tips, numbness of the hands and feet and greasy skin.
#10 Natrum Phosphoricum (Sodium Phosphate)--Nat. Phos. is found in blood, muscles, nerves and brain cells and in intracellular fluid. Converts lactic acid into its byproducts. Used for gout, stiffness, swollen joints, lumbago, inflammatory rheumatism, high cholesterol, acid blood, headaches on top of the head, sour breath, pain over and inside the eyeballs, red blotched tongue coated yellow at the root, nausea, loss of appetite and habitual constipation.
#11 Natrum Sulphuricum ( Sodium sulphate)--Nat. Sulph. is found in the intercellular fluids (the fluid between each cell). Draws water out of the cells helping them to breakdown to be recycled. Used for influenza, humid asthma, malaria, liver ailments, vesicular eruptions containing serum, herpes, twitching of hands and feet, constipation, liver and kidney disorders, gallbladder troubles, earache, burning in nose and mouth, brownish green coating of the tongue, bitter taste in the mouth, enlarged prostate and awakening at night with asthma attacks.
#12 Silicea (Silicic acid or silica)--Silicea is found in connective tissue and in the brain. Found in bran, egg whites, hair, nails, epidermis, and in connective tissue. Used for fatigue, greater mental than physical strength, over- sensitivity to noises, absentmindedness, crankiness, headaches from nape of neck to top of head settling in one eye, nausea, nervous exhaustion, falling hair, sties, floating spots before eyes, red tip of nose, violent sneezing, thickening of nasal mucus membranes with congestion, intensely painful hemorrhoids, large abdomen in children, uric acid deposits in urine, smelly feet and armpits, pus formation, boils, tonsillitis, stomach pains, brittle / ribbed nails with white spots and weak ankles.