You may have heard of tissue salts before or otherwise known as cell salts. These salts were created by a man named Wilhelm Schuessler in the late 1900s.
Tissue salts were designed to provide us with the nutrients that we need in our bodies that naturally occur. These essentially trace minerals that are naturally found in our bodies but because of today’s processing of our foods, we do not absorb as much as we would have in the past.
It is said we lose about 70% of our trace minerals in our bodies because of the way food is processed today.
Tissue salts are a form of homoeopathy which is considered a controversial practice for some. In which begs the question do tissue salts work? Below we will explore that to find out.
What are Tissue Salts?
Used for over a 100 years but only gaining popularity until recently, tissue salts are now being recognized and widely accepted in Western culture. The creator of tissue salts was Wilhelm Schuessler, a German doctor who believed ill-health was caused by an imbalance in the bodies that correlated with twelve vital cell salts.
Schuessler believed that these imbalances could be corrected by easily creating diluted microdoses of the salts that can be broken down into the digestive tract for easy absorption and effectiveness.
His findings were that the 12 tissue salts (cells) are responsible for the balancing and functioning of the human body and if one or more of these tissue salts (cells) became deficient within our bodies then dysfunction would occur.
Those 12 vital minerals in the body give support to our cell’s metabolism and ensure that the minerals are evenly distributed proportionately. If left untreated for a lengthy period of time, and the minerals in our bodies are disproportionate, it could cause chronic conditions and ailments. As a result, we would be inhibited to absorb the proper nutrients in our body, thus paving the way to sickness and disease within our bodies.
What are the 12 Tissue Salts?
There are several biochemical categories that naturally reside in our bodies.
- Phosphates – Purpose is to repair bones, teeth and nerves
- Sulphates – Forms part of protein structures in the body
- Magnesium – Maintains nerve, muscle, heart, bones and sugar functioning properly
- Calcium – Builds strong bones, teeth and aids in clotting blood
- Natrums – Aids in the production of red blood cells, and boosting the immunity
The 12 tissue salts formulated by Schuessler are:
- Iron Phosphate (Ferr Phos): reduces swelling and pain, inflammation
- Magnesium Phosphate (Mag Phos) muscles and nerves
- Potassium Phosphate (Kali Phos): nerve nutrient
- Potassium Chloride (Kali Mur): congestion removal, inflammation
- Potassium Sulphate (Kali Sulph): cell oxygenator, inflammation
- Calcium Sulphate (Calc Sulph): blood cleansing
- Calcium Phosphate (Calc. Phos or CP) cell building
- Calcium Fluoride (Calc. Fluor or CP) connective tissue elasticity, strengthens blood vessels
- Silicea (Silica) calcium organiser, tissue strengthening
- Sodium Phosphate (Nat Phos) metabolic acid removal
- Sodium Chloride (Nat Mur) fluid balance
- Sodium Sulphate (Nat Sulph) detoxifies
How tissue salts work in the body
Our body is made up of cells, and the tissue salts essentially work on our body on a cellular level. Different kinds of cells build up the different tissues and organs of the body.
If our cells in our body are malnourished in the first place tissue salts can help add supplemental nutrients to those particular cells. Just as the same concept as vitamins does for our body such as iron for instance, we get an extra amount of nutrients that we are lacking in our bodies.
Let’s say we are deficient in iron on a cellular level, therefore, it would be difficult for our bodies to naturally absorb iron from our food or any other type of supplement because the cell itself is deficient. Tissue salts work to nourish those cells so you can absorb the iron better throughout your body.
Tissue Salts are:
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- Absorb rapidly
- Pleasant tasting
- Non-toxic and non-addictive
- Safe to use with prescription medicines
- Suitable for broad health and general maintenance of good health
How do you know which cell salts to use?
In order to know what cell salts to use for your body, it is best to determine what minerals you are deficient in by visiting your local naturopath or a demystifies doctor. In addition, there are certain tests that can be done to determine where you are in terms of mineral deficiency. One test you can do is a hair strand test where you take a piece of your hair from the back of your neck and send it in for analysis.
Another way to tell is they say whatever mineral you are deficient in your body will eventually start showing on your face and body on the surface. These little hints and cues are trying to tell you your body is deficient in a mineral. Much like symptoms such as a fever, it is not the root cause of our disease or illness but we can identify what we are lacking in by examining ourselves. This is known as facial analysis of mineral deficiencies. You can learn what is going on within your body by just looking at your face and identifying those facial cues, it is an interesting practice. Much like in Chinese Medicine as they do Face Mapping but are correlated to organs and merdians not on a cellular level. Below is an example of a Mineral Deficiency Facial Analysis from Witch Dr Health
How long does it take for Tissue salts to work?
Everyone has a different experience when it comes to the lasting effects of tissue salts. It all depends on your digestive sysytem and how your body absorbs minerals and interacts with other types.
The Dosage of Tissue Salts
Once recommended the specific type of tissue cell salts, the dosage can be considered by talking to your local naturopath or homoeopathic doctor. However, typically the dosage is around 3 tablets three times a day.
Is there any side effects of Tissue Salts?
Although the consumption of tissue salts are considered safe to take, it is recommended to not use tissue salts cell during the long-term as complications may arise.
According to web MD if using tissue salts for the long-term it can result in an unbalanced in your body. For an example it can”irritate the digestive tract and cause stomach upset, diarrhoea, constipation, headache, tiredness, and other problems.” (WebMD)
As with anything, it is always good to ensure you have balance in your body and take everything in moderation.
Since tissue salts or cell salts are very diluted in concentration you can take you can take a certain amount start off slow and build your way up.
From my experience, it works best when you target a symptom that you have with a particular tissue salt, if you have multiple symptoms you can take more than one tissue salt type.
For example you may experience anxiety so to correct the imbalance you will want to nourish your nerves, so Kali Phos would be ideal to take, but as a result of from your anxiety you may have acne, so then you would take the tissue salt called Calc Sulph This helps nourish the skin cells in cleansing the liver and blood from toxins.
Have you tried tissue salts before? Share your thoughts!