If you are a supporter of homeopathy, you will no doubt have heard of tissue salts – various minerals that are beloved for their anecdotal benefits.
If you are a newcomer to the field, read on to find out more about tissue salts.
Many people believe in the effects of complimentary or alternative medicine, even when science has not been able to provide unequivocal evidence.
This is because for centuries, or in some cases, millennia, humans have used a range of natural ingredients to try to remedy various ailments.
Many have since been proven to work by modern scientists and have been made into standardised medicines.
Others, meanwhile, are passed down by different cultures and alternative medicine practitioners as successful, based on their personal experiences.
Homeopathy is one type of alternative medicine, which has many fans – including the Royal family.
It is believed to date back to the 18th century, to a Dr Samuel Hahnemann, who promoted the belief that ‘like cures like’: that is to say that, by giving diluted versions of a certain substance, the body could be kick-started into healing itself.
If you are interested in learning more about homeopathy, check out ‘Homeopathy: what you need to know’ on the Health Hub.
In the 19th century, Dr. Wilheim Heinrich Schuessler, a medical doctor and physiological chemist, developed tissue salts.
After studying the then new field of biochemistry, Schuessler became interested in the inorganic substances in the body: better known as minerals.
He came up with the idea that highly diluting the minerals could lead to better absorption in the cells, which is why they are sometimes known as homeopathic tissue salts or homeopathic cell salts.
Whether or not you believe in the thinking behind Dr. Schuessler’s idea, it is clear that Dr Schuessler tissue salts have stood the test of time – the brand has been around over a century.
There are 12 Schuessler tissue salts:
While it is considered safe to take them all, the manufacturer recommends taking the salts in certain combinations for different concerns.
There are many of these combinations available. If you are interested in the combination pills, it is worth consulting a registered homeopath, who will give you a holistic assessment, before prescribing for your own personal symptoms.
If you are interested in trying one of the tissue salts, read on for more information on some of the most popular salts.
Tissue salt devotees swear by Schuessler Tissue Salts Nat Mur for runny noses and excessive bodily moisture, as the tablets supposedly help to balance bodily fluids and reduce water retention.
Magnesium tissue salts are believed to help muscle spasms and cramps. On the page for Schuessler Tissue Salts Mag Phos the customer reviews support this, with many five star reviews, including one person writing, “It’s excellent for muscular cramps - fast acting and effective”.
Kali phos is another tissue salt favourite. The mineral supports the health of our nervous system, and Schuessler Tissue Salts Kali Phos are said to help reduce anxiety, fatigue and irritability.
Most people know that calcium is critical for good skin, teeth and bones.
So it makes sense that tissue salt customers love Calc Fluor tissue salts for the same reasons. They are also said to be great for tissue strength in general.