Our body needs minerals to stay healthy. They are a vital component of every living cell. They help in regular functioning of the body and are closely related to each other. It was the biochemist Dr Schussler who recognised the importance of mineral salts to our health. He classified 12 essential mineral salts and used them to treat the sick. Thus originated a new system of healing called the biochemic method and the miracle minerals were called biochemic salts or the 12 tissue remedies.
The biochemic principle
Our body comprises certain inorganic salts like potash, lime, iron or silica. Imbalance or lack in the tissue salts leads to deficiency and as a result, illness. When the tissue salt balance is restored, the illness is cured. Biochemic remedies help in this process.
Small doses, big effects
Biochemic medicines act on the principle that a small dose of a single mineral salt or their combinations can be used for treating various ailments. Although given in minute quantities, they are mighty effective.
Anyone lacking in essential tissue salts can take biochemic treatment. These medicines are even available in stores with dosage indications printed on the packs. Although these medicines do not cause any harm, the trickiest decision is the choice of the remedy or the combination, the dosage and the duration of treatment. Hence, it helps to consult a homoeopath experienced in biochemic treatment, especially if you are suffering from multiple problems or major diseases. Being potent, the medicines should be kept away from children.
Twelve tissue remedies
These remedies are not drugs, but minerals salts that the body naturally contains. They do not suppress a disease, but replenish our tissues and restore normal functioning.
CALC FLUOR [Calcium Fluoride]
This mineral salt is found in bones and tooth enamel. It helps maintain tissue elasticity and is useful in cracked skin, muscle or ligament injuries, haemorrhoids, varicose veins and adhesions after surgery.
CALC PHOS [Calcium Phosphate]
This salt is nutritive for bones and teeth, supplies new blood cells and initiates growth. It is useful during growth phases like teething and puberty, when recovering from fractures and old age. It is helpful in treating orthopaedic and menstrual pains, anaemia and a weak constitution.
CALC SULPH [Calcium Sulphate]
It acts like a blood purifier and helps remove decaying cells. It is hence useful in treating ulcers, fissures, abscesses, boils and pimples. It is also prescribed in chronic infections.
FERRUM PHOS [Ferrum Phosphoricum or Phosphate of iron]
It is useful in the initial stage of fever or in conditions that involve inflammation. It is especially useful in anaemia, loss of appetite and weakness in children. It helps build resistance power.
KALI MUR [Potassium Chloride]
This salt helps in treating infections at a later stage and is also a decongestant. It is used in respiratory infections like sore throat, sinusitis, middle ear infection, tonsillitis and bronchitis. It is also useful in treating glandular swelling.
KALI PHOS [Potassium Phosphate]
This salt is critical for nerve and brain health and is called the nerve tonic. It is suggested for stress-related problems, excessive irritability, temper tantrums, anxiety, depression and sleep troubles.
KALI SUPH [Potassium Sulphate]
This salt helps in skin problems with scaling like dandruff and crusts on eyelids. It is also used for treating severe infections.
MAG PHOS [Magnesium Phosphate]
This remedy is useful in neuralgia [pain in the nerves], muscle cramps, convulsions, toothache or sensitive teeth and headache due to mental over work. It is a good remedy for gas-related abdominal pain and is often used to treat colic in newborns.
NAT MUR [Sodium Chloride]
This salt regulates moisture in the cells and is useful in dry skin and nose. It also helps in conditions like cold with nasal discharge, watery eyes, oedema and problems caused by excess heat like headache and migraine.
NAT PHOS [Sodium Phosphate]
It works with fatty acids and is useful in treating conditions like hyperacidity and indigestion, intestinal worms and rheumatic complaints.
NAT SULPH [Sodium Sulphate]
This helps cure liver ailments, digestion problems, gallstones and skin eruptions with discharges. It also helps treat conditions that worsen in humid weather such as asthma.
SILICEA [Silicon Oxide]
This helps in ailments related to bones, joints, glands, and skin. It is used to treat boils, styes, abscesses, fistulas and pus-forming conditions. It is also used to treat glandular swellings, tonsillitis, brittle nails and cracked nipples.
This was first published in the February 2012 issue of Complete Wellbeing.
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