By Dr. Becker
Minerals are the foundation for enzyme activity in the body. They facilitate energy cycles and functions, and nourish cells. Cell salts aid the basic functions of cells, including water balance, digestion, detoxification, oxygenation, nutrition, elasticity, and sodium-potassium balance.
There are 12 basic cell salts:
- Three calcium minerals: Calcium Fluoride, Calcium Phos, Calcium Sulphate
- Three potassium minerals: Kali Mur, Kali Phosphate, Kali Sulphur
- Three sodium minerals: Natrum Phosphate, Natrum Sulphur, Natrum Mur
- Plus Ferrum Phosphate (iron), Magnesia Phosphate (magnesium), Silicea (silica)
Why Tissue Salts are Beneficial
Tissue salts treat disease by supplying the body with deficient cell salts. This is according to a system developed by Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler, a 19th century German physician, who suggested the cells of the body contain a balance of water, organic and inorganic constituents. The structure and functioning of the body are dependent on the balance of these constituents, which are supplied in nature by both plant and animal tissue.
Healthy cells are a critical component of a healthy body, and tissue salts can be used to restore balance to cells. At my practice I use a blend of all of them to regularly address dehydration and electrolyte imbalances in dogs, cats, exotic and wild animals. I have found them to be gentle and effective.
Tissue salts are more like a mineral supplement than a homeopathic remedy, but as with any homeopathic medicine, it’s important to stop using tissue salts if symptoms worsen or a healing crisis develops. I have used tissue salts as a wildlife rehabilitator for over 20 years and have never experienced any adverse reactions with animals. Tissue salts should be given for a specific medical condition, and discontinued once healing has occurred.
Dr. Schuessler's 12 Tissue Salts
Calcarea fluorica. Found in the outer surface of the bones, teeth and skin, as well as connective tissue and blood vessel walls. Potential uses: treatment of bony tumors, tooth decay, cataracts, hardening of glands, and varicose veins.
Calcarea phosphorica. Found in blood plasma, blood corpuscles, bones, teeth, connective tissue, saliva and digestive juices. Potential uses: treatment of blood disorders, thyroid problems, cysts, teeth and bone disorders, and digestive disturbances.
Calcarea sulphurica. Found in connective tissue, liver, bile and skin. Potential uses: treatment of pus formation, boils, abscesses, fistulae, bronchitis, chronic lung disease and liver disorders.
Ferrum phosphoricum. Found in hemoglobin, blood, albumen and hair. Potential uses: treatment of congestion, hemorrhage, inflammation, fever, vomiting and diarrhea involving blood or undigested food, urinary disorders, joint problems and injuries.
Kali muriaticum. Found in blood corpuscles, muscles, nerve and brain cells, and intercellular fluids. Potential uses: treatment of inflammation, especially of the respiratory tract.
Kali phosphoricum. Found in the fluids and tissues of blood, brain, nerve, and muscle. Potential uses: treatment of mental exhaustion, insomnia, memory loss, mania, and nervous disorders.
Kali sulphuricum. Present in blood, mucous membranes, skin and epithelium. Potential uses: inflammation with discharge, and skin sores.
Magnesia phosphorica. Found in nerves, muscles, blood, bones and teeth. Potential uses: treatment of spasms, cramps, colic, neuralgic pain, chronic coughs and nervous disorders.
Natrum muriaticum. Found in bodily fluids and tissues; regulates water in the cells. Potential uses: treatment of weight loss, malnutrition, anemia, abnormal thirst or hunger, and unequal distribution of water in the body due to fever.
Natrum phosphoricum. Found in blood, nerves, muscles, brain and intercellular fluids. Potential uses: treatment of digestive disorders, poor liver function, and worms.
Natrum sulphuricum. Found in intercellular fluids. Potential uses: treatment of digestive disturbances, water retention and asthma.
Silicea. Found in blood, bile, epithelium, bones, hair, nails and connective tissue. Potential uses: treatment of malnutrition, poor skin and coat, and nervous disorders.
How to Use Tissue Salts with Pets
One way to give tissue salts to pets is to blend all 12 salts together to support older animals with generalized weakness or chronic conditions like Cushing's, hypothyroidism, arthritis or cognitive changes.
Tissue salts, also referred to as cell salts or Schuessler salts, can be found in many health food stores, boutique pet stores that specialize in natural products, and organic markets.
As always, you should consult your holistic veterinarian about which tissue salts and potencies are most appropriate for your pet.