Cell salts, also known as biochemical tissue salts or simply tissue salts, are essential mineral salts found in the body’s cells. These salts play a vital role in cellular metabolism.Deficiencies in mineral salts in the body are believed to be a major cause of illness. Tissue salts, taken orally or used topically, can help to correct these deficiencies therefore allowing the body to restore its self to health.
Advances in chemistry and cellular biology throughout the 19th century brought about the idea that imbalances in the body’s mineral salt content could have adverse effect on one’s health and wellbeing could be achieved by restoring the balance.
Types of Cell Salts
Dr Schuessler identified 12 tissue salts. Each salt is usually referred to by its number and can be bought from health food stores as combination salts or singly. The cell salts include:
How Cell Salts Work
Tissue salts do not produce energy in the cell. Rather, the salts regulate the cell’s functions and in the process aid in food oxidation.
The concentration of mineral salts plays a role in the regular changes in cells’ composition. Each mineral salt affects the way in which a particular cell develops in the body. At the same time, particular mineral salts affect the functioning of very specific cells.
Cell salts are commonly associated with homeopathy, given that Dr. Schuessler who first introduced this healing system was a homeopath. Homeopaths do in fact use tissue salts as part of their remedies but the use of tissue salts in itself is not homeopathic.
When used in homeopathic remedies, the salts are administered using the ‘law of similars.’ The underlying logic is that if a remedy brings out certain symptom in a healthy individual, it will cure a sick person who exhibits these symptoms.
Using Dr. Schuessler system, cell salts are administered on the basis of the ‘law of opposites.’ A deficiency of any of the cell salts requires intake of a small quantity of the particular salt to eliminate any symptom resulting from the salt deficiency.
Cell Salts for teeth
When used as a homeopathic remedy, cell salts can help to reverse teeth and gum problems. The two most commonly used cell salts for teeth are salt number one and number four i.e. calcium fluoride (calc fluor) and Potassium chloride (kali mur) respectively.
Tissue salt no 1: Calcium fluoride
Calcium fluoride can aid in healing tooth enamel problems. Simply place three or four cell salt tablets on the affected tooth. You can do this throughout the day and before going to bed until the cavity heal. Placing the cell salt in the gum area at the root of the tooth can also be helpful.
Tissue salt No. 4: Potassium chloride
Potassium chloride has been found to help with pus pockets originating from the roots. For best results, you need to take a high dose of this tissue salt by dissolving up to ten tablets in hot water. Note: do not stir using a metal spoon. Drink the water and repeat this process throughout the day to quickly heal the jaw infection. You may use tissue salt number four for advanced dental infections that have begun discharging.
Cell Salts Side Effects
If you are worried about cell salts side effects, you can be assured that the salts are generally very safe. Obviously, you need to use common sense when determining dosages and pay attention to how you respond to using the salts.
In some cases, the cell salts may temporarily intensify your symptoms for example, the appearance of rashes may increase and existing pain could increase for a while. These symptoms are known as first aggravations and are a sign that the organism is reacting to the cell salts.
Depending on your symptoms, you may decide whether you need a single cell salt or a combination of several cell salts at a go. Some conditions, for example tooth cavities, may require a high dose intake of Potassium chloride while others may only require you to take one or two cell salt a day.