Tissue Salts in Homeopathy

Tissue Salts - Cell Salts – or Schuessler Salts

Cell salts are micro-doses of minerals that help balance the body's functions at the cellular level, promoting overall health.
The potency of these cell salts is typically 6X, 9X, or 12X (also known as 6D or 12D), ensuring that trace molecules of the original substance remain in the final product, as it is below Avogadro’s number. These cell salts act as a foundational, building block potency, targeting the basic level of our physical structure - the cell. When these remedies are available in higher potencies, they are referred to as homeopathic remedies rather than cell salts.

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The 12 primary cell salts

According to Schüssler, there are 12 main tissue salts.
Each salt supports your body in a different area and thus puts your body into balance for optimum health.


Calc Flour (Elasticity salt)

  • general relaxation of tissue such as piles, sluggish circulation, enlarged varicose veins and eczema.
  • damaged tendons, muscles
  • diseases on surface of bones.
  • constipation
  • cracks and cuts in the skin
  • hardened glands
  • poor tooth enamel
  • good for lumbago, circulation disorders and teething in combination with other tissue salts.


Calc Phos (Nutrition Tonic):

  • Indigestion
  • inflamed tonsils
  • fatigue
  • Can promote convalescence after acute illness e.g. after influenza.
  • assists digestion and assimilation - excellent after surgery when digestive system has slowed right down.
  • Anaemia (together with Ferr Phos)

Calc Sulph (Blood Purifier):

  • slow healing wounds - deficiency in connective tissue where skin eruptions turn to ulcers and abscesses.
  • purifies blood – removal of waste products – cleansing effect throughout our system.
  • prevents sore throats and colds, supports with healing from catarrh.
  • skin problems
  • frontal headaches
  • neuralgia
  • supplements action of Kali Mur for skin and catarrh

Ferrum Phos (First aid Salt):

  • first aid salt – as it’s an oxygen carrier.
  • No 1 tissue salt to have in your homeopathic first aid box.
  • Can be used in early acute disorders such as inflammation, illness, or fever, but also sprains and strains or anaemia.
  • Can be crushed into a powder and used on wounds and cuts and abrasions with bleeding.
  • It stimulates uptake of iron in the body and facilitates iron assimilation.


Kali Mur (Glandular Tonic & Blood conditioner):

  • second stage of any inflammation
  • any condition with thick, white sticky discharge, e.g. white spots on tonsils, white sticky mucous from nose or cough in colds or flus, white sticky vaginal discharge
  • glandular and chronic rheumatic swellings
  • works well with Calc Sulph to cleanse and purify the blood.
  • infantile eczema
  • with Ferr Phos for a variety of children’s ailments
  • other key symptoms include white coated tongue and light-coloured stool.
  • conditions affecting the respiratory system – coughs, colds, bronchitis, tonsillitis, as well as important in digestive disturbances, especially from eating fatty or rich food.


Kali Phos (Nerve Nutrient):

  • Symptoms come on after mental or emotional stress.
  • nervous conditions such as headaches, nervous exhaustion
  • dyspepsia, insomnia, depression
  • lowered vitality
  • can be considered for shingles and nervous asthma (with Mag Phos)

Kali Sulph (Skin Salt)

  • the third stage of any inflammation with yellow or green discharges
  • coughs, colds
  • conjunctivitis
  • affinity for cells forming the lining of the skin and cells forming the internal mucous lining of all internal organs.
  • carries oxygen to the cells and tissues together with Ferr Phos & Kali Sulph
  • chilliness
  • flashes of heat
  • shifting pains in the limbs.
  • yellow, slimy deposit on the tongue - yellowish or greenish discharge from any mucous surface and skin
  • valuable in the treatment of Psoriasis, Athlete’s foot, and brittle nails 

Mag Phos (Nerve Relaxant):

  • affinity for the nervous system
  • deficiency can lead to cramps and spasms.
  • muscular twitches, hiccups, cramps, and sharp twinges of pain
  • particularly effective for menstrual pain
  • usually worse from cold and touch
  • better for heat, pressure or bending double.
IMPORTANT: This tissue salt is called the “Hot 7” as it works more quickly if dissolved in hot (not boiling) water and sipped.


Nat Mur (Water Distributor):

  • Excessive moisture or dryness anywhere in the body
  • for any conditions with an excess or deficiency of water such as diarrhoea
  • colds with watery discharge and sneezing
  • un-refreshing sleep, low spirits with a hopeless feeling,
  • loss of taste and smell
  • craving for salty foods
  • dry skin
  • headache with constipation

One of the most important tissue salts as two thirds of our body is made up of water, and hence dysfunction in this area can lead to widespread problems.


Nat Phos (Acid Neutraliser):

  • regulates consistency of bile (liver) and is therefore indicated in jaundice, colic, sick headaches, and gastric problems.
  • creamy yellow-ish discharges - similar coating on tongue
  • Excess of lactic acid
  • gout, rheumatism
  • heartburn, dyspepsia from fats
  • sour smelling discharges


Nat Sulph (Water Eliminator):

  • elimination of excess water in the body
  • helps flush out toxins.
  • water retention, flu, digestive upsets, and cystitis
  • flus with gastric involvement.
  • everything is worse in damp conditions.
  • sandy deposits in the urine,
  • brownish-green coating on the tongue
  • bitter taste in the mouth.


Silica (Toxic Eliminator):

  • yellow discharge in ears
  • lingering cough after an illness.
  • history of poor assimilation.
  • bones, joints, glands, and skin
  • indicated where there is pus formation or suppuration, e.g. boils, styes, abscesses, etc.
  • brittle nails and unhealthy hair are also indicated.
  • helps foreign matter to be expelled.

March, 13th, 2024

Stephanie Joachim, Lic ISH, ISHom
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