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The vitality of the body is, in part, dependent on the presence of essential building blocks of cells. W.H. Schüssler, a German physician of the late 1800’s, identified twelve inorganic mineral salts common to all bodily cells and tissues. He asserted that imbalances in these critical salts contribute to dis-ease, and that health and vitality can be restored and strengthened with minute doses of the deficient salt.

Low potency tissue salts are homeopathically prepared, so they’re gently supportive, safe, and free of side-effects. As such, they are useful for at-home prescribing. Think about using them to nurture vitality through colds, heartburn, bloating, muscle or menstrual cramps, growing pains, headaches, skin eruptions, and more. As a mother and homeopath, I most often choose tissue salts for minor physical and acute complaints or to support proper assimilation of nutrients that may be lacking. Tissue salts can offer the subtle nudge our bodies need to remember their innate healing capacity.

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The Homeopathic Tissue Salts, Briefly

Calc Fluor

Calc fluor is all about elasticity and tone in the body…either too much or too little. It has an affinity for, or tends to act on, the bones, teeth, and connective tissues. You may think of this tissue salt for varicose veins, hemorrhoids, hardened glands, sluggish circulation, prolapses, post-fracture, bone spurs, or deficient tooth enamel.

Calc Phos

Calc phos is the tissue salt of growth, development, and nutrition. It is present in all cells, but especially in the bones, teeth, and muscles. It can be thought of for growing pains, during growth (spurts), delayed dentition, broken bones, anemia, or exhaustion after intense work.

Calc Sulph

Calc sulph is a blood purifier and is often thought of in suppurative processes (where there is discharging pus). It has an affinity for the blood, mucous membranes, skin, liver, and gall bladder. Think of calc sulph for wounds that discharge pus but are not healing, abscesses, boils, acne, eczema, or to ward off a cold.

Ferrum Phos

Ferrum phos builds the blood and its sphere of action is here, on the blood, inflammation, and circulation. Think of ferrum phos in the first stages of any inflammatory process (colds, flus, injuries), anemia, nosebleed, fever, flushing, ear infections, or conjunctivitis.

Kali Mur

Kali mur is lymph cleanser with action centering on the mucous membranes and connective tissues. Think of it as a master cleanser and decongestant. Consider for second stages of inflammation, when colds have a thick, white discharge, or thrush, ear infections, or respiratory complaints.

Kali Phos

Kali phos is all about the nerves. It is our nerve tonic. You may think of this tissue salt for exhaustion after prolonged mental or physical labor, difficult concentration, headaches and indigestion brought on by nervousness, or insomnia.

Kali Sulph

Kali sulph is for chronic and laters stage inflammation. It has an affinity for the mucous membranes, lung, skin, and muscles. You would consider this tissue salt for yellow, peeling or flaking skin, dandruff, colds with thick yellow discharges, conjunctivitis, or rattling mucous in lungs.

Mag Phos

Mag phos is thought of as the homeopathic pain reliever. It has an affinity for muscles, nerves, head, bones, teeth, blood, and relieves cramps and spasms of all kinds. Think of it for menstrual or leg cramps, lightening-like pains, twitching muscles, spasmodic hiccups and yawning, or headaches.

Nat Mur

Nat mur is all about fluid balance and distribution. It sphere of action is on mucous membranes, skin, blood, muscles, digestion. If there’s dryness or edema, think of Nat mur. Also consider it for acute cold sores, constipation, loss of taste or smell, or hay fever with runny nose and sneezing.

Nat Phos

Nat phos is the acid neutralizer of the tissue salts. It has an affinity for the stomach, digestion, and bodily fluids. Think of it for all manner of acidic states: indigestion, gout, sour belching, worms, or lactic acid build-up.

Nat Sulph

Nat sulph is about distribution and flow in the body. When you think of nat sulph, think of the liver, pancreas, digestive organs, head, and extracellular fluid. It’s known for being supportive through concussion, gall bladder and liver disorders, or ailments accompanied by green discharges.


Silica is a source of structure and a potent eliminator. It has an affinity for bones, glands, hair, nails, skin, teeth, connective tissue, mucous membranes, and glands. Think of it for weak hair and nails, expelling splinters, slow healing scars, constipation, or abscesses that fail to discharge.

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This is just a small snapshot of things to know about the twelve tissue salts. If you’d like to learn more about strengthening vitality with tissue salts, I’m offering a virtual, 2-hour course on June 20th at 6pm. Check it out:

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Resources: The Biochemic Handbook by Dr. W.H. Schuessler as well as numerous homeopathic materia medica.

*This post is not intended as medical advice nor does it suggest that tissue salts treat medical conditions.