Tissue salts and its dietary sources

Dr Divya K P

ABSTRACT: The Mineral content found in the human body, including both organic and inorganic elements, closely resembles that of the Earth’s crust. These minerals play a vital role in various metabolic processes, tissue building, and regulating bodily functions. Dr. Schuessler emphasized the significance of proper quantity and distribution of inorganic materials for health, stating that any deficiency or imbalance could lead to disease. He believed that the inorganic substances present in the blood and tissues were sufficient to cure curable diseases. A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats usually provides an adequate amount of nutrients for most people. However, in some cases, supplementation may be necessary to address specific deficiencies or health conditions.

KEY WORDS: Biochemic remedies, Twelve Tissue Salts, Physiology, Mineral deficiencies, Diet, Homeopathy.

INTRODUCTION: The father of deficiency therapy – Dr W H Schussler, German physician introduced us about the 12 Tissue remedies – Biochemical treatment. The biochemic system of medicine is defined as the branch of therapeutics based on law of deficiency, i.e., deficiency of inorganic salts which cause disequilibrium in the harmonious functioning of organic constituents of the cells, so it must be corrected by supplying the requisite proportion of the inorganic salts.

The pith of biochemical philosophy is – All the substances necessary to heal, restore and overcome diseased conditions are normally found within the organism itself. The body is a self-curing mechanism, and it will maintain its efficiency provided it has a normal supply of all those elements peculiar to its own substance.

HISTORY: Samuel Hahnemann, 18th century highlighted the significance of inorganic cell salts as therapeutic agents and their pathogenetic effects like that of Lime, salt, potash, and silica. Later 1832, in Stapf’s Archive – paper was published about the Essential components of the human body and in 1846, by C Hering – “All the constituents of the human body principally act on those organs wherein they have a function. All fulfil their functions when they are the cause of symptoms.” Dr Schussler got influenced by 2 people from world of science –

  1. Rudolf Virchow – The founder of cellular pathology – says that the disease is an altered state of cell and hence the normal state of the cell constitutes health. The constitution of the cell is determined by the composition of its nutritive environment exactly as a plant thrives according to the quality of soil around its roots.
  2. Mole Schott – pointed out the structure and vitality of the organs depends upon the presence of inorganic constituents.

Als from Dr Samuel Hahnemann – Homeopathic principle – To prevent damage and to render the remedies capable of absorption by the cells, they must be potentized.

Later in March 1873, in German Homeopathic journal, an article entitled – “An Abridged Homoeopathic Therapeutics” was published by Dr Schussler, in which he briefed about the idea of a new system, the physiological function remedies in potentized form.



  • Nerve cells – Mag phos, Kali phos, Natrum and Ferrum
  • Muscle cells – Mag phos, Kali phos, Natrum, Ferrum and Kali mur
  • Connective tissue cells – Silicea
  • Elastic tissue cells – Calc flour
  • Bone – Calc flour, Mag phos and in large amount Calc phos
  • Cartilage and mucous cells – Nat mur
  • Hair and Crystalline lens – Ferrum.


  1. CALC PHOS – Defective nutrition, imperfect cell growth and consequent decay and destruction of tissue especially osseous and glandular systems.
  2. CALC SULPH – Suppuration formation affecting the epithelial tissues.
  3. CALC FLOUR – Relaxed condition of elastic fibers, including dilatation of blood vessels, arterial, venous, piles, indurated glands, and Malnutrition of bones.
  4. NAT MUR – found in fluid parts of Body. Water exudation within the sacs, epithelium of tear gland and salivary gland (lachrymation and ptyalism), watery mucous diarrhea, anemia, malnutrition, emaciation.
  5. NAT SULPH – mostly in Intracellular fluids. It excites the secretion of the intestinal glands, liver and pancreas.
  6. NAT PHOS – act in the catalysis of lactic acid, emulsify fatty acids, scrofulous glands.
  7. KALI MUR – found more in the formed tissues – fibrinous exudation in the interstitial connective tissues, lymphatic enlargements, infiltered inflammations.
  8. KALI SULPH – heaviness, weariness, vertigo, fear, melancholy, intermit pain in limbs, epidermis and epithelial cells poorly fed with oxygen loosen and desquamate freely.
  9. KALI PHOS – want of nerve power, prostration, depression, debility, weakness of memory, sensory and motor nerve paralysis.
  10. MAG PHOS – cramps, pains and paralysis, convulsion, contraction of muscular tissues.
  11. FERRUM PHOS – Relaxed condition of muscular tissues, abnormal condition of blood corpuscles. Febrile disturbances and congestions.
  12. SILICEA – turgescence of the cells of connective tissues, suppurations, malnutrition due to deficient assimilation.


  1. Calcium: 1000 – 1200mg
  2. Phosphorous: 700mg
  3. Sodium: 1.2 – 1.5g
  4. Potassium: 4.7g
  5. Chloride: 1.8 – 2.3g
  6. Magnesium: 300 – 420mg
  7. Iron: 8 – 18g
  8. Fluoride: 3 – 4mg
Biochemic remedies Functions Dietary sources
1.     Calcarea phosphoricum General nutrient Milk and milk products, eggs, green leafy vegetables, cereals, legumes (peas, beans, lentils), nuts and seeds (almond, chia seeds, sesame seeds).
2.     Calcarea sulphuricum

(Gypsum, Plaster of Paris)

Blood purifier Protein foods like meat, egg, cheese, tofu, sunflower seeds, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, sea food (shrimp, crab).
3.     Calcarea flouricum


Elastic tissue builder Fish, shellfishes, raisins, citrus fruits (orange, grapefruits), whole grains – brown rice, oats, legumes.
4.     Natrum muriaticum

(Table salt)

Water distributor Table salt, vegetables like carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, celery, milk products like cheese and butter. Pickles, salt water fishes
5.     Natrum sulphuricum

(Glauber’s salt)

The liver salt (excess water eliminator) Onions, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, Processed foods.
6.     Natrum phosphoricum Acid neutralizer Milk and milk products – yogurt, cheese, meat, seafood – salmon, tuna, shrimp, nuts and seeds – peanuts, almonds, whole grains, potatoes, broccoli.
7.     Kali muriaticum Blood conditioner Seasoning blends, salt substitutes, processed meat, low- sodium free products,
8.     Kali sulphuricum Oxygen exchanger Fruits – banana, kiwi, avocado, melons

Vegetables – potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, legumes, nuts and seeds, fish, meat, and dairy products.

9.     Kali phosphoricum Nerve nutrient Dried fruits, nuts, and seeds – almond, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnut, apricots, raisins

Milk, yogurt, cheese, meat and poultry.

10.  Magnesium phosphoricum Nerve stabilizer Tofu, dark chocolate, nuts – cashew, almond, peanuts, leafy green vegetables, chickpeas, peas, banana, avocado, lentils.
11.  Ferrum phosphoricum Oxygen carrier Red meat, fish and shellfishes, spinach, nuts and seeds, beans, tofu and soy products.
12.  Silicea


The cleanser Whole grains – wheat, oats, barley,

Fruits – apple, cherries, bananas, spring water, nuts

CONCLUSION: In summary, recognizing the importance of the 12 tissue salts and their dietary sources is necessary for maintaining health. By integrating these minerals into our diets, we support bodily functions and effectively address health issues. Understanding tissue salts and their dietary sources is fundamental to achieving and sustaining health. Dr J B Chapman quotes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.


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Dr Divya K P
PG Scholar, Department of Homoeopathic Materia Medica
Father Muller Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Mangalore, Karnataka.
Email id – divyapradeep145@gmail.com

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