Utility of tissue remedies in homoeopathic practice

Dr Silpa Sasi. D

The biochemic system of medicine or tissue remedies are homoeopathic preparation of mineral salts having  an effect at the physiological level.The World Health Organization has acknowledged and recognised the biochemical system of medicine, also known as inorganic cell salt treatment, which was developed by Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler following the path of of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, as one of the complementary therapies.

Our great  master Dr Samuel Hahnemann, was the first who began thorough investigation into the pathogenetic and therapeutic uses of inorganic cell salts.He  recognised their significance as highly effective restorative agents. His experiments with lime, salt, potash, and silica paved the way for the rest of the tissue remedies by demonstrating the enormous stores of therapeutic power these inorganic substances contains despite their apparent inertness in their crude  forms. He was the one who initially made an attempt  for how these forces could be unlocked and focused for therapeutic effects.

Later, in 1832, attention was called in a paper published in Stapf’s Archiv to the great importance as remedies of all the “essential component parts of the human body,” and again, in the same journal, in 1846: “All constituents of the human body principally act on those organs wherein they have a function”.

After 15 years of homoeopathic practise, German doctor Wilhelm Heinrich Schussler (born in Zwischenahn/Oldenburg on August 21, 1821) developed a keen interest in the most significant inorganic salts that make up the human body and their quantitative relationships. The year 1873 is regarded as the beginning of biochemistry. First published was Schussler’s work in 1874,An Abridged Treatment on the Basis of Physiology and Cellular Pathology was  related to biochemic salts.

The idea of biochemical therapeutics holds that certain   organic and inorganic materials are necessary for the structure,function  and vitality of its organs. The organic and inorganic components of the cell ensure the  processes like secretion, synthesis, reproduction, metabolism, and the eradication of dead cells all occur normally.

The carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids are the organic components. Potassium, calcium, silica, iron, magnesium, and sodium are the inorganic components. These inorganic salts are handled by the biochemical system. They serve as the cells’ basic building blocks. A series of pathogenic processes are triggered by an imbalance or deficiency in the inorganic salts, which results in symptoms. By providing the biochemical therapies, the salt that restores the deficit of the specific cells is balanced according to the symptoms. Inorganic tissue salts are the only components of biochemical treatments.

Inorganic salts called tissue salts serve as vital components for cellular activity. It  can relate to vitamins. Similar to how a vitamin deficit may result in symptoms, and delivering those vitamins will treat those symptoms, supplying the proper tissue salt will treat those symptoms. So the tissue salts have an effect at the physiological level.

The Tissue Remedies are prepared for therapeutic purposes, like all homoeopathic remedies, in trituration or dilution in accordance with the decimal or centesimal scale. One part of the drug is mixed with nine parts of sugar of milk in the crude, chemically pure substance for at least two hours. This results in the first decimal trituration, where each grain contains one-tenth of a triturated grain of cell salt.

The second decimal trituration is created by using one part of this first decimal trituration along with nine additional parts of milk sugar and another two hours of trituration, making them equivalent to the first centesimal trituration. As a result, this triturating and subdividing process has been maintained up to the sixth, twelfth, and even higher preparation

In severe, painful affections, a dose every ten to fifteen minutes; in acute cases, every hour or two; and in chronic affections, one to four doses per day. In very acute cases,water doses is also praticed

Dr Schussler himself claimed that it is not in any way related to Homoeopathy, claming for it a separate system of therapeutics. The deficiency of certain inorganic components is in molecular level, so supply must also be in molecular level.so the quantity of medicine is always infinitesimal .

Schussler identified 12 homeopathic medicines as the biochemic remedies. These twelve basic salts are :

  1. Calcarea fluor (Calcium fluoride)
  2. Calcium phosphorica (Calcium phosphate)
  3. Calcium sulphate
  4. Ferrum phosphorica (Iron phosphate)
  5. Kali muriaticum (Potassium chloride)
  6. Kali phosphorica (Potassium phosphate)
  7. Kali sulphurica (Potassium sulphate)
  8. Magnesia Phosphorica (Magnesium phosphate)
  9. Natrum muriaticum (Sodium chloride)
  10. Natrum sulphuricum(Glauber’s salt – Sodium sulphate)
  11. Natrum phosphoricum (Sodium phosphate)
  12. Silicea.

The following table shows the twelve tissues remedies are constituents of many known and well proved remedies in homeopathy

FERR PHOS China, Gelsem, Veratr, Acon, Arnica, Anis, stel.. Phytol, Berb vulg., Rhus, Asaf, Viburn. pr., Secale , Graphites , Rumex, Ailanthus.
CALC PHOS China, Viburn, pr. Ail, Phytol., Berb, vulg, Coloc. Graphites.
NATR PHOS Rheum, Ail, Anis, stel., Hamam
KALI PHOS Pulsat., Bapt., Rhus, Veratr., Epiphegus, Viburn. pr., Digit., Cimicif., Cactus gr, Stramon., Xanth., Ail., Anis. stel., Hamam., Phytol., Cactus.
KALI MUR Phytol, Sanguin., Stilling, Pinus c., Asclep,vibrun, pr., Ail., Anis. stel., Hamam., Cimicif.
NAT MUR Cedron, Arum tr., Ail., Anis. stel., Hamam., Cimicif., Secale
SILICEA Equisetum , Cimicif., Chelidon., Graphites , Secale, Lycopodium.
CALC. SULPH. Apocyn., Ail., Asaf.
NATR. SULPH. Apocyn., Iris v., Chamom., Chionanthus, Lycop., Bryon., Podoph., Chelid., Nux vom., Anis. stel, Hamam., Cimicif.
KALI SULPH  Pulsat., Hydrast., Myr. cer., Cimicif., Viburn. pr., Anis. stel., Hamam.
MAG PHOS Viburn. op., Bellad., Lobel., Stramon., Viburn. pr., Ail, Secale, Coloc, Gelsem., Rhus, Graphites.


CALC FLOUR Connective tissue, tooth enamel, bone surfaces, blood vessel walls & elastic fibers in skin. Thick, lumpy yellow discharge,Expectoration yellow mucus. Surgery  after,change of weather Adenoids,Aneurism. Boneaffections,Breast, indurations of. Cataract. Catarrh. Cold sores. Corneal opacities.. Exostosis. Flatulence. Glands, indurated. Hæmoptysis. Hodgkin’s disease. Lumbago. Nodes. Ozæna..
CALC PHOS Bones,glands Discharges albuminous (like the white of egg) Over-growth. Lifting. Ascending. Over-study. Sexual excesses. Sexual irregularities. Grief. Disappointed love. Unpleasant news. Operation for fistula. Getting wet. Anæmia. Ankles, weak. Back, weakness of. . Brain-fag. . Chorea. Consumption. . Debility. Dentition.. Epilepsy. Erotomania. Face, boils on. Fistula. Fracture. Gleet.. Joints, affections of.. Rheumatism. Rickets. Self-abuse. Spermatorrhœa. Spina bifida.. Throat, sore. Tobacco habit. Tonsils, enlarged.
Calc sulphate Liver, blood, bile, and epithelial (skin) cells. bloody – yellow mixed with blood Change of weather,after infections Abscess. Anus, abscess near. Boils. Buboes. Burns. Carbuncles. Chilblains. Cornea, ulceration of. Cough. Crusta lactea. Cysts.. Eczema. Fistula. Glandular swellings. Gonorrhœa. Hæmorrhages.. Syphilis. Tonsillitis. Tumours. Ulcers.
Ferrum phos Red blood cell,mucous and serous membrane Dryness, burning & scanty expectoration mixed with blood, Checked perspiration on a warm summer’s day. Mechanical injuries.


.Anus, prolapse of. Bladder, paralysis of.. Debility.. Dysentery. Ear, affections of. Erysipelas. Fever. Frost-bite.. Hands, swelling ofKidneys, Bright’s disease of.. Nose, bleeding of.. Urine, incontinence of. Veins, varicose..
Kali mur Brain, muscle, and nerve cells. Blood & intercellular fluid. Thick, white, slime Vaccination. Sprains. Burns. Blows. Cuts. Rich food. Deranged internal functions.


Acne. Aphthæ. Bubo. Bunion. Burns. Cataract. Chilblains. Constipation. Croup. Cystitis. Diarrhœa. Diphtheria. Dropsy. Dysentery. Ear, affections of.. Hodgkin’s disease. Ingrowing toenails. Jaundice. Joint, cracking of. Leucorrhœa. Mumps. Rheumatism. Scorbutus. Shingles. Small-pox. Sycosis. Tendons, creaking of. Vaccination, effects of. Warts.
Kali phos brain, muscle, and nerve cells. Blood & intercellular fluid. Blood thin,yellow,offensive Mechanical injuries. Blows. Sexual excitement,indulged orsuppressed. Alopecia areata. Amenorrhœa. Anæmia. Asthma. Atrophy. Brain, concussion of. Brain-fag. Brain-softening. Cancrum oris. Carbuncle. Chilblains. Cholerine.. Hysteria. Insomnia. Melancholia. Menstrual headaches. Nervous dyspepsia. Neurasthenia. Night-terrors. Noma. Nymphomania..  Urticaria. Whitlow.
Kali sulph Muscle, nerve, blood skin serous & mucous membrane cells and intercellular fluid. Slimy, yellowish or greenish mucus discharge Chill when over-heated. Injury. Antrum of Highmore, disease of. Asthma. Cataract. Catarrh. Chorea. Dandriff. Dyspepsia. Eczema. Epithelioma. Eustachian catarrh. Gleet. Gonorrhœa. Psoriasis. Rheumatism. Rhus poisoning. Vertigo. Whooping-cough.
MAG PHOS Muscle, nerve, blood brain, bone, and teeth cells Diarrohoea watery, menstrual flow – dark, clotted, intermittent. Dentition. Cold winds. Cold bathing. Standing in cold water. Working with cold clay. Study. Catheterism. Catheterism. Chorea. Colic. Convulsions.. Cramps. Dentition. Dysmenorrhœa. Headache. Intercostal neuralgia. Locomotor ataxy. Membranous dysmenorrhœa. Meningitis. Menstruation, painful. Neuralgia. Rectum, prolapse of. School-headache. Sciatica. Tic-douloureux. Toothache. Vaginismus. Whooping-cough. Writer’s cramp.
Nat mur Blood,serous membrane,glands,female reproductive system Clear,watery starch like Disappointment. Fright. Fit ofpassion. Loss of fluids. Masturbation. Injury to head. Quinine. Lunar caustic. Bread. Fat. Wine. Acid food. Salt. Addison’s disease. Anćmia. Aphthć. Atrophy. Brain-fag. Catarrh. Chorea. Constipation. Cough. Cracks in the skin. Debility. Depression. Diabetes. Disparunia. Dropsy. Dyspepsia. Epilepsy. Erysipelas. Eyes, affections of. Eye-strain. Face, complexion unhealthyGoître. Gonorrhśa. Gout. Headache. Heart, affections of. Hemiopia. Hernia. Herpes. Herpes circinatis. Hiccough. Hodgkin’s disease. Hydroa. HypochondriasisIntermittent fever. Leucocythćmia. Leucorrhśa. Lips, eruption on. Lungs, śdema of. Menstruation, disorders of. Mouth, inflammation of. Nettlerash. Pediculosis. Ranula. Seborrhśa. Self-abuse.. Spermatorrhśa. Spinal irritation. Spleen, enlarged. Sterility.. Taste, lost; disordered. Tongue, blistered; white coated; heavy.. Vertigo. Warts. Whooping-cough. Worms. Yawning.
Nat  phos Muscle, nerve,mucous membrane blood, brain cells and intercellular fluid. Golden yellow discharge Sugar. Milk. Fat food. Bitter foods. Thunderstorms Acidity (infants). Conjunctivitis. Diabetes. Dyspepsia. Enteralgia. Erysipelas. Gastralgia. Glands, scrofulous swelling of. Goître. Gout. Intertrigo. Leucocytosis. Scrofula. Sighing. Sterility. Threadworms. Urticaria. Worms.
NAT SULPH Intercellular fluid.,mucous membrane Yellowish,dirty green Anger. Injury to head (fall). Suppressed gonorrhśa. Asthma. Biliousness. Brain, injuries of. Condylomata. Debility; of drunkards. Diabetes.. Gonorrhśa. Headache. Hydrćmia. Influenza. Leucćmia. Liver, enlarged. Panaritium. Phlegmasia alba dolens. Photophobia. Phthisis. Sciatica.
Silicea Blood, bile, skin, hair, nails, connective tissue, bones, nerve sheaths & mucous membranes. Thick yellow foetid discharge Vaccination. Stone-cutting. Loss of fluids. Injury. Strains. Splinters. Foreign bodies. Abdomen, distended. Abscess. Acne. Anćmia. Ankles, weak. Anus, fissure of; fistula of. Appetite, depraved. Back, weakness of. Boils. Bones, necrosis of. Brain, concussion of. Brain-fag. Breast, sinuses in. Bunion. Cancer. Carbuncle. Cataract. Cellulitis. Cheloid. Chin, eruptions on. Cicatrix. Circulation, feeble. Coccygodynia.. Cough. Debility. Dentition. Diabetes. Ear, affections of. Elephantiasis. Enchrodroma. Enuresis. Epilepsy. Eruptions. Excrescences. Eyes, affections of. Feet, burning; perspiring. Fester. Fibroma. FistulaGlandular swellings. Headache. Hernia. Hydrocele.. Lactation. Locomotor ataxy. Mania. Meningitis. Metrorrhagia. Miscarriage. Molluscum contagiosum. Molluscum fibrosum. Morphśa. Morvan’s disease. Nails, diseasedNodes. Nose, tip, redness of. Panaritium. Parametritis. PleurisyPylorus, suppuration of. Rheumatism; chronic; hereditary. RicketsSpermatorrhśa. Spinal irritation. Strains. Strangury. Suppuration. Teeth, caries of. Tenesmus. TracheaUlcers. Urethra, stricture of. Urine, incontinence of. Vaccination. Vagina, spasms of.


  1. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia medica by Dr William Boericke
  2. The twelve tissue remedies of schussler by Boericke and Dewey
  3. The biochemic system of medicines by Dr George w carey
  4. Allen key-notes rearranged and classified with leading remedies of material medica and bowel nosodes by H C Allen.

Dr Silpa Sasi. D
MD Part I , Department of Materia medica
Under the guidance of Dr Renuka S Patil
HOD Department of Materia medica
Government Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital ,Bengaluru

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