I've been interested in cell salts for quite a while wanting to know more about them and how they help in the functioning of the human body. Recently I found a great website with all the info I'd been searching for & I thought I would put it in a blog to share....in case others of you were the least bit curious!
Each cell in the human body is composed of three classes of materials: water, organic matter (sugars and fats), and inorganic matter (minerals). Whereas water and organic matter make up the greater portion of each cell, minerals are still vital for cellular health and reproduction. If there is a shortage of minerals, cellular function is impaired and disease can follow. Mineral deficiency can be caused by poor nutrition, stress, injuries and illness. Cell salts also promote the absorption of minerals from food. Just as we have reflex points mapping our entire body on our ears, tongue, feet and hands, such a map exists in our digestive tract. The cell salts stimulate the reflex points in the digestive tract and, in so doing, promote mineral absorption. Remember....our bodies can't make vitamins without minerals!!
There are 10 basic cell salts. They are in the homeopathic modality of healing.
Restoring elasticity to veins, muscles, skin, bones and other tissues is calcium fluoride’s function and Calc fluor’s specialty. This cell salt aids conditions resulting from inflexible tissue or tissue that cannot bounce back from injury, pregnancy, growing, aging or illness. These include hemorrhoids, varicose veins, stretch marks, growing pains, backache, lumbago, inflamed joints, loose or decaying teeth and weakness in muscular tissue.
Concerned parents have made Calc phos (calcium phosphate) a popular favorite. Its natural support is ideal for easing growing pains, teething issues, study headaches, fatigue and a general discontentment. At any age its support applies to structural stresses– injured bones, slow healing wounds, joint pain, back pain, weak digestion, acute simple anemia and heavy periods. Key indicators include a desire for change or travel, cravings for fatty, salty foods and an intolerance for dairy products or fruit.
As calcium sulphate is a vital part of our cleansing systems, its cell salt remedy helps us heal wounds, skin disorders, pimples, sore throats and other conditions which tend to suppurate - form yellow pus. Calc sulph helps cleanse colds and allergies if thick yellow mucus causes eye irritation, runny noses and nasal blockage. Calc sulph is most suited to allergic individuals who enjoy walking in the open air, but it can give us all a good cleansing when needed. It can also be the perfect follow up for Hepar sulph or Silica.
As its source helps us build strong blood cells, Ferrum phos (iron phosphate) helps the body face many stresses, including inflammations, acute fevers, injuries, blood loss, nose bleeds, heat fatigue, etc. Whenever redness, heat, throbbing or fever, suggest the first stages of acute inflammation (common colds, bronchitis, joint pains, fatigue, skin eruptions, etc.)
As its source is critical to breaking down white mucus and discharge (fibrin), Kali mur (potassium chloride) helps cleanse colds, coughs and sinuses troubled by white mucus, as well as thrush, pimples, blisters or eruptions with white discharge. When marked by white spots, white discharge or a white coated tongue, Kali mur’s cleansing applications extend to a range of congestions including sore throats and oral or vaginal thrush, as well as sluggish digestive complaints including heartburn, acidity, gas, diarrhea and sick headaches.
The cell salt nerve and brain cells depend on most, Kali phos (potassium phosphate), helps nerves recover, relax and regain strength. Kali phos offers balancing, revitalizing support when injury, illness, stress or sadness result in a heavy, yet restless fatigue or loss of nerve power. Its nerve calming or debuzzing relief extends to nervous headaches, backache, sciatica, neuralgia and buzzing in the ears, as well as common stress responses – temper tantrums, sleeplessness, nightmares, hypersensitivity, sadness and gloom.
Without potassium sulphate, systems stagnate, thus this natural cell salt’s cleansing applications include many conditions with yellow mucus including colds, croupy coughs, sinus or ear congestions, vaginal irritation or diarrhea, as well as skin conditions such as yellow flaky dandruff, skin eruptions or itchy rashes. Other symptoms that suggest a need for Kali sulph include a yellowish coating on the tongue, a sensitivity to heat, shifting joint pains, acute wheezy bronchial irritation, and heavy fatigue with a stuffy or boxed-in feeling.
The simplest, most natural way to ease and prevent cramps, spasms and radiating pains is to encourage the connection between nerves and muscles with the cell salt they depend on. Mag phos is a fast acting remedy that benefits symptoms as diverse as leg cramps, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, spasmodic coughs, colic and hiccups, as well as backache, right sided sciatica, facial neuralgia, tics, toothache, stabbing headaches and weary nerves. Anytime symptoms improve with heat and worsen with cold, it’s perfectly natural to try this popular favorite. Sipping hot water with a dose can speed its action.
The sodium phosphate in our digestive tracts breaks down stomach acids and regulates bile. When overwhelmed by fatty, bitter or sugar-filled foods and beverages, including alcohol, the body cannot make enough sodium phosphate to handle all the stomach acids needed for digestion. As a result, we get acid symptoms like heartburn, diarrhea, gas, sour belching and a yellow coating on the back of the tongue. Nat phos can ease the crash and headaches of sugar highs. As a safe source for heartburn relief during pregnancy, Nat phos is irreplaceable. Top of the head headaches and sick headaches with sour vomiting find relief in it whether due to morning sickness, dietary excesses or illness.
The sodium phosphate in our muscles keeps them limber and gliding smoothly. When exercise or shock deprives muscles of oxygen, they fill with lactic acid, cramp and stiffen until sodium phosphate breaks down the acids. Thus Nat phos can save hours of discomfort after workouts, weight-lifting or accidents. Sodium phosphate is also critical in our joints, to keep them free of acidic deposits. Thus the remedy supports balancing relief for stiff or inflamed joints. When ignored, acidity leads to sick headaches, fatigue, sluggish sour digestion, stiff musculoskeletal symptoms and head colds with yellow mucus and a painful cough. In any of these circumstances, the cell salt remedy Natrum phos, can help the body find its natural balance of sodium phosphate and acidity. The need for Nat phos' help is most marked by two typical symptoms of acid buildup and resulting congestion: sourness, sour belching, vomiting, sour smelling perspiration; and yellowness, yellow mucus, a yellow coating on the back of the tongue, and yellow skin issues. Nat phos symptoms usually worsen after eating bitter or fatty foods and from mental exertion. Those most in need grow fearful at night and suffer nervous fatigue, indifference and mental dullness. Breaking down stomach acids, lactic acids and acidic deposits is the specialty of this cell salt and its source nutrient. In digestion, it offers balancing relief when fatty or sugary foods lead to sugar highs, heartburn, gas or diarrhea. If muscles and joints cramp and stiffen after shock or exercise, it helps break down lactic acid and relieve pain. It relieves a range of other acidity induced symptoms including: sick headaches, sluggish sour digestion, stiff joints, fatigue and indifference, especially if tongue has a yellow coating.
Sodium sulphate’s cell salt applies to a range of digestive, respiratory, pain and emotional symptoms which are aggravated by dampness, especially cold wet weather or places. Best known for its digestive support, Nat sulph relieves nausea, sick headache, sour vomiting, heartburn, bitter belching, colic, indigestion, diarrhea and a frequent need to urinate. It also benefits headaches, back and joint pain as well as lingering effects of head injuries. Other applications include wheezing, colds with yellow mucus, frequent need to urinate, and periodic sadness.
As many cells need its source for strength, the cell salt Silica helps restore weak tissues that lack the strength to expel or root out congestions and irritants. For skin, it helps eliminate splinters, acne, eruptions and corns. For glands and membranes, it helps the body cleanse sore throats, mature coughs, sinus and ear congestion as well as constipation and diarrhea. Other indications include: pale skin, nervous irritability, timidity, fatigue, a lack of vital heat; weak ankles, skin, hair and nails; symptoms that feel better with warmth and much worse in a cold draft.
Information found at www.1-800homeopathy.com