The tissue salt system provides some wonderful and easily accessible natural medicines which may provide relief during hay fever.
What are tissue salts?
The tissue salts were developed by Dr Schuessler in Europe during the the 1800’s, where he was seeking to use the ‘essential component parts of the human body’ therapeutically. Also known as biochemic or cell salts, these are the minerals which make up the human body or are used in its functioning, but prepared using the homeopathic method.
Where do you get them?
Tissue salts are available from health food shops, as well many pharmacies, and some supermarkets. Many natural health practitioners may also dispense them to their clients. They’re also used as support medicines in the Hacking Hay Fever program, which helps people take control of their hay fever using natural approaches.
How do you use them?
The traditional form of tissue salts is in a form of a lactose-based tablet. These are easy to dissolve in the mouth, or chew, and can also be dissolved in water.
If dissolving in water, you may need to crush first with the back of a spoon. Depending on the manufacturer, some will dissolve fast, others you’ll need to let sit for a few minutes for the tablet to soften.
Some manufactures have started supplying the salts in a liquid form, usually with a spray you can use to deliver it directly into your mouth.
More than one tissue salt can be used at a time, and some manufacturers have created tablets containing a combination of the salts.
How often should I take them?
When you are experiencing (or even about to experience, if you notice any signs of a hay fever attack coming on) symptoms of hay fever, it is suggested that you take a dose when needed. This can be as frequent as every 15 minutes during an attack, and at other times, taking a dose a few times a day, up to hourly, depending on your response and exact situation.
One convenient way of taking tissue salts is by dissolving some tablets into a bottle of water, and sipping it during the day and through to the evening.
Tissue salts for hay fever
Tissue salts are selected in a similar way to Homeopathic medicines – by looking at their indications, and finding the best match. Not all aspects of a tissue salt has to match.
The main tissue salt medicines for hay fever are Mag Phos, Nat Mur, and Silicea (or a combination of the three called ‘Combination H’), however, there may be other salts which are helpful depending on your symptoms. These are described in the following table.
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This is often used:
Mag Phos has other indications for its use, such as:
The indications of the tissue salt is for people who have:
The indications of this tissue salt is for people who have:
Some tissue salt manufacturers have released a combination of tissue salts for hay fever, called ‘Combination H’. This mixture includes three tissue salts already mentioned above:
A tissue salt combination may offer you a simpler way to evaluate if these medicines are of benefit to you.
The indications of this tissue salt is for people with:
This tissue salt is used more as a nervous system tonic, but also has use in natural hay fever treatment if the indications match. The indications of this tissue salt is for people with:
- Tissue salts are a simple natural system of medicines, developed in Europe over 200 years ago
- They utilise small quantities of minerals, usually in a dissolvable tablet form
- Tissue salts are easily accessible, available from most natural health shops, and some pharmacies and supermarkets
- In the Hacking Hay Fever program, they’re used as a supportive therapy, while Homeopathic medicines are used for a deeper treatment.