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Tissue salts and winter health

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Tissue salts and winter health

This article describes some of the tissue salts that you may want to consider over the cooler months.

What are tissue salts?

The tissue salts are a type of biochemical cellular therapy using minerals, developed over 140 years ago by German medical doctor and chemist Dr Wilhelm Heinrich Schüssler.

Photo of Dr. med. W. Schüssler

Photo of Dr. med. W. Schüssler, the creator of the biochemical method of healing.

Dr Schüssler found that there are 12 inorganic minerals present in the body in very small quantities, which he called ‘tissue salts’. These tissue salts are catalysts in building the millions of cells of which the body is composed. Dr Schuessler considered a proper balance of the tissue salts necessary for normal cell function and to maintain good health.


Tissue salts are readily available in most health food shops and pharmacies. Because they’re using trace amounts of minerals, there is little risk of overdosing. They’re user-friendly for most people by following the recommended instructions on the label for both acute and chronic situations. They’re generally suitable for all ages, although slow dissolving tablets may need to be crushed or dispensed in liquid so that they don’t present a choking hazard in the very young or frail.

More advanced prescribing of tissue salts will usually need to be performed by a natural health practitioner.

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Top tissue salts for Winter

As with Homeopathic medicines, tissue salts are quite versatile – traditionally having been used for a broad range of health issues.

Below are some tissues salts which are often used for winter ailments. They might be of use for you too.

The general rule of thumb is that more frequent doses are needed during an acute situation.

Ferr Phos (Iron phosphate)

Used at the onset/beginning of illness.

Ferr Phos is considered the ‘first aid’ tissue salt as it is associated with the first stage of illnesses, such as when there is inflammation and elevated temperature. Traditionally it is often taken frequently at the very early stages of an acute illness, until symptoms subside.

Kali Mur (Potassium chloride)

Used at the second stage when a head cold has developed.

Should symptoms progress to the next stage of a head cold, Kali Mur is often considered. This is where they maybe thick white discharges. The tongue may appear white coated. Ears may become blocked. There could also be swelling the glands (Kali Mur is considered a glandular tonic).

Kali Sulph (Potassium sulphate)

Used at the third stage of head colds.

This is when mucus turns thick and is a yellowish or greenish colour. There may be chills and fever. Symptoms often feel worse in the evening, or a closed, stuffy environment – better in the open air.

Calc Phos (Calcium phosphate)

Used for convalescence and supporting recovery.

Often used after a cold to in the recovery process, when a ‘pick me up’ is needed. Calc phos was traditionally used for when mental or physical exertion or cold make the a person feel worse, and where warmth and rest ameliorates.


The twelve tissue remedies of Schüssler, by Boericke, William, 1849-1929; Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.

The Biochemic Handbook, published by New Era Laboratories Ltd, Revised edition 1962.

David Haubenschild

David is a homeopath from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is passionate about helping people change their lives for the better, achieving a level of freedom from disease, and promoting general happiness and wellbeing using natural approaches, that last.

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