Homeopathy Tips for 2/22/11 Biochemistry

Biochemistry is a foundational understanding of using body constituents to help the body heal. It’s roots date back to 1832 where a statement was written in Stapf’s Archiv  “All the essential component parts of the human body are great remedies.”  Another article in the same journal from 1846 reads, “All the essential component parts of the human body act on such organs principally where they have function.”

It was in 1873 that Dr. Schuessler published his first article about the biochemic form of medicine. He identified a basic understanding about this medical view. It is based on three main principles.

  • The human body contains twelve vital inorganic elements which are responsible for maintenance of normal cell function.
  • When from some cause, one or more of these elements become deficient the normal cell function or metabolism is disturbed and a condition arises known as disease.
  • By supplying to the system the lacking elements in the form of Schuessler Biochemic Remedies normal cell function and health can be restored.

Biochemistry is derived from Greek and means Bio (Life) and chemistry. Dr Schuessler meant his system was the chemistry of life. His view was that the body needed particular inorganic compounds that were normally present in the body to be in their proper amounts. When the body became diseased, the restoration of the Biochemic salts would heal the diseased condition.

These inorganic cell salts are the building blocks of all organic matter in the body and Dr. Schuessler set out to identify them and use them as tissue restorers. He set out to identify the diseases associated with the mineral deficiencies. In his findings it may be necessary to treat a single expression of disease with more than one tissue salt or Biochemic remedy.

In order for the body to assimilate these cell salts they needed to be triturated so they were easily absorbed by the body. In Schuessler’s treatise he did not specify the exact process but most cell salts are available in the 6X potency. This is where the overlap into homeopathic materia medica happened. Schuessler did not perform provings on his preparations. So most of the information of the homeopathic remedies that are of his original cell salts are from observation and anecdotal evidence.

The twelve Biochemic Cell Salts and some of their main indications are;

  • Calcarea Flourica - This works with connective tissues and albumen making elastic fibre. It is the main constituent in tooth enamel and the elastic fiber of all muscular tissue and connective tissue. It is good for conditions of blood vessels, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and hardened glands. The symptoms of this remedy are worse in damp weather and relieved by rubbing.
  • Calcarea Phosphorica - It is a constituent of the bones, teeth, connective tissue, blood corpuscles and gastric juice. It helps give solidity to bones and teeth. This is a valuable childhood remedy as it has much to do with development of the body. It is useful in all bone diseases and diseases of the teeth. It is especially useful in convalescence after acute disease. Aids in the union of bone fractures. Cold, motion, change of weather, and getting wet aggravate symptoms. Relieved by rest and warmth.
  • Calcarea Sulphurica -  This inorganic salt is found in the skin and the blood. It acts as a preventative of cell disintegration and suppuration. It is indicated in the last stages of suppuration and is especially good in the treatment of catarrh, boils, carbuncles,ulcers and abscesses. Silica hastens the process whereas Calc Sulph completes the process. It’s indications are thick, heavy pussy yellow discharges, sometimes streaked with blood. Aggravated by getting wet.
  • Ferrum Phosphoricum - This is the remedy for inflammatory conditions. It is found in blood and gives blood it’s red color. It carries oxygen to all parts of the body. It gives strength to vessels and arteries of the circulatory system. It is indicated in relaxed conditions of the muscular tissue and abnormal conditions of the blood. It is useful in all inflammations before exudation has begun. It is tonic for anemia. Hot face, fever, quick pulse, thirst, redness of parts. It is aggravated by motion and relieved by cold.
  • Kali Muriaticum - This cell salt unites with albumen and forms fibrin which is found in all tissues in the body except bone. When deficient in the body it causes a discharge of thick, white, sticky, character from the mucous membranes. The person will also have a thickly coated tongue. Chiefly used in catarrhal conditions. Colds, croup, diarrhea, bronchitis. Symptoms are worse from motion and rich or fatty foods.
  • Kali Phosphoricum -  This is the great nerve and brain remedy. It is main constituent of brain matter when it combines with albumen. When ever a disease can be traced to a nerve degeneracy think of Kali Phospricum. Indications are loss of mental vigor, poor memory, depression, nervousness, brain-fag. Other indications are bad breath, diarrhea, dizziness from nervous exhaustion. Symptoms are aggravated by noise, mental or physical exertion, initial motion after rest.and cold air. Better from gentle motion, eating, rest and mental diversion.
  • Kali Sulphuricum -  This cell salt carries oxygen to the skin. It furnishes the basis for health skin and scalp.It’s secretions are sticky and slimy. Slimy yellow coating on the tongue. Skin conditions when the secretions are sticky, yellowish, or yellow scales. Dandruff, catarrh of the stomach, leucorrhea. Promotes suppuration. Aggravated in warm air and relieved by cool fresh air.
  • Magnesium Phosphoricum - This remedy has its affinity for the delicate white nerve fibers and muscles. It is mainly used when there are convulsions, spasms, cramps etc. When the contraction occurs it creates sharp, shooting or darting, or lightening like nerve pains. It will help relax muscles and nerves.  Pains are worse on the right side, from cold air and water and touch. Better from heat, firm pressure and bending double.
  • Natrum Muriaticum - This the salt that works with water and helps to distribute it in the body. Because our body is 70% water this inorganic compound is very important. Dryness of the mucous membranes or copious watery fluid discharges come under its realm. It is indicated in headaches, toothaches, stomach-ache, etc. Copious tears or salivation. Catarrhal affections of a transparent, watery frothy, mucous. Small water filled blisters on the skin. This remedy is very common and is all about retention and water.
  • Natrum Phosphoricum -  This remedy is about acid balance in the body. It helps balance lactic acid in the body. Gastric acidity is one of its main indications. It relieves sour belching, and rising of fluids. Sour diarrhea and all gastric disturbances. All exudation are creamy, golden-yellow.
  • Natrum Sulphuricum -  This cell salt also regulates water in the system but is more specific to intracellular water. It helps eliminate excesses in the blood and blood serum. It also helps to keep bile normal.  Remember the 3 cell salts and their relation to water; Nat Phos creates water by breaking up Lactic Acid, Nat Mur. ditributes water and Nat Sulph regulates the quantity of water in the system. Natrum Sulphuricum is indicated when there are dirty, brownish or greenish discharges or coatings on the tongue. Jaundice, bilious states, excess bile. Worse in the morning and damp or rainy weather. The leading remedy in head injuries.
  • Silica – This element is found in hair, nails, skin, bones and nerves. It promotes the discharge of foreign objects and suppurations. It is indicated in all conditions of the bone, teeth and development. It helps all other cell salts to be assimilated properly.

This is by no means a complete list of indications that the Biochemic cell salts can be used for. There are many books written explaining this method of treatment. remember the use of cell salts are not following the same principles of application as with homeopathy. They are useful to know about because we use these inorganic mineral compounds regularly in homeopathy.

Study a good materia medica and learn more about these remedies. They will be very helpful in most instances of acute disease as well as chronic conditions calling for their use.

30 comments so far

  1. sandhya on

    its very nice.these tips really helps for beginners.
    this type of public discussion really helps homoeopathy to grow n encourage people like me who don’t want to practice hom.

  2. ROBERT LAL on

    Dear Dr. Robert;
    It is good to know chemistry of body and to add necessary salt required by our system. Thanks for adding the list of salts for our benefit

  3. srinivasarao on

    It is a very good information

    thanks

  4. Nafar Iqbal Imam on

    Thank you very much it is a very good information for me and my better future because I am new beginner.
    Thanks again

  5. docteur eugenie on

    good reminder.but i wish we could dicuss some real clinical cases.thank you

    • Robert Field on

      Hello Docteur,

      The reason I do not present cases is because it is #1 a lot of work to organize a case and do a proper presentation, #2It would take way more than the 600 to 1,000 words that I use to present the newsletter.#3 Resonance School Of Homeopathy is based on live cases and follow-ups. The whole homeopathy program is about cases. If a person wants to learn to be a homeopath by experience in case receiving and case management then there is a format for this. Our online program presents 50 or more cases each year. This forum is for sharing tips and general information about homeopathy and being a homeopath. Not cases. I encourage all readers to participate and if someone wants to present a case then I am all for it. But for me as the main author, this is not the forum for my case contributions. You can get this by joining the school. Thanks for your comment,
      Warmest regards,
      Robert

  6. Nafar Iqbal Imam on

    Dr.Robert,
    My brother has some digestive problem, he using some homeopathic medicine but som days he digiestive system working good than he again problem can you sent me a good prescription / sent me for my brother solve this problem he also high blood pressure 90/150 aged about 40 + .
    Waiting your reply for good health of my brother.

    • Robert Field on

      Nafar,
      Your presentation of your brothers digestive problems is not enough to prescribe on. Remember the homeopathic remedy is for the person and not the disease. Sorry I cannot make a recommendation with such little information.
      Robert

  7. Yvonne on

    What is your opinion if Calc-c, Calc-f, Calc-s, Calc-p and Sil in really low potency like 6C or 9C were made in a combo as an oesteo preparation?

    This could be taken on a daily basis for a few weeks and then stopped to be renewed again when you feel the need.

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Yvonne,
      This is Schuesslers method that you aredescribing. It has more of a biochemical action than a vital force response to the remedies. He actually uses lower potencies in the X’s, 3X, 6X etc. You could give these on a daily basis and they may have a positive physiological effect.
      Thanks for your question, Robert

      • Yvonne on

        Thank you Robert, and you are so rite a positive physiological effect it does have when taken on a daily basis.

        I have been told that when practicing classical homeopathy, this goes completely against it and it would be called mixopath…lol

  8. Dr.Kalyanasundaram on

    Nice article.No aggravation is noticed while using Biochemic salts.

  9. Sunil Mathur on

    The description of the 12 biochemic salts given by you is really very udeful. It gives a clear picture of the biochemic function performed by each salt and not merely the symptoms associated with it.

  10. Dr Rakhia begum on

    Very informative mail on BIOCHEMIC REMEDIES.

  11. coco on

    Great advise on “Bioplasma”.I would also welcome anybody to respond to me in reply with any useful experience on patient with chronic Hysteria with related Neurastemia.Thanks forward

  12. Avivit on

    Hi all
    I hope that when talking about prescribing every day, we all talk about plussing first each time, and then again only in certain cases this method should be applied e.g very fable constitution where no reaction is achieved at the begining, lots suppression, lots pathology, very sensitive person to external impressions, maintaining causes, med that are necessary daily.(It is the known split dose method or I prefer better LM). Hahanneman himself mentions it in the Organon as well as the chronic diseases vol. 1 that if not plussing the Rx- the patient is actually proving the Rx instead of getting better, and it might stir up the case for the homeopath to be impossible to read.
    regards,
    Avivit

  13. syed husain on

    Fine discussion. The assumption in reply of Mr. Nafar is quite well that Homeopathy is for the person and not disease.Before starting practice of Homeopathy a person first go through the basic fundamentals and then in details. There are a number of prescriptions of a single medicine depending upon the causes of disease.

  14. ramakrishnan on

    Thanks for your informative mail on Biochemic remedies.Can you suggest me that are there any biochemic medicine for leucoderma/vitiligo?. thank you.

  15. . Annie George on

    Thank you very much it is a very good & useful information.
    Thanks again

  16. Marisol V. on

    Very interesting! Which of those salts will be beneficial for hypothyroid? I am 46 yrs. A bit sad,and my menopause started at age 37. I stopped having my period at age 40. I used Calcium Mg (organic). My weight is 150 pounds. Thanks

  17. DEEPA MALIK on

    Dr. Robert
    Thanks for providing detailed information about Biochemical salts.we ,quite often use Five Phose for overall health.
    Deepa

  18. purnima rao on

    Dr.Robert
    thanks for ur valuable information.

  19. sheeba on

    very brief and informative, I’d be grateful if you could suggest some other literature related to biochemic medicine for a more effective application of these remedies. Thank you, your articles are always very helpful in my clinical practice and also while preparing for job interviews.God Bless you for all your efforts towards promoting homoeopathy.

    • Robert Field on

      There are many books and periodicals about Dr Schuesslers Biochemic Medicine. Try any homeopatyhic bookstore. You will find many titles to choose from.

  20. Dr Shorab Ibrahim -Srilanka on

    As usual – an excellent and informative article

  21. rajendran on

    thanks for your information regarding bio chem

  22. Abdul Waheed on

    Many many thanks for reviving my knowledge through this treatise.

  23. V.S. Ramadass on

    Dear Robert,

    I have already used many tissue remedies personally and for
    my clients, which work beneficially. Still some of the information given by you are valuable for me. Thanks.

    V.S. Ramadass,
    Bangalore.

  24. DR.RAHUL on

    this is very good way to teach the student

  25. ramakrishnan on

    Dear Drs, I am having VIBRATION IN CHEST(lt.side).Several times a day and just for 10 to 15 sec. Can any homoeopaths suggest homoeo remedy please . Heart is OK, as per the tests such as echo cardio & ECG. thank you ramakrishnan


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