The German doctor, Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler (1821 - 1898) was originally a homeopath but eventually distanced himself from homeopathy because of the unmanageable amount of medications it offered. He developed "Biochemistry according to Schuessler".
Biochemistry according to Schuessler (Schuessler Salts)
According to Dr Schussler's theory, ("Biochemistry according to Schussler") most illnesses are based on a disturbance of the mineral balance in the body. A deficiency of minerals in the body has an effect on the overall metabolism. However, the aim of the Schuessler salts is not to supply the body with the deficient minerals. The Schuessler Salts are meant to stimulate the human body to improve the absorption of the lacking minerals from ingested food.
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The 12 Schuessler Salts:
- Calcium fluoratum (Calcium Fluoride)
- Calcium phosphoricum (Calcium Phosphate)
- Ferrum phosphoricum (Iron Phosphate)
- Kalium chloratum (Potassium Chloride)
- Kalium phosphoricum (Potassium Phosphate)
- Kalium sulfuricum (Potassium Sulphate)
- Magnesium phosphoricum (Magnesium Phosphate)
- Natrium chloratum (Sodium Chloride/cooking salt)
- Natrium phosphoricum (Sodium Phosphate)
- Natrium sulfuricum (Sodium Sulphate/Glauber's Salt)
- Silicea (Silicon Dioxide)
- Calcium sulfuricum (Calcium Sulphate)
Over time 12 new salts and 11 ointments were added to the 12 original Schuessler Salts.
Schuessler Salts: Potencies
Schussler Salts are used as low homeopathic potencies in tablet form. The D6 potency (1:1,000,000) is usually used. The D12 (1:1,000,000,000,000) potency is used for calcium fluoratum (calcium fluoride), ferrum phosphoricum (iron phosphate) and silicea (silicon dioxide). The D3 potency (1:1,000) is also used.
An Evaluation of the Biochemistry according to Schuessler - Schuessler Salts
The effects of the Schussler Salts have not been scientifically proven. Patients with for e.g. insufficient renal function may especially be affected as a result of excess amounts of potassium or calcium.