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Jan 6, 2021

Mineral therapy is looking at the equilibrium of minerals in the body to obtain bioregulation. We look at what is missing in the body so we can supplement it and bring the body back into balance. In many ways, minerals can be seen as the missing link when healing from chronic conditions.


What does mineral therapy mean? 

Let’s start with what Mineral Therapy is not. It is not going to the chemist to get a multi-mineral in a capsule. It is more complex than this and is based on the twelve basic salts of Schuessler. 

Dr Scheussler was a German medical Doctor in the late 1800’s who studied the biochemistry of cells. Dr Scheussler had the idea to incinerate corpses and analyse the ashes that remain. When he did this he identified 12 minerals (11 immediately, and 1 later on in life), which formed the new form of treatment called mineral therapy which is based on micro-mineral dosages. 

The dosages obtained from the minerals are via a homeopathic titration method, which means they are very fine particles that still exist as a substance, but are absorbed in the oral cavity (mouth). Because they are absorbed in the mouth, and thus bypassing the digestive system, we get faster and better uptake of the minerals (leading to a quicker response by the body). 

This therapy enables us to create profound changes in the body, bringing this fine balance of minerals at the cellular level.

For the next 12 weeks, we are going to look at 12 different minerals that are vitally important to your body and its ability to function well. Many of the minerals we will be talking about are not well known and you may be surprised at some of the functions of the body that rely on these minerals to be performed.

For example, some of our emotional reactions are affected by particular minerals. Sodium (salt) has the effect that if there is excess ingested (and thus a deficiency in the cell) it can cause not only rigidity and dryness of the body but also of the mind. 

Today, we are covering how to administer and combine tissue salts as well as the different ways they can be prescribed. 


What are the 12 minerals?

  1. Calc Flour 
  2. Calc Phos 
  3. Ferrum Phos 
  4. Kali Mur 
  5. Kali Phos 
  6. Kali Sulph 
  7. Mag Phos 
  8. Nat Mur 
  9. Nat Phos 
  10. Nat Sulph 
  11. Silicea 
  12. Calc Sulph


Topical Application

Mineral tissue salts are most often taken under the tongue but they are also highly effective applied topically.

If your minerals are not in balance within your body (for example, from too much holiday celebrating), your skin (to name just one body part) will suffer. In the clinic we often see patients with painful, inflamed, broken skin and when we apply certain minerals to their skin a soothing effect is felt almost immediately. In many cases these skin symptoms fully resolve within weeks. 

To apply topically, crush the required mineral with the back of a spoon and sprinkle onto a weeping lesion, applying as often as needed until the lesion is no longer weeping.

If you have a cut that is bleeding. You can apply tissue salt #3 (Iron Phosphate) every few minutes until it stops bleeding. 

Other topical application methods include compresses, washing with warm water (with the mineral dissolved in it) and adding minerals to your bath.

Post exercise, you may find a bath with tissue salts # 9 and # 3 (10 tablets of each) will help with lactic acid formation and inflammation respectively. Magnesium is another good option for adding to bath water for relaxing your muscles.


Can you mix these minerals?

No, not really. 

For certain conditions you are going to need more of one mineral and less than another and thus they should be prescribed based on your personal situation or else you may not be bringing the body back into its delicate state of balance. 

Unfortunately, many companies sell over the counter tissue salts that are in certain combinations, ignoring the basic principle of each of our unique needs. 


Let’s look at some examples... 

Calcium and Magnesium are often prescribed together because they work together naturally in the body. However, if you are going to put Potassium and Calcium together, there is going to be a problem with absorption, so these two should never be mixed together. 

Potassium can, however be mixed with Iron with no problem, but ideally you will not take calcium and iron together. 

If you read these rules and feel confused or even scared just know that while these are rules to be followed they can be easily followed if your doses are prescribed for you and if you remember to take each tissue salt individually (one at a time). 


Drinking Tissue Salts

Adding your prescribed number of tissue salts into a bottle of water to dissolve and drink over the day is a wonderful way for small children to get their dosage. 

In order to absorb the minerals in the mouth (versus the GI tract), just swish the water in your mouth before swallowing. 


Quality Matters

As with everything, the quality of the tissue salt will impact your ability to absorb it and reap the benefits. It is also worth noting that some companies add a little bit of gluten to their tablets, which is disruptive to many people. 

Other companies add too much lactose, creating other problems within the body. 

And this may be surprising, but some companies do not even add enough of the required mineral!


How long do I take these minerals for?

Some people may require mineral therapy for a long period of time. For example, when a child is born with calcium deficiency and is suffering from acid reflux. On the other hand, if your child is teething, he or she may only require them for a short space of time. 

The quantity, frequency and duration will all depend on how acute (short term) or chronic (long term) and the severity of the situation. 


Can I take tissue salts if I am lactose intolerant?

Most people who react to dairy, react because of the protein. Lactose is different from this. Lactose is the sugar present in milk. It is also worth noting the miniscule amount of lactose present in tissue salts and thus the likelihood of reacting is reduced even further. 

On the very rare occasion we have a patient who reacts to the small amounts of lactose present, we can then look at sugar cane pills from some homeopathic clinics. 

The type of lactose in tissue salts also works as a prebiotic, meaning it helps with our gut flora and thus is beneficial. 


I have a balanced diet and avoid vegetable oils, dairy, grains etc - Why would I need tissue salts?

We have many patients who come into the clinic with various symptoms, saying they do not understand why their body is not functioning properly, despite their healthy lifestyle. 

Unfortunately our fruit and vegetables do not contain the same minerals they did 20 years ago. In fact the nutrient content is severely depleted and it is nearly impossible to ‘eat’ the required amount of minerals. Add on top of the mineral depletion, the toxic pesticides sprayed onto our crops and it is no wonder that even the healthiest eaters are struggling. 


Why we often choose tissue salts over multimineral supplements

Multiminerals are a combination of a lot of things in macro dosages. Meaning larger molecules and larger dosages, that will need to to be digested through your digestive system to be broken down and absorbed through your gut. If you have any gut problems (like the majority of the Western population), this absorption of the minerals is severely hampered. 

Alternatively, if you are taking these minerals orally, they will be absorbed easily in your mouth, directly into your bloodstream. 


Over the next 12 weeks, we will be looking at each mineral and giving you tips on where each mineral is found in the body and the signs and symptoms that may indicate if you are deficient in each mineral.  



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