A "salt" is any type of readily dissolvable mineral combination, not just table salt. Dr. Schüssler, a German doctor of the 19th century, was investigating various causes of illness. During his studies, the scientific work of Dr. Virchow, who discovered that the body is constructed of millions of cells, inspired Dr. Schüssler to figure out a way to treat disease by bringing the cells back into mineral balance so they could function properly.
It was also noted that when a cell is completely incinerated only 12 individual minerals make up the ash. Later, this became known as biochemical cell salts. Most minerals are taken in a concentrated form, therefore, they cannot find their way to the single cells. Dr. Schüssler adapted the idea of diluting a substance similar to how it is done in homeopathy and applying it to the body.
Because the mineral salts work inside the cells, they are called "cell salts" or "tissue salts". As this is chemistry inside the biological body, they are sometimes called "biochemic cell salts" or "biochemical cell salts". Treatment with the cell salts by Dr. Schüssler is interpreted differently by his followers.
Some see the cell salts as a stimulation therapy and others as a substitution method. These homeopathically made biochemical cell salts found in the body naturally are not to be confused with homeopathic remedies. That is the method of treating symptoms with elements mostly foreign to the body that could produce a similar symptom reaction in the body in higher doses. You will find common uses of each salt below, however, supplied literature will render a more in-depth view.
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