I love everything about Spring! It's not just the beautiful flowers that make me feel alive again. There is a sense that a new season lies ahead, bringing with it a clean slate, reaffirmations and a sense that anything is possible. There will be new discoveries, friendships, opportunities and food combinations!
After the lengthy Easter holidays, I am starting to take stock of the new term and getting back on track with my routine. There are two very important aspects of my MS diet routine that have completely gone out the window. I have remained completely steadfast to my eating plan and could never go back to my old way of eating. However, these two habits really make a big difference to how I feel on a daily basis. Here they are:
- Getting up early to meditate, journal and take in some exercise. This is a time for quiet contemplation and preparation for the day which makes for a more focused and less stressed day.
- I also enjoy eating my main meal of the day very early between 3-4pm. By the time I go to bed, my food is digested and body can just focus on resting and repairing while I sleep. I wake up feeling super refreshed and rested. I've been eating quite late (for me) at around 6pm which hasn't been great and has resulted in poor quality sleep and feeling very groggy when I wake up. Yesterday was actually the first time in a few weeks that I've managed to eat early and it has made all the difference today. I'm focused and feeling sharp! Hopefully I can keep this going until the habit is re-entrenched!
Let's get onto the topic at hand - tissue salts! I was introduced to tissue salts, a few years ago, by a good friend of mine who has immersed herself in homeopathic remedies. She lent me a book about tissue salts which I was highly sceptical of to say the least! I flipped through it quickly and then gave it back thinking it was all daft. Little did I know what I would discover two years later.
My Mom has been popping tissue salts for a while and she seems to feel the difference. While I was in South Africa this past December, she introduced me to tissue salts specifically for exhaustion because I was taking strain trying to recover from the flight and catching up with so many people. I actually took my first tissue salts pill whilst on our seven hour trip down to the coast. I was driving and feeling a bit unfocused and tired.
About 20 minutes after taking the pill I felt the tiredness lift. It was a subtle but definitely perceptible change. I was surprised that it had actually worked! Suffice to say, I came home from South Africa with six little bottles of tissue salts - all for different symptoms. I take them on a regular basis - mainly for energy, to promote gut health or when I start to feel cold and flu symptoms.
I love the way tissue salts work because they are concerned with the effective functioning of our cells. If our little factories are working like clockwork then we are going to feel amazing!
Let's explore a little further into this world of tissue salts.
What are they and how do they work?
Tissue Salts are derived from inorganic mineral substances, such as those that compose our earth and soils. They can also be derived from plants. Tissues salts belong to a branch of medicine known as biochemistry. This was developed towards the end of the 1800's by Dr Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler who was very interested how the cells of the body could cause diseases. Dr. Schuessler studied cremated human bodies, and found that twelve tissue salts made up most of the remains. He recognised them as the material basis of the organs of the body and also identified the twelve tissue salts in every human cell.
His theory was that twelve tissue salts are responsible for the balanced and effective functioning of the body and if one or more of these tissue salts become deficient within our cells, then normal cellular function or cellular metabolism would be disrupted. He came to the conclusion, that if this biochemical imbalance is left untreated for a lengthy period of time it would give rise to chronic conditions and ailments.
Because many mineral salts, taken in concentrated form, cannot find their way to the single cells, Dr. Schüssler adapted the idea of the diluting of substances as done in homoeopathy.
In potented form, so strongly diluted, the mineral salts would be able to find their way by the digestive canal, by the blood circulation just to the single cells, where they could be assimilated by the cells.
There they could adjust the imbalance inside the cell and trigger the cell to get bigger mineral salt amounts from the blood circulation if required, until they are well supplied again with everything and can function effectively.
Tissue salts are not vitamins and are not intended to replace food or good quality supplements as a source of nutrients. Rather, they improve the health of the cell as a whole, making it more able to effectively absorb and utilise nutrients.
The Twelve Salts
There are twelve tissue salts that have been identified as aiding the recovery from various conditions. You might find this list interesting and identify quite a few things that you struggle with on a regular basis.
1. Calc. fluor
Function: builds elastic tissues of the skin, muscles and blood vessels; is present in teeth enamel and on the surface of bones.
Uses: muscle weakness, poor circulation, dental decay, poor condition of dental enamel, cracked skin, damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones, varicose veins, constipation, backache, eczema, piles, bleeding gums and chronic sinusitis. Also helps to prevent and reduce stretch marks.
2. Calc. phos
Function: assists in the formation of new blood cells and in digestion; is present in bone, teeth, connective tissue and digestive juices.
Uses: indigestion, bone weakness, tooth decay, poor circulation, chilblains, numbness, spasms, inflamed tonsils, nasal polyps, fatigue and debilitation.
3. Calc. sulph
Function: blood purifier and cleanser; assists the liver in the removal of waste products.
Uses: skin problems, acne, abscesses, mouth ulcers, gum boils, slow-healing wounds, frontal headaches, neuralgia and catarrh.
4. Ferr. phos
Function: carries oxygen around the body and strengthens blood vessel walls.
Uses: for: respiratory problems, bleeding, anaemia, heavy menstruation, throbbing headaches, fevers and flu, sore throats, inflammation, congestion, muscular strains and sprains, high temperature, rapid pulse and rheumatism.
5. Kali. mur
Function: blood conditioner.
Uses: respiratory problems including coughs, feverish colds, bronchitis, tonsillitis, catarrh and wheezing, swollen glands, rheumatism, childhood eczema and digestive disorders.
6. Kali. phos
Function: nerve nutrient, present in brain cells and nerve tissue, antiseptic.
Uses: nervous system problems including nervous tension, nervous indigestion or headaches, stress, anxiety and worry, depression, insomnia, mental and physical exhaustion, poor memory and concentration, bad breath and shingles.
7. Kali. sulph
Function: oxygenates the cells and tissues of the body.
Uses: skin, hair, scalp and nail problems, catarrh, sticky discharges, hot flushes, chills, wandering pain in the limbs and athlete's foot. Can be used with silica to treat brittle nails and thin hair.
8. Mag. phos
Function: anti-spasmodic, ensures smooth movement of muscles.
Uses: cramps, spasms, relief from sharp pain, flatulence, hiccups, headaches with shooting pain, low energy and neuralgia. For quick results, can be dissolved in hot (but not boiling) water and sipped.
9. Nat. mur
Function: water metabolism and moisturising the tissues, assisting glandular function and digestion.
Uses: dryness or excessive moisture in any part of the body, watery colds with runny nose and sneezing, dry lips, itchy skin and eyes, hay fever, loss of taste or smell, headaches with constipation, diarrhea, thirst, a craving for salty foods, poor-quality sleep, fatigue and feelings of hopelessness.
10. Nat. phos
Function: Neutralizes acid in the body and aids in the assimilation of fatty acids; helps to regulate function of the liver and gall bladder.
Uses: acidity, stomach upset, heartburn, colic, gout, indigestion and other gastric problems, rheumatic pain and stiffness, joint swelling, smelly feet or body odour, jaundice, nausea and cholesterol problems.
11. Nat. sulph
Function: eliminates excess water and helps maintain the health of the liver and gall bladder.
Uses: water retention, flu, liver and gall bladder problems including jaundice, hepatitis, biliousness and digestive upset, nausea, bitter taste in mouth and rheumatism.
Function: cleanser and detoxifier; present in blood, skin, nails, hair, bones, connective tissue and mucus membranes.
Uses: pimples, spots, boils, sties, abscesses and any other type of skin condition with pus suppuration; cracked, brittle or split nails, gland disorders, involuntary twitching of eyes or face muscles, stress; badly conditioned, dull looking hair; rheumatic pain.
Tissue Salts for MS
I recommend the following tissue salts for the treatment of MS symptoms:
No. 4: Ferr. phos - calms inflammation
No. 6: Kali Phos - nervous system problems, physical exhaustion, poor memory and concentration
No. 8: Mag. phos - anti-spasmodic
No. 9: Nat. mur - helps improve sleep, fatigue and feelings of hopelessness
No. 12: Silica - aids with involuntary twitching of eyes or face muscles and effectively dealing with stress
The tissue salts I used are actually combinations of a few tissue salts which is quite effective as they are able to treat a few different symptoms at the same time. They are called 'Combins' and have letters to name them instead of numbers. Either pure tissue salts or Combins will be effective and you could choose either depending on the symptoms you are looking to improve.
If you're struggling with a condition or symptom, you can take a single tissue salt pill every 2-3 hours. However if you're hoping to maintain your good health then one a day should be sufficient.
Summing it Up
Tissue salts are a wonderful, natural support for the body. They are completely safe and have no side effects. I even give them to my children when they are sick. If you've been looking for something extra to help with specific symptoms, I high recommend that you give tissue salts a try. You have nothing to lose and they may end up making all the difference. All the best in your tissue salts journey. Please let me know if you have any further questions or share your tissue salts experience in the comment area below!
Natural News: 2008 by: Teya Skae http://www.naturalnews.com/024674_salt_tissue_salts_body.html#ixzz4VcZkuI5S