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JANTA Vol. 1. No.1. Spring 1983

Kevin Ryan DO., ND., Dip Ac., B.Sc.Hons

Many people have sought the professional help of Natural Therapists after some experience in self help using the ‘biochemic’ and tissue salts as first described by Schuessler. These twelve salts are generally available in the 6X or 12X homoeopathic potency. The Natural Therapist may use the same salts in somewhat cruder form as Cell salt therapy or mineral replacement therapy as it may otherwise be known. The salts referred to are those of calcium (Calcarea), iron (Ferrum), potassium (Kali), magnesium (Magnesia). sodium (Natrum), and silicon (Silicea).

Practising homoeopaths are well aware that the use of the biochemic tissue salts in health care is limited because:
(a) they are generally used or prescribed in low potency (b) they are most often prescribed superficially on only one or two symptom indications.

The uses of Ferrum phos. 6X for fevers and Mag. phos. 6X for cramp are two common examples of such prescriptions.

There is no doubt that this type of therapy has its place, albeit in the area of simple and safe self-help. However, within the twelve tissue salts are several well known deep-acting constitutional homoeopathic remedies. One needs only to read Boericke1 on Calc. fluor. and note his comment that this ‘is a chronic remedy. Needs some time before manifesting its effects. Should not be repeated too frequently’.

Further, every homoeopathic student is made aware of the deep acting constitutional nature of Natrum mur. Kent2 describes Kali phos. as ‘a long acting antipsoric’. Under Silicea, Kent2 states ‘Such are the long-acting, deep- acting remedies, they are capable of going so thoroughly into vital order that hereditary disturbances are routed out’. The problem for the homoeopath is in developing the skills and approach necessary to search out each individual patient’s constitutional medicine. The acute prescription is generally arrived at with ease in comparison.

During May and June of this year (1983), Melbourne and Sydney practitioners and students were fortunate to have Dr Dilip Dixit of Bombay visit for a number of weekend intensive workshops. These were designed to demonstrate and improve procedures used for selection of constitutional remedies according to the similimum principles. Dr Dixit is a member of the Institute of Clinical Research in India. This is a post graduate group dedicated to the advancement of pure homoeopathy through study and research. Through systematic analysis of the records of many, very detailed case histories a great deal of information has been added to the Homoeopathic Materia Medica particularly in relation to the mineral types. This has resulted in a previously unknown depth of understanding of the mental pictures of the minerals such as the Magnesium and Ferrum salts. The use of these minerals had, prior to the new information, been very limited. Now however they may be readily perceived and prescribed as constitutional remedies.

Mineral constitutions may be grouped according to the cation component. It has been found that all the salts of Calcarea, for example, have common physical and mental characteristics. The differences between the salts are due to the influences of the particular anion. Consider very briefly, the general description of Calcarea. This patient will in their symptoms demonstrate relaxation and weakness of muscular structures and the elastic tissues. This may lead to displacements and haemorrhage. There is also slowness of response which brings about glandular problems, stubborn discharges and delayed wound healing as well as numbness and spasms. Calcarea carb gives us a somewhat average picture of the calcium constitution and every student of homoeopathy is aware of the flabby and chilly nature of this mineral constitution. If we consider the common salts of calcium we can deduce the modification tendency inherent in the anion component.

Carbonate demonstrates the slowness and relaxation more than the other anions (open fontanelles, delayed dentition and debility). The patient is chilly but fond of open air.

Phosphate represents the delicate Calcarea, sensitive and neurasthenic. The tubercular miasm is prominent and the symptomatology favours defective calcification, non union of fractures and spinal deformities. The haemorrhage is bright. The patient is chilly with the occasional burning characteristic of phosphorus.

Sulphate modification shows the greater tendency to suppuration, ulceration and skin eruptions. Vital heat is lacking but heat is experienced in single parts. This is a good example of the syphilitic miasm. Calcarea fluoride shows its affinity for the skin, bones and blood vessels. Ulcers and fissures, hardenings and fibrotic changes are characteristic. The patient may be chilly or hot and with more tenacious mentals.

Iodine modifies the constitution by its affinity for glands, exudations and indurations. The patient is hot and far more active.

The Calcarea picture shows early in life and in children the behaviour in bed may be of great benefit in deciding which Calcarea salt will most suit the case-The CaIc phos child is chilly, more anxious and restless compared with the Calc carb who has the characteristic of chilliness with marked hot and perspiring head. The Calc iod will be hotter again with such an increased activity as to cause the child to struggle free of the bedclothes rather than overheat. This body heat will be further evidenced in the child when up and about.

The reader may be interested in extending this idea of anion modification to the other mineral constitutions in the Materia Medica. Consider in the light of the results just how much easier it is to study the minerals with this thought.

It has been found in practice by the Institute of Clinical Research members that the mineral constitutions are very frequently found compared with those from the plant or animal kingdoms. It is intended that articles on homoeopathy in future editions will cover more of the work of the Institute of Clinical Research in relation to recognition of the various mineral types together with relevant and notable case studies.

1 Boericke Homoeopathic Materia Medica
2 Kent J. T. Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica.

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