Tissue salts are minerals that were first used in homeopathic medicine by Dr. Wilhelm Schuessler in the 19th century. They’re formulated to support your body’s health and healing process by regulating your cell’s mineral levels.

In this article, we review the 12 primary tissue salts and the benefits they supposedly provide for your body, according to homeopathic medicine.

According to Schuessler, there are 12 main tissue salts. Practitioners claim that each type of salt offers diverse benefits for putting your body into balance for optimum health.

Here are the 12 primary tissue salts and the benefits they purportedly offer:

1. Calc Fluor

2. Calc Phos

  • restores cells
  • heals fractures
  • helps the digestive system

3. Calc Sulph

  • purifies blood
  • reduces infection
  • treats skin disorders such as acne
  • prevents sore throats and colds

4. Ferr Phos

  • anti-inflammatory
  • reduces fever
  • accelerates healing
  • reduces bleeding

5. Kali Mur

  • purifies blood
  • treats infection
  • reduces swelling
  • aids digestion

6. Kali Phos

  • supports nerve health
  • lessens anxiety, irritability, and fatigue
  • aids memory
  • relieves headaches

7. Kali Sulph

  • heals mucous membrane
  • heals skin
  • balances metabolism
  • conditions your pancreas

8. Mag Phos

9. Nat Mur

10. Nat Phos

  • neutralizes acidity
  • relieves seasickness
  • treats arthritis
  • aids digestion

11. Nat Sulph

  • cleans pancreas
  • cleans kidneys
  • cleans liver
  • treats cold and flu

12. Silica

  • conditions skin
  • conditions connective tissue
  • cleanses blood
  • strengthens hair and nails

Practitioners of homeopathic medicine cite 200 years of anecdotal evidence as proof of the power of tissue salts. However, there’s little scientific research to support the anecdotal evidence.

Typically, scientists suggest that the amounts of minerals in homeopathic medicines are too small to impact your body positively or negatively.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that homeopathy shouldn’t be used as an alternative to proven, conventional care for medical problems.

Tissue salts are commonly available as a lactose tablet that has a very small amount of the chosen tissue salt. Typically, these tablets aren’t made to be swallowed, but dissolved under your tongue.

Tissue salts may come in forms other than tablets, such as creams, gels, and ointments.

A homeopathic practitioner may recommend a number of tissue salt products if you need help with more than one health condition.

Because the amount of the mineral in a homeopathic tablet is so small, there’s a low risk of side effects, or interaction with other medications.

Homeopathic medicine is a medical system that was developed 200 years ago by Samuel Hahnemann, a German medical doctor. It’s based on two primary theories:

  • Like cures like. A disease can be cured by a substance that produces symptoms that are similar to the disease in healthy people.
  • Law of minimum dose. The lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness will be.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the 12 tissue primary tissue salts in homeopathic medicine can address a variety of health issues. But there’s little scientific research that supports the use of homeopathic cures as viable medical treatment.

The scientific community doesn’t support the concept that the very small amounts of minerals in homeopathic medications are enough to make a significant contribution to the treatment of health concerns or disease. However, there’s probably little harm in trying it.

If you’re considering homeopathic treatment, talk with a doctor before starting.