At least one in four of us has osteo or rheumatoid arthritis right now, and millions more will be diagnosed this year. The great news is that several common supplements and foods have recently been proven to prevent arthritis pain-or deliver relief fast if you’re already achy!
Consume healthy fats.
Eating two avocados and 12 oz. of fish weekly can cut your risk of developing any form of arthritis by as much as 52%. Researchers credit the healthy fats in both foods with neutralizing inflammation-triggering proteins and wastes before they damage joint tissue. And the selenium in fish strengthens cartilage, making it 38% more shock-absorbent.
Try pine bark extract.
A daily 200-mg. dose of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol cut arthritis patients’ pain almost 50% and their need for prescription arthritis meds 58% within three months. This nutrient-rich plant extract ups blood flow to damaged joints, flushing out pain-triggering wastes and speeding healing.
Have a drink.
Drinking one alcoholic beverage a day cuts a woman’s risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Women who drank beer two to four times weekly saw their risk plunge 31%. Small doses of alcohol activate enzymes that help immune cells stay “smart,” so they attack invaders, but not healthy joint cartilage-and the procyanidins in beer enhance that protective effect.
Consume orange produce.
Cryptoxanthin, the pigment that gives tangerines, pumpkins, carrots, and other orange foods their vibrant hue, speeds joint repair, easing arthritis-related aches and pains. Aim for one cup of your favorite orange fruit or vegetable daily.
Use olive oil.
Adding three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to your daily diet could make getting out of chairs, climbing stairs and even squatting a whole lot easier, often within six weeks. Extra-virgin olive oil is the only natural source of oleocanthal, a compound that cuts inflammation and discomfort as effectively as taking 200 mg. daily of ibuprofen.
Indulge in a lavender rub.
Lavender essential oil is well-known for its relaxing aroma. Less known is that the oil also contains a powerful natural painkilling compound called linalyl acetate. Simply applying the oil to tender spots twice a day can calm overactive nerves, soothing your achy joints in as little as 24 hours. Mix five drops of lavender essential oil into a dime-sized dollop of your favorite lotion and massage gently into the skin.
For years, doctors have been telling us milk builds strong bones. Now researchers say it builds strong cartilage, too! The cartilage of women who drank at least 8 oz. of milk daily(cheese and yogurt didn’t provide this protection) was 32% thicker and stronger. The calcium and amino acids milk stimulate the repair and replacement of cartilage weakened by everyday wear and tear.
Consume grapes to tame inflammation.
Arthritis patients who eat two cups of grapes daily can bend, stand, climb stairs and exercise more easily within four months. Grapes have joint-healing compounds that also reduce inflammation inside tissues.
Chop some onions.
Eating just two cups weekly (raw or cooked) can lower your risk of ever being diagnosed with arthritis, and it can help your joints stay flexible and strong even if they do experience wear and tear. Onions contain quercetin and sulfur, nutrients that shield cartilage from damage and encourage healing if it does occur.
Take vitamin D & cocoa flavonoids.
Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D and 450 mg. of cocoa flavanols daily can decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease by 41% or more, according to Harvard research. Vitamin D blocks damaging inflammation inside the brain, while cocoa switches on enzymes that fix damaged neurons.
One egg delivers 33% of your daily requirement for choline, a B vitamin that reduces brain aging and can even improve memory, focus, and concentration in as little as two weeks. Other excellent sources of choline include chicken, shrimp, and scallops. Or you can take a 450 mg. supplement daily.
Add 1/2 cup of mushrooms to your diet. It is a delicious way to keep your brain young and your memory clear. Mushrooms are full of nutrients that help your brain and use blood sugar. And when your brain cells get a regular dose of glucose, it cuts your risk of memory problems by 45%.
Take regular walks.
Taking a 20-minute walk each day can cut your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Walking incites the release of a chemical that grows healthy new brain cells. It increases the size of your memory center by 2% per year- instead of it shrinking.
Fresh or frozen, raspberries are abundant in resveratrol, a compound that blocks the production of artery-clogging plaque, improving the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the brain.
Get your hearing checked
When you can hear clearly, your brain is constantly stimulated by what’s going on around you. That keeps the memory center of your brain healthy and active. If you often find yourself saying, “pardon me,” ask your M.D. how to boost your hearing. It could be as simple as flushing out wax buildup.
Pair vitamin C with curcumin
Together, vitamin C and curcumin significantly increase your body’s production of the immune cells that break down troublemaking brain plaques. Proven dose: 1,000 mg. of vitamin C and 500 mg. of curcumin daily.
Indulge in a mini massage
The stress hormone cortisol doesn’t only make you feel nervous and uneasy. It also makes your immune cells sluggish, so they have a harder time killing off germs. Reduce your cortisol production by at least 25% for 90 minutes by giving yourself a two-minute ear or hand massage whenever you start feeling anxious.
Keep comfortably warm with a hat and an extra layer of clothing on chilly days. That can re-energize your white blood cells so they stay active.
Where do you go when you feel stuffed up and sluggish? To bed, of course! However, you might not realize that hidden allergens in your bedroom might be creating those bothersome symptoms. Luckily, a few easy changes can reduce problems, helping you breathe easy and get rid of daytime tiredness within one week!
Get rid of the dust with vinegar.
Dusting each week with a cloth lightly sprinkled in diluted white vinegar (1/2 cup vinegar per 1/2 gallon of water) can triple the dust, dander, and germs that you get rid of from your bedroom, reducing congestion, an itchy throat, and other sleep-depriving symptoms in as little as ten days.
Try repotting your houseplants.
The soil in a lot of potted plants gives off mold spores, which can trigger throat inflammation, a dry cough, and other symptoms. Since mold flourishes in damp conditions, choosing plants that stay healthy even if they’re allowed to dry out between waterings can decrease mold growth dramatically.
Use soy candles.
Paraffin wax candles give off many chemicals, and many of those chemicals aggravate your airway, leading to throat irritation, chest tightness, and sometimes wheezing. Switching over to naturally scented or fragrance-free organic soy-based candles should make the problem disappear!
Replace your vacuum filter.
Bedroom carpets can hide up to 100 times more dust and dander than wood floors. Instead, get rid of those irritants by vacuuming your bedroom twice a week and replacing your vacuum filter every six months. Those steps can often help with tiredness, congestion, and other allergy symptoms.
Open the windows.
A tightly sealed bedroom during the winter months can lead to low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels that leave you foggy and sleepy. Open your bedroom windows for five minutes in the morning and again at night and let carbon dioxide out and oxygen in
For centuries, women have exchanged beauty secrets on how to develop and maintain glowing, vital loveliness at any age.
Try this simple beauty plan involving cell salts and a minimal amount of effort for a period of thirty to sixty days, and you will be delighted with the results.
The Importance of Good Nutrition
As you have discovered, the twelve cell salt remedies can play a big part in restoring the health you may have lost as a result of a poor diet. The same poor diet that contributes to many health problems can also affect a person’s appearance. Some of the indications that your body is not getting proper nutrition include a sallow complexion, incipient wrinkles and lines, poor muscle tone, general tiredness, dark circles under the eyes, insomnia, and dry skin.
These problems detract from your good looks and can discourage you from even trying to look your best. But neglecting your appearance just causes more problems, and a vicious cycle is created.
If you are like lots of other women, you probably drag yourself out of bed in the morning, late for work, or in a rush to get your husband and children off to work and school. You do not have time to fix yourself a good breakfast, even if you might prepare one for your family. So what do you give yourself? Black coffee and white toast. When your body is trying to tell it needs nutrition the most, to help you face the day squarely, it is ignored.
When noon rolls around, you probably find that you’re absolutely starving. If you are at work, you raid the catering truck or vending machines and wind up with a lunch of dubious value, possibly a stale sandwich consisting of some processed cheese, ham, and lettuce on white bread, more coffee, and a processed dessert.
There are a lot of calories in this meal, but your body will be getting a few of the nutrients it really needs for health and beauty. At dinnertime, you are probably tired and not really up to preparing a nutritious meal. Fast foods or take-out are probably all you can manage. If this sounds at all like you, stop right now and consider this grim fact. If you continue neglecting and abusing yourself this way, all you can expect is an early old age. This is especially true if you are a young woman who feels that she has to starve herself all of the time to maintain a fashionably lean silhouette.
As you begin to plan a better nutritional program for yourself, the cell salt calc phos will help you. Take it before or after each meal. And then think about those meals. (Reread the section on calc. phos. on page 49, which will help you visualize your body’s nutritional mechanisms at work.) You should avoid heavy, fat-laden meals. Get into the habit of eating a good breakfast. It can be as simple as whole-grain cereal with a little fresh fruit and milk or some fresh cheese, whole-grain toast, and fruit juice.
Whole-grain cereals are extremely important in the diet for the precious vitamins and minerals they contain.
You can take your lunch with you to work. It should include a fresh, preferably raw, vegetable or salad, cooked eggs or cold meat, and maybe whole grain bread and butter. Avoid all soft drinks, including those with artificial sweeteners. Drink at least eight glasses of pure water each day. Dinner should be the lightest meal of the day. A light soup or salad and some fruit are ideal.
Remember that sugar is absolutely useless in the diet. It serves no purpose nutritionally, and there are many health experts who believe that it can seriously damage your health. It also adds many empty calories. Bear in mind that it is an ingredient in many packaged foods. It is a good idea to read package labels carefully and substitute fresh fruits and vegetables for packaged or frozen fruits and vegetables. But beware of some so-called “natural” products. If you look closely at their ingredients, you may find that chemical preservatives or sugar are included.
To take cell salts and then eat sugar is like going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and then going home and drinking a cocktail. Health is the result of a combination of things, of which the cell salts are an integral part. But the cell salts cannot work if you abuse your body in other ways.
Once your diet has become healthy, you will notice the beginning of a new you. You will lose unwanted pounds, have more energy, discover a brighter personality, and start looking better.
The Role of Cell Salts
Calc phos is the nutritional remedy that will make you feel good all over. It is routinely prescribed for sluggish, run-down conditions. It can help you regain your energy. Kali sulph and ferrum phos are also essential for any new health regimen. Kali sulph and ferrum phos both carry oxygen through your body and help restore your health. Try taking these remedies each day before you exercise.
Your exercise program need not be the regimented program you may have suffered through in school. An easy, personalized exercise program can be a wonderful tension reliever. It can quickly eliminate that sluggish, run-down feeling.
If you do not enjoy sports or working out in a gym, take a long walk or a hike in the most beautiful surroundings you can find. If you want to think things out, take your walk by yourself. If you prefer company, which may help pass the miles more pleasantly, invite your family or friends to walk with you.
On a hot day, try a cool swim instead. If you feel exuberant, take advantage of your feeling by running for a while. You will soon discover that exercise has become something you associate with happy times.
Each day, you will feel better immediately when you realize that it is the time of day to make yourself feel better by exercising.
At night, just before retiring, take ferrum phos, kali sulph, mag phos, and natrum phos. These will help you sleep well. Along with a healthy diet and exercise, your cell salt beauty plan should include plenty of sleep.
Getting enough sleep for your health might sound deceptively simple. Everybody knows that sleep is important, but how many people actually get enough sleep every night? Probably very few. If you cannot get to sleep until 3:30 AM because of insomnia and have to get up at 7:00 AM, you are not going to feel good. If you are one of the bleary-eyed souls who while away the wee hours of the night watching television because you cannot unwind any other way, try taking the above-named cell salts. That way, you will get your “beauty sleep.”
Remember that part of being beautiful lies in having regular health habits-good diet, exercise, and enough rest. Erratic living does not help your appearance, and it does not prolong youth, either. A serene outlook on life and a sense of humor can also help you to develop both inner and outer loveliness.
Ferrum phos. is everyone’s “beauty tonic.” It is used in combination with other cell salts to treat many ailments, but it is also extremely effective by itself. It is also sometimes a good idea to take kali phos., the soother of jangled nerves, to restore your peace of mind, promote a more positive attitude, and bring color back to your cheeks.
Ferrum phos plays an important role in maintaining good health, which, of course, is the largest part of being beautiful. It is especially effective if your spirits are depressed, which will show on your face. All of the cell salt phosphates will help lift your spirits, but ferrum phos will give you the physical basis for good health. If you are feeling discouraged, take ferrum phos twice a day, morning and evening, and watch your gloomy symptoms disappear.
For Beautiful Hair and Nails
If you envy women with long, shiny hair and long, graceful fingernails, you are not alone. But you may feel that lovely hair and nails are an impossible dream. Commercial fingernail strengtheners may work at first, but they contain harsh chemicals. Hair conditioners are unreliable and full of strange chemicals. So what do you do? You take silica.
Silica, nature’s cell cleanser, is recommended for many ailments. But it is especially useful for building up hair and nails.
Take silica three times a day, morning, noon, and evening. At the same time, be sure that you are eating well and getting plenty of rest. Within thirty days, you should see your hair take on a healthy shine and split ends disappear. Your fingernails will be stronger, longer, and less inclined to break and split.
Eliminating Water Retention
Another problem that can detract from beauty is water retention. Many women who experience this find it to be worse just before their menstrual period, although in susceptible women, it is sometimes an ever-present condition. If you have a water retention problem, take natrum sulph and natrum mur before meals to help regulate your body fluids. You should also stop adding salt to the food you eat. A low salt intake will benefit your heart and may even protect you from some forms of cancer.
Since natrum sulph and natrum mur work to eliminate bloating and water retention, they will help you produce a sleek new body. Some of the other salts you are taking in this program will also help you prevent obesity. Try calc fluor—it holds off obesity and is also good for the enamel of your teeth.
By the way, if you are especially troubled by water retention before your period, try stepping up your exercise program. Exercise also helps relieve menstrual cramps, which are sometimes associated with water retention.
Eliminate Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are unattractive reminders that we are getting older. They are also painful. Calc. fluor, the cell salt which promotes suppleness and elasticity, has been recommended for treating varicose veins for years along with ferrum phos and silica, which you should be taking already.
To treat varicose veins, take calc fluor, ferrum phos, and silica in the morning and evening, but give them time to work, especially if you have had the condition for a long time. You should obtain comfort, relief, and improved appearance within a reasonable time. If you do not, or if the condition worsens, see your doctor. There are other medical procedures besides taking cell salts for this condition.
A Clear, Fresh Complexion
Silica, which you should already be taking for your hair and nails, is also good for your complexion. But another salt is especially helpful for your complexion-calc. sulph., a healer and purifier of the blood. If your face tends to break out, it is best to take calc sulph before the pimples start discharging pus. If they have already started to discharge pus, take kali mur. in addition. The cell salts should be taken every two hours until the pimples have discharged the pus. Then take the cell salts only twice a day, morning and evening. You might have to take the cell salts every time your skin starts to break out again. Both calc phos and kali sulph help build new skin cells, but you should already be taking these anyway. Also, for general skin health, stay away from greasy foods and too much salt and sugar.
Natural Cell Salt Cosmetic
Avocado is one of the best cosmetics you can buy. You can create your own avocado cosmetics, or you can buy avocado creams at health food stores. Do not be fooled by products from large chemical, cosmetic firms that use a dab of avocado for sales appeal.
These products are still essentially chemical and may be irritating or even dangerous.
To create your own avocado cream, puree avocado flesh and refrigerate it for three days. Then add one tablespoon of a multiple cell salts combination, dissolved in water and wheat to the puree (or a health food store cream). The result will be a germ oil, a product that should help remove flabby jawlines, sagging muscles, and crepe necks if it is used with consistency.
Why the avocado-cell salt mixture? Because avocados are nature’s best emollient. They are rich in cell salts and natural humectant-a substance which draws water to itself. Water (not oil) creates soft, beautiful skin, and avocado applied to the skin, with cell salts and vitamin E (in the form of wheat germ oil) added, is just about the best cosmetic there is. Use it in your cell salt beauty plan. Use the avocado-cell salt cream on your face at night, and start using the cell salts conscientiously in your diet.
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Sodium sulphate (natrum sulph), which is produced by the action of sulphuric acid on common table salt, occurs naturally in large quantities in many salt lakes. When it is manufactured, its common name is Glauber’s salt; but for use as a cell salt remedy, natrum sulph is always obtained directly from natural sources.
Sodium chloride attracts water to the body tissues, and natrum sulph regulates the carrying of water away from the body tissues.
Of course, this process has many health benefits, making sodium sulphate a remedy for many ailments—including such diverse ones as asthma, diabetes, influenza, and old head injuries—just because of its powerful influence on the waste-removing process of the body’s cells.
Natrum sulph is, in fact, the main cell salt remedy for asthma. Ailments that are aggravated by dampness, fog, and wet weather are “provings” of this cell salt; asthma is certainly made worse by dampness, fog, and wet weather.
A hard, asthmatic cough, with thick expectoration and a constant desire to take long, deep breaths, is a strong sign that you need natrum sulph. In addition, hay fever that comes on during a damp, chilly day or during a hot, humid day is a further indication that natrum sulph can help you.
No one knows why natrum sulph is a good treatment in asthma cases, but doctors have reported case after case where it cured long-standing asthma completely. Perhaps this is due to its ability to attract twice its bulk in water-containing waste products and then remove this waste from the bloodstream. Or possibly the amazing results are related to its incredible ability to heal the mucous membranes. Whatever the reason, consider sodium sulphate your ally if you suffer from asthma.
It is possible that the powers of this amazing remedy are due to the fact that it is a “super” cell salt—that is, it works in the fluids between the cells, acting as part of the process that enables the cells to discern what they need in the fluids outside themselves and what substances are harmful and must be eliminated. Sodium sulphateh acts as a “sensor” and has the ability to aid the cells in finding sustenance.
Natrum sulph in Combination
Natrum sulph is a good treatment alone as well as in combination. A biochemical “cocktail” of natrum sulph and silica is a potent tonic for asthma attacks. The silica will help with the symptoms of asthma, and the natrum sulph gets right to the root of the malady. Many of the other cell salts will be helpful in specific kinds of asthma (check the Simplified Remedy Guide for these). Natrum sulph, however, is the number one asthma remedy.
Diabetes and Digestion
Diabetes is another disease that natrum sulph has been successful in treating. Years ago, when insulin was discovered, everyone thought that diabetes was finished as a life-threatening disease.
However, diabetics frequently develop fatal side effects, including cardiac failure. Some medical authorities believe that increased dietary intake of sugar is the cause of the dramatic increase in cases of diabetes.
Sodium sulphate can play an enormous role in treating many problems related to digestion, which is why it is sometimes an important treatment in diabetes. It has also been helpful to people with gallbladder troubles. Of course, if you have gallbladder problems, you should not treat yourself; see your doctor.
Natrum sulph was said to cure the flu by Dr. Charles S. Vaught, who added that excessive catarrh, itching, scabies, or eczema are all signs of a sodium sulphate deficiency. Dr. Vaught himself was suffering from influenza in its earliest stages and “headed it off at the pass” by taking natrum sulph. Other doctors have reported curing difficult cases of influenza by using this remedy.
One authority on biochemistry suggests dissolving two or three tablets each of ferrum phos, natrum sulph, and kali murin in a glass of hot water and sipping it when influenza threatens. The doses, in the 6x potency, should be repeated every thirty minutes.
An interesting characteristic of natrum phos is its ability to help in cases of head injuries. In this era of busy freeways and city streets, we can easily be involved in accidents having long-lasting effects.
Natrum sulph cell salts largely control the action of the liver according to biochemical theory. During a spell of humid, oppressive weather, a few doses of this cell salt will help you to recover from that sluggish, run-down feeling.
A deficiency in natrum sulph can result in a number of psychological symptoms. Irritability, often a symptom of our fast-paced modern life, is the foremost indication of this. Natrum sulph will yield fast, comforting results, provided that the short temper you have is due to a sodium sulphate deficiency rather than just irritating in-laws or overdue bills.
Natrum sulph is a natural sleeping potion. If you have trouble falling asleep and have restless dreams, if your sleep is unrefreshing if you find yourself waking too early or too frequently, then a dose of natrum sulph every hour, beginning a few hours before bedtime, will do what the prescription medicines promise.
Moreover, this cell salt remedy is completely harmless. There is no way that you can become addicted to it. When you have taken it for a very short period of time, you will discover that your sleep-related problems will disappear, giving you the refreshed appearance and peace of mind that come with improved sleep.
Also, if you find yourself getting cold in bed at night, especially in the hands or lower limbs, consider sodium sulphate your natural electric blanket.
Feelings of discouragement are another indication that may need sodium sulphate. Most people have a hard time getting started in the morning. However, if you always feel depressed and despondent in the morning, think of natrum sulph, which, if taken regularly as prescribed here, will bring you a much brighter mental outlook.
Natrum sulph is also often helpful in cases of gout and in alleviating pain connected with teeth and dentistry. Many illnesses for which this remedy is indicated really call for all three of the biochemical sodium remedies: natrum mur, natrum sulph, and natrum phos. You are advised to take a combination of these three cell salts if you are irritable due to biliousness, if you have a headache centered in the top of your head, if you suffer from dizziness, if you suffer from drowsiness, or if you have anxious dreams or nightmares.
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Sodium phosphate (natrum phos) has often been called the “biochemical antacid.” It plays this role not only in digestion but also in the body’s fluids, including the blood. But it is a major remedy for indigestion.
Americans spend over a quarter of a billion dollars a year on medications that promise relief from indigestion. Yet, the best advice for those who suffer from indigestion is to change their diet and try the various biochemical remedies, which cannot hurt and will most likely help. Many antacids that people take for stomach upset contain bicarbonate of soda, which can cause the formation of kidney stones and recurrent urinary tract infections.
The high sodium count of “bicarb” also makes it bad for people with incipient heart trouble or kidney problems. The next time you are stricken with indigestion, instead of using one of the commercial preparations, eat and drink nothing until the pain is gone. Then try adding clear liquids-water, herbal tea, or broth. Next, add bland foods such as toast, rice, mashed potatoes, and the like. Music and meditation can also help because anxiety produces excess stomach acid, and excess stomach acid produces indigestion.
Chronic indigestion may mask more serious ailments. If treating indigestion with biochemical preparations and changing your diet does not help, your “indigestion” may actually be gallbladder or heart problems, or even a peptic ulcer, masquerading as common indigestion. So, be methodical. Keep a record of your diet, recording the effect various foods have on your indigestion. Also, be sure not to overeat to the point where you feel stuffed. It is now known that the state of one’s nerves can have a profound effect on digestion. The digestive function is practically the first thing affected by an agitated mental condition.
Indigestion is a very complex problem, intimately connected with your whole nervous system. If you find yourself becoming angry at trifles, easily vexed, anxious at night, not feeling very sociable, or suffering from mental fuzziness, all of these problems could be signs that indicate a need for natrum phos. The symptoms helped by natrum phos in cases of indigestion often indicate other health problems.
Why Good Digestion Is Necessary
Physically, digestion (or a lack of it) is central and vital to your health. If you are not digesting your food properly, you cannot eliminate it properly. Problems such as constipation and diarrhea have an immediate effect on how you feel. Natrum phos can help you if you find yourself developing an aversion to the food you would otherwise like. If you feel “heat” in your stomach, nausea in the morning, and pain in your stomach after eating, natrum phos is your remedy. It is also indicated if you suffer from alternate bouts of constipation and diarrhea. Even your dreams can be tied to indigestion. If, after raiding the refrigerator for a midnight snack, you dream a lot and the dreams are vivid or make you feel anxious, natrum phos will help you sleep more comfortably.
Of course, you should take natrum phos, or any other cell salt remedy, only as a part of a conscious attempt to follow a healthier lifestyle. If the cells of your body are depleted of vital cell salts, it might take more than the ingestion of the indicated remedy to cure you. The whole theory behind the use of cell salts is that your body can cure itself. The cell salts are merely catalysts.
Sometimes, however, a cure may require a change of surroundings, a happy occupation, good food, vitamins and exercise, regular sleep, and better, effortless evacuation of the bowels and bladder. All of these are things to concentrate on in the event of illness. After these have been attended to, one can begin the administration of cell salts.
A Helpful Combination
In some cases of rheumatism, natrum phos is called for in conjunction with ferrum phos. Phosphate never occurs in a free state; it is always in combination with other substances. It is found in urine and can be extracted from the bones. It was discovered in Germany in 1673, and its properties of healing have been discovered by many since then. You will find that phosphates are included in some of the most important remedies in cell salt treatment. They are used as a standard cell salt nerve tonic, among many other things.
Natrum phos is recommended first in cases of indigestion. But once the condition has been left unattended for too long or has been made worse by the use of patent antacids or other medicines, the general rule of thumb is to combine natrum phos with natrum sulph. These two cell salts work remarkably together. If you have headaches in addition to indigestion and they are located in the forehead, or if your skull feels “too full,” think of natrum sulph. If you have pain in your stomach or your stomach seems full of frothy, sour fluids, once again, natrum phos will do the trick. Be sure you alternate these two cell salts with doses of ferrum phos as well.
Back Pain and Rheumatism
Natrum phos is also useful for some back pains and in all acute or chronic cases of inflammatory rheumatism. Rheumatic pains in the joints, a weak feeling in the legs, cracking and creaking in the joints—these symptoms all call for natrum phos.
The primary indication that you have a rheumatic condition that can be helped by this remedy is a yellow-coated tongue and other acid symptoms involving the mouth and sweat glands.
If your symptoms seem worse during menstruation, you may need natrum phos. The point is that the primary role of natrum phos is the decomposition of lactic acid and the emulsification of fatty acids. It is found in the blood, muscles, nerves, and brain cells-and many illnesses involving these.
In many diseases, the common factor is the acidity of the blood. Cell salts, as you know, operate in the individual cells, and natrum is used for such ailments as gout, stomach ulceration, and worms. It helps emulsify decomposed lactic acid, which causes pain in rheumatic conditions. However, in most cases of toxic and acid rheumatism, natrum phos is recommended along with other cell salts such as silica and kali sulph. For rheumatism, one expert recommends using the appropriate cell salts in alternation three times a day.
Natrum phos has long been used for conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the eyelid, and is one of the time-honored remedies for this condition. The eyes are particularly sensitive to acid conditions. Natrum phos is called for in many cases where there is a creamy secretion-for example, a creamy vaginal discharge.
Vertigo—a feeling of dizziness—is a definite indication of a need for natrum phos, especially when it is accompanied by acid-producing gastric problems.
Other conditions where natrum phos has been helpful include restless sleeping, an itching anus, eczema, hives, and a rose rash.
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One of the basic remedies for headaches is probably right on your dinner table-sodium chloride or table salt. Of course, this does not mean that if you take a pinch of table salt, you will stop having headaches. To be effective, sodium chloride must be ingested in triturated doses—the tiny, highly potent doses that we have already described. Even then, sodium chloride, or Natrum mur, will not eliminate every headache. But for certain kinds of headaches, and especially for certain kinds of people, it can work wonders. It is called for in all headaches as at least one of the constituents of a homeopathic cure.
Conditions that seem to require Natrum mur may require, in addition, natrum sulphThese two cell salts work closely together in the body. Natrum mur attracts needed moisture to the cells and regulates the amount of moisture, while natrum sulph removes excess moisture. When the body needs natrum sulph instead of Natrum mur, the symptoms of wateriness are pronounced.
One should understand that headaches are only symptoms. Aspirin dims the symptom, but it does not solve the problem that is causing it. The cause of the pain is changes in blood flow. Headaches are still not understood very well, like many other ills of modern living, but Natrum mur appears to be a good remedy for such modern maladies. These ills are often experienced as headaches. Even antibiotics can cause headaches. Stress, fatigue, loud noise, depression, and foods that disagree, such as alcohol, chocolate, and cheese, or even an argument with one’s spouse, can bring on headaches.
Sometimes the best way to handle a headache is to lie down or eat something (often, hunger is expressed by the body as a dull headache). However, hypertension and brain tumors can also cause headaches. Some people think that viruses are a cause of headaches.
Natrum mur is indicated again and again as the remedy for headaches.
The Power of Natrum mur
Natrum mur is often recommended as a treatment for more serious diseases. A famous English doctor tells how his brother, also a doctor, “had remarkable successes in treating multiple sclerosis” with Natrum mur.
Although sodium chloride is common to most living things, it is present in a much higher concentration in bodily fluids than in things such as bones and muscles. Sodium chloride’s great quality is its creation of osmotic pressure. Osmosis is important since, without it, water would lose its life-giving qualities in the body.
It is the key to many delicate and important chemical processes in the body.
Without osmosis, body cells could not be given the nutrients and chemicals they require because cells stay in one place in the body. They know exactly the kind of nutrition they need and will reject imitations, but they cannot go hunt for it. The blood must bring the necessary nutrients, which then are transmitted to the cells by osmosis-a process controlled by sodium chloride.
The paradoxical powers of sodium chloride are demonstrated by the fact that, in homeopathic doses, it is regarded as a good antidote to hay fever, yet this same method of treating hay fever also calls for the elimination of sodium chloride in the form of table salt from the diet.
Sodium, the element, has an important synergistic relationship with potassium. Some authorities believe that an overabundance of sodium in the form of table salt can antagonize its partnership with potassium, upsetting the body’s balance and even causing such troubles as cancer and high blood pressure.
Therefore, it is best to limit table salt intake to a reasonable amount since it can build up in the body over a long period of time and cause various health problems. The primary indication of a sodium chloride deficiency is either an exceptional dryness anywhere in the body or, conversely, an overabundance of water. If you need Natrum mur, you will probably appear bloated, feel languid and drowsy, and suffer from chilly extremities. You will most likely have a pronounced craving for salt because even though you may be eating many more times the required amount with your meals, it cannot be absorbed by the body unless it is taken in minute doses.
People who can be expected to respond well to Natrum mur cell salts can often be recognized by their free, watery discharges, which flow far too easily from the mucous membranes. Natrum mur, however, is also indicated in cases where the vagina is excessively dry. Natrum mur subjects also tend to be sensitive to light and heat, and they have poor circulation. They are often chilly, and their conditions appear to be aggravated by the seashore.
They are often melancholy. Fear of thunder is a symptom. Sir John Weir said that during the air raids in London during World War II, a need for Natrum mur was indicated in cases of shock. Natrum mur people often suffer from constipation, hard, dry stools, which tend to cause anal fissures, and diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation.
It is interesting to note that headaches and abnormal fatigue are symptoms caused by excess sodium chloride in the diet in the form of table salt, whereas these same problems often react favorably to sodium chloride in triturated doses. This seeming paradox is nothing new to homeopathy. A homeopathic remedy is proven by observing the symptoms of illness it produces in well people.
From these observations, homeopaths can expect the same mineral in homeopathic doses to cure these conditions. A considerable amount of sodium chloride powder, dissolved in water and applied externally with cotton, was an effective treatment for insect bites. Moisten the bite with a small amount of water and rub a little sodium chloride on the spot. The pain would stop almost instantly.
Dry psoriasis will usually clear up in two or three days with Natrum mur in the recommended 6x dose. Constipation is sometimes related to this condition and calls for the 3x dose. Natrum mur in the 6x dosage has also been suggested for the treatment of rheumatism (three pills, three times a day), as well as for varicose veins.
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Silica is a fascinating trace element. One of the most abundant of the earth’s solid components, silica, comes from rocks worn down by weather into dust. This dust is absorbed by plants and becomes the supportive element, or “grit,” in the plants, just as it is the supporting element in our connective tissues.
When the skin is not perspiring enough for toxic materials to be eliminated, a dose of silica is perhaps the answer. On the other hand, someone who perspires too much and produces an offensive smell should also take a silica tablet. The person should find in a few days that they will never again have to worry about the problem.
The effect that silica has on perspiration is a fascinating one. Usually, if a person needs this cell salt, the bottom part of their body does not sweat at all. And the smell is unpleasant-especially on the feet. At the same time, this person sweats too much on the upper part of the body. Silica will help with this kind of perspiration problem.
Silica is called for in more serious matters, too, such as when the body is trying to expel white pus in wounds. It is also a potent remedy for many kinds of headache, rheumatism, cataracts, certain types of asthma, diseased and cracked skin, and constipation, as well as the resulting fistulas and diarrhea. It is beneficial for older adults.
A German study of twenty-six patients showed that over three months of using silica, most patients avoided having surgery to remove cysts. The cysts went away totally in eighteen cases. In two cases, the silica did not affect, so surgery was necessary. In six cases, the remedy helped but was not completely successful.
Silica is the recommended remedy for boils and abscesses. It is also indicated for many different psychological problems because a lack of this essential nutrient directly affects the brain and nerve tissues.
Heat usually makes the ailments requiring silica treatment better. The cold makes them worse. If the weather has been dry and is becoming damp, expect the worst. The periods before and during thunderstorms are usually the worst for patients whose symptoms call for silica. Such patients will usually feel better when they lie down and apply heat. Pressure makes the patient feel worse. Interestingly enough, new and full moons seem to bring out the symptoms requiring silica.
Is Silica for You?
Silica is sometimes called the “homeopathic surgeon.” Before developing potent anti-infection drugs, doctors of the last century often relied entirely on silica in dangerous cases. We are not suggesting that your doctor abandon the antibiotic tools at his disposal, but this shows that silica is not a remedy to take lightly.
Why is silica such a good remedy for the skin?
It helps the epidermis eliminate wastes. Because silica hastens the bursting or popping of wounds and abscesses, it has been called the “biochemical lancet.” It was recognized long ago that this remedy sometimes eliminated the need for surgery.
Thus, it is not surprising that silica is helpful in many skin problems, from acne and itchy skin to dandruff and splitting fingernails and toenails. When your skin is dry and brittle, and your hands are always chapped, silica is indicated. Be sure that you give this remedy a reasonable amount of time to work. Take a dose two or three times a week for several weeks. Stop the use of the remedy when you see results. Try silica any time you have unhealthy skin with inflammations tending to generate pus.
Silica can dissolve the urate of soda found as deposits in arthritic joints and cases of gout. The urate of soda is flushed away through the lymphatic system (lymphatic vessels being the intermediary vessels between blood and tissues). When homeopathic silica is taken from seabeds, it is especially valuable for arthritis.
During the centuries spent on the bottom of the sea, the silica becomes impregnated with valuable trace elements. In some cases, people with arthritis who had so much pain that they were bedridden suddenly felt better after taking silica.
Indigestion and Alcohol
If you have a lot of trouble with indigestion, silica will probably prove a helpful remedy. While indigestion responds well to a homeopathic dose of silica, many of the other salts are also very helpful in solving indigestion problems. As with any condition that cell salts can help, of remedies or which single remedy is appropriate.
The essential function of silica indigestion is to prevent malabsorption of nutritional elements and consequent malnutrition and frailty. When, for whatever reason, the connective tissue is affected, it is liable to become inflamed and damage the trophic nerves, the ones that influence nutrition.
The lack of silica in these nerves, caused by the damaged cells (which can be the result of alcohol or disease), can quickly produce a condition called chronic sepsis, where poisons enter the bloodstream due to the absorption of pathogenic bacteria in the infected area.
If you are drinking alcohol with any regularity, you will probably have to learn to take silica all of the time. Do not count on getting much help from aspirin. Aspirin will provide some relief, but it is harsh on your stomach walls—where damage can be done to the digestion process. Cell salts should be able to help overcome basic chemical imbalances that are caused by the physical damage done by alcohol.
Of course, one must face the fact that the damaging effects of alcohol will result in chronic indigestion even if you take silica and other cell salts. The essential theory behind biochemistry is that the organic parts of the cell are based on inorganic salts.
When the body is fixing old cells or building new ones, the presence of the cell salts is necessary. But alcohol destroys the cells so fast that even with the proper cell salts—you cannot hope to overcome the damage it does. Sores may develop at the corners of your mouth. Sometimes you feel as if there is hair lying on the front of your tongue.
Cell salt therapy, by its very nature, calls for the most natural methods of health. Take silica and the other cell salts you need to have successful fecal elimination, but remember that high-fiber food consumption and good toilet habits are also necessary.
Earlier civilizations also had constipation problems. The ancient Egyptians had concoctions to cure constipation, and Hippocrates, in early Greece, warned against using anything too strong to empty the bowels-harsh laxatives were then considered a universal cure, as the bleeding was in the Middle Ages. But the problem has reached truly epidemic proportions today because of the kinds of foods we eat and the stresses of modern life.
Processed foods have little relationship to the vegetable materials from which they came. If we increased our intake of foods with real bulk and fiber, constipation would stop being a problem. We should simply eat more fruits and vegetables: raw vegetables, salads, whole-grain cereals, and bran help. Honey, molasses, and olive oil or flaxseed oil—are also good. In the normal diet, silica can be found in the outer part of whole wheat grain products.
Most constipation problems are due to the modern, refined diet and a lack of exercise. You would do well to double your daily intake of fluids if you suffer from constipation. Laxatives will cause an evacuation, but they will only postpone the next evacuation. The idea is to achieve a smooth and orderly elimination of wastes at whatever is your body’s natural speed.
Laxatives and Constipation
Laxatives cause more constipation than they cure. The worst laxatives are those that stimulate peristalsis—the wave-like muscle contractions that eliminate waste. The problem with stimulating your natural action is that your bowel muscles begin to need more and more laxatives to get the same effect. After a while, the muscles do not even respond naturally without laxatives. If this happens, you have become a laxative addict–with a worse constipation problem than ever.
The first step is kicking the laxative habit. Next, start taking silica. If you keep purging yourself with laxatives, the bowel’s lining becomes irritated and inflamed, and then it is excruciating to visit the toilet. Because of this, you put it off. And, again, your constipation becomes worse.
Silica is also a remedy for diarrhea. It became known as one of the greatest remedies for chronic diarrhea during the American Civil War. When soldiers became sick from sleeping on the damp ground and eating all sorts of unlikely things that affected their stomachs and bowels, and they had to face long marches from the cold North into the warm South, silica was used to cure a number of their diarrhea problems.
Menstrual Discharge Problems
Most suppressed menstruation can be helped by silica. One of the indications of a lack of silica is the tendency to abort or even become sterile. If women have vaginal discharges that are creamy in color, silica will help clear them up, especially when the flow is thick or comes in gushes.
You have probably heard stories of women eating sand during their pregnancies. Their bodies were trying to tell them something. Maybe when you were a child, you ate sand at the seashore or even in your own backyard. That could have been due to a silica deficiency. A lack of “grit” can be felt both psychologically and physically. Silica is a significant element on this earth, and in biochemistry, silica is recognized as an essential health element.
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Though its effects are often not as dramatic as those of other cell salts, potassium sulphate (kali sulph.) is very helpful in performing essential functions. There are some indications that this cell salt can relieve baldness, although the user would have to give it plenty of time to take effect and take it along with his particular constitutional cell salt. Remember, taking your proper constitutional cell salt can be just as crucial in dealing with a health problem as taking the remedy called for by your particular symptoms.
Kali sulph. is the biochemical cure for dandruff, and it is vital for healthy skin. You can also use it for more severe ailments, such as rheumatism and asthma. Ferrum phos. and kali sulph. work together in your body to help your blood carry oxygen to all of your cells. Ferrum phos. is said to regulate the “external breathing” and kali sulph. the “internal breathing” of cells in the exchange of gases. Both salts act in carrying oxygen, although some people believe that kali sulph. can carry oxygen where ferrum phos. cannot.
The kali sulph. cell salt is credited with building new skin cells, which is quite helpful when the old ones have been damaged or killed due to disease. This remedy is nearly always prescribed, together with some other essential cell salts, to treat skin problems.
Kali sulph, and Pulsatilla
Kali sulph. has a strong relationship with pulsatilla, an important homeopathic remedy. Pulsatilla is a more complex compound than kali sulph.; however, kali sulph., kali phos., calc. sulph., and possibly silica are the active homeopathic agents. Of these ingredients, kali sulph. is the dominant one.
The symptoms (such as a need for fresh air) indicating a need for kali sulph. or pulsatilla are remarkably similar. And the two remedies help similar ailments. Kali sulph. is to biochemical medicine what pulsatilla is to homeopathic medicine.
Both kali sulph. and pulsatilla, for example, is useful in treating vertigo, when just looking up makes the patient feel as if they are falling. If you have a constricting headache that makes you feel as if a metal band has been put around your head, as if your head were in a vise, the doctor could prescribe either pulsatilla or kali sulph., depending on other indications.
If you need kali sulph. or pulsatilla, standing still or lying down makes you feel worse, and you probably have eye problems—dim vision, dark colors before the eyes, and itchy, swollen eyelids. You may feel that you have lost your sense of smell, or you may suffer from a toothache. Kali sulph. is an important remedy for a dry, mucus-filled sore throat in the morning and difficulties in swallowing, and pulsatilla helps these symptoms too.
Kali sulph. is especially effective in treating hoarseness that becomes worse in the evening. Both kali sulph. and pulsatilla is used in cases of irregular menstruation, heart palpitations, and pimples. The only difference between the two is that patients need kali sulph. are obstinate, while patients who need pulsatilla are milder in temperament.
Hair and Skin
Older people tend to suffer from dry skin. Kali sulph. is a lubricating agent in the body, and it can help the skin when the necessary oils have dried up. It has been used in treating sticky and scaly dandruff, eczema, and hot, dry, harsh skin.
Kali sulph. is good for burning and itching hands and for crawling, stinging sensations in the skin. The remedy, which can be taken orally as a constitutional remedy or dissolved in water and applied directly with a cotton swab, will aid in removing or curing liver spots, herpes eruptions, pimples, psoriasis, and scaly eruptions arising from a moist face. There have been reports of kali sulph. curing ringworm.
In all skin conditions, one’s emotional state is a big factor. Therefore, be sure that the remedy for your mental state is being used concurrently. If your mental state also indicates that you need kali sulph., so much the better. Then you really know you are using the correct remedy.
Often, when a kali sulph. deficiency shows up, it does so as yellowish, slimy matter emerging out of papules on the skin. It is believed that kali sulph. clears up such conditions, as it carries oxygen and destroys worn-out cells. In this, it works with ferrum phos.
Thus, in many skin inflammations, as well as in internal inflammations, kali sulph. is definitely the remedy. Treat skin problems with kali sulph. three times a day in the 6x potency, by mouth or applied to the skin. Kali sulph. will help painful warts, fungus rashes, and painful red eruptions, as well as measles-like rashes and dry skin. Eczema responds well to this remedy when the discharge is yellowish. In cases of dandruff that can be helped by kali sulph., another related symptom is often a dry and scaly lower lip. Another indication of a need for kali sulph. is a yellowish tongue.
If you have pains in your joints that are eased when you walk in the open air, you may have the sort of rheumatism that can be helped by kali sulph. If you have pain in the lumbar region of your back during menstruation while sitting, or even while walking, kali sulph. is the cell salt treatment indicated. If you need kali sulph., your pains will seem to “wander around,” and your hands and feet will feel cold.
Rheumatism is a complex disease, of course, so you must check your symptoms carefully in the Simplified Remedy Guide. If you have headaches in a warm atmosphere and in the evening and your back, neck, and limbs ache, try kali sulph. Give it time to work.
Some people feel it is a miracle worker in cases of rheumatism. Another sign that you might need kali sulph. for your rheumatism is experiencing restless sleeping after three or so in the morning because of soreness. Getting up and walking around will usually make things worse. This is the time to take kali sulph. so that you can get back to bed and have a restful night’s sleep.
If a woman’s menstrual period is scanty or suppressed, her abdomen feels full, and her tongue is yellow, she is suffering from a potassium sulphate deficiency.
Kali sulph. is also one of the remedies usually prescribed for asthma, especially bronchial asthma, when the lungs are filled with loose, yellowish matter that is easily coughed up.
If you develop a cough and the mucus in your throat seems to be falling back and is yellow, you should try kali sulph. If diarrhea tends to be yellowish, and your stool is black, thin, and smells offensive, you need this powerful carrier of oxygen. Kali sulph. is sometimes indicated in gastric problems.
In cases of a yellow vaginal discharge, kali sulph. should be an effective treatment. Kali sulph. also helps piles. It is a potent remedy, useful in many sorts of ailments.
- Take after exercising
- Depletion of this mineral causes vertigo, heart palpitations, anxiety, sadness, toothache, headache, pain in the limbs
- Chronic disease
- secretion of yellow mucus
- Hair falling out
- Pneumonia with wheezing
- Suffocative feeling in humid weather