Born 1821 Died 1898. Medical Doctor and Naturopath.
We have been asked why Hahnemannian Homoeopaths do not use or prescribe the 12 salts of Schuessler.
Firstly, the whole system of Biochemics has NOTHING to do with Hahnemann or the practice of Homoeopathy. It has always been a source of sadness to me that noted homoeopaths of the day, gave the systems some credence. From examining the history, it is possible to see where American homoeopathy began to lose its credibility with the Hering school, who started to deviate from Hahnemanns recommendations, and even made a whole new potency scale which added nothing to the therapeutics today.
THE THEORY OF SCHUSSLER’S BIOCHEMIC METHOD.
The idea upon which Biochemic Therapeutics is based is the physiological fact that both the structure and vitality of the organs of the body are dependent upon certain necessary quantities and proper apportionment of its inorganic constitu ents. These remain after combustion of the tissues and form the ashes. These inorganic constituents are, in a very real sense, the material basis of the organs and tissues of the body, and are absolutely essential to their integrity of structure and functional activity. According to Schuessler’s theory, any disturb- ance in the molecular motion of these cell salts in living tissues, caused by a deficiency in the requisite amount, constitutes disease, which can be rectified and the requisite equilibrium re-established by administering the same mineral salts in small quantities. This is supposed to be brought about by virtue of the operation of chemical affinity in the domain of histology ; and hence this therapeutic procedure is styled by Scbiissler the Biochemic method, and stress is laid on the fact that it is in supposed harmony with well-known facts and laws in physiological chembtry and allied sciences.
As we can see from the preface taken from the book, written by Boericke, this methodology has more to do with naturopathy than homoeopathic prescribing. For each of the 12 tissue salts, there is a list of ailments, and if your ailment falls under NAME of one of them, then you take the appropriate salt. Real homoeopaths need not ask why this is not appropriate.
- The salts are limited to certain potencies.
- I have discovered that in the manufacture of the tissue salts, a small amount of the substance is inserted in the crude form along side the potentised version in each tablet.
This is one of those therapies that uses the term ‘homoeopathic’ and had NOTHING to do with the principles of prescribing in homoeopathy.
I know of many practitioners who will give a prescription of a tissue salt rather than do the proper job of ascertaining the symptoms and giving the appropriate medicine required. Giving a medicine for example, to a baby who is teething in the Tissue salts limits a prescription to Ferrum Phos. What if the symptoms are NOT ferrum phos? Why do some practitioners feel that low potencies are ‘safe’ to give in Tissue salts?
The I.H.M. and Hahnemann do not approve of non homoeopathic practices regardless of whether a medicine is potentized or not. On this basis, a practitioner who regularly uses the Tissue salts need to re-examine the principles of homeopathic practice and educate themselves as to what it is that they are doing.