Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler

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Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler
Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler portrait.jpg
Born 1821
Died 1898
Nationality German
Occupation medical doctor and naturopath
Known for biochemic cell salt research

Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler — also spelled Schuessler, particularly in English-language publications — (1821–1898) was a German medical doctor in Oldenburg who endeavored to find natural remedies, and published the results of his experiments in a German homeopathic journal in March 1873, leading to a list of 12 Biochemic cell salts that remain popular amongst those interested in Alternative medicine.[1] Although firmly within the homeopathy movement of his day, the modern definition of Homeopathy tends to exclude his concept of Homeopathic potency[2] that, while very dilute, still retained small amounts of the original salt.

According to Quackwatch, "cell salts" are predicated on the theory that disease is due to a deficiency in one mineral or another, but the Schüßler remedies are in general too diluted to act as an effective supplement even if a mineral deficiency did exist.[3] Tests by the Western Australia health commission confirmed this.[4]

Today Schüßler's salts are also used in the produce of hypoallergenic medical cosmetic products, that treat different skin conditions like: acne, dark spots, cellulite, warts, rashes, hives, dermatitis, herpes, cheilitis, skin burns. Schüßler cosmetics are also able to enhance skin moisturization, reduce wrinkle formation and increase elasticity and collagen level. Common ingredient in the Schüßler cosmetic products are different essential oils. They regenerate the epidermis, moisturize it and prevent bacterial contamination.[5]

Influences and History[edit]

Samuel Hahnemann had proposed Homeopathy in 1796, based on the idea of using very dilute remedies including salts. An 1832 paper in Stapf's Archiv suggested such salts would be "essential component parts of the human body".[6] Schüßler was influenced by an 1852 paper by the Dutch Physiologist Jacob Moleschott (1812–1893). Serious discussion began only after Dr. Lorbacher of Leipzig critically considered his ideas five months later. An English translation appeared in the Medical Investigator in May 1873, then in "The Twelve Tissue Remedies" by Dr. C. Hering, and in 1888 in a book of the same name by Boericke and Dewey, two medical doctors in San Francisco.[6]

Around the beginning of the twentieth century, Dr. Eli Jones and other doctors studied Schüßler's ideas and derived new ones;[7] by the end of that century Schüßler's name (in various forms of spelling) and list of twelve "tissue salts" were commonly found in health shops and alternative medicine books.

Schuessler salts are discussed in Western Australia's Government Gazette of April 12 1946:

THE following report is issued under section 210 of the Health Act, 1911-1944:- It is claimed that the above "remedy" [Dr. Schuessler's Cell Salts, Kali Phos. 3X] is "indicated in loss of mental power, brain fag, paralysis of any part, nervous headaches, neuralgic pains, general disability and exhaustion and sleeplessness from nervous disorders." The "remedy" has been analysed and been found to contain potassium dihydrogen phosphate and lactose. The actual quantity of potassium dihydrogen phosphate in the "adult dose" is so minute that over 9,000 tablets would be necessary to give the minimum medicinal dose of this drug. Lactose is a sugar which is of no value in the treatment of any of the above-mentioned maladies. Dr. Schuessler's Cell Salts can therefore have no curative value. They will bring about no improvement in any of the illnesses for which they are said to be indicated. Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted

— C. E. COOK, Commissioner of Public Health[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The history of the cell salts". Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Schuessler Cell Salts: Potency
  3. ^ Barrett, S. "Homeopathy". Quackwatch. National Council Against Health Fraud. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  4. ^ a b Cook, C. E. (1946). "Dr Schuessler's Cell Salts, Kali Phos. 3X" (PDF). Government Gazette (April 12, 1946): 3. 
  5. ^ "Schuessler cosmetics". 
  6. ^ a b William Boericke, M.D. and Willis A. Dewey, M.D. (1888). The Twelve Tissue Remedies. 
  7. ^ Jones, Eli (1911). Definite medication, containing therapeutic facts gleaned from forty years practice. Therapeutic Publishing Co. pp. 69–71. 

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