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E-Class #13 – No. 4 Potassium Chloride Part 2 – So You’re Back… Again!
This week we will be looking at how to use No. 4 Potassium Chloride. (Do you remember its other names – Kali Chlor, Kali Mur). Do you have some clients who are continually at the doctors, or at your door, but don’t seem to improve? We will particularly look at these clients who are not necessarily improving, and why. We look at the role of Kali Chlor in the body and why clients might need it. We will also learn about:
- Developing the ‘person picture’ for Kali Chlor
- Using Kali Chlor – More “_itis-es”
- “Women’s Business”
- Working with Clients who are back…again.
- A tip I tried and the results that really surprised me
Your references for this week are:
- Signs and Symptoms p 28
- Indications p 29
Key points of Potassium Chloride
Second Stage of Inflammation
Kali Chlor is for the second stage of inflammation. Your body has killed off the pathogens using heat or fever in the first stage. It is now using the lymphatic system to collect the debris and toxins and remove them from the body. By providing Kali Chlor, you are altering the “milieu”, the environment in which disease grew and prospered.
The lymphatic system and immunity
Kali Mur is a key remedy for the lymphatic system and hence for immunity. Remember our image of the lymphatic system collecting all the garbage.
Where is it found
Brain Nerves muscles, and many other cells of the body
How to Use Kali Chlor
Using the imagery and Mind Pictures exercise from E-Class 10, read through Signs and Symptoms – Kali Mur (No. 4) on p28.
Second Stage of Inflammation… more “_itis-es”
When someone has a cold or flu, or is not feeling well their face often goes a paler colour. See if you can create a mind picture of someone with a “milky bluish”, or milky reddish, colour to their lower and upper eyelids, and possibly upper lip. In acute sickness their whole face may be milky bluish. This colour is milkier than the yellowish colour of Calc Phos.
You will also notice (or hear reported) thick white phlegm and whitish coloured discharges that are also signs for Kali Chlor. The key question I ask – “Is there any discharge (nasal discharge, phlegm, for example) and if so what colour is it?” White discharges of all kinds indicate Kali Mur.
They may be coughing a lot, and they may be coughing up ropey white grey mucous.
Swollen Lymph glands
The lymphatic glands may be swollen at the sides of the neck, under the arms, in the groin, or elsewhere as your body tries to eliminate toxins. This is particularly noticeable in infectious diseases like measles, mumps and other “childhood” diseases.
As we have already discussed in Ferrum Phos, as soon as you or your clients begin to feel unwell, start by alternating 1 tablet of Ferrum Phos and 1 tablet of Kali Chlor every half hour. Often you will start improving within 24-48 hours. I have one client who flies in from a subtropical climate to present workshops in an air-conditioned room and habitually gets a cough or throat infection. Now we start her on Ferrum Phos and Kali Chlor the day before each event. In between events she uses 1 tablet each of Ferrum Phos and Kali Chlor every day to build up her immunity.
The stages of inflammation also apply to tonsillitis. Look into your client’s mouth, and learn a lot. The first stage of inflammation will show the back of the throat red, and possibly swollen. The second stage of inflammation will often show a white tongue, and possibly white patches on the tonsils. These may later erupt in the third stage of inflammation and if pus emerges Kali Sulph (No. 6) or Silica (No. 11) may be useful to add in alternation or with Kali Mur.
Kali Chlor is useful when your client is showing any white colours, (white tongue or tonsil coating), or white discharges. Follow the prescription for inflammation. We will talk about other specific remedies that may help as we do the other remedies.
Sore throats with pain and / or swelling respond well to Kali Mur, every half hour or hourly.
Otitis Media and Earache
Kali Chlor helps with Earache when there is also congestion. How will you tell if there is ear congestion? Firstly, they may not hear you as well. You may need to speak to a child several times, or need to get their attention, or look into their face before they answer.
They may also experience cracking noises on blowing their nose or swallowing. Consider why this may be…
Catarrhal Otitis Media is when the ear is inflamed, with secretions being discharged. There may be inflammation of the eustachian tube, with much secretion. Remember that the eustachian tube links to an area in the mouth /nasal passage. In children particularly, the angle of the eustachian tube is horizontal and the tube is shorter, so it is easier for bacteria to enter. It also has a smaller diameter making the movement of fluid more difficult. As the child grows, the angle changes and the tube widens making elimination of bacteria and infection easier. This may be one of the reasons why children under 7 are more susceptible to otitis media. So babies and infants may have mucous discharge from their nose or mouth caused from eustachian tube congestion. This was particularly so for one of my children. Kali Chlor will help; continue the treatment for at least 3 months, along with other indicated remedies.
For more information on the eustachian tube a good place to start looking is http://www.medicinenet.com/eustachian_tube_problems/article.htm.
Some research suggests that smoking can damage the cilia (hairs) that protect the eustachian tube from mucous. This can result in the clogging of the tube and build-up of bacteria in the ear, leading to middle ear infection. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0194599802587349
Bronchitis – second stage
The second stage of bronchitis can really affect your client’s ability to breathe. They may be wheezing and rattling; have thick tenacious mucous that is difficult to dislodge. Many Asthmatic conditions respond well to treatment with Kali Chlor. There can be pharyngeal catarrh – mucous discharge from mucous building up in the back of the throat in the pharynx (see the coloured areas below depicting the pharynx).
Image by OpenStax College [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Colitis is inflammation of the colon. It may occur as part of a variety of digestive disorders.
We learnt in Ferrum Phos that inflammation in the digestive tract being may respond well to 2 Ferr Phos (No. 3) before meals and 2 Kali Mur (No. 4) after meals. It is good to use these minerals in alternation for all bowel infections.
2-3 days’ before vaccination use Ferrum Phos and Kali Chlor (1 tablet of each, three times per day). After vaccination continue this treatment for another 2-3 days. It helps the child to recover quickly, and reduces the incidence of fever afterwards.
Hypersensitive to Fatty Foods, Liver tonic
Hypersensitivity to fatty foods may indicate that the gall bladder is having difficulty digesting foods and may be treated using Kali Chlor. Kali Chlor also assists with Jaundice, and acts as a liver tonic. Too much mucous in the digestive tract may also affect how fatty foods are digested. If symptoms are worse after eating rich or fatty foods, use Kali Chlor.
Burns, Boils, Abscesses and Skin Blisters
As we said last week, Potassium Chloride relieves the effects of burns. When a burn occurs, the fibrin in the tissue (being a protein) is affected by the heat.
A good way to use Tissue Salts with burns, is to cool the burn first with cold tap water, but don’t over cool it. As a first remedy take 1 tablet of Ferr phos every 15 minutes. If there are no blisters present (first degree burn), use Ferr Phos cream repeatedly on the first day. Then use No. 6 Kali Sulph cream, 2-3 times on the second day.
If there is a white-grey scabbing on the surface of the burn take 1 tablet of Kali Mur 6 times daily, and apply the ointment 2-3 times daily. (Ref: Gunther Heepen, Schuessler Tissue Salts, 12 Minerals for your Health)
Boils, blisters and Abscesses
Boils, abscesses, and skin blisters (including acne), in the second stage of inflammation, with swelling and white discharges, indicate Kali Mur is needed. You may use tablets or creams.
Chilblains, bunions and warts
I’ve had success treating chilblains that have gone to the bluish coloured stage, using Kali Chlor. Best results are gained by alternating Kali Mur with Ferrum Phos (for the heat and redness).
I mentioned warts in Calc Fluor. Warts are skin growths that are triggered by viruses. My twins got plantar warts at a similar time, but they each presented differently. The first one had a very hard lump which responded well to Calc Fluor cream. The other had a softer wart on her foot, so I used Kali Chlor. Initially I tried Calc Fluor since it had worked so well with her sister, but I soon realised that Calc Fluor wasn’t having the same effect because hers was a different, softer type of wart.
Brown vinegar may be applied to the wart prior to the cream. The acetic acid opens up the area, helping absorption of the cream. Apply the cream up to 4 times daily. You may wish to put a Band-Aid or sticking plaster over the cream on the area.
Children with Epilepsy
Alex Sutton from the Institute of Biochemic Medicine has had a lot of success treating the symptoms of children with epilepsy. He has found that often a temperature starts a seizure. By giving Potassium Chloride, along with other appropriate indicated remedies, the amount of seizures reduced considerably.
In one case, a child in New York was having up to 200 seizures a day. Using Tissue Salts, the seizures reduced completely. When he was getting his molars, the child’s temperature would increase, but with Kali Chlor keeping his temperature moderated, he only had 2 seizures. They also realised that if the child got constipated his temperature would also rise. Tissue Salts also helped this.
This is a much more specialised treatment protocol, and is best addressed case by case, in consultation with one of our specialists at the Institute of Biochemic Medicine (Asia Pacific).
Many women think that blood clots are a normal part of their period, (menstruation). They don’t have to be. Dark clotted menstrual blood is an indication for Kali Mur.
Similarly, in between the cycle there may be ‘whites’ – a whitish discharge that leaves marks in the underwear. Once again, this indicates a need for Kali Mur, and perhaps a latent infection.
If a client is having difficulty falling pregnant, ask your client to write everything down in detail about their menstrual cycle for 3 months. Ask them to include detail about flow: is it light or heavy; are there clots; pains; energy levels; general feelings and emotional state. This can allow you to work out exactly what they are deficient in and they will often fall pregnant. Always use Kali Chloride as one of the remedies.
So You’re Back… Again! … Hypochondria
Now getting back to my title So you’re back…again. There is another factor about Kali Chlor that might help you with your diagnosis.
You may end up seeing some of these patients more than most, at least at first, if they have had a compromised immune system. But there may be another reason why these people keep on coming back.
Kali Chlor also helps with clients who present with hypochondriacal tendencies. They may spend a lot of time going to different doctors trying to find out what is wrong with them. They often present as worried about their health, worried if they will recover. Give 2 tablets of Kali Chlor before meals, 3 times per day.
Create a mind map of Kali Mur, using the visualisation Exercise in E-class 10.
Exercise 2 The tip that really woke me up!
Here’s a simple tip that really shifted the way I think about my business. I struggled for a long time with how to market my business. For a long time, my main income came from Body Harmony, a relatively unknown modality. Many of my clients came to me because they had been told “I am not quite sure what she does, but go there, you will feel better”. (Great referral, but how do you advertise?)
I had a big “Aha” moment when I was told: “Don’t educate your clients about what you do.” This is what I had been trying to do. I was trying to convince someone why they should come to me, instead of finding out what their problem was. So I asked this person, “What should I do instead of educating my clients about what I do?” The response was, “Why have your clients come to you? What are their problems that you solve?” So I went home and took out my client files and created a list of what my clients initially presented for.
The results shocked and surprised me. I like working with mindset issues, and shifting mindsets. I thought that was why clients came. But when I did the figures, this is what I found:
- 38% of people came for muscular skeletal issues.
- Within this group, the number of people coming for back pain was equal to the number of people coming for shoulder and arm issues. (This is quite unusual, most bodyworkers see mostly back pain, and within that mostly lower back pain. I really like working with shoulders and arms and have a lot of success, hence I get a lot of clients with shoulder and arm issues).
- Emotional/behavioural and mindset issues (my favourite) was 26% of clients.
- All other categories were 7% or lower.
What I realised was:
- I hadn’t been marketing to new clients based on what people initially came for.
- Clients often end up working with me on mindset issues later on.
- The exercise reminded me of a process I use to address physical ailments first; and I then offer the option to address their mindset when they have built trust and are open to it.
- I needed different marketing strategies.
So I shifted my focus to the problems people came for. And I also started creating a special interest niche – Tissue Salts for Children’s Ailments. I have lots of experience and success with my own kids, and recently I had a lot of children referred with good results.
Your homework this week is Step 2 of “How to Choose your Niche”. You will see in Step 2, below, what I did.
How to choose your Niche… Continued
Step 1 work out some client groups or niches
Did you come up with some interesting client groups or niches last week? How did you go with your interests and what you are good at? If you haven’t completed this, I suggest you keep chipping away at it. Potential niches will become get clearer as we work through the program.
Step 2 How to Choose your Niche.
Look at your database. Ask yourself these questions:
- What are the 20% of things that 80% of my clients present for?
- Where have I had your greatest success?
- What group or ailment are I most passionate about?
Here’s an example of the spreadsheet I drew up. client research E-Class 13.xlsx Adjust it for your own use. Initially, I created a few variations. I worked out who came for what modality, alongside each category (see Sheet 1). However, as I started counting I soon realised there were additional categories, and that, in my case, which modality they came for didn’t make a difference to the niches; so I created Sheet 2 for my figures. It may be different for you. You may have particular clients who come for one modality and a different group for another modality.
Things which made this easier:
- My client records all have a section at the top for the main issue that they want addressed. If your client records aren’t set up like this, you may need to read through a few more notes to find out why they came.
- I didn’t go through all my records. I used a smaller but recent sample that was large enough to give a good indication of who comes to me for what, now.
- If you have a large database, choose a manageable sample.
- If you are starting out, keep records as you start practicing.
Tips for client records
- Client records are mandatory in most countries. Information included helps with your treatment and reminders about your client.
- If records are set up well, you can also use them for your clinical and marketing research.
If you don’t have a practice yet, do this exercise on what is the group or ailment you are most passionate about. Go through your list of interests and client groups from last week, and choose a niche based on your knowledge of a client group. I chose children’s ailments, because I have five of my own, a lot of experience with treating kids, and have seen the agony many parents go through trying to do the best for their kid’s health.
Have fun trying this out
Next week we will look at recognising the Facial Signs for Kali Chlor, and the Indications, including Tips on Prescribing Kali Chlor Cream.
No. 4 Kali Mur
albumin – any of a class of simple, sulphur containing, water soluble proteins that coagulate when heated, occurring in egg white, milk, blood and other animal and vegetable tissues and secretions.
albuminoids – an albumin-like susbstance, the term is sometimes applied to insoluble substances known as scleroproteins.
blepharitis – inflammation of the eyelids
bronchitis – acute or chronic inflammation of the membrane lining of the bronchial tubes
casein – a phosphoprotein, the principal protein of milk, that is the basis of curd and of cheese. Casein, usually in the form of one of its salts, is added to the other ingredients of the diet to increase its protein content
catarrh – inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially of the respiratory tract, accompanied by excessive secretions.
colitis – inflammation of the colon
croup – any condition of the larynx or trachea characterized by a hoarse cough and difficult breathing
diphtheria – a potentially fatal, contagious disease that usually involves the nose, throat, and air passages, but may also infect the skin. Its most striking feature is the formation of a grayish membrane covering the tonsils and upper part of the throat
electromagnetic radiation – radiation consisting of electromagnetic waves, including radio waves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, x-rays, and gamma rays
endocrine – relating to glands which secrete hormones or other products directly into the blood
eustachian tubes – a canal extending from the middle ear to the pharynx; auditory canal
expectoration – Mucus and other fluids formed in the air passages and upper food passages (the mouth), and expelled by coughing
fibrin – an insoluble protein that is essential to clotting of blood
fistula – an abnormal passage from a hollow organ to the body surface, or from one organ to another
haemoglobin – the iron-containing protein with the property of binding oxygen, contained in red blood cells
haemorrhoids – an enlarged (varicose) vein in the mucous membrane inside or just outside the rectum
hydrocyanic acid – a colourless, highly poisonous liquid, an aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide
hypochondria – the conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often accompanied by physical symptoms, when illness is neither present nor likely
jaundice – a medical condition with yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, arising from excess of the pigment bilirubin and typically caused by obstruction of the bile duct, by liver disease, or by excessive breakdown of red blood cells.
meninges – the three membranes covering the brain and spinal cord
milieu – surroundings or environment
neurodermatitis – a chronic skin disorder characterized by localized or disseminated lichenified skin lesions that itch severely
pericardial sac – pertaining to the area around the heart
peritoneum – the serous membrane lining the abdominal cavity and investing its viscera
pleura – the serous membrane enveloping the lungs and lining the walls of the pulmonary cavities
pleurisy – is an inflammation of the membrane that surrounds and protects the lungs (the pleura)
rheumatism – any of several pathological conditions of the muscles, tendons, joints, bones, or nerves, characterized by discomfort and disability
serous membrane – a thin, two-part membrane that secretes a serous fluid and lines a closed body cavity, covering the organs that lie within that cavity
synovial membranes – the inner of the two layers of the articular capsule of a synovial joint; composed of loose connective tissue and having a free smooth surface that lines the joint cavity
Gunther Heepen, Schuessler Tissue Salts, 12 Minerals for your Health