No. 8 Nat Chlor Part 1 A Pinch of Salt
I am going to change the format this week now that you have got the hang of the work.
Natrium Chlortatum Purum, was also called Natrum Muriaticum in Germany in the 1800s. However, you will see me shorten this to Nat Chlor or Nat Mur as we go through. You will probably know this as Sodium Chloride or Common Table Salt.
“Hang on, isn’t salt supposed to be bad for you?” I hear you say. In large quantities, yes. We have so much salt in processed food these days that it is easy to get too much. However, Nat Chlor is ESSENTIAL to life and your body biochemically. Too little or too much and everything goes out of balance.
This week we look at
- Balancing fluids in the body.
Your references for this week are The Clinical Science of Biochemic Medicine Part 3
- What Dr WH Schuessler Says p 54
- Signs and Symptoms p55-56
- Facial Diagnosis book p59
- Interesting Notes p60-61
About Sodium Chloride
Sodium Chloride is abundant in nature from the sea to rock beds. It is mined from solid deposits or taken from open cut mines. It is collected via evaporation in warmer countries, or freezing in Norther countries of Europe from salty waters.
With the exception of Calc Phos, the body contains more sodium chloride than any other inorganic salt. Our bodies are 70% water, and without sodium chloride nothing would work. Sodium Chloride uses water to move minerals, energy (protons and electrons) and more around the body. We need sodium chloride to build up and carry on the functions of life. It is also a vehicle to eliminate waste substances.
Any deficiency of this Tissue Salt affects the water balance in the body’s cells, and the ability for the cells to carry out their function.
Where Sodium Chloride is found in the body
Sodium chloride is in:
- all the intercellular fluids
- about one third of bone and cartilage
Role of Sodium Chloride in the body
Sodium Chloride is needed to balance your body’s fluids. Remember how we talked about osmosis in EClasses 1 and 2. It is because the intercellular fluids and the cells contain different concentrations of sodium chloride that the fluid can move in and out of the cells from a higher concentration to a lower concentration.
Sodium Chloride is therefore an incredibly important mineral for the body. If sodium chloride is deficient in the cells then the fluids cannot travel in and out of the cells.
- It regulates the body’s fluid balance,
- In low concentrations it promotes digestion, especially fluid metabolism
- Loosens mucous in the respiratory organs
- When blood composition is deficient it helps rebalance the minerals.
When you suffer sunstroke, water is drawn from other parts of the body, especially the nape of the neck causing pressure against the bottom of the brain. When mild it may cause a migraine, when severe, this can be dangerous and life threatening. Nat Chlor relieves sunstroke safely and quickly. (This does not mean you take a teaspoon of table salt, a grain or two of table salt is all that is needed if you do not have the Tissue Salt Nat Chlor)
Delirium tremens is a psychotic condition typical of withdrawal in chronic alcoholics, involving tremors, hallucinations, anxiety, and disorientation. Typically, it occurs after they stop or reduce their alcohol intake significantly. It affects how water is used in the body due to a lack of sodium chloride molecules. Very severe cases of delirium tremens have been relieved in one hour by giving frequent doses of Nat Chlor.
How and why.
The problem of too much salt
Today there is a real problem of excessive use of salt. Because there is so much salt used as a preservative in foods it is very easy to eat too much salt. The result is that there is a widespread deficiency of Sodium Chloride in the cells. This in turn causes Cravings for salt.
So how does eating too much salt cause a deficiency of Sodium Chloride?
Sodium Chloride balance can be disrupted by eating too much table salt, or eating food with too many preservatives.
If you eat too much salt, the concentration of sodium chloride in the intercellular fluids increases. The concentration is then higher than the concentration of Sodium Chloride in the cells so it can’t enter the cells. If it did, the cells would have too much and would die. Because the sodium chloride isn’t entering the cells, the cells are still deficient, so send the message for more salt. Your body feels a craving for salt so eats more foods containing salt. And so the cycle continues.
Whilst this means that it is wise to reduce our intake of table salts, this does not mean that we don’t need Sodium Chloride Tissue Salt.
If you give a Biochemic Dose (a micro dose) of Sodium Chloride at this time in the form of Nat Chlor Tissue Salt, the amount used balances. The dose given is less than the concentration in the cells, and once again, osmosis balances the concentration and the vicious cycle can be broken. Equilibrium is restored.
Let’s talk about mucous and digestion
Sodium Chloride is responsible for making and maintaining mucous in the body. Mucous plays an important role in the body, protecting the mucous membranes, and protecting the stomach and digestive tract from the acids of digestion.
If there is a Sodium Chloride deficiency, discharges of mucin (the unbound discharge of mucous) comes to the surface, or mucous membranes become dry. This can also lead to loss of sense of taste and smell.
Taste buds stimulate the stomach and pancreas. Taste buds need Sodium Chloride to function. The When the cells of the stomach and pancreas are stimulated they provide the necessary mucin lining, the correct amount of hydrochloric acid for digestion. In the pancreas its the enzymes needed for digestion.
Sodium Chloride helps to neutralise acids. It acts as a “buffer”.
Chew your food
When you chew your food a whole lot of things start happening.
- enzymes in the saliva start breaking down the food into the elements of nutrition
- The elements of nutrition are absorbed through the buccal mucosa (lining of the cheeks and under the tongue)
- Tastebuds are stimulated providing mucin
- Hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes are produced.
Production of new cells
You need Sodium Chloride to produce new cells. Without it, cells can’t absorb the liquids or nutrition they need to develop.
A deficiency of Sodium chloride the stomach makes more alkaline mucous resulting in constipation.
Detoxification and Binding toxins
Sodium Chloride helps in the detoxification process. It binds metallic poisons and organic poisons. These toxins decay causing fatigue. Its important to have No. 5 Potassium Phosphate helping to eliminate the toxins and decay from the body.
Functions of sodium salts in the body
There are three Sodium Minerals used in the body
Sodium Phosphate – attracts fluids to the cells
Sodium Chloride – distributes the fluids
Sodium Sulphate – excretes the fluids from the cells.
You only need one of the sodium salts to be out of balance to cause a disturbance in the other salts.
Exercise 1 – How much is too much salt?
Salt intake comparison
How much salt do you eat? Do you add salt to your food, if so, what foods do you add salt to? Have you stopped using salt completely, or do you know someone who has? How much processed food do you eat?
- Notice how much salt you eat in one day.
Even if you think you don’t eat salt, check any packaged foods for sodium content.
- Are there certain foods that you add salt to on your plate, for example I will add salt to homemade potato wedges, but generally won’t add salt to any other food on my plate.
- Do you add salt in your cooking?
- How much salt is there in any processed foods you eat.
- Now compare that with someone else, for example
- My husband loves Corn Chips and peanuts, and will come home after work. Or when watching TV at night and eat a huge bowl as a snack.
- Sitting down to dinner, a person who reaches for the salt to shake over their meal. How much do they use?
- Someone who eats lots of packaged foods
- Someone who uses no salt at all. I have some clients who have been asked by their doctors to add salt because they use none and are experiencing symptoms.
- Recommendations by other practitioners to use Himalayan salt in water, How much?
Start to observe. Next week we will show you how to recognise Sodium Chloride deficiency in clinic. The question is going to be why? Learning to observe how people use salt can help you determine why they may be deficient.
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Next week, we will look at the signs symptoms and indications for Nat Chlor in the body, and how it can be the vital missing link in a treatment.
See you then.
No. 8 Nat Chlor
autonomic nervous system – the part of the nervous system responsible for control of body
functions that are not consciously directed, such as breathing, heartbeat and digestion.
arthritis – acute or chronic inflammation of a joint, often accompanied by pain and structural
changes and having diverse causes, as infection, crystal deposition, or injury.
bradytrophic – having slow acting nutritive processes.
buffer – a solution which resists changes in PH when an acid or alkali is added to it.
bulimia – a habitual disturbance in eating behaviour mostly affecting young women of normal
weight, characterized by frequent episodes of grossly excessive food intake followed by
self-induced vomiting to avert weight gain
causalgia – a severe burning pain sensation in the hand or foot caused by peripheral nerve
injury. It is often aggravated by the slightest stimulation, or intensified by emotions.
gingivitis – inflammation of the gums, characterized by redness and swelling.
mucin – any of a class of glycoproteins found in saliva, gastric juice, etc., that form viscous
solutions and act as lubricants or protectants on external and internal surfaces of the body.
vegetative disturbances – (A) Vegetative symptoms are disturbances of a person’s functions necessary to
maintain life (vegetative functions). These disturbances are most commonly seen in mood disorders,
and are part of the diagnostic criteria for depression, but also appear in other conditions. (Wikipedia.com)
vegetative disturbances – (B)Vegetative functions are those bodily processes most directly concerned
with maintenance of life.This category encompasses nutritional, metabolic, and endocrine functions including
eating, sleeping, menstruation, bowel function, bladder activity, and sexual performance. These functions can
be altered by a wide variety of psychologic states. (John B. Griffin, 1990)