E-Class 26 – How do you recognise the facial signs for Nat Chlor

This week

So how do you recognise the facial signs for Nat Chlor

Remember, you will see me shorten this to Nat Chlor or Nat Mur as we go through.

This week we look at

  • Facial signs

Your references for this week are The Clinical Science of Biochemic Medicine Part 3

  • Facial Signs p59
  • Facial Diagnosis book p39

Review – 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.

Sodium Chloride distributes fluids. Therefore, if there is a deficiency, fluids are not distributed correctly, and waste material is not excreted from the cells. This may cause lethargy, weariness, tiredness and more symptoms.

Sodium Chloride assists in the movement and transportation of fluids to the cells. If it isn’t in place, distribution of essential elements is not taking place. Therefore the whole mechanism is disturbed.

Recognising Nat Chlor

As we saw last week there are some key signs that you will see for Sodium Chloride.

puff-facePuffy face

People needing Nat Chlor will often have a fuller face. It may present as puffy from excess fluids, or like the picture right, the full cheeks that some grandmothers love to pinch as they coo over.

You can also see the fluid in the pockets under his eyes.

Puffiness may also show as bloated, puffy and spongy body tissues.

Shines and shadows

The skin can have a gelatinous shine. This can give the appearance of a greasy damp eyelid ring. Yet, if you run a finger over the area to see if the shine comes off, it doesn’t. (We will see a shine that does come off when we do our next mineral.)

poresporesPores

Someone needing Nat Chlor often has open pores. Another way of thinking of this is if you look at the skin of an orange, you can see the tiny holes in the orange skin surface. Similarly in someone needing Nat Chlor, the skins pores are open, not closed, giving a similar texture to their skin tone.

You may be able to see in the picture to the right, dotted beads of sweat in the space between the nose and the top lip. This often happens after exposure to the sun. It may also occur on the forehead.

Tongue signs

The tongue can appear clean or clear as in the picture above. It can also appear to have a thick and slimy coating on it.

Sometimes you will see clear blisters along the edges of the tongue.

A variety of sensations may help you determine a need for Nat Chlor

  • Sensation of a hair or hairs on the tongue
  • Sensation of dryness
  • Burning sensation on the tip of the tongue
  • A metallic taste in the mouth.

Skin Blisters with clear fluid content

Skin Blisters with clear fluid content are a good indication of a need for Nat Chlor. You will see this in lots of different cases, from burns through to insect bites, through to blisters from rubbing of shoes or clothes and more.

In these cases, you can use the tablets internally. For burns follow the instructions for a Nat Chlor compress by soaking a face washer, flannel, or muslin cloth in water with Nat Chlor tablets dissolved in it. This treatment helps take the pain out of a burn as well as helping the skin to heal and recover, and protect the tissue underneath the blister.

Greasy hair

Often the hair will appear greasy (even if it has been regularly washed).

Stools

I know some of you will not want to know about this one, but, clients will tell you this very distinctive sign, and provided great clues to the need for Nat Chlor.

If you don’t like stool talk, move to the next paragraph! The stool of someone needing Sodium Chloride may be described as slimy, covered in mucous (not unlike a condom).

I was asked to prescribe for a client’s dog. The border collie was normally bright and cheerful in nature, but had become despondent, and withdrawn. The dogs owner then described an unusual symptom: the dogs stool was slimy and mucousy. This and a few other signs gave me the clues we needed. I gave the dog Nat Chlor, and within a few days the owner reported that the dog had changed in temperament, and was much improved.

With young children it is pretty easy to spot as well. As adults, it is a great practice of observation to teach your clients.

Creams

Eczema

Weeping eczema can respond to Nat Chlor cream. Some eczemas don’t like the creamy base, so then I do a wet compress for 10 minutes instead.

Skin symptoms

Nat Chlor cream can quickly rehydrate dry skin. I have noticed my skin getting dry, and showing more lines than normal. I could apply Silica or Calc Fluor, but instead decided to apply Nat chlor, and within minutes, the texture of my skin had improved, the fluid was once again taken up, and my face felt hydrated, and the lines seemed to have disappeared or at least dissipated. Put it on your list of “Biochemic Facelift” creams.

Acne and blackheads

Apply the cream sparsely, to help heal acne and blackheads.

Cracks, sores and split skin and lips

Split skin responds well to Nat chlor cream:

  • Split in the centre of the bottom lip
  • Splits or tears in the corner of the mouth
  • Rashes with blisters on the lips including herpes sores
  • Anal fissures
  • Nail bed suppuration or split skin in the nail bed
  • Burns
  • Insect bites – Nat chlor takes the sting out and helps remove the toxin and swelling from the bite.
  • Dry withered skin
  • Cracked nipples

Bedsores

We speak about bedsores in a number of remedies e-classes.

  • Use the cream to the edges, not in the ulcerated section.
  • Use crushed tablets in the centre of the ulcer. Depending on the presentation you might choose
    • Ferrum Phos in the morning to clear any infection, then one of the following:
    • Silica in the evening to draw out infection and pus
    • Nat Sulph in the evening to draw out fluids and infection of a wet ulcer
    • Calc Sulph in the evening to help the ulcer to close over and heal properly

Nappy rash / Diaper rash

Nat chlor cream can soothe the skin.

Oedema

Nat mur cream can help redistribute the fluids in tight and puffed up oedema. Dressings on doughy swollen joints can be applied with the cream, to reduce oedema and swelling.

Pleuritis

Nat Chlor cream can help the fluids to distribute and ease symptoms of pleuritis or inflammation of the pleura of the lung. This inflammation can leave dry membranes rubbing against each other causing pain, or alternately too much fluid causing pressure and pain. In either case, Nat Chlor helps to distribute the fluids and provide relief.

Take some time to consider how else you might be able to use the cream.

Enjoy!

Exercise 1

Watch the video for this eclass at for Nat Chlor

Exercise 2 – Facial Signs

Choose a variety of  Nat Chlor facial signs to look out for over the next few days. Look at clients, people in the street, your family, the bus. And start to get familiar with the signs.

Next week

Next week, we will look at the next in our series of fluid balancers in the body –  Sodium Phosphate.

See you then.

Robyn

Glossary

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)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK318/