EClass 31 – No. 11 Silica – Rejuvenating

E-Class 31 – No. 11 Silica – Rejuvenating

This week

Silica works with the connective tissues of the body. It is involved in far more than hair and nails so lets see what else…

This week we look at how Silica

  • stabilises connective tissue
  • assists in fighting infections
  • and more

Your references for this week are The Clinical Science of Biochemic Medicine Part 4

  • What Schuessler says p77
  • Sodium Phosphate p78-79
  • Signs and Symptoms p80
  • Indications 81
  • Facial Diagnosis book p45

Where it is found

Silica is found in all cells, and therefore all organs. It is found in the skin, hair and nails.  Dr Schussler reported that it is found in the neurilemma: a cell that enfolds one or more axons of the nervous system. Silica is in the Myelin fibres of the nerve sheath. Lungs, lymph glands and the adrenal glands all contain high amount of Silica. Silica provides strength, resistance and resilience to these tissues.

Children have 50% more silica in their bodies than adults.

Role of Silica in the body

Silica’s role is one of cohesiveness and solidity.  It is the mineral of rejuvenation. Silicea is definitely a constitutional remedy. Its main targets are the connective tissue, the bone and lymphoid tissues, the skin and its appendages (teeth, hair, nails etc.) and the central nervous system.

Silica activates phagocytes, the scavenger cells of the body, and is an important defense against infections.

Signs of deficiency

When Silica is deficient, you may experience:

  • exhaustion, malnutrition and early aging signs will show.
  • Flabbiness of tissues
  • Early stages of atrophy of the connective tissues

It may also destroy cell activity.

Who it is useful for people who:

  • Have Weak connective tissues
  • Have Difficulty fighting off infections
  • Don’t run a temperature easily
  • Skin doesn’t heal easily

Rejuvenating Properties

Children or young people have up to 50% more Silica in their body than the elderly.

By maintaining cohesiveness and solidity of tissue Silica has a tightening effect, which helps to reduce wrinkles. Deafness due to aging is due to reduced connective tissue, hence a deficiency of Silica.

Reducing acidity

When Sodium Phosphate is deficient for a long time, your body deposits the products of acidity in nerve tissue.   Silica and Nat Phos complement one another and together help to reduce acidity in the body. Silica dissolves uric acid deposits which form as crystals in the joints. The crystals may appear as rheumatism, gout or as pain in finger joints and toes.

Silica and Sodium Phosphate also treat kidney stones.  Alternate the two remedies before and after meals.

Infections

In the e-classes we discussed how Ferrum Phos and Kali Chlor are important in the first stage of any infection and inflammation. If these salts don’t stop the infection, then Silica should be used to help draw out the infection and inflammation. When Silica is deficient, suppuration, the process of pus forming to collect foreign matter or dead cells so that it can be removed from the body, doesn’t occur properly. The greater the deficiency, the more painful the swelling is where the body is trying to discharge the substance.

For example, if you get  a splinter in your finger, your body will try to help to remove it by creating pus around it and swelling to help push it out of the body. Silica will activate the phagocytes (or scavenger cells) and is useful for helping the body to remove the infection.

Ear infections

Silica successfully treats ear infections, particularly those of the inner ear, allowing the pus to flow from the affected ear.

Dissolve Upward of 5 tablets x 5 times per day in warm water for quick relief.

Continue treatment for four days.

Other minerals that can be given in conjunction are:

5 x Silica and

2 x Ferrum Phos.

Potassium Chloride is very helpful, in which case give

5 x Silica

1 x Ferrum Phos and

1 x Potassium Chloride

Fractures

Fractures and broken bones need rebuilding. We have spoken about using Calcium Phosphate and Calcium Fluoride. Adding Silica will help to stabilise the connective tissues and help the body to repair. When treating fractures use Silica in conjunction with Calcium Fluoride and Calcium Phosphate.

Undernourished children

Some children appear undernourished or under developed. Sometimes children eat well and seem to be getting good nutrition, yet they still appear undernourished. Constitutionally under-developed children, may not metabolise their food well, affecting nutrient uptake, even if they do eat well. These children should be treated with Silica. Treatment will be long term, often several years.

Children who are skinny, not growing can benefit from

2 x Calc Phos before meals

2 x Silica after meals

Consider too, that Silica helps with the communication of messages. It is found in the nerves and nerve sheaths. Children with attention deficit symptoms or ADHD symptoms may benefit from the above prescription or similar if the signs and symptoms correlate.

Regulating perspiration

Silica helps regulate perspiration and the secretion of toxic substances through the skin. It is an excellent remedy for people suffering strong body odours.

Sweaty feet with “raw” skin between the toes are a good indication for silica.

Night sweats are another indication for Silica.

Itching in elderly patients

Elderly patients may exhibit a desire to scratch, describing continuous itching sensations. This may due to a deficiency in Silica. However, check carefully that there are no other mineral deficiencies causing the symptoms.

Sensitivity to noise and light

Sensitivity can be one of the problems with silica. This can be due to a deficiency in Silica.

Twitching movements that happen when falling asleep (different to restless legs syndrome) are well treated with Silica.

Sometimes there is a distinct aversion for hot or warm meals, especially meat. Consider this when treating clients with Coeliac disease.

Headaches

Typical tension headaches where the neck is tight and the tension starts at the occiput and move towards the eyes are well treated with silica.

Exercise 1

Consider why there may be more than 50% more silica in children than in adults.

Glossary

No. 11. Silica

atrophy – a wasting or decrease in the size of an organ or tissue, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished cellular proliferation, pressure, ischemia (local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow), malnutrition, decreased function, or hormonal changes

celiac disease – a gastrointestinal disease characterized by an inability to absorb the protein gluten, resulting in diarrhea, the passage of stools having a high fat content, and nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Individuals with celiac disease must avoid ingesting products made from grains containing gluten, including wheat, rye, barley, and oats

connective tissue – tissue that connects, supports, binds, or encloses the structures of the body. Connective tissues are made up of cells embedded in an extracellular matrix and include bones, cartilage, mucous membranes, fat, and blood

obstipation – a severe form of constipation, usually resulting from obstruction of the intestinal tract

synovitis – inflammation of a synovial membrane that surrounds the joint

Suppuration – process of pus forming. If you can’t remove a tiny splinter from your finger, over time some suppuration may occur around it. Use the noun suppuration when you need a nice clean medical term for the formation of pus, the white substance that sometimes oozes from a sore or a pimple.