by Gretchen Lawlor
Homeopathy and astrology have colluded to provide an extraordinary series of astrological tonics, one particularly suited to each of the 12 signs, Aries through Pisces. These are called "homeopathic cell salts" or "biochemical cell salts", and can be used by someone without a medical background to improve the quality of health for themselves, their families and their friends.
These cell salts are available in most health food stores, are inexpensive and easy to take. They are very popular with children, who like the tiny sweet pellets that easily dissolve in the mouth. In adolescence the cell salts are invaluable, as teen bodies are easily depleted by hormonal activity and growth spurts. Cell salts are also used extensively with elderly people because of the gentleness of their action and their tonic support to tissues and functions that are beginning to falter.
Cell salts are not drugs, but rather highly purified compounds of naturally occurring minerals that are normal constituents of the human body. They are found in trace amounts in foods, and like vitamins are used up in the complex chemical reactions of the cells. They therefore must be replenished in order to maintain healthy cells and tissues.
How Cell Salts Fit Your Astrology Chart
People born under different signs are prone to particular health problems. Virgo is liable to suffer from intestinal difficulties, Cancer has an easily disturbed stomach, and Taurus has a sensitive throat. A medical astrologer knows that the full picture, drawn from the complete horoscope, with all the planets and their interactions delineated, is a fuller, more accurate picture of an individual's unique constitution.
However, even the novice astrologer possessing the absolute basic information, that of the date of birth, can make a considerable contribution to the health of those around them by suggesting the use of a cell salt based on a correlation with the sun sign.
Each person uses more of their birth salt than any other. Use it in times of stress as a tonic to prevent a crisis or a lingering debility. Cell salts can also be used for specific conditions, from acute first aid to more chronic conditions. For example, Kali mur. (Potassium chloride) is used to clear the residual effects of colds and flu such as fluid in the ear or excessive mucus in nose and throat. Calc fluor. (Calcium fluoride) is useful for people prone to varicose veins, helping the veins regain their elasticity. Ferrum phos. (Iron phosphate) is a natural source of iron for anemia.
Although the most common use of cell salts is based upon correlation with the sun sign, there are times when one would choose to use the cell salt which correlates with the moon sign, and supports its function. Although the cell salts can have a significant effect upon physical problems, they also profoundly influence the subtle energy bodies, including the emotional, mental, etheric, and spiritual.
When there is tremendous emotional stress people use more of the cell salt associated with the moon sign. When the body becomes depleted in this salt, symptoms manifest such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression and fearfulness about even the most simple daily circumstances. Use of the cell salt related to the Moon sign will restore their sense of safety and emotional resilience.
Lunar cell salts are based on the position of the moon in the individual's horoscope, which is frequently placed in a sign other than that of the sun sign. However, the correlation is still the same. For example, Calc fluor. (Calcium fluoride) is the salt for those born while the sun is in Cancer. Calc fluor. is also used to support a moon in Cancer, with its tendency to emotional hypersensitivity and armoring. In this situation, Calc fluor. adds emotional resiliency and decreases the instinctive tendency of the Cancer moon to isolate themselves or to feign indifference to slights or assaults.
In the first seven years of life, when the moon is the most influential planet, the lunar cell salts are the most appropriate choice as a tonic. If a specific health problem is presenting, take both the salt of the moon and the salt that pertains to the specific condition.
ARIES (March 21-April 20):
KALI PHOS. (Potassium phosphate) is the Aries cell salt. It is a nerve nutrient with a significant effect upon the nerve cells, especially the brain cells. It is used for all forms of mental fatigue, as well as for depression, insomnia, irritability, hysteria and headaches. Nervous disorders and fatigue from long hours of concentration and overwork are particularly responsive to Kali phos.
Aries rules the external, internal and structural parts of the head and brain. Kali phos. creates the gray matter of the brain. It would help people who experience periods of impaired circulation to the head and brain during this time, causing irritability, sleeplessness, inability to think efficiently and/or memory problems.
TAURUS (April 21-May20):
NAT SULPH. (Sodium sulfate) is the Taurus cell salt, and the first to use when a person born under Taurus becomes ill. Its main function is to remove excess fluids from the body. It is one of the most important salts affecting the digestive organs. The bile of the liver, the pancreatic juices and the secretions of the kidneys are all regulated by Nat sulph. A deficiency of Nat sulph. is shown by symptoms such as tiredness and sluggishness upon waking, gall stones, constipation and jaundice. Complaints caused or aggravated by living in damp conditions, such as rheumatism or asthma benefit from use of this cell salt.
Taurus rules the throat, tonsils, thyroid, lower jaw and metabolic system. Colds and sore throats occur with increased frequency when the digestive organs are not functioning harmoniously, and can be eliminated from their tendency to recur with every minor stress.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
KALI MUR. (Potassium chloride) is the cell salt for Gemini. Gemini rules the lungs, bronchial tree, shoulders, arms and hands, the tubes of the body and the central nervous system. Kali mur. is the cell salt essential to the formation of most cells in the body except the bone cells, and helps the cells retain their shape.
Symptoms of a deficiency of Kali mur. are congestion of the bronchial tubes, excessive mucus in nose and sinuses. swollen glands, including mumps and tonsillitis. Chronic inflammation of the mucus membranes can occur when the body is unable to break down nutrients and they are being run off in the form of mucus. Kali mur. breaks down mucus and allows the body to effectively create new tissue from dietary intake.
CANCER (June 21-July 20):
CALC FLUOR .(Calcium fluoride) is the Cancer cell salt. It is an important constituent of the hard tissue of the body, the teeth, bones, fingernails, the lens of the eye and the elastic fibers in muscle tissue. In deficiency it cause loss of elasticity in tissue and malnutrition of the bones.
Cancer rules the stomach, breasts, body fluids and mucus membranes. Calc fluor. provides nourishment to the structures that contain and support the body. It also provides the flexibility needed for optimum function of the Cancer rules organs. It keeps abdominal and breast tissue supple and restores resilience to boggy or fissured mucus membranes. Emotionally it prevents the armoring Cancerians are prone to in their desire to protect their natural sensitivity.
LEO (July 21-August 22):
MAG PHOS (Magnesium phosphate) is the cell salt for Leo. Physiologically Leo rules the heart, upper back, diaphragm and cardiac system. Magnesium has recently been identified in allopathic medicine as a critical mineral for the prevention of heart attacks.
In naturopathic medicine, the cell salt Mag phos has a long-standing tradition of use in situations involving cramp, convulsions, spasms or paralysis. Mag phos is the great anti-pain salt, a natural aspirin without side effects, and is indicated in all conditions of cramp and spasm- headaches, angina, neuralgia's, menstrual cramps, even the bronchial spasms of an acute asthma attack.
VIRGO (August 23-September 22):
KALI SULPH. (Potassium sulfate) is the salt attributed to those born under the sign of Virgo. Virgo rules the small intestine, the spleen and the lower alimentary system. Kali sulph. improves the body's ability to take up nutrition efficiently, and particularly to make and distribute oils throughout the system.
As we age, our decreasing ability to effectively use what we eat shows up in dryness of the skin and hair. Kali sulph. assists (with another cell salt, Ferrum phos.) in the oxygenation of skin cells, and is the lubricant that keeps the body machinery functioning. A deficiency of Kali sulph. can cause eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, any diseases where there has been a rash or scaling of the skin.
LIBRA (September 23-October 22):
NAT PHOS. (sodium phosphate) is the Libra cell salt. Libra rules the kidneys and lower back, and the acid/alkaline balance of the body. Nat phos. prevents excess acidity or alkalinity, especially in the bloodstream. It assists the kidneys in their function and is used to treat gout, kidney stones, ulcers and stomach acidity. Emotionally Nat phos. is helpful in restoring emotional equilibrium, especially after mental exertion, or exposure to extremely stressful or tense environments.
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21) :
CALC SULPH. (calcium sulfate) is the Scorpio cell salt. Calc Sulph is an important constituent of all connective tissue and essential to the healing process as a purifying agent.
Scorpio rules the colon, sexual organs, large intestine, eliminative channels and outlets and the prostate gland. Calc sulph provides a protective coating to these organs. When it is lacking we get boils, skin eruptions, fistula or chronic constipation or diarrhea. Another manifestation is barrenness or impotence, as the body is incapable of providing a competent protective coating for egg and sperm.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 22):
SILICA is the cell salt for those born under the sign of Sagittarius. It is of use whenever there is pus to be discharged, such as in boils, abscesses or splinters. Taking silica after surgery helps minimize scar formation, and can assist the body to expel foreign objects such as splinters.
Sagittarius rules the liver, hips, thighs, sciatic nerve and autonomic nervous system. Sagittarians under stress use up their Silica, leaving themselves prone to chronic problems involving liver function or hip degeneration later on in life. Silica is an important constituent of the cells of the connective tissue and the epidermis, of the bones, teeth, even the lens of the eye. Inadequate silica can make the teeth susceptible to decay, the hair dull and the nails brittle.
CAPRICORN (December 21-January 20):
CALC PHOS. (Calcium phosphate) is the cell salt of Capricorn. It is an important constituent of the bones. Capricorn rules the skeletal system, especially the teeth, the knees and the joints, the gall bladder and the skin. The body requires larger amounts of Calc phos. than any other, especially during childhood and growth spurts, or when recovering from broken bones. Skeletal problems such as rickets, curvature of the spine and tooth decay respond well to this cell salt.
Elderly people are particularly responsive to Calc phos. because it not only adds calcium to the system but improves gastric digestive function so all vitamins and minerals are better assimilated. Pregnant women find this form of calcium gentle and well received by the body, as do children, who can develop overly strong bones too early if given supplemental calcium in other forms.
AQUARIUS (January 21-February 19):
NAT MUR. (Natrum muriaticum) is the cell salt of Aquarius. Nat mur. has the effect of attracting or drawing away water from affected parts of the body, to redistribute it wherever it is needed. Symptoms of insufficient Nat mur. are associated with watery colds, dryness or excessive salivation of the mouth, constipation, malaria, even herpes or any watery blisters on the skin or mucus membranes.
Aquarius rules the blood and circulation, the ankles, the spinal cord, and the electrical force of the nerves. Nat mur. supports the smooth and even flow of electricity through and across the nerves. Lack of Nat mur. can cause sleeplessness and prevent proper nerve synapse firing- with consequent learning and speaking difficulties, and intermittent nerve pains.
PISCES (February 20-March 20:
FERRUM PHOS. (Iron phosphate) is the cell salt for Pisces. It is the only common metal salt among the twelve cell salts, and is critically important in its function of making all of the other cell salts more effective. It is required for healthy red blood cells; lack of it can cause anemia.
Pisces rules the lymphatic system and the feet. Ferrum phos. distributes oxygen to all body organs and tissues, and is indicated in all cases of inflammation and fever. It enables the blood and the lymph to carry waste and poisons away from affected tissue. It is especially indicated for people who are nervous and sensitive, who come down with every transient cold or flu.