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Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler 1821 - 1889

April 11, 2008

Wilhelm Heinrich
SchuesslerWilhelm Heinrich Schuessler (1821-1889) (also spelt Schussler) was a German homeopath who trained as an ordinary doctor, so he could practice homeopathy.

Schuessler invented the World famous Tissue Salts.

From Schuessler was born in the town of Zwischenahn in Oldenburg, Germany. He was a very studious boy. Owing to his outstanding abilities, he devoted most of his time to foreign languages. Latin, Greek, French, English, Spanish, and Italian were easily mastered by him.

When he grew into a young man, Schuessler decided to become a homeopathic practitioner.

On hearing this, his brother promised assistance on the condition only if he would become a legally qualified physician practicing Homeopathy. Schuessler accepted the offer and studied medicine at the Universities of Berlin, Paris, Giessen, and Prague, obtaining his M.D. after two and a half years.

He started his practice as a homeopathic physician at Oldenburg. In 1873, Schuessler published in the ‘General Homeopathic Journal’ (Allgemeine Hom Zeitung) vol. 86, page 91, the first treatise of his new healing system under the title ”An Abridged Homoeopathic Therapy.”

In 1874, his first book ”An Abridged Therapy Based on Physiology and Cellular Pathology” was published, which was destined to carry his theory around the globe.

Two leaders in the world of science had shown him the path for exploration. They are:

1. Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow was the founder of Cellular Pathology, which teaches that all diseases are based upon a change in function or condition of cells in the body. The possibility of stimulating these cells forms the starting point of Schuessler’s doctrine.

  1. The second to influence Schuessler was Professor Jacob Moleschott who pointed out “the structure and vitality of the organs depended upon the presence of the inorganic constituents”.

To the above two theses Dr. Schuessler added his doctrine: “Restoration of the cell, and thereby of the body, will result from restoration of the deficit of the inorganic salts.”

Schuessler’s system of treatment is called Biochemic Therapy. It is an offshoot of homeopathy as the twelve salts used were homeopathic medicines. Biochemic salts are used in potentised form as homeopathic drugs.

While the biochemic salts supply the deficiency in the tissues and cells of the body to restore their vitality, the homeopathic remedies produce a similar vital disorder to stimulate the vital force to check the natural diseases.

Therefore, Schuessler’s therapy is concerned with the corporeal disorder and homeopathy restores the vital or spiritual disorder.

From Schuessler founded the ‘biochemic system’, an ideological offshoot of homeopathy, which concentrates on cellular activity only and ignores mental symptoms and generals, and thus comes close to the pathology of low potency homeopaths like Dr. Richard Hughes.

He published the New Treatment of Disease, Abridged Therapeutics Founded upon Histology and Cellular Pathology [1884, 9th edition], giving special indications for the application of the inorganic cell salts and indications of the underlying conditions of morbid states of tissues, the ‘biochemic method’ of treating disease [Met. Res. Group, 1989], see his The Biochemical Treatment of Disease, and Biochemic Pocket Guide‘.

He introduced the Tissue Salts in 1875 [Margaret Tyler, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, p.375]. Typical of the period, his cell salts are prepared in 3x or 6x potencies.

Translated from the German Wikipedia

  • was the founder of “Biochemischen healing way,” the therapy with the so called Schüßler salts.

Schuessler has since 1852 in Paris, Berlin and studied medicine in Giessen. On 1 March 1855 he was from the University of Giessen without charge a dissertation, without benefit of proof and in the absence of Doctor of Medicine for a doctorate.

Subsequently, he studied in Prague, where he lectures on, among other things homeopathy visited. The application for the medical examination of State to obtain the permit profession as a physician 1855 was rejected, not only because Schüßler no ordinary study documents, but had no high school.

Therefore, he fetched up to the 1857 matriculation examination in Prague and was then finally in Oldenburg to the national examination, in which he, however, due to poor performance…

Schüßler started then addressed to the City Council Oldenburg facing signature collection among citizens of the city, with the request that his professional licence to be obtained. He finally got it on January 2, 1858, also because Schüßler assured only homeopathic activities. 1861 he joined the Central Homeopathic Association.

After his first 15 years as a homeopathic doctor practiced, he developed a therapy, in which diseases with potenzierten, homeopathically prepared, salt treated, their lack Schüßler after the disease would cause.

1873 he published his theories, the first time in the “General Homeopathic newspaper” and was thus much skepticism and criticism among the homeopaths.

1876 he left the Central Homeopathic Association again and the reason for this so that there “leading men my therapy as a homeopathic not want to acknowledge.”

1878 he wrote in his central work “An Abbreviated Therapy”: “I have everything, theory and practice on the Molekularwirkung the said 12 salts from me determined in a system brought, and my cure the name, biochemistry ‘. “The biochemistry of homeopathy is not the same.”

The theses Schüßlers contradict scientific knowledge on the functioning of organisms and the pathology. Nevertheless, the use of salts Schüßler - particularly in Germany under Alternative Medicine trailers is widespread.

1932 was on the grounds of the former headquarters of the stem Madaus plant Radebeuler garden on the street on the occasion of the Federal Congress of the Federal Biochemischen Germany Schüßler a monument inaugurated. After the destruction of the premises was the 1945 head on the grounds of the former Madaus Park sunk… it was (the) rediscovered bust (of his head)..

Also translated from German - He was born on 21 August 1821 in Bad Zwischenahn … March 1898 when he died Oldenburg, where for many years he has spent his life.

Schüssler studied in Paris, Berlin, cast and Prague and graduated in Giessen in medicine.

First, Dr. William Henry Schüssler fifteen years as a homeopathic doctor.

The discoveries Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow made concerning the cells of the human body discovered fascinate Dr. Schüssler however, that he begins, on the basis of the doctrine cells for the causes of disease and their treatment research.

They presented Dr. Schüssler its emphasis on Minerallstoffe and trace elements.

Gradually, he discovered twelve mineral salts required for the functioning of the human body are very important.

Dr. Schüssler find out where these minerals occur in the human body.

On the basis of these mineral Dr. Schüssler doctrine developed a method, such as mineral salts can be prepared in such a way that they comply with his idea of the body are especially well received.

These guided him on the methods of homeopathy how substances exponentially, and available as a tablet.

According to Dr. Schüssler differs his new method, however much of homeopathy because of its mineral treatment is not the simile principle is applied, what homeopathy is so crucial (Simlie principle: The same is similar healed). Dr. Schüssler calls his method of treatment “Biochemistry” because the chemical relationships of human biology be considered.

The new treatment method by Dr. Schüssler soon finds enthusiastic supporters and the number of patients is growing very fast. Thousands of patients each year to its aid. Today, the biochemistry after Dr. Schüssler nothing to lose relevance. Especially given the desire for a gentle Meidzin the mineral salts after Dr. Schüssler always popular.


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