“This union of Sulphur, the great antipsoric, and Potassium, the essential ingredient of all plant and animal life, is truly one of our fundamental constitutional remedies capable of overcoming inherited diseased soil conditions and establishing normal healthy states of mind and body.”
A.H. Grrimmer, The Collected Works
Latin: Kalium sulphuricum Common: Potassium Sulphate
Kalium sulphuricum is the functional salt of the tissues of epidermis and epithelium. It was introduced in homeopathic practice by Dr Schuessler as one of the twelve fundamental tissue remedies. This article shall follow through the usability of Kali-s as a Schuessler salt as well as a homeopathic remedy.
Schuessler Salt & Homeopathic Remedy
Kalium sulphuricum has no homeopathic proving. The many symptoms of this remedy were pointed by Dr Schuessler and others were collected from clinical evidences by Dr John Clarke in his homeopathic practice.
Kalium sulphuricum in the body maintains the transfer of the inhaled oxygen to the cells which contain iron. Its action in the organism is therefore essential for the process of oxidation of cells.
When this mineral compound is deficient, the individuals develop heaviness, weariness, sadness and much anxiety; the head feels giddy, chilliness runs throughout the body, the heart palpitates frequently. All symptoms are aggravated by warmth, especially in a warm room and are better in open cool air.
Desquamation of cells
This medical term means peeling or shedding of outer layer of the skin and of the epithelium. In the body this manifests by the discharge of yellow, yellowish-green and purulent-like substances from the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract, rectum, genitals and the skin. This process is marked indication of Kali-s deficiency in the organism.
Hence forth Kalium sulphuricum is apt to be needed in conditions of respiratory catarrh, skin erruprions, moist scaling eczema, dandruff, chronic sinusitis, psoriasis, asthma, catarrh of the Eustachian tubes and many more.
Excess of Heat & Wandering Pains
However valuable this remedy is, it is suited to some individuals having certain characteristics of body constitution.
The typical patient is warm-blooded and is aggravated by the excess of warmth. This is important modality of Kali-s, and when it’s not present the remedy is not indicated. It is very similar to Pulsatilla in this modality, and also by the aggravation towards evenings. The expectoration from coughing, the secretion from nasal cavities, the discharge from the genitals – in other words, all discharges of Kali-s, are yellow or yellowish-green. The remedy cures similar to Pulsatilla cases, where Pulsatilla has achieved only palliative effect.
The shifting, wandering rheumatic pains in and the craving for fresh air are another similarity between those two remedies. Kalium sulphuricum cures rheumatic arthritis with shifting of pains from one joint to another.
Fact is, that the sulphate of potassium is one of the chief chemical ingredients of the plant Pulsatilla pratensis. Kalium sulphuricum is therefore complementary to Pulsatilla and in many cases it is needed afterwards for its deep action on the mucous tissues.
In bronchial asthma developed after dermatological treatment of eczema; and the attacks are worse in the evenings, and better from opening the window, Kali-s is one of the remedies which should be considered; especially in children. There is much rattling mucus in the bronchi, yellow spittle and the attacks usually occur in warm of hot weather.
The skin complaints attending individuals who need Kalium sulphuricum are moist and crusty. Greenish-yellow substance is secreted from under the crusts; and the crusts are easily detached. Afterwards however the condition of skin is not becoming better, because it becomes dry and formation of scales begins; they fall off in large quantities – sort of self peeling of the skin.
The suppression of the eczema with the variety of chemical medicines which are widely prescribed by dermatologists gives no result; for the eruptions return on the skin – and this is the good reaction. Often the skin troubles transform into respiratory catarrh and asthma.
So the eruptions relapse, often from acute infections, colds or emotions. Kalium sulphuricum is often prescribed in infectious diseases which attend with some sort of eruption, like measles and scarlet fever. The skin is harsh and dry, itchy and burning.
Applying Kalium sulphuricum as a Tissue Salt
In all inflammatory catarrhal conditions, which had reached beyond the initial stages and tend to become chronic; where there is yellowish-green discharge, oxygen deficiency, asthma, pancreatic disorders, skin and mucous membranes affections, disturbances in the development of nails; yellowish-brown discoloration of skin bellow the internal corner of the eyes, old age spots on the skin, etc.
In acute conditions the tissue remedy should be prescribed in 6th of 12th decimal potency, and to be given frequently until the symptoms subside. The chronic cases require long term treatment by a specialist.
*Bibliography: A.H. Grimmer, The Collected works, W. Boericke, The Twelve Tissue Remedies of Schuessler, E.G. Jones, Cancer: Its Causes, Symptoms and Treatment.