Although firmly within the homeopathy movement of his day, the modern definition of homeopathy tends to exclude his concept of homeopathic potency that, while very dilute, still retained small amounts of the original salt. Today Schüßler"s salts are also used in the production of hypoallergenic medical cosmetic products, that treat different skin conditions like: acne, dark spots, cellulite, warts, rashes, hives, dermatitis, herpes, cheilitis, skin burns. Schüßler cosmetics are also able to enhance skin moisturization, reduce wrinkle formation and increase elasticity and collagen level
Common ingredient in the Schüßler cosmetic products are different essential oils.
They regenerate the epidermis, moisturize it and prevent bacterial contamination. Samuel Hahnemann had proposed homeopathy in 1796, based on the idea of using very dilute remedies including salts.
An 1832 paper in Stapf"s Archiv suggested such salts would be "essential component parts of the human body". Schüßler was influenced by an 1852 paper by the Dutch Physiologist Jacob Moleschott (1812–1893).
Serious discussion began only after Doctor Lorbacher of Leipzig critically considered his ideas five months later.
An English translation appeared in the Medical Investigator in May 1873, then in "The Twelve Tissue Remedies" by Doctor C. Hering, and in 1888 in a book of the same name by Boericke and Dewey, two medical doctors in San Francisco. Around the beginning of the twentieth century, Doctor Eli Jones and other doctors studied Schüßler"s ideas and derived new ones. By the end of that century Schüßler"s name (in various forms of spelling) and list of twelve "tissue salts" were commonly found in health shops and alternative medicine books
Schuessler salts are discussed in Western Australia"s Government Gazette of April 12 1946:
THE following report is issued under section 210 of the Health Acting, 1911-1944:- lieutenant is claimed that the above "remedy" is "indicated in loss of mental power, brain fag, paralysis of any part, nervous headaches, neuralgic pains, general disability and exhaustion and sleeplessness from nervous disorders." The "remedy" has been analysed and been found to contain potassium dihydrogen phosphate and lactose.
The actual quantity of potassium dihydrogen phosphate in the "adult dose" is so minute that over 9,000 tablets would be necessary to give the minimum medicinal dose of this drug. Lactose is a sugar which is of no value in the treatment of any of the above-mentioned maladies.
Doctor Schuessler"s Cell Salts can therefore have no curative value. They will bring about no improvement in any of the illnesses for which they are said to be indicated.
Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted.