No. 4 Potassium chloratum
Chlorine potassium, chlorine potash, potassium chloride, hydrochloric potash, somewhat obsolete: potassium muriaticum or potassium hydrochloricum.
ORGAN: All glands, connective tissue, fasciae
1.1 Recommended potency: D 6
No. 4 Potassium chloratum builds up the fibrous material in the body.
The collagenous connective tissue consists mainly of molecules with a fibrous structure.
Potassium chloratum is necessary for the building of muscle fibres and nerve fibres.
If No. 4 potassium chloratum is used up, fibrous material can leak out through the skin, milia develop, they are also called skin gravel.
In the bronchial tubes, the fibrous material is bound to the bronchial mucus with the help of No. 4 potassium chloratum. If No. 4 potassium chloratum is used up, this fibrous material loses its hold and precipitates as whitish mucus and the mucous cough develops.
A very important building material of the mucous membranes and other parts of the body, especially the connective tissue1, consists of fibrous material, a protein compound. The fibrous material is a thread-like tissue element in micro- to macroscopic size as connective tissue, muscle, nerve or glial fibres. The latter are components of the cell tissue in the nervous system. Potassium chloratum has a special connection to the fibrous material in which it binds it.
No. 4 keeps the blood fibre in solution. In the blood, potassium chloratum forms fibrinogen, the blood fibre, which is of great importance for blood clotting. However, a deficiency of potassium chloratum leads to an increased release of fibrous material; this restricts the blood flow, its viscosity, it is thickened.
No. 4 is used for soft swellings, which usually occur after acute inflammations, e.g. soft swellings of joints.
This number is the remedy for the second stage of a disease, namely when the disease begins to take hold in the body, i.e. before it becomes chronic. If the organism is not able to defend itself sufficiently against the disease, there is a danger that it will take root in the body. The sign of this is usually the soft swellings.
Potassium chloratum is the remedy that supports the glands for their many tasks in the body.
This mineral is the glandular fuel: in the bronchi it is the mucous glands, the glands of the digestive tract secrete the various digestive enzymes (parietal cells in the stomach, pancreas). If No. 4 is strongly consumed in the digestive tract, a white coating appears on the tongue. Breast-feeding mothers need No. 4 as an operating agent for the mammary glands; together with No. 8, milk secretion is stimulated.
As a glandular remedy, it is also of great importance for the emotional and mental balance of the human being. All human feelings are in fact accompanied on the physical level by substances, which are produced by corresponding glands and released into the body.
No. 4 Potassium chloratum is a detoxifying agent for chemical toxins, it also helps the organism to build up the immune defence during vaccinations. (No.2+3+4+8+20) Given together with No. 2 Calcium phosphoricum, this mixture can be given preventively, but also after vaccination. As low fever often occurs after vaccinations, the organism has to deal with the vaccination, No. 2 Calcium phosphoricum and No. 4 Potassium chloratum are still combined with No. 3 Ferrum phosphoricum. No. 3 Ferrum phosphoricum activates the immune system.
1.3 Mode of action
Potassium chloratum is a mineral whose signs of deficiency only become apparent after long periods of stress. During this time, of course, a lot of substance has been broken down. Thus the effect does not become apparent so quickly even with consistent intake. First the many “inner” needs are satisfied, then the “outer” signs of deficiency slowly disappear. So it is a mineral with a slow start-up speed. It takes time for everything to get going again.
A deficiency usually builds up very slowly.
With some complaints, such as a mucous cough or soft swellings (no oedema or swelling of the lymph nodes), a relatively quick recovery is possible.
1.4 Development or intensification of the deficiency
Exposure of the body to alcohol or strong electromagnetic fields depletes a large number of potassium chloratum molecules. Excessive drinking of milk and milk products and high consumption of cheese also lead to a deficiency of this mineral. For their digestion, many glands have to work, which produces a corresponding deficiency of the nutrient.
An exaggerated use of aromatic oils results in an increased deficiency.
Storage: In the bronchial tubes, No. 4 is linked to the fibre.
1.4.1 Face analysis
Milky: milky-bluish looking like skimmed milk or milky-reddish.
We recognise this deficiency on the lower and upper eyelid, the cheeks, above the upper lip (“milk beard”), often also on the whole face.
1.5 Connective tissue
Before we go into the significance of No. 4 Potassium chloratum for the fibrous tissue, we will take a short excursion into the structure of the body, for which we have Fritz Kahn’s book from the Knaur publishing house at our disposal. It has the title: “Knaurs Buch vom menschlichen Körper” („Knaur’s book on the human body“). The quote, shortened, comes from section 5: “The connective tissue”.
“The oldest and simplest tissue in history is the gelatinous tissue called mesenchyme (Greek = that which is spread out in the middle). It predominates in the body structure of the most primitive multicellular animals, such as jellyfish and sponges. The human embryo also begins its development with a considerable amount of gelatinous tissue.
The gelatinous tissue arises from the middle cotyledon of the embryo. Its cells have an irregular star-like shape and are connected by branches. The space between the cells is filled with the intercellular substance, a jelly-like mass. A whole range of different tissues are formed from the mesenchymal cells: blood and lymph, cartilage and bone as well as the actual connective tissue.
The mesenchymal cells give rise to many different types of cells, including the fibroblasts (= fibre formers), which are named under the idea that they are the producers of the fibrils. These fibrils are the characteristic feature of connective tissue. There are three types of fibrils: the collagen fibres are white, pliable but not elastic and grouped together in bundles; the elastic fibres are yellowish, highly elastic and lie singly in the tissue; the reticular fibres are rather thin and strongly branched 2.
At first the fibres are laid out as loosely as those of cotton wool, later they become firmer and in some places even very dense.
At special places in the body, connective tissue forms fibres in large numbers and forms membranes (lat. = thin skin-like structure). Important organs are protected by special membranes: The heart is surrounded by a sac, the pericardium; between the ribs and the lungs there are two membranes, the pleura and the pleura of the lung, which can be moved against each other; the brain is also specially protected by a firm covering, the hard meninges.
Where the connective tissue has to do hard work, the fibres form ligaments. In some places, the muscles radiate into particularly strong ligaments called tendons. The best-known tendon, which can easily be felt on our own body, is the Achilles tendon, which connects the bony part of the heel, the calcaneus, with the muscles of the calf.
Countless ligaments connect the bones to each other to form the supporting framework of our body, the skeleton. Strong ligaments form the neck, holding the head upright above the body. The strongest ligaments connect the pelvis with the thigh bones – only with their help are we able to keep our balance on the boldly shaped stilts of our legs.
Chemically, the fibres of the connective tissue consist of a fairly simple protein, the collagen (Greek = glue-forming substance). It makes up about 15 percent of the body mass and is one of the most common substances in the body.
Under the influence of strong temperature change and electrical currents, the molecular arrangement of the collagen molecules gets destroyed.
In modern medicine, a whole group of diseases is called connective tissue diseases or collagen diseases. Generally speaking, inflammation of the connective tissue plays a role in all these diseases; as there is particularly much connective tissue in the joints with its ligaments and joint capsules, the joints very often become enflamed. But since the connective tissue is part of the framework in all organs, any of these organs may be involved.” 3
As we have already discussed in No. 2, connective tissue originates from the mesenchyme. It is the oldest organ of the human being. Thanks to its non-specific regulatory system, it is upstream and superior to all other organs and functional circuits of the organism. Different types of connective tissue have developed from the mesenchyme through differentiation, which are summarised again here:
Connective tissue in general is also called extracellular matrix, it is the extracellular room (ECR) of the organism. Several minerals are important and responsible for the connective tissue, which we will discuss in turn with the individual minerals.
The following issues describe the different types of connective tissue, their tasks and stresses, as well as possibilities for regeneration and more.
Will be continued …
1 Body fluids with their free cells belong to the connective tissues: Blood, lymph tissue and coelomic fluid (fluids in the cavities). The free cells originate from the mesenchyme.
Blood is a connective tissue with liquid intercellular substance.
Blood salts are: Sodium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride in 0.6 to 0.9 per cent concentration.
2 Supplementary: Collagen fibrils are found in bone tissue, myofibrils in muscle tissue, neurofibrils in nerve tissue, tonofibrils in epithelial tissue.
3 Kahn, Fritz: Knaurs Buch vom menschlichen Körper (Knaur’s book of the human body) Munich/Zurich: Droemersche Verlagsanstalt Th. Knaur Nachf., 1969.