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What is Natrum Muriaticum?

Mary McMahon
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Natrum muriaticum is a preparation which is utilized in homeopathic medicine. Like other homeopathic preparations, Natrum muriaticum is more properly referred to as a “remedy.” Remedies are available directly from homeopathic practitioners, and also from health food stores and markets which stock supplies and preparations used in the practice of alternative medicines.

Remedies are made by taking a substance and diluting it to an extreme level, such that active ingredients can rarely be identified in chemical testing. According to the principles of Samuel Hahnemann, the German physician who developed homeopathic medicine, “like cures like,” and homeopaths use remedies derived from substances which cause symptoms to treat those same symptoms when they are observed in patients. Natrum muriaticum is known as a polychrest, meaning that it can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions.

In the case of Natrum muriaticum, also known as Nat-m or Nat. mur., the remedy is made from common table salt which is diluted. It can be found in tinctures, pellets, and tablets in varying concentrations. This polychrest is used to treat people with symptoms which are related to emotional distress, which can include emotional disorders along with digestive complaints, poor skin, and ulcerations.

When a homeopathic practitioner prescribes a remedy, he or she interviews the patient to get a whole body view. In addition to evaluating the complaint which brought the patient into the office, the homeopath also looks for other clues which can be used to determine which remedy would be most appropriate for the patient. The prescription may be provided in the office, with the homeopath administering it to the patient immediately, and the patient can be asked to return for follow-up visits, or the remedy can be taken home for additional administrations.

Natrum muriaticum is supposed to be used in the treatment of chronic conditions. It can be used for depression, extreme stress, nervousness, emotional excitation, and emotional distance. People with a Nat. Mur. Personality, which indicates that Natrum muriaticum will be an effective treatment, tend to be quiet, withdrawn, and serious. They may claim self reliance and confidence, even if they do not really experience these emotions, and they can be difficult to access emotionally.

While it is possible to purchase remedies in the store, many practitioners recommend visiting a homeopath for an interview and a prescription. Homeopathy is extremely complex, and only a trained professional can fully evaluate a patient to determine which remedy or remedies may be the most beneficial.

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Discussion Comments

By anon990037 — On Apr 02, 2015

You can also buy natrum muriaticum at the grocery store. In the spices section, under the name table salt. Just add water.

By anon989400 — On Mar 04, 2015

The bottom line is that treatment with herbs and homeopathic medicines, demands more than a passing internet experience with them, and should not be taken because someone saw something in a search on a tv show.

By anon351004 — On Oct 10, 2013

Do people understand what this is? It's salt, plain and simple, diluted down to only a trace and then mixed with sugar.

This is faith healing at best. If it works for you, great, but there is every likelihood that taking a dose of water with sugar would cure you as well without seeing the snake oil salesman.

Please get real because there are too many people out there preying on us when we are vulnerable and I would bet money that they know it can't work or they are more deluded than is safe for us.

By anon325541 — On Mar 17, 2013

I have dry mouth due to taking an anticholinergic. An online article suggests I use natrum muriaticum. What is your opinion?

By anon323471 — On Mar 05, 2013

This medicine is great. It made me more social.

By anon307196 — On Dec 04, 2012

@Sapphire12: Do not confuse "lack of physical substance" with "lack of any use." Saying "love has no physical substance" would be correct, but saying "love has nothing of any use" would not.

Homeopatic remedies are energy remedies, not chemical remedies. Not everything can or should be weighed and measured to be considered "useful."

By anon290779 — On Sep 11, 2012

I have been using Natrum Muriaticum in substitution of Loratadine for chronic allergies with great success. It actually turns out to be more expensive to use Natrum Muriaticum on a regular basis instead of Loratadine. However, the benefit for me has been no side effects whatsoever. In fact, in my case, using Loratadine for more than a year was getting increasingly problematic with blurred vision, dizziness, depressive mood, and migraines.

Since switching to Natrum Muriaticum about a month and half ago, all the above symptoms have faded away into nothing, while my allergies remain in check. I even forgot to buy the Natrum Muriaticum for a few days, and my allergies returned like clockwork. I took it again, and they are gone again. I am not a "believer" in homeopathy; I merely report my personal success with it. On a personal note, I must add that, as long as it works, I really don't care if it is a change of nutrition, a secret prayer, an incantation, a sacrifice, homeopathy, a placebo effect, or allopathic (otherwise known as traditional medicine). If it works, it works, if it doesn't, it doesn't, period.

It is very easy to "believe" that we know everything there is to something, when in reality as a civilization, we had pretty much forgotten everything just a thousand years ago. We are but babies when it comes to our learning process as a civilization, and we should behave like such. I find derogatory comments insulting since they obviously come from people who have not had a personal experience with someone who actually knows about the topic, these people usually are the ones who think they know, and they are rather dangerous, since a culture who listens to the "knowledge" of the inexperienced, is by definition, a doomed culture.

You cannot claim that astrology is nonsense by reading the entertainment section of a newspaper, and therefore consider yourself knowledgeable on the topic, can you? Learn about it, and on the other hand, you will realize that not everything was forgotten 1,000 years ago. Things like the planets revolving around the sun being the way it actually is, all the while common "knowledge" at the time was that the earth was flat. You can't believe on what you know, or know what you believe. You just have to learn.

It took fewer than 1,000 years since the renaissance to get to the Moon, most of it actually accomplished in under 200 years. Who is to say we did not forget we did it already in the past?

By anon284121 — On Aug 08, 2012

@anon277379: I find it very funny that MD's and Pharmacists hate the homeopathics. Yet, people such as my wife and I have been using them for years and getting healed of problems that doctors could only give us drugs for. And of course, the drugs only masked the problem and did not cure the underlying source. The homeopathics cured the underlying source. Guess the homeopathics being so cheap and working, unlike drugs, are cutting into the mega profits of the pharmacists.

By anon277379 — On Jun 29, 2012

Saying that a homeopathic remedy contains an active agent which has been "diluted" is inaccurate. Homeopathic serial dilutions are carried out to the point that there is no active agent left; a remedy labeled "natrum muriaticum" contains, like any other homeopathic remedy, nothing of any use. It's either plain water, or plain water dripped onto sugar tablets.

On the bright side, it's extremely difficult to overdose on homeopathic remedies.

By sapphire12 — On Jan 25, 2011

While I don't suppose that a homeopath's training is "professional" by the generally accepted definition, I would agree that for this and other possible remedies, it is a good idea to consult either someone who claims homeopathy training or at least someone else you know who has tried to fix similar problems that way. At least with many of these remedies, the biggest risk is that it just won't work- there are few really risky side effects, unless you happen to have an allergy.

By aaaCookie — On Jan 24, 2011

You can usually buy natrum muriaticum at largeer natural health food stores, and even some of the smaller shops that sell those sorts of products.

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