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 Personality, which indicates that Natrum muriaticum will be an effective treatment, tend to be quiet, withdrawn, and serious.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.