In his literature on herbology, Dr Edward Shooks gave us an insight on potassium chloride, and its effect on the formation and role of fibrin in the body. It is an explanation that is rarely seen at such a basic level, giving insight into the importance this chemistry.
Potassium chloride (KCL) is a salt very similar to sodium chloride (NACL), but very different in its chemical effects upon the various cells and tissues of the body. It is found in the blood and lymph.
Dr Shook explained that by its action on collagen (which is a particular gelatinoid) it forms fibrin. Fibrin is a viscid, sticky substance which coagulates the blood when it is exposed to air or oxygen. This fibrin builds the muscular and ligamentous structures in the body. If there is insufficient potassium chloride in the blood to keep it in solution, the fibrin is thrown out as a stringy, insoluble mass which forms an excess of phlegm and catarrhal mucoid matter. It is further explained that all forms of catarrh are caused in this way, as are fibroid tumors and adhesions.
Several herbs contain potassium chloride in organic and very active form, and dissolves fibrin.
Herbal Sources of Potassium Chloride
Some herbs that contain fibrin are listed below. They vary in amount and strength.
- Black Haw
- Cramp bark
- Lily of the Valley
- Marigold Flower
- Stinging Nettle
- White Field Lily
- Wild Red Raspberry Leaves
Advanced Treatise in Herbology by Dr Edward Shooks