With more and more bacteria becoming antibiotic resistant people are turning to alternitive treatments. One natural medicine people are choosing is colloidal silver. What is colloidal silver and is it a medicine for you?
Using silver as medicine is not new. For cenuries silver has been used to treat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Use of metals in small amounts is one of the fundamental priciples of homeopathic medicine. Ancient civilizations were aware of the germicidal characteristics of silver. The first record of the medical use of silver is found in the writings of a Mohamedan academic some time around 702-765 a.d.. In the early part of the 18th century an Englishman by the name of Sims was utilizing silver as a treatment of epilepsy. The use of silver continued and by 1939, Ninety-four silver drug compunds had been patented for medical use. Liquid silver has been shown benificial for treating symptoms of the common cold and the flu. It seems that silver supplements can help protect our immune system.
There are two primary ways that silver is used theraputically. One is soluble silver salts. The most common and most soluble is silver nitrate. Some others are silver sulfadiazine, silver oxide, silver iodite, silver chloride, silver lactate and silver picrate. Even though these silver commpounds do have a certian effectiveness they can also have side affects such as argyria, a gray discoloration of the skin. Because of the side affects, the second way that silver is used has become more popular, the use of colloidal silver.
Colloidal silver is a liquid suspension. A colloidal suspension is a preparation in which minute electrically-charged particles are suspended in a liquid medium. The advantage of a colloidal soulution is that the microscopic silver particles are easier to absorb into the bloodstream. Making them more effective and less likely to cause side affects. To create colloidal silver a 99.9% pure silver rod is placed in a container of water and an electrical charge is passed through the rod. This releases positively charged silver particles that remain suspended in the water.
How does this silver work? researchers don’t know exactly how silver kills germs, they think that silver destroys an enzyme that germs need to function properly. The objective in using silver is to get the silver in contact with the germs without hurting the body or depositing insoluble silver in the tissues, and using a electrocolloidal silver appears to be sucessful in this regard.
How should liquid silver be used? Liquid silver can be used orally or topically. Silver for internal use is available in 4 oz or 8 oz bottles. A good guideline is to purchase liquid silver with a concentration of no more than 10 parts per million. The silver is colorless and tasteless and can be added to any liquid. The most common dosage for common illnesses is 1 to 3 teaspoons a day for 3 or 4 days. Children can take half of the adult dosage. It can be used for colds, flu, diarrhea, sore throat, and sinus infection. For external use you can apply with a clean cottonball to the affected area 3 times a day. It can be used on bug bites, burns, cuts, rashes, or skin problems.
Many worry about side affects. The most common side affect people are concerned with is arguria. This is a condition in which excess silver deposites develop under the skin giving it a grayish color. Argyria has never been reported in conjunction with the use of clolloidal silver. The liquid solution seems to be very safe for public use. As with any medication your doctor should be consulted.
Liquid silver is not for everyone however it has shown itself to be an effective natrual medicine. Whether you choose to use silver in your diet is a choice that only you can make after you research the subject and talk with your health care professional. Our health is an important subject. Hopefully this information can help you to make an informed decision about colloidal silver.