Silver Through the Ages
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on April 8, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Since before the time of Hippocrates, “Father of Medicine” (370 BC – 460 BC), silver has been used in medicine for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
Water casks lined with silver were used to purify drinking water during the wars of Napoleon, a practice continued even up through WWII by the Soviet Army. Water filters exist today that still utilise silver in their purification technology.
Medical usage of silver products essentially stopped in the 1940s, with the advent of antibiotic therapy. However, with the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, silver is re-emerging as a “modern medicine.” Silver-impregnated wound dressings and silver-containing salves are now commonplace in hospitals, especially for burns.
The health benefits of silver aren’t limited to hospital use, though. Silver, in the form of liquid Colloidal Silver, is widely used to support optimal immune function. It promotes formation of new white blood cells, important immune system and infection-fighting cells.
It’s also a great topical antiseptic for burns, wounds, and cuts… it can be used as a gargle for sore throat or as a mouthwash for gum healing… you can even add it to your neti pot for sinus rinses!
An ancient medicine – still with us, and finding new applications all the time!
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan