SILVER THROUGH THE AGES
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 20, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Since before the time of Hippocrates (370 BC – 460 BC), the “Father of Medicine,” 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.
With the advent of antibiotic therapy, medicinal usage of silver products essentially stopped in the 1940s. Today, however, with the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, silver is re-emerging as a modern medicine, e.g., silver-impregnated wound dressings, and topical silver salves for burns, are commonplace in hospitals.
But the health benefits of silver aren’t only limited to hospital use; it can be used at home on a daily basis by the entire family, to support optimal immune function. I use it everyday, myself.
It’s fascinating that this ancient medicine is still with us and finding new applications all the time!
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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