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Colloidal silver - application, dangers and benefits

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Colloidal silver consists of tiny silver particles dissolved in water. It is also known as "silver water".

Colloidal silver - a brief overview

In the following section you will find the most important information in brief.

  • What is colloidal silver? Colloidal silver consists of tiny silver particles dissolved in water.
  • Effect: Colloidal silver is said to be effective in combating various bacteria, viruses and fungi. However, the effects in the human body have so far not been sufficiently proven.
  • Application areas: Possible areas of application include allergic symptoms, atopic eczema (neurodermatitis), improvement of wound healing, strengthening of the immune system, detoxification (amalgam), borreliosis, inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, gums and colds, herpes and warts. However, the effect has so far not been proven or has not been sufficiently demonstrated by reliable studies. Only with wound dressings with colloidal silver are there indications of good effectiveness, although the risks of use must be examined even better.
  • Side effects: Studies and evaluations of illnesses show that the intake of colloidal silver can lead to argyria (blue discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes) as well as to neurological disorders, kidney damage, gastrointestinal complaints, headaches, exhaustion, skin irritation and other complaints.
  • Important NOTE: So far, the healing effects of colloidal silver in the human body have not been scientifically proven or have been insufficiently proven, and the intake can lead to various, sometimes irreversible and dangerous side effects. Therefore, before taking colloidal silver, the benefits and risks should be carefully considered. Be sure to seek medical advice.

What is colloidal silver?

Colloids are tiny particles or droplets of an element that occur in a medium - in this case, tiny particles of the element silver dissolved in the medium water. The particle size is between one and ten nanometers. Colloidal silver is a so-called dispersion that consists of pure silver and water that is free of minerals.

Modes of action

The effects of colloidal silver have not been fully researched to date. Various experiments have shown colloidal silver to have an inhibitory effect on different bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. However, these experiments took place “in vitro”, ie outside the human body.

Some studies have suggested that wounds heal faster when colloidal silver dressings are used. However, here too, the risks of use must be examined even better in further studies.

Areas of application - internally

Colloidal silver is said to stimulate cell growth, help against allergic symptoms and atopic eczema (neurodermatitis), strengthen the immune system and have a detoxifying effect. The silver water is also said to have an effect against Lyme disease, inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, gums, colds and other diseases. However, the effect for most areas of application has so far not been proven or has not been sufficiently demonstrated by reliable studies.

Areas of application - external

Silver water is sometimes recommended as an emergency aid to treat wounds, inflammation, burns and insect bites. It is also said to be helpful for psoriasis (psoriasis), neurodermatitis, herpes, athlete's foot, warts, allergies and various skin irritations. So far, field reports have been the basis of the application areas. A sufficient proof of effectiveness through scientific studies has so far been lacking. Only with wound dressings with colloidal silver are there indications of good effectiveness, although the risks of use must be examined even better.

Side effects

Silver particles accumulate in the skin and in the internal organs. This can lead to a so-called argyria: This is a blue discoloration of the skin, which can occur in the face, arms, hands or even parts of the eye and is often irreversible, i.e. it cannot be reversed.

Case reports indicate that taking colloidal silver can also lead to neurological disorders, kidney damage, gastrointestinal complaints, headaches, fatigue, and skin irritation.

If colloidal silver is only used for a short time and in small amounts, side effects are unlikely to occur. However, the risk of side effects increases with the duration of use and the amount taken or applied.

The concentration of commercially available products fluctuates widely. In addition, no concentration has been determined so far that can be considered safe; Therefore, specific dosage recommendations must not be made here.

Important NOTE

The healing properties of colloidal silver have so far not been scientifically proven or have not been sufficiently documented; only with wound dressings with colloidal silver are there indications of good effectiveness, although the risks of use must be examined even better.

Ingestion or use on the skin can lead to various, sometimes irreversible and dangerous side effects. Be sure to seek medical advice. (kh, sw)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Magistra Artium (M.A.) Katja Helbig, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch

Swell:

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