A powerful antimicrobial, intravenous silver is used by Naturopathic Doctors to address both acute and chronic infections.
Naturopathic Use of Silver
Traditionally used as a natural medicine in Greece, Rome and Macedonia, silver was known to support the body’s innate response to healing. This is a core principal of Naturopathic Medicine.
Immune System Support
Silver has broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity (anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial), which allows it to target various microorganisms. Scientists Zhao and Stevens explain that many bacteria are becoming resistant to particular antibiotics and that silver is an effective treatment to eradicate these organisms, because they have not yet developed the immunity to resist silver.
The charged form of silver (Ag+) is what poses anti-microbial activity versus the salt form in silver chloride, for example. Therefore a suspension of charged silver is much more effective than silver in salt form.
Studies have determined that the myelin tissue surrounding our nerves has receptors for silver, making silver an extremely important molecule in our nervous system.
How does silver fight viruses?
Viruses are replicated through capsid formation. Silver has the ability to disrupt the protein structure that makes up the virus. When silver binds to DNA and RNA (the genetic information within a cell), it prevents the host cell to promote viral replication.
Silver has the ability to support the immune system because it increases the production of reactive oxygen species and free radicals that in turn stimulate our B cells in one’s immune system to mount a response to the foreign bacteria, virus or fungus. Therefore, it promotes the naturopathic patient’s immune system to be activated and fight infection.
Inflammation is present in many infections. Silver reduces interferon gamma production, which therefore decreases inflammatory burden on the body. In this manner, Silver helps to promote healing of tissues, including the skin. Silver can help with localized skin concerns such as: wounds, burns, scars, acne, rashes and ulcerations when used topically. Additional clinical benefit has been demonstrated with Silver in Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis, food poisoning, respiratory infections, eye infections, vaginal infections and the flu.
Please contact our Naturopathic Doctors at the Nardella Clinic in Calgary for more information on how Silver can benefit you.
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