Colloidal silver is a suspension of fine silver particles in a non-freezing liquid solution used for the management of bacterial, fungal and viral infections. The medical uses of this type of silver include the treatment of superficial skin infections, as well as the administration of antibacterial and antifungal creams. Colloidal silver has also been used in the field of arthritis therapy to relieve joint pain, as well as in the treatment of fungal infections. Wart treatments have also been aided by the administration of colloidal silver solutions.
Since the 1970s, colloidal silver products have been widely used as one of the effective methods of the treatment of infectious diseases. The silver particles used here are prepared from pure silver salts, without forming any colloidal silver derivatives. These products have been used in connection with a wide range of health conditions like urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, herpes, shingles, Epstein-Barr, meningitis, encephalitis, medium and even hepatitis. Some of these uses include the following:
“A detailed literature review is provided with this abstract for a report concerning the efficacy and safety of colloidal silver in preventing or treating many skin diseases in adults. Colloidal silver has been successfully used to control excessive keratin accumulation in human mast cells (monocytes) in vitro and in various animal models. Colloidal silver showed significant anti-inflammatory activity, with a resultant increase in the expression of pro-inflammatory genes, and a reduction in the inflammatory enzyme nitric oxide. Clinical trials with silver demonstrate that it is highly effective in the control of acute, predominantly folliculitic acne and improves the condition of the skin of affected patients.”
From the viewpoint of the vendors selling colloidal silver products, this study by Spinal Research shows that colloidal silver is a cure all for the problems that arise with chronic, serious facial acne. But, from a holistic point of view, who is to say that silver will work long term? The holistic viewpoint says there is no such thing as a cure. We all know that our bodies are constantly battling these constant attacks whether we like it or not.
It appears that Spinal Research is promoting a product that will only work when used topically. If used internally, colloidal silver has no antifungal effect and no antibacterial effect. Therefore, anyone who is thinking colloidal silver will work long term must be very sure they are referring to the right material. I think Spinal Research has done a great job of explaining their material and how it interacts with your body. They have also included a great many testimonials and peer reviews that should prove their product works.
From an information standpoint, I believe the abstract is correct in depicting the antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial activity of colloidal silver. I do not see any evidence that colloidal silver has any activity at all on the argyria associated microbial complexes in people with chronic wounds. The fact is, there is no proven answer to this. Until someone comes up with one, my recommendation remains the same: Please don’t waste your money on something that doesn’t work!