Silver has been used medicinally for more than 2,000 years and it has played an integral role in safeguarding human health. Ancient Greece, Egypt, Macedonia, Phoenicia and Rome used silver to keep the immune function strong. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine," wrote in his medical texts that silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties. He praised silver for its tissue repair and wound healing abilities.
Ancient civilizations also learned that silver bestowed powerful anti-microbial effects. For instance, the Phoenicians stored water, wine and vinegar in silver bottles to prevent spoiling. In America's Old West, it was common practice to drop silver coins into drinking water barrels for protection against water-borne illness.
In the 1930s, Colloidal silver was the preferred choice of physicians for empowering the immune system and supporting the body's innate healing process. However, with the advent of antibiotics, the popularity of silver declined.
Silver is a natural element. It can be found in whole grains, edible and medicinal mushrooms, mammalian milk, spring water, sea water and tap water. Researcher F. Gallyas proved that silver is an essential trace element for the nervous system, as there are receptor sites for silver in myelin neural tissue.