Medical Uses of Gold

The science of using gold compounds in treating medical conditions is called chrysotherapy or aurotherapy. Gold has been known for its medicinal properties since 2500 BC. Gold is no doubt an exceptional metal with diverse properties, and this led the people throughout history, especially during the middle ages, to believe that by drinking gold water they can increase the span of their lives, and hence stay young forever.

Pharmacological use of gold started in 1927 with the development of a medicine called Auranofin. This was used to cure Rheumatic arthritis, and to improve the painful, tender and stiff limbs. Gold appears to have a powerful effect on the immune system, which enables it to relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis.

In recent times, researches carried out, particularly in the MIT have proved that gold can detect the cancerous cells, in cases of prostrate cancer in men, and ovarian cancers in women, when injected in the form of nanorods. Such cancerous cells can be destroyed with the gold vapours without affecting the surrounding cells.

Apart from this, gold is possessed with great relaxing attributes, which are thought to be really helpful in treating neurological disorders. Gold is used in small quantities in such medicines. It actually strengthens the conductivity in the nervous system. Nerves are responsible for relaying information to, and from the brain. Gold activates the functioning of the nerves.

It strongly discourages the formulation of bacteria, or microbes around itself. This attribute has helped surgeons to implant gold patches while conducting a surgery e.g. microsurgery of the ear. It is extensively used in dentistry, since ages in the making of crowns, and bridges. Gold is perhaps the only metal, which is biocompatible. Whether it is taken in the oral form, injection, or is implanted in the body during surgery, it is completely harmless.

It has also been used in treating alcoholism in the USA in the nineteenth century. Even today, gold is used to curb the urge to consume alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and carbohydrates. Furthermore, it is used in making an anti-malarial medicine.

Biochemists have found, in the form of gold, a new avenue to work on. They can use it as a biomedical tool, and study different functions, and anomalies of human body. They attach a molecular marker to an infinitely small gold particle, and let it inside the human body. With the help of an electronic microscope, they can not only trace its ways, but also observe its reaction in individual cells, and molecules. By doing this, they may be able to tell why and how human body reacts to toxins, heat and stress.

Groundbreaking achievements in Genetic Sciences are anticipated in the near future, because currently gold is being used to study the genetic traits, and diseases. Gold is unparalleled in terms of its uses as a medicine. Colloidal gold enhances energy, reduces appetite, increase libido, and works naturally to reduce mental, and emotional stress. It may not bring eternal life, youth, or health, but it can really add to the value of life.

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