Colloidal silver is produced using electrolysis, to give a solution which consists of silver atoms in a suspension base. Silver has been used medicinally since ancient times, and Hippocrates himself believed that silver healed wounds and kept diseases at bay.
Today, silver compounds are used in the treatment of burns, and in some dressings and eye drops. Colloidal silver is available in liquid form, and is commonly used topically on boils and minor burns, and to help treat fungal infections.
Colloidal silver is known to have an effect on cellular respiration. For this reason, it has been shown to have strong antibacterial properties, and studies have proven that silver can destroy over 600 different pathogens. It is also thought to have antiviral properties, and research is ongoing into these.
The anti-inflammatory properties of colloidal silver are well documented, and it is also used in nasal sprays to help combat sinusitis. Some people like to take colloidal silver internally, as it is thought to boost the immune system and to protect against colds and flu – however, it should be noted that prolonged ingestion of silver can give the skin a bluish tinge, in a condition known as argyria.