The lifesaving properties of pure Gold
Gold’s powerful medicinal values have been used since ancient times
Our current historical perspective on gold as a medicine dates back to ancient Egypt 5,000 years ago and the alchemists of Alexandria. Although access to gold was reserved primarily for the elite, those that could used gold for purifying the mind, body, and spirit. Their belief was that gold had a stimulating effect on life force energy and legends tell us that these ancient Egyptian alchemists were able to create an elixir of liquid gold which when consumed was able to perfect health, heal disease and restore youth.
Gold was seen as a mystical substance in ancient Egypt, something that represented the natural embodiment of perfection. We know too that gold was used in dentistry because we have archaeological evidence to prove it. It is clear that the quality of dental craftsmanship in those times was excellent. We still use gold for dental work today because it is malleable, non-toxic and doesn’t tarnish or corrode. It’s estimated that around 13 tons of gold are used in dental work around the world every year.
Medieval doctors understood the medicinal value of gold and prescribed it for a variety of ailments ranging from instances of melancholy to diseases of the brain and heart. In Europe during this period patients were prescribed gold-coated pills and gold-infused waters. Powdered gold was added to beverages to address symptoms of arthritis. Many famous medieval writers including Geoffrey Chaucer referred to the medicinal uses of gold.
The eleventh-century medical lecturer Constantinus Africanus said:
“Gold is more temperate than the other metals. It has the property of relieving a defective stomach and comforts the fearful and those who suffer from a heart complaint. Galen confirms that it is effective against melancholy and baldness.”
Gold was considered to be effective in very small doses often known as filings. Arab physician Abulcasis explained the process:
“Take a piece of good and pure gold, and have a plate with pure sweet water in front of you; and have a rough clean cloth of flax, one end of which you keep in your hand. The other end should stay soaking in water on the bottom of the plate. Then rub gold with the cloth, always moistening the cloth with water, and fine filings descend to the bottom of the container. Do so as long as much of that gold as you want to have been shaved. Then leave for an hour, and mix water speedily and wash three times and dry up and preserve it. Do the same thing with silver. And there are some who shave the filings thinly and then use them.”
Medieval Europe had some strange theories. To paint a picture here is a fascinating medicinal recipe from the time which was claimed could cure eye disease, leprosy, blemishes, and youthfulness.
“Take the filings of silver, copper, iron, lead, steel, gold, calamine of silver and of gold, storax, in accordance with the activity or inactivity of the patient. Place them in the urine of a virgin child on the first day, on the second day in warm white wine, on the third day in the juice of fennel, on the fourth day in egg whites, on the fifth day in the milk of a woman nursing a girl, on the sixth in red wine, on the seventh in egg whites. And place everything in a bell-shaped distillation tool and distill on a slow fire, and keep what you have distilled in a gold or silver vessel.”
Lead, which is extremely toxic does not seem to be particularly helpful in this recipe. It is interesting to read these recipes from the past to see how gold was used medicinally. Gold was also used for cauterizing wounds and Serapion the Younger tells us that “when cauterize with gold it does not cause blisters, and the healing is faster and better.”
Renaissance Europe saw increased use of gold in medicine. Paracelsus who founded the school of Iatrochemistry that deals with the chemistry of medicine, created many medicines from metals — including gold. The 1900s saw surgeons implanting gold under the skin next to inflamed joints to alleviate symptoms.
The Chinese also have a long tradition of using gold for its medicinal properties. Those traditions are still in use today and Chinese villagers have been known to cook rice in a pot with a gold coin. They believe that this cooking method will add trace amounts of gold back into their bodies. Expensive restaurants in China and around the world will also use pure 24 karat gold leaf in dishes.
Like silver gold can be made into a colloid. When fine particles of gold ranging from one to one hundred billionth of a meter are suspended in a solution Colloidal Gold is created. Because of the increased surface area of the fine gold particles new and powerful medicinal properties are expressed. Colloidal Gold was first created in its pure state by the English chemist Michael Faraday. At the time this preparation was known as “activated gold” and was used in the nineteenth century to cure alcoholism, known in those times as dipsomania. Gold has been utilized in medicine since at least 1885 in the United States, where it was used to heal the heart and circulation system. It is worth noting that pure gold has been used to treat arthritis continuously since 1927.
Gold is even more frequently used in medicine during our modern times. In surgery, gold is currently used to repair blood vessels, bones, and nerves. It is also used in cancer treatment where injections of microscopic gold particles can help to retard prostate cancer. Ovarian cancer is being treated with Colloidal Gold and surgical implements are made of gold for certain applications such as clearing arteries.
New and interesting applications are being created for gold that allows molecular markers to be attached to nanoparticles of gold. These markers are then followed around the body allowing scientists to understand how the body behaves and observe reactions within individual cells.
Because gold is “biologically benign” scientists are using it to deliver new and improved drugs in medicine. Since ancient times we have known that gold is useful for rejuvenating human organs such as the brain, heart, and digestive system. Gold is still found in the modern drug Myocrisin which uses an injectable form to treat rheumatoid arthritis and progressive juvenile chronic arthritis.
It is believed that Colloidal Gold has the potential to improve our ability to concentrate, bringing improved mental acuity. Colloidal Gold is thought to impact mental function by improving nerve ending conductivity. It is possible that gold can improve our energy, drive and potentially libido.
What we do know is that gold is non-toxic and has been used in medicinal treatments since ancient times. Perhaps it is valuable for us to look not only to the present but also to the past when we are searching for health solutions for the people we love. It seems clear that using gold in medicine has perhaps no negative health impacts and can offer powerful solutions.
Maybe we all need a little gold in our medicine cabinets!