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A powerful antimicrobial, IV Silver is expertly applied by our clinic Naturopathic Doctors in Calgary to address both acute and chronic infections.

Naturopathic Use of Silver

Traditionally used as a natural medicine in Greece, Rome and Macedonia, silver was known to support the body’s innate response to healing.  This is a core principal of Naturopathic Medicine.  Naturopaths have long recognized its ability to optimize immune system function and aid in the eradication of infection, thus being a good “killing” antimicrobial agent.

Immune System Support

Commonly used by clinic Naturopaths in addressing chronic infection, silver is a good treatment for those naturopathic patients experiencing a weakened immune system and wishing to fight off infection. Silver has broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity (anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial), which allows it to target various microorganisms. Scientists Zhao and Stevens explain that many bacteria are becoming resistant to particular antibiotics and that silver is an effective treatment to eradicate these organisms, because they have not yet developed the immunity to resist silver.

The charged form of silver (Ag+) is what poses anti-microbial activity versus the salt form in silver chloride, for example. Therefore a suspension of charged silver is much more effective than silver in salt form.

Studies have determined that the myelin tissue surrounding our nerves has receptors for silver, making silver an extremely important molecule in our nervous system.

How does silver fight viruses?

Viruses are replicated through capsid formation. Silver has the ability to disrupt the protein structure that makes up the virus. When silver binds to DNA and RNA (the genetic information within a cell), it prevents the host cell to promote viral replication.

Silver has the ability to support the immune system because it increases the production of reactive oxygen species and free radicals that in turn stimulate our B cells in one’s immune system to mount a response to the foreign bacteria, virus or fungus. Therefore, it promotes the naturopathic patient’s immune system to be activated and fight infection.

Naturopathic Silver Treatment

Naturopathic Doctors have long established that inflammation is a key proponent in all infections. Silver reduces interferon gamma production, which therefore decreases inflammatory burden on the body. In this manner, Silver helps to promote healing of tissues, including the skin. Silver can help with localized skin concerns such as: wounds, burns, scars, acne, rashes and ulcerations. Additional clinical benefit has been demonstrated with Silver in Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis, food poisoning, respiratory infections, eye infections, vaginal infections and the flu.

Clinic naturopathic patients particularly benefit from silver if they are fighting recurrent colds and flus, or have chronic infections such as Lyme disease.

Please contact our Naturopathic Doctors at the Nardella Clinic in Calgary for more information on how Silver can benefit you.