How Gold is Used in Medicine?
All of us know that gold is widely used for jewellery. It is widely consumed for adornments and in other ornaments. Even if we look into history, we would come to know that gold has been used in jewellery and also as money. Gold coins were used as money.
But, is this all that the gold is used for? Is this just a stone for embellishment and ornament, or does it have other properties as well?
Most of us are not aware that gold is widely used in medicine as well. Its use in medicine is not new. It has been used in medicine since the ancient times. For many centuries, gold has been used in medicine for the treatment of various diseases in many culture and countries.
Many diseases such as smallpox, measles and skin ulcers were treated in ancient china with the medicine that had gold in it. In the south, even today, it is widely used in medicines for various treatments.
In India, it has been in use for many centuries in their ayurvedic medicines. Ayurvedic is an ancient form of medicine in India, used for many treatments. Believe it or not, a large quantity of gold is used in these ayurvedic medicines every year.
Cancer is a disease that has become very common, and every day, more discoveries in the disease itself and its treatment are being made. As the researchers are finding more ways to cure cancer, they have found out that gold is also very beneficial in the treatment of cancer. They are now researching to make treatment medicines that have gold in them. They are researching to develop gold-based treatments for cancer. It has said to be used in chemotherapy and also in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Another way that gold has been in use in medicine is the pregnancy testing. A rapid test is a test for pregnancy that contains colloidal gold in it. It is a very inexpensive test kit and is very convenient.
Gold has been in use for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis for quite some time. It has been very effective in reducing stiffness as well as the pain.
Many people, who need artificial implants, cannot have them because they develop infections from the materials used. Their bodies often do not accept a foreign element and the bacteria can cause infections in it. So, they are forced to remove the implant and live the life of a handicap. But now, researches have proved that gold has the quality that it is resistant to bacteria. Therefore, there are very less chances of getting any infections. So, for those people who require implants, this is great news.
Not only this, researchers are still looking into the properties of gold as a protection to the immune system against HIV. Modern medicine has started taking benefits from the ancient methods and ways of treatments. It is known that ancient Chinese used gold sprinkles in their drinks because of its healing and healthy properties.