Colloidal gold consists of minute gold particles suspended in a solution, usually water. The mixture may be taken internally and may treat a number of conditions. However, since gold is a heavy metal and colloidal gold preparations are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, you should discuss any plans for taking colloidal gold with your doctor before you begin trying colloidal gold or any supplement containing heavy metal.
Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
In a study published in the 1997 edition of the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, physicians Guy E. Abraham and Peter B. Himmel explored the use of colloidal gold to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Gold has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis for many years; typically, the solution is injected into a patient's joints. The researchers found that patients receiving colloidal gold treatments reported having less pain from their rheumatoid arthritis than patients receiving a placebo.
Treatment of Tumors
The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, recently completed a Phase 1 study of the use of colloidal gold to treat patients with advanced solid tumors. During the study, patients received colloidal gold intravenously. Some patients received regular treatments over three weeks, while others were given steadily increasing doses over three weeks. The study found that colloidal gold may help stabilize tumor growth in some patients or prevent new tumors from appearing.
Using colloidal gold may help improve neurological diseases in some patients, according to the Meridian Institute's Health and Rejuvenation Research Center. The Institute followed the case of a woman with essential tremor, a neurological disorder, who found that her symptoms subsided when she took colloidal gold and came back when she stopped taking it. However, the Institute's researchers recommend that more research be done on how colloidal gold works before patients with neurological disorders decide to try it.
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