Colloidal Silver Heals Leg Ulcers

Leg ulcers are one of the most painful and problematic of medical issues. They’re described in the medical literature as “wounds, injuries or open sores on the legs that will not heal or that keep returning, and that may become severely infected.”

While leg ulcers often start out as small cuts or wounds, healing can be exacerbated by a variety of factors including diabetes, poor circulation of blood in the veins, arterial disease, kidney failure, high blood pressure, fluid buildup, inflammatory disease, and more. When that happens, the wound refuses to heal, and instead, gets worse.

Indeed, chronic leg ulcers can (and often do) become infected by bacteria, often resulting in green, foul-smelling discharge from the ulcer site and red swollen skin around the ulcer itself that in severe cases might even turn brown or black from infection.

But here’s the good news: It’s been known since 400 years before Christ that silver helps heal ulcerations of the skin – including leg ulcers – often stopping infections in their tracks and even helping the wounds heal, close up and disappear.

Here’s the straight scoop you won’t find anywhere else…

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Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” taught that silver aided skin and tissue repair. Indeed, around 400 B.C. in his treatise “On Ulcers,” he listed silver, in powder form, as a primary treatment for ulcerations of the skin.

Likewise, Pliny, the Elder, in his great work, Natural History (78 A.D.), reported in Book II, Section XXXV, that the “residue of silver… has healing properties as an ingredient in plasters, being extremely effective in causing wounds to close up…”

But let’s leap ahead to more modern times:

In a Scandinavian study conducted in 1963 titled “Preoperative Treatment of Leg Ulcers with Silver Spray and Aluminum Foil,” researcher Knut Haeger wrote about treating infected leg ulcers with “colloidal silver spray.” He stated:

“Sixteen patients with leg ulcers were treated with a colloidal silver spray. The solution was applied once daily for the first few days, then twice weekly. The infection subsided in all cases.

After instruction, patients performed the therapy at home without supervision. No discomfort or side effects were observed. There was no persistent discoloration of the skin that could be attributed to silver. In all cases the infection subsided.”

In a 1977 study, titled “A Trial of Silver-Zinc-Allantoinate in the Treatment of Leg Ulcers,” long-time antimicrobial silver researcher Harry W. Margraf, Ph.D., and Thomas H. Covey, Jr., M.D., discovered that silver and zinc incorporated into an ointment worked wonders for leg ulcers. They wrote:

“Three hundred thirty-nine of 400 chronic cutaneous ulcers in 264 patients (including some with multiple or bilateral ulcers or both) were healed with silver-zinc-allantoinate cream (AZAC 1%).

Some of the patients treated had failed to respond to medicated wrappings, saline dressings, and various other therapeutic agents, including antibiotics.

In one week of treatment with AZAC 1%, bacterial counts were reduced on the average from approximately 2 × 107 to 2 × 105 [i.e., 99% reduction].

Silver-zinc-allantoinate cream also demonstrated a wide spectrum of antimicrobial activity. It did not give rise to resistance by the infecting organisms, was nonallergenic, debrided necrotic tissue, and stimulated healthy granulation.

Treatment was well tolerated, side effects being limited to a burning sensation in three patients. Most patients cared for themselves at home with minimal interference in their usual daily activities.”

And in another study, published in the French journal Phelbologie in December 1989, a prescription silver-based cream known as silver sulfadiazine (normally used for burns) was used on leg ulcers. The researchers wrote:

“Silver sulfadiazine, in cream form, has been mostly used in the treatment of burns. Its trial in the treatment of leg ulcers has been satisfactory.

This preparation is well tolerated, and effective on wound cleansing and granulation tissue formation. It is particularly indicated in cases of superinfected ulcers, effective on most Gram + and Gram – bacteria.”

And according to the Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, Volume 33, Number 7, 627-634, May 25, 2006:

“Silver products have been used for thousands of years for their beneficial effects, often for hygiene and in more recent years as antimicrobials on wounds from burns, trauma, and diabetic leg ulcers.

Silver sulfadiazine creams (Silvazine and Flamazine) are topical ointments that are marketed globally. In recent years, a range of wound dressings with slow-release Ag compounds have been introduced, including Acticoat, Actisorb Silver, Silverlon, and others.”

Indeed, over the past decade, many medical doctors have switched from using silver-based sprays and creams to using silver-based wound dressings composed of fabric that’s impregnated with either microscopic silver particles or silver thread. And these too have proven to be remarkably effective at healing leg ulcers and other chronic wounds. To learn more, see the following clinical overview:

A 2002 study on the effects of antimicrobial silver on extremely severe diabetic leg ulcer wounds was published in the journal NeuroRehabilitation by Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.

Dr. Becker found that silver nylon wound dressings that shed silver ions when used on severely infected wounds triggered dramatic healing in six insulin-dependent diabetic patients who were on the verge of having amputations due to the severity of their chronic infected wounds.

According to the study:

“Nine cases of chronic infected wounds non-responsive to standard therapy were treated with the application of silver nylon alone. Six of the cases were in insulin dependent diabetics with severe peripheral neuropathy and varying degrees of impaired peripheral circulation.

Four of the diabetic cases were serious enough to have had amputations advised as a last resort, or to have had prior amputations done for identical lesions on another extremity.

One case was in a patient with severe peripheral neuropathy of unknown etiology. Two cases were traumatic wounds in otherwise normal patients. Both had also been advised amputation by the previous treating physician.

In all cases infection control was achieved in 3 to 7 days and all treated wounds healed with restoration of all local tissues to their normal state. Times to full healing varied from three weeks to three months depending upon the extent of the initial condition.”

In other words, silver-based wound dressings work to heal serious ulcers – even in cases where the leg ulceration is so bad the doctors have recommended amputation.

As one leg ulcer patient recently testified online regarding the effectiveness of silver-impregnated wound dressings:

“I went through a year of leg ulcers and I had to have the dressing changed three times a week. They were using some kind of calamine lotion and it was not helping my excruciating leg ulcers.

It got to the place where my bottom leg had no skin on it and I wanted to die, I cried as though someone was throwing boiling water on my leg. I was popping strong pain killers every four hours.

I became homebound, and visiting nurses came to our home, and they replaced my regular wound dressing with a SILVER Ag patch (i.e., a silver-impregnated wound dressing). This silver medication in this new wound dressing started healing my open ulcers right away.

In 3 months my leg had healed…I asked my doctor, “Why didn’t you use the silver dressings from the beginning?” His answer was that it was a costly medication and the practice he worked for did not keep in stock the Ag patches. Too costly…

He said that visiting wound nurses will use the best treatments because they want you to heal and to not be hospitalized. It’s all about money…he also said there were all types of miracle medications out there that would heal patients but the cost prevents physicians from using them.

It breaks my heart that so many suffer from ulcers…if you ever get one, you can tell others that you’ve been to Hell. The pain is horrific…Get the word out about the silver wound dressings, so many are suffering and any med that has silver in it, works like a miracle.”

Back to the Basics

As the above individual mentioned, silver-impregnated wound dressings are often very expensive, and are also difficult for the general public to obtain.

That’s why many people have simply gone back to the basics and have used either liquid colloidal silver on their leg ulcers, or a good commercial colloidal silver gel or cream. For example, the following colloidal silver user wrote:

“My mum’s leg ulcer was cleared within two days of applying colloidal silver, after numerous other products were tried without any success. After the first application of colloidal silver there were visible signs of healing.”

– Julie R.

Another person used colloidal silver spray to accomplish similar results. She wrote:

“I healed my 92 yr old mother’s very persistent leg ulcers with colloidal silver. Her leg was severe with broken and dripping skin from knee to toes. Nothing the GP and nurses did, with compression bandages for almost two years, healed the leg.

I read about wonders of colloidal silver and gave it a go. Within weeks there was a distinct difference. After the healing took place, a layer of scaly skin was left, but this soon flaked off after applying Argon oil twice a week.”

– Trish I.

I wrote back to the above individual, and asked, “Trish, can you give us some additional details, such as how much colloidal silver you used on your mom’s leg ulcers each day, what ppm, and how you applied it? It would be very helpful. Thanking you in advance for any additional details!”

She responded by saying:

“The two ulcers were about 5cm in diameter about 4 cm apart. But her entire shin, from knee to toes, was weeping and her toes were dark purple almost black with infection. Pretty nasty. I had nothing to lose. I had already healed up a MRSA infection in a post op hysterectomy scar on myself.

I sprayed 12 ppm over my mum’s leg every other day and air dried, when nurses weren’t there (they did not approve of anything other than the compression bandages). As a few weeks past the ulcers got smaller and the leg started to look normal color.

I feel sure that if I hadn’t gone down the colloidal silver road, my mother who is diabetic would have had to have her toes amputated eventually. Oh and she was in horrendous pain and could not bear for the leg to be touched, but using the colloidal silver spray gave her instant relief each time.”

On the website, I found the following anecdotal account of a leg ulcer being treated successfully with colloidal silver after doctor medications had failed to stop the ulcer from draining and growing larger:

“I wish I could post pictures of the wound I helped heal with the silver water. My brother began having circulatory problems after a mining accident years ago and developed an ulcer to the outside of his leg above his ankle.

This wound was extremely painful, draining large amounts of purulent drainage and it grew quite quickly. The pain was poorly managed with Dilaudid [morphine] and still it wasn’t enough. The doctors dressed the wound with Inadine (iodine) and it was changed daily.

The pain following the dressing change was horrible. I convinced my brother to allow me to do dressings with the colloidal silver water and I asked him to change it daily.

The first night, he thought the dressing had fallen off while he slept because he felt NO pain. The dressing was intact. I also encouraged him to drink the silver water 4oz breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed.

Within the first 24 hrs the redness surrounding the wound had dissipated significantly. Within a week the wound was almost closed and he no longer needed the narcotic for pain management. He continues to drink the silver water to this day (6mths later) as a form of maintenance plan. Why mess with a good thing?”

As you can see, colloidal silver can be a Godsend for people with non-healing leg ulcers. In the above, case, the afflicted individual used liquid colloidal silver on his painful ulcers, and also drank colloidal silver several times a day. And the healing began within the first 24 hours.

Unfortunately, colloidal silver is also very expensive, often costing as much as $20 to $30 for a tiny four-ounce bottle that might last you only a few days, at most, while treating a stubborn leg ulcer.

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