Colloidal silver, or silver water, has been known for centuries to help people with infections, fungus, and bacterial infections, making it a favorite go-to for homeopathic healing options. 

Colloidal silver, or silver water, has been known for centuries to help people with infections, fungus, and bacterial infections.

What is Colloidal Silver?

Colloidal silver is a liquid sold in most health food stores across the US and can be found online at big box stores chains like Walmart pharmacies, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, and Amazon.

There are two types of colloid silver water that pack the most effective anti-bacterial effects:  ionic and metallic. 

Colloid water is the most effective type and is manufactured and sold worldwide. It can even be made at home using a simple and inexpensive process. 

The most significant difference among all colloid silver waters is how they’re produced and work inside the human body.

History of Silver Uses for Medical Purposes

Silver has been used as a healing treatment and germicide for thousands of years, and can be traced back to the ancient Greek and Roman Empires.

 Before antibiotics, colloidal silver was used in hospitals and was known as a bactericide for at least 1200 years.  Throughout history, you can find stories of silver being used to thwart off bacteria by throwing silver coins into the water, some even keeping silver in milk. Wine was stored in silver urns. 

Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and other ancient cultures used silver vessels to store food and purify water safely. 

Today, many medical instruments or things used in or on the body are coated or made with silver, but you won’t hear much about colloid silver in the doctor’s office. 

Around the 1940s, when penicillin was introduced, colloid silver was getting bad reviews – manufacturers started making colloid silver water in ineffective ways, causing adverse reactions and bad publicity. 

However, even though silver was still widely known as the go-to antibiotic, it lost the battle to the new mainstream synthetic medicines.  Plus, colloidal silver was more expensive to make then, and it was more profitable to push the new synthetic medications.  

The Breakdown – Colloid Silver and its Uses  

Ionic colloid silver water is composed of relatively small particles of one form of silver or another, suspended homogenously and indefinitely in high-quality distilled water. Silver is not dissolved in the water itself but has submicroscopic particles of silver suspended in water.

There are two main types of colloid silver, ionic and metallic, and several ways to produce metallic silver (also known as nanosilver if the silver particles are less than 100 nanometers in size). 

Regardless of how it’s produced, you’ll drink ultra-tiny particles of bare metal elemental silver in metallic silver water, which doesn’t break down like ionic particles, making metallic silver the second choice to ionic colloid silver.

Ionic silver water is usually made through a low-voltage D/C electrical process.

The low volt of electricity passes through silver rods in high-quality distilled water, producing hydrogen and hydroxide ions, making the distilled water conductive, causing enough electrical current to flow through to the other rod.

The ionic form is known to work better since it’s already in the biologically active, infection-fighting state.  It works best against pathogens in the human body because it carries a positive electrical charge.

In contrast, bacteria carry a negative electrical charge, causing silver ions to have a high affinity for positive bacteria. (opposite ions attract to form an ionic bond).  The metallic form works only to the extent it’s converted inside the human body to the ionic form; otherwise, metallic silver isn’t “ready” when ingested to tackle the bacteria like the ionic form. 

“As this process gradually accelerates, submicroscopic silver ions (i.e., tiny atomic and molecular particles of pure silver) are slowly liberated into the water from one of the silver rods, where they’re suspended by a positive electrical charge.

These tiny atomic and molecular particles of silver act as electrolytes, allowing the electrical current to flow even more strongly between the two silver rods, liberating even more silver ions in the process.

Essentially, they are silver particles missing an electron.

Find more detailed information about both metallic and ionic processes here.

The human body has a way of leading positively-charged silver ions through the stomach and into the cells, tissues, and organs where pathogens settle. It’s called the Metalloprotein Transport System, all forms of colloidal silver are dependent upon silver ions to work against pathogens.

The tiny, submicroscopic silver ions (i.e., positively charged atoms or molecules of silver) give all forms of colloidal silver their infection-fighting properties.

If it’s not ionic, it cannot kill pathogens.

Benefits of Colloid Silver

No wonder silver was used for centuries for its infection, bacterial, and fungal-fighting properties.    

Today, millions claim colloid silver has helped them, even claiming it heals bone infections, ear, and some eye infections, will help with boils (even with pets), and has even been known to help certain viruses like herpes and shingles.   

 Silver is known to relieve inflammation, reduce pain and even increase the healing rate of cuts, burns, bites, various types of skin outbreaks (including acne), tooth and gum infection, dermatitis (eczema), skin inflammation, toenail fungus, cystic fibrosis, lung disease, monkeypox virus, and the smallpox virus. 

It’s also effective against burns, severe chronic osteomyelitis, urinary tract infections, central venous catheter infections (E. coli), and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).  Researchers have also found both ionic silver and metallic silver to cause cervical cancer cells to commit cellular suicide through apoptosis.

Many independent studies of colloidal silver prove that hundreds of millions of positive claims carry some weight. 


Most people take colloidal water with a dropper to drop a small amount under your tongue, other types are sprays.  Remember to research how many PPM (parts per million) it contains.

If you’re treating an infection and taking it internally, you may take it three times a day, or if you’re taking it for a more extended period for other reasons, you may take a small amount once a day or swish it around in your mouth and spit it out. 

You can also use it externally with a small amount to treat cuts and scrapes. 

Warnings About Colloid Silver

As with many homeopathic remedies, the Mayo Clinic doesn’t recommend taking colloid silver at any dosage, as it can have adverse effects when taking some medications and can also cause poor absorption of some drugs, such as certain antibiotics and thyroxine (used to treat thyroid deficiency), and, according to their guidelines, shows no overall health benefits. 

However, it can be argued that companies who back big pharma do not recommend non-synthetic medicines even if it has known benefits (try thousands of years of documented benefits, at least by using “silver” in its most generic way).

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