Colloidal Silver Health Benefits

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The element silver has been known to have health benefits long before the microbes they work against health were even discovered. Did you know that silver has been used medicinally for over 6,000 years?1 This natural remedy has been historically used to treat burns and wounds and purify water. Silver flatware, plates and cups were used by royalty as they were believed to reduce the incidence of disease.

With the invention of antibiotics the use of silver in medicine became nearly obsolete. However, those who pursue alternative methods of health have continued to use silver to treat bacteria, viruses and fungi. Burn and wound dressings that include silver are making a come-back as their effectiveness is again being valued.

Silver is effective against a variety of pathogens. One of its particular benefits is that it can be used internally and externally. It is also commonly used in the ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Its broad range of uses makes it quite handy to have around. Making your own colloidal silver has become popular among those who prize natural remedies because of  its history of effectiveness in addition to the very low cost of this simple remedy.

External Use of Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver is a wonderful natural remedy when used externally. It is not messy and is nearly tasteless.

Ear Drops

Colloidal silver can be used as an ear drop for ear infections or painful ears. Simply put 5-10 drops into each ear several times a day or as needed.

Eye Drops

As an eye drop, colloidal silver can be used to treat pinkeye (conjunctivitis.) It should only be used twice daily for two days. If the infection has not cleared at this point, consider a different remedy.


Colloidal silver can be used to treat a cough by putting it into an empty nasal spray container. You then spray the spray into the mouth towards the back of the throat while inhaling sharply. Try at least three sprays at a time and repeat several times a day.

Sinus Rinse

A Neti Pot can be used to deliver colloidal silver into the sinus cavity to treat a sinus infection. At first the silver may burn but the sting passes quickly. If you do not have a Neti Pot, you can use a straw eye dropper to drip colloidal silver into each nostril. The fastest way to use colloidal silver in the sinuses is to put a little puddle of silver in your palm and snort it up into your sinuses. Used 2-3 times a day, a sinus issue is usually resolved in a few days.


Gargling colloidal silver can bring relief to a sore throat or tonsillitis. Gargle colloidal silver several times a day or as desired.

Mouth Rinse

Swishing colloidal silver around the mouth can eliminate infection and bacteria that can cause bad breath.


Colloidal silver can be sprayed onto wounds as a natural antibiotic. A spray is also useful for topical fungal infections like ringworm and athlete's foot.


Colloidal silver, made into a poultice, can be applied to bee stings and skin infections. Simply saturate a clean cloth and secure to the area of concern with a bandage.

Internal Use of Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver is commonly used internally to treat infections, colds, influenza, bladder infections, the stomach virus and food poisoning.

When using colloidal silver internally, it is preferable to use colloidal silver instead of ionic silver. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to ascertain which products on the market are which. Learn the difference between ionic silver and colloidal silver and if it's true that colloidal silver can turn you blue!

Colloidal Silver Video Series - Everything You Need to Know About CS

Part 1: Colloidal Silver - What They Don't Tell You and What You Need to Know

Part 2: The Correct Way to Make Colloidal Silver at Home, 20 PPM Using a Silvertron Elite.

Part 3: How to Make Reducing Agent and an Electrolyte Solution - Exact Instructions to Use for 20 PPM Colloidal Silver.

Part 4: Colloidal Silver Black Residue - How To Make Sure You Don't Contaminate Your Batch of CS.

Colloidal Silver for Pets

Because it is not messy or unpleasant tasting, colloidal silver is a wonderful remedy for pets as well. Pets can benefit from topical use of colloidal silver just like their owners. Additionally, it is easy to add to their water for internal dosing. You will find more information about using colloidal silver for pets on this page.

Have you used colloidal silver as a natural remedy? Please send us some feedback! Continue reading to see our extensive feedback from our readers about this tried and true remedy!



Arthritis, Kidney Cyst and Mass

Posted by Art (California) on 08/17/2017 726 posts
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Recently I was talking with a woman who had started on a regimen of colloidal silver for a particular reason and ran into a benefit not related to the original reason that she was taking colloidal silver for. She said that she had been having fairly severe pain in one knee that she had to take aspirin for everyday during her waking hours to take the edge off of the pain and sometimes when it would wake her during the night. After about three weeks of daily dosing, she said that she no longer needed to take aspirin for her knee pain. She said she is going to continue the colloidal silver for the original reason that she started using it, but the pain relief in her knee is now an unexpected bonus. I plan on contacting her later to see how her knee is doing over time.

I have seen anecdotal reports suggesting that colloidal silver may offer some benefit for arthritis, but have never really spent any time looking into it because borax seems to be fairly effective for many people with arthritis. However, since borax is not effective for everyone with arthritis I thought that it might be a good idea to see what the available literature had to offer on the subject. This anecdote made me decide to look and see if there are any studies that might suggest that colloidal silver may be active against any type of arthritis. With that thought in mind, the first thing I found was an abstract of a rat study that suggested there is potential.......well at least in rats that have been dosed with Freund's adjuvant to induce arthritis like symptoms. Here is a link to that abstract and an article link that tend to confirm each other:

The following article suggests that colloidal silver plays a role in inhibition of angiogenesis and angiogenesis is a factor in terms of arthritis, so this is a different angle by which colloidal silver might be useful in controlling arthritis.

This recent article partially discusses the anti inflammatory qualities of colloidal silver.

While this is hardly conclusive evidence, it is at least a couple of steps in the right direction.


So I talked with this woman again and here is what she told me. She had started on colloidal silver and annona muricata (AM) because she had been diagnosed with a cyst on one kidney and a "mass" on the other kidney which her doctor told her may or may not be cancerous. They would need to do further testing to determine if it was cancerous or not.

Apparently it is the colloidal silver that is helping her knee because she started with a loading dose for two weeks and then went down to a maintenance dose. When she went down to the maintenance dose, her knee started to hurt a little bit, so she went all the way back to the loading dose and shortly after, her knee stopped hurting again. She has been taking the same dose of AM everday since she started.

Last week she went back to the doctor so they could see if the cyst or the mass had grown. The doctor called her this past Tuesday and told her that the mass had shrunk substantially and was now the size of a very small stone and the cyst had also shrunk very significantly. In any case, she is elated with these results and said she plans to continue with her protocol for at least two more months. I think she has been on this protocol for about 8 weeks now. Her doctor told her they are just going to monitor her for the time being .

One other thing she mentioned to me was that she had recently found lumps on her breasts as well as under her breasts and she said all of the lumps have also diminished or disappeared. She seems pretty happy with her results so far.

Replied by Jeanette

Hi Art, this is very interesting and exciting feedback. thank you for sharing it. Can you tell me what a loading dose would be? It sounds like people can safely take colloidal silver daily without repercussions? I take it every so often for immune support (when I am fighting a virus mostly), but it sounds like it might be a good daily supplement to help my painful knees among other things.

Replied by Art
726 posts

In reply to Jeanette (Asheville),

I can't say what a loading dose should be, but I can tell you what this woman told me she used. One quart of 20 ppm colloidal silver per day and then she went down to a maintenance dose. She said she will have to rethink her maintenance dose because she feels it may be too low for her. She mentioned that she was thinking that she may continue her regimen for at least two more months, but she said it will depend on what her doctor tells her at her next visit.

Hopefully I will be able to talk to her again so I can find out how it all works for her.


Replied by Nattakit
Bangkok, Thailand

Excuse me, Art. You mentioned that her dosage is "one quart of 20 ppm colloidal silver per day". That's quite a big quantity. Is the unit correct?

Replied by Art
726 posts

In reply to Nattakit (Bangkok, Thailand),

Yes, that is the dosage she told me she used as her loading dose. She said it was based on previous dosing studies that she had read in relation to her estimated blood content which she said for her is over 6 litres of blood. Her maintenance dose was significantly less. That loading dose equates to approximately 19 mg of silver per day. The amount of silver per day is important and sometimes when you talk in terms of parts per million it can get confusing because 1 litre of 20 ppm CS is equal to 20 mg of silver, but 500ml of 40 ppm is also equivalent to 20 mg as is 250 ml of 80 ppm. It seems simpler to me to say how much silver per day total as opposed to all of the potential ppm doses.

I've never seen a commercial colloidal silver manufacturer recommend that high of a dose and I doubt any of them ever would because for one thing, they would probably have to explain to the FDA why. That type of a dose is likely to be used to actively try and treat a health issue and not as a preventative, in my opinion and CS manufacturers can not say that CS treats any nealth issue period.......pretty much like supplement manufacturers who can not make health claims. Most supplements will have a dosing schedule that recommends one or two capsules a day, but many alternative sites will recommend much higher dosing to try an obtain a specific health effect.

An average sized adult in the 150 to 180 pound range will have a blood content of approximately 1.2 to 1.5 gallons or 4.5 to 5.7 litres. Larger people will have a larger blood content and smaller people will have less and the blood content can vary between a man and a woman of equal weight.

People who dose as this woman has are likely trying to reach a specific blood level of CS that has shown positive effects in the available studies. Unfortunatelly there are not any studies that I am aware of that specifically say that if you have exactly 5 litres of blood and you take X amount of 20 ppm CS you will achieve a blood level of Y, so this leaves consumers to try and figure it out for themselves based on the currently available studies. I asked this woman if she noticed any type of bad side effects from this dose and she told me no. She said the side effects she noticed were the positive ones like her knee pain reduction and the reduction of the lumps in her breasts.

If I get a chance to talk to her down the road, I will be very interested in finding out how it is or isn't working out for her, but for now she feels it is working well.


Candida and Fungus

Posted by Hope (Toronto) on 07/09/2020
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I am taking a shot glass full of 20 ppm colloidal silver (true colloidal silver, not clear ionic silver). This is to kill candida and fungus in addition to herbs.I think it's amazing but I have a question for anyone who knows colloidal silver chemistry. The silver causes a brief stomach ache about 20 minutes after I digest it, when it hits my stomach. With food or without food. Any ideas why? Is this the candida being killed off in the gut? Nonetheless, I love it and will continue. Just curious about the stomach ache.

Replied by Art


If the colloidal silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) you are using are not capped there will be a reaction in the stomach as soon as the particles run into hydrochloric acid and sodium chloride. The AgNPs will break down quickly if they are not capped and the particles will agglomerate and fall out of suspension and become useless. This reaction could be one potential explanation for what you are feeling.

When you look at studies for AgNPs, you will notice that almost all studies use some type of capping agent to protect the AgNPs from destruction in the stomach and to help prevent agglomeration.

When I make AgNPs I use gelatin as the capping agent which is very effective at not just protecting AgNPs from agglomeration, but also improving the effectiveness of the AgNPs as shown in this study:

Notice that these gelatin capped AgNPs showed superior stability and antibacterial ability than uncapped AgNPs against Staphylococcus Aureus.

If you do not know if your AgNPs are capped or not, you can make a small mixture of hydrochloric acid and table salt and then add some of this mix to a small amount (1 oz.) of AgNPs. If the addition of the acid/salt mix causes the AgNPs to turn color and become cloudy, they are not capped.


Colloidal Silver

Posted by Tom (Usa) on 01/26/2018
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Colloidal silver helps my migraines too as well as my arthritis. It is the best antibiotic I never take pharmaceutical antibiotics. Skin problems, cuts, warts, fungus anything like that it works wonders.

I have not had the flu for over 45 years, not saying I have taken sliver that long of course but I have a natural immunity I guess, no colds either. Don't take flu shots either. Some hay fever in the summertime when the wheat is pollinating especially, the silver works for that too. So, with all the hype about the evils of silver I can testify it is very beneficial in a number of ways.

Colloidal Silver Dosage

Posted by Lisa (Jax) on 02/02/2019
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After much reading, there seems to be no real agreement or consistent information on how much colloidal silver can be ingested. I have been using it for ten years for illnesses only. I take 4 tablespoons a day for two weeks probably twice a year. I use a high quality nano silver. I worry that I have been taking it too long. I am interested in others' practices, dosages and experiences. How long have you been taking silver and what are your dosages?

CS Ultrasonic Delivery Method

Posted by Earth Clinic (Los Angeles, California) on 01/04/2018
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Don't miss EC's new video on the most effective way to inhale colloidal silver and instructions on how to do it.

Appreciation and a giant THANK YOU to Art for his informative posts on the subject. We've been testing this ultrasonic humidifier delivery method for a few months now and it's very effective.

Replied by Donna
Summers, Arkansas

Thank you so much for the info on colloidal silver and a cool mist ultrasonic humidifier! Am looking to buy one now as well as the yellow colloidal silver. What about children? Would it be safe at the same amount of 2 oz? Like children 3-8.



Posted by Anon (Anon) on 09/25/2017
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I was feeling really tired and cranky since yesterday. I thought I was just tired. On a whim I took a few teaspoons of colloidal silver in some water and within maybe half an hour felt much better. I vote CS a miracle supplement. :)

Replied by Marika
2 posts

Can someone recommend a good brand of colloidal silver the real deal? Thank you.


Posted by Whisperingsage (Northern California) on 07/14/2019 48 posts
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I suffered a perforated bowel last September, I think now, due to Round Up in the food supply ( it's widespread in conventional raised crops) , and have a temporary colostomy ( it's been 10 months now), I have an abdominal fistula draining right next to it, near the navel. The drainage has been down to 30 ml or so since the 5th month but has remained so sometimes putting out Frank blood. Getting the colostomy reversed depends on getting the fistula healed. I tried ionic silver and squeezed two droppersful into the fistula hole, and the drainage is much less. I'm very pleased. I'll do this twice a day and report back. Fistulas are famous for being hard to heal. (They are a tunnel through the bowel area.)

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Us

I use a lot of supplements, herbs and thoughts to try to steer my ship back toward life abundantly. It's been a journey. Recently , I have studied comfrey. Here a few things I have read. When it goes in the compost pile, it speeds up the composting. When you make a tea fertilzer out of it the plants flourish. When you put it on a wound , it can heal the wound at insane rates. When you drink the tea it begins working on every area there was a wound inside the body. Women used it in sitz baths to speed recovery after childbirth. It supposedly heals leaky gut. A poultice on a broken bone heals it rapidly(nicknamed knit bone). Before they villified it with fake studies, it was used in green drinks and salads for hundreds of years and was a friend to man. You can buy roots to grow, dried leaves by the pound, tinctures, creams, and I have used a lot of it. I plan to use a lot more. I give most things a year before I try some new things. I hope to encourage others to get past the scare tactics and apply some old wisdom to recover their lives. Blessings, Charity

Homemade Colloidal Silver Issues

Posted by Fatih (Istanbul) on 10/02/2019

Hello, This is Fatih from Istanbul, Turkey. I've been dealing with ionised & colloidal silver water for 5 years. Recently, I've problems. I prefer generally just deionised water and Na2Co3 solution as electrolyte. Then I use pure C6H12O6 as reducing agent. But, The production I make in this way, produces bluish clouds (I guess it is Silver Oxide). Do you have any idea about this? If you may have some time to answer me, I'll be very very glad.

Replied by Will
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It sounds like you are making your own. Use 99.999 silver wires, distilled water, and a 1 amp battery charger 12vdc. Plenty of videos on youtube. Good luck!

HPV - Genital Warts

Posted by Brittany (Miami) on 06/01/2018
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I was diagnosed with HPV in September 2017. I've had genital warts since then and they were hideous. I tried the Apple Cider vinegar, however it burned like hell and it seemed to just bring more warts. I stumbled across Colloidal Silver and decided to give it a try. This was the best decision I've ever made in my entire life!!! I soaked cotton pads and placed them over the warts every night for about a week (I left them on overnight). And within the first 3 days they were disappearing. It has been a month since I used the Colloidal Silver and I haven't seen an outbreak since then.

Replied by Sanu

Hi what silver did you use x

Joint Pain, Cyst, Liver Spots

Posted by Will (California) on 11/17/2019
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In 2016 my wrist joints hurt, I had a quarter sized cyst on my left wrist, and noticeable liver spots on the top of my hands. Other joints were also getting stiff. I was 54. I learned about how to make colloidal silver and studied the benefits. I make my own in concentrations of about 20 ppm tp 100 ppm. I decided to cleanse my body, consuming a gallon a week for a month. The results were quite remarkable.

The pain in my joints went away, the cyst went away, and the liver spots are gone.

I use it in nasal spray form and humidifier during flu season, and do a 1 gallon cleanse once a year now (a gallon in one week). I havent been sick at all, walk over 30 miles a week, eat right, take nascent iodine, and my physical this year was excellent with normal bloodwork and BP. My wife also takes it when she feels something coming on and it helps tremendously. Have also used it on scrapes and cuts with no issues. I keep 6 gallons in stock in dark jugs. This is our go to medication. And it wont turn me blue.

Replied by Sandra

What ppm did you take , and how much? Thank you will

Replied by Michelle

For a cleanse, what PPM do you use? How do you determine to PPM to use in different situations?

Replied by Michelle

How do you determine to PPM to use in different situations?

Replied by Charlotte Reavis

What a blessing you have had with Colloidal Silver! Can it be used topically on a skin infection? Thanks!

Replied by jane

I Guess my main question would be ..surely it kills all bacteria off, so the good bacteria in the gut would be killed off?


Posted by Mary ([email protected]) on 05/15/2019
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I have been taking c/s since 1998. I had shingles on my face headed to the eye and c/s completely eliminated it BUT you must take it internally for 6 months for it to be effective. Take only 1 tablespoon full a day swallow for gut under tongue or on top of the tongue for the blood.

Replied by D

Hi Mary! Did this completely eradicate the shingles virus (herpes)? Also what c/s do you recommend? Many thanks

Toothache, Gingivitis, Cuts, Eyelash Infection

Posted by Stefan (London) on 03/21/2020
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I bought Colloid Silver (Results RNA ACS 200) via cured a toothache and gingivitis and healed a friends cut overnight which amazed her and in addition cured an old recurrent eyelash infection...a few days a go I had spot and sprayed it and there was not even an inflammation the morning after-Maybe other brands work as well or better and I am not a salesman...this stuff works...I don't have the time to set up homemade machinery to make it and so can only vouch for this brand.

Replied by kelli
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what brand did you buy on Amazon?

Where to Buy

Posted by Andrea (Nevada) on 05/22/2020
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Hi, I saw on one of your YouTube videos that you recommend buying the SilverTron Elite Generator to make colloidal silver at home. I tried going to their website to purchase one but it said that their website is under construction. Do you know where else I can buy one or do you recommend another generator that I could buy to make colloidal silver at home? I appreciate your help and everything I have learned from watching your YouTube videos. Andrea

Replied by Deirdre
Earth Clinic

Hi Andrea, So sorry, unfortunately I am not well versed in other colloidal silver generators on the market. It is very sad that the inventor of Silvertron is no longer able to make these generators due to health issues. Maybe Art from CA can offer an alternative suggestion here? Art posted a link to YouTube a month or two ago with a review of a CS generator costing over $300. The video showed just how poorly constructed it was when the guy opened up the machine, with materials costing no more than $15!!

Replied by Art
726 posts

Andrea, Unfortunately, I do not have another recommendation for another retail silver generator. I knew the day would come when the builder of my generator would no longer be able to make it so I bought two to have one as a backup. I am completely spoiled by the Silvertron unit when compared to any other unit under $500. This unit is actually a mini computer which makes it very accurate and very adjustable. When I bought it, I looked at every unit I could find that was under $500 and there was nothing that even came close in terms of build quality, accuracy, product support and adjustability. I think it was around $350 and other units that were in that general price range were very basic by comparison and much more limited in adjustability of batch size and adjustability of parts per million. Most machines could only produce 20 ppm or lower and some had no adjustability of batch size. I did find one machine back then that seemed like a somewhat comparable unit, but back then, that unit was over $900 so it made my decision easier. I am sorry that I do not have another recommendation for you. Art

Replied by John

The original designer of the Silvertron has stopped manufacturing, due to personal issues. Apparently, he is in talks with another member of the, who may -or not- take over the device's production. As to what to buy...? I recommend looking there for any recommendations.