Gold is used in some orthodox
treatments for cancer and arthritis, but it is monitored carefully because of
its toxic effects. Homeopaths prescribe it for bone loss, such as in
osteoporosis, and Chinese physicians apply it externally in leaf form to
The only explanation for gold's high value is that people felt the need to have an international currency.
Gold achieved its status several thousand years ago, and its
holders have always had a vested interest in maintaining its value.
Gold's practical merits are that it is rare, never tarnishes, and is easily shaped.
Just over half the gold not
stored by individual countries is used in jewellery, a quarter is used in the electrical industry for its excellent conduction properties, and about 10 per cent is used in
dentistry. Medicinally, gold is used as it is, in radioactive form, or as salts.
Gold, gold salts.
In orthodox medicine, radioactive gold is implanted into tissues as part of some radiation therapies
for cancer and is sometimes given for rheumatoid arthritis,
but its toxicity makes it a treatment of last resort. Non-radioactive gold is also used for rheumatoid arthritis in orthodox
medicine in the form of salts such as sodium aurothiomalate. It is given homeopathically (Aurum metallicum)
for conditions ranging from depression and atherosclerosis to bone loss.
Chinese physicians apply gold externally as a thin foil to bunions to reduce pain and inflammation.
Gold salts: injections, tablets.
Radioactive gold: in a gelatin suspension or water for injection, as granules for implants. Gold foil. Homeopathic remedies.