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AurumAurum

GOLD

 

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 bunions.

 

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.

 

PARTS USED

Gold, gold salts.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Gold.

 

ACTIONS

Radioactive; anti-inflammatory.

 

MEDICINAL USE

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.

 

PREPARATIONS

Gold salts: injections, tablets. Radioactive gold: in a gelatin suspension or water for injection, as granules for implants. Gold foil. Homeopathic remedies.

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