Precious metals have been used since ancient times by the Egyptians and in Ayurveda to cure various ailments as they are considered to provide innumerable health benefits. The Egyptians and Indians ate with gold and silver utensils and cutlery and used copper vessels to store and drink water. It is still a common practice in India to cover sweetmeats by a silver or golden foil.
In Ayurveda, all natural substances like gems, metals, and stones possess reservoirs of energy known as ‘prana’ which can be used to heal, protect and strengthen the body against the negative energy that may come from the cosmos.
Metals like gold, silver, iron, copper, lead, etc., in their pure state can be used to prevent obesity, increase stamina, cure various diseases and have great potential in both conventional and alternative medicine. In Ayurvedic medicine, these metals are usually boiled in water, oil or buttermilk and the resultant mixture can then be used.
Here are some of the beneficial properties of precious metals:
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This precious metal not only has ornamental value but has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It has been used for its health and beauty benefits. Gold is especially beneficial for the brain, heart, and lungs.
- Increases memory and intelligence and can prevent epilepsy, hysteria
- Strengthens the heart, preventing heart attacks, improving arrhythmia and stamina
- Useful in curing respiratory diseases like asthma, breathlessness
- Used in beauty treatments for a variety of skin conditions, for preventing skin from sagging, reducing age spots and for rejuvenation
- Due to its antibacterial properties, it is the material of choice for implants, for wires in pacemakers, and stents used to support weak blood vessels
Tiny gold particles and ‘gold Nanoshells’ are being used in the treatment of some type of cancers and HIV. Gold helps reduce joint inflammation and pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease, and also slows down disease progression.
Has cooling properties for treating excess ‘pitta’ and ‘vata’ ailments. It is used to treat digestive and urinary system problems due to its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
- Used to promote strength and stamina
- Wearing a silver ring helps control blood pressure and also controls the gastrointestinal system
- Used to treat inflammatory conditions of the gallbladder and liver
- Effective for heart conditions, fever, and weakness
- In hospitals, medical equipment made of silver can be used to prevent the spread of MRSA, and prescription drugs or topical preparations containing silver are used to treat infections and assist in wound healing due to its antimicrobial property
This metal has been used to ease excess ‘kapha’ and is favorable for ailments of the liver, spleen, lymphatic and immune system.
- Copper is used to treating obesity, anemia, and edema
- Copper coins placed on the forehead subsides headaches and reduces blood pressure
- Wearing a copper bracelet cures neurosis, insomnia, and alleviates joint and muscle pains
- It helps improve metabolism, enhances insulin activity and reduces inflammation
- Brass and bronze-alloys of copper have been used since ancient times for efficacy in treating various ailments of the genital organs and respiratory tract, lung and skin infections
Copper and iron are two metals required for the formation and circulation of blood, beneficial for the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow and bone tissue. Iron is used to treat anemia, revitalize muscle tone and nerve tissue and has refreshing properties.
Heavy metals like lead, mercury, and platinum are beneficial in treating skin diseases, boosting the nervous, endocrine and immune systems and in cancer treatment drugs respectively.