Throughout man’s history, gold in various forms has been used as a medium of monetary exchange as well as an enhancer of health. Mainstream medicine has even used injections of gold salts to relieve the pain of Arthritis.
Practitioners have used forms of gold to relieve the craving for alcohol and other addicting drugs. Gold has been valued as an element of great therapeutic value by Chinese folk medicine.
Moses ordered that the golden calf idol to Baal be burned, ground into powder and dispersed into water for the children of Israel to drink. This may be the first mental and spiritual health recipe given in the history of mankind. This crude “colloidal gold” formula may have been prescribed by Yahweh to Moses for the impatience and disobedience of the nation of Israel. It is still used by many as a natural supplement for symptoms of mental discountenance today.
A so-called Elixir of Life, a potion made from gold, was discussed, if not actually manufactured, in ancient times
in Alexandria, Egypt by a group of adepts known as Alchemists. In the 16th century the alchemist Paracelsus, one of the greatest known alchemist/chemists, founded the school of iatrochemistry, the chemistry of medicines, which is the forerunner of modern pharmacology. Paracelsus claimed to have created a potion called Aurum Potabile (Latin: potable gold). He developed formulations from metallic minerals, one of which was gold, to support the rejuvenation of the health.
Gold has also been used since Ancient Roman times to color glass an intense red. In the 17th century the glass-coloring process was refined by Andreus Cassius and Johann Kunchel. In 1842, John Hershel invented a photographic process called chrysotype (from the Greek word for gold) that used gold to record images on paper. Paracelsus’ work is known to have inspired Michael Faraday to prepare the first pure sample of colloidal gold, which he called ‘activated gold’, in 1857. He used phosphorus to reduce a solution of gold chloride. Faraday was the first to recognize that the reddish/ruby color was due to the minute size of the gold particles.
Alchemy and the use of gold supplements spread to Arabia then throughout the Middle East to India and China and eventually Europe. Even today in China, the belief in the restorative properties of gold remain intact in rural villages, where peasants cook their rice with a gold coin to replenish the gold in their bodies. It has been reported that in the early 1900’s doctors would implant a $5.00 gold piece near a knee joint. Since 1927, gold salts have been used to relieve joint discomfort and damage. Europeans have long been aware of the benefits of gold in the body and have been buying gold coated pills and ‘gold water’ over the counter for well over 100 years.
Gold has reportedly been used in cases of glandular and neurological in-coordination. The body’s warmth mechanism may also be affected by gold, particularly in cases of chills and fever.
Doctors Nilo Cairo and A. Brinckmann wrote a best selling work entitled “Materia Medica”, (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19th Edition, 1965), in which Colloidal Gold was listed as the number one use against obesity. It seems to enhance the will and mental ability to remain focused and not be distracted from the task at hand.
High end cosmetic companies today use colloidal gold in their de-aging formulas that are reputed to diminish the deterioration of the bodies epidermal layers.