Precious Metals in Medicine
Precious metals are naturally lustrous elements that have a high economic value. Gold, silver, and platinum are the best-known precious metals and are used in jewelry and objets d’art. Historically, gold and silver were also used as currency.
Unlike such trace elements as zinc, copper, iodine, and others, there is no recognized need in human nutrition for precious metals.
Yet these elements have a therapeutic value under certain circumstances.
History of Precious Metals in Medicine
Metals have a history of use in ancient Indian (Ayurvedic), Chinese, and Egyptian medicine. In Ayurveda, crushed gold is prepared with herbs and