Silver – the Traditional Antiviral and Antimicrobial Agent

Silver is known as an effective antimicrobial agent and has therefore been used in medicine for centuries. This article explains where the antimicrobial effect comes from and why silver is experiencing a renaissance today.

The idea of using metals, including silver, against microorganisms must be considered ancient. Long before the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s, people relied on the curative properties of silver. Hippocrates, Paracelsus and later Hildegard von Bingen recommended it as an essential health preservative. Thus, nobles and wealthy citizens' silverware and silver cutlery had a convenient effect: it protected them from germs. It was also common to put a silver coin in the milk jug to keep the milk longer fresh.

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