Therapeutic use of silver:

  • Ancient Greece: Coating the internal part of dishes with metallic silver protected the food from rotting.
  • Middle East: Silver coins inserted in leather bota bags protected the water from spoiling.
  • Europe, 14th Century: Silver spoons protected the children from the plague.

Introduction of antibiotics at the beginning of the 20th Century decreased the interest in therapeutic properties of silver. Nowadays the anti-bacterial properties of silver are used, inter alia, in:

  • Cooling industry: coating the refrigerators with a layer of silver ions dampens the spreading of disease-causing organisms.
  • Silver thread dressings – they enhance healing of serious wounds​.
  • Cosmetics – using silver components does not cause allergies.