Colloidal Ionic Silver for Open Wounds
Bioactive effects of stable saturated colloidal ionic dispersions on yeast samples, moulds and topic infections in animals and humans are unmistakably more obvious compared to bioactive effects of lower saturation dispersions. Less volume of dispersion is required to achieve same level of efficiency and the process is quicker.
However, until recently I have not had a chance to test effectiveness of saturated ionic silver dispersion (containing high amount of silver ions) in facilitation of open wound healing process. In a recent accident a portion of skin and underlying tissue was torn off the palm of my left hand and I was presented with an interesting opportunity to test the efficiency of highly concentrated colloidal silver dispersion in improving of wound healing process.
I decided to forego any sort of common medical treatment whatsoever in order to determine if saturated colloidal ionic silver dispersion is viable alternative to conventional medical therapies in everyday situations and environment. The only two other treatments that I applied on the wound were initial irrigation of wound with nascent oxygen during removal of remaining debris from wound and later electrotherapy treatment of painful wrist and thumb joints. Other than those two exceptions wound was treated solely with highly concentrated colloidal ionic silver dispersion.
I took a few photographs in order to document different phases of the silver cations (Ag+) facilitated wound healing process.
As it can be seen the accident caused significant damage to the skin and basically entirely stripped away epidermis and most of dermis. Originally the wound was contaminated with debris remaining from accident and I had to clear it and disinfect it as soon as possible to prevent possible development of infection.
Disinfection of the wound during initial process of cleaning the wound was done by irrigation of wound with nascent oxygen. In this case I chose nascent oxygen for initial treatment due to its higher activity and ability to penetrate into layers of living tissue cells which is something that colloidal ionic silver dispersion is incapable of doing. Although rather efficient in the disinfection of open wounds, nascent oxygen in the past proved itself to be overly aggressive during longer periods of wound healing process, causing somewhat unpleasant sensations and effectively slowing down healing process.
After initial cleaning of the wound and disinfection with nascent oxygen I once again irrigated wound with sterile water for injections. Such precautionary act was done in order to prevent reaction between colloidal ionic silver and salts and minerals remaining from nascent oxygen treatment. If such reaction would to occur it would result in synthesis of silver salts which have no useful bioactive properties and have tendency to accumulate in the wound.
Finally, multi-layered sterile gauze soaked with saturated colloidal ionic silver dispersion was placed directly on wound and secured with adhesive bandage. By maintaining high concentration of silver cations (Ag+) on surface of wound aseptic conditions are maintained at all times thus preventing any possible development of infection.
What is even more important is the property of silver cations (Ag+) to dedifferentiate red blood cells into polypotent (stem) cells. Several research studies indicate that silver cations (Ag+) exhibit property of being able to dedifferentiate red blood cells into a sort of stem cells which can significantly help forming of new tissues. In order to exploit such property of silver ions I found it necessary to keep their high concentration in contact with leaking blood at all times and soaked gauze proved to be most beneficial in that regard.
Aside from the damaged skin, wrist joint also suffered trauma and subsequent swelling and pain which were at later stage successfully treated by some of our own electrotherapy devices.
Less than 24 hours after the accident any significant leaking of blood, lymph and plasma from wound stopped. New tissue already started to form at fast rate. However, such fast rate of new tissue growth presented a bit of problem due to formation of thicker layers of less flexible new tissue which prevented normal stretching and flexing of hand. The problem was already addressed by continually soaking the gauze with fresh saturated colloidal ionic silver dispersion, which kept high level of hydration of the newly formed tissue. I also found it beneficial, albeit a bit unpleasant, to stretch and flex my hand as often as possible in order to prevent loss of flexibility of newly formed tissue.
As I previously mentioned, several research studies indicate that silver ions (Ag+), when in direct contact with blood, have capability of inducing dedifferentiation of red blood cells into a kind of polypotent cells that behave virtually identical to stem cells. It is this bioactive effect of silver ions that is most probably responsible for accelerated healing of wound which at this point became quite observable.
Newly formed tissue already covered virtually entire wound. At this point direct contact of wound with blunt metal instrument still produced sensation of pain but to a much lesser degree. Flexibility of newly formed tissue was maintained by continuously moisturising of wound with highly concentrated colloidal ionic silver dispersion and by skin stretching exercises regime that I was regularly observing.
Signs of accelerated tissue healing were still present due to constant soaking of wound with saturated colloidal ionic silver. However, at this point it became obvious that as the residual leaking of blood and plasma subsided, acceleration of wound healing was becoming somewhat less pronounced. Such deceleration of wound healing process would be consistent with fewer amounts of stem cells produced due to less amount of blood coming into contact with silver ions.
Newly formed, thin layer of dermis almost entirely covered the wound. Outer edges of wound already started forming new layer of epidermis. Sensation of pain when wound was in contact with blunt metal instrument was still present but it was fraction of the original levels of pain experienced during first 24 hours after the accident.
Further deceleration of the wound healing process could be observed. As it can be seen in the picture, I unfortunately partially stripped away newly formed dermis and epidermis during removal of gauze which became dry due to unforeseen circumstances. It must be noted though that pain sensation has almost entirely subsided prior to mishap with removal of dried up gauze.
I suspect that deceleration of the healing process is also partially resulting from the lack of colloidal ionic silver penetrative capability. What is more, virtually no more polypotent (stem) cells were produced due to lack of direct contact of silver cations (Ag+) with red blood cells. I decided that I would resume treatment of wound with highly concentrated colloidal ionic silver dispersion because of its moisturising effect and in order to maintain aseptic conditions.
Normalisation of the healing process rate became rather evident. It became obvious that prolonged exposure of wound to colloidal ionic silver was becoming less effective with no more residual blood leaks present.
My guess is that the wound healing rate follows exponential curve during initial stages of treatment with silver ions due to large amount of red blood cells which are available for dedifferentiation process to take place. As the residual bleeding and leaking of plasma is gradually subsiding, it is to be expected that the curve describing healing rate in time domain would gradually fall back to normal healing rate.
Two weeks after the accident and start of treatment with saturated colloidal ionic silver dispersion, the wound was almost entirely healed. While it still looked rough, the pain sensation was entirely gone and flexibility of the newly formed skin layers returned to normal.
I decided to discontinue the treatment as there was no more need for maintenance of highly aseptic environment. It also became quite apparent that healing process returned to its normal rate of progress due to lack of available layer of blood necessary for stem cell production in the wound.
The wound has completely healed and there was virtually no scarring present. I did not use any conventional medical treatments requiring antiseptics, antibiotics, analgesics or even corticosteroids in one form or another. Aside from initial irrigation of wound with nascent oxygen and later electrotherapy treatment of painful wrist and thumb joints, the only thing that facilitated wound healing process was saturated colloidal ionic silver dispersion with high content of silver cations (Ag+).
This is only a single (partially) documented case where highly concentrated colloidal ionic silver dispersion exhibited its beneficial properties in facilitating wound healing process and single case is statistically insignificant. Still, different observed phases of wound healing process fit results of research studies which indicate that dedifferentiation of red blood cells indeed takes place and is most beneficial in the wound healing process.