Atomic number 32, Bis-Carboxyethyl Germanium Sesquioxide, Carboxyethylgermanium Sesquioxide, Ge, Ge-132, Ge-Oxy 132, Germanio, Germanium-132, Germanium Inorganique, Germanium Lactate Citrate, Germanium Sesquioxide, Inorganic Germanium, Numéro Atomique 32, Organic Germanium, Sesquioxyde de Germanium, Spirogermanium.
Germanium is a chemical element. People use it as medicine.
Despite serious safety concerns, germanium is used for heart and blood vessel conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease; for eye conditions, including glaucoma and cataracts; and for liver conditions, including hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Some people use germanium for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pain, weak bones (osteoporosis), low energy, and AIDS.
Other uses include heavy metal poisoning, including mercury and cadmium poisoning; depression; cancer; food allergies; and yeast and viral infections.
Germanium is also used for increasing circulation of blood to the brain, supporting the immune system, and as an antioxidant.
Germanium might act against inflammation. It might also have antioxidant properties and affect the immune system.
Insufficient Evidence for:
Cancer. Researchers are interested in germanium as an alternative treatment for various kinds of cancer including breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, head and neck cancer, and lung cancer. One case report showed that after treatment with germanium, all symptoms of a particular type of lung cancer went away. But even if germanium is eventually shown to be effective for some treatments, it might just be too unsafe to use. Some of its side effects can be deadly.
Osteoporosis (weak bones).
High blood pressure.
Ongoing viral infections.
Heavy metal poisoning.
Increasing circulation of blood to the brain.
Supporting the immune system.
Use as an antioxidant.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of germanium for these uses.
Germanium is UNSAFE. There have been more than 30 reports of kidney failure and death linked with use of germanium. It builds up in the body and can damage vital organs such as the kidneys. It can also cause anemia, muscle weakness, nerve problems, and other side effects.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Germanium is UNSAFE for anyone to use, including pregnant and breast-feeding women. More than 30 deaths have been linked to using germanium. Don’t use it.
Minor Interaction. Be watchful with this combination:
Furosemide (Lasix) interacts with GERMANIUM
Some scientists think that germanium might decrease how well furosemide (Lasix) works. But there isn’t enough information to know if this is a big concern.