Therapeutic effects of organic germanium

Med Hypotheses. 1988 Jul;26(3):207-15. doi: 10.1016/0306-9877(88)90101-6.


Germanium is present in all living plant and animal matter in micro-trace quantities. Its therapeutic attributes include immuno-enhancement, oxygen enrichment, free radical scavenging, analgesia and heavy metal detoxification. Toxicological studies document Germanium's rapid absorption and elimination from the body, and its safety. Clinical trials and use in private practices for more than a decade have demonstrated Germanium's efficacy in treating a wide range of serious afflictions, including cancer, arthritis and senile osteoporosis. Germanium's anti-viral and immunological properties, including the induction of interferon, macrophages, T-suppressor cells and augmentation of natural killer cell activity, suggest its possible efficacy in treating and/or preventing AIDS.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis / drug therapy
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Germanium / therapeutic use*
  • Germanium / toxicity
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Experimental / drug therapy
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Lymphoproliferative Disorders / drug therapy
  • Malaria / drug therapy
  • Organometallic Compounds / therapeutic use
  • Osteoporosis / drug therapy
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Spiro Compounds / therapeutic use


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • Spiro Compounds
  • Germanium
  • spirogermanium