What is germanium used for?

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
  • Eye conditions, including glaucoma and cataracts
  • Liver conditions, including hepatitis and cirrhosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Pain
  • Weak bones (osteoporosis)
  • Low energy
  • AIDS
  • Heavy metal poisoning, including mercury and cadmium poisoning
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Food allergies
  • Yeast and viral infections

Germanium is also used for increasing circulation of blood to the brain, supporting the immune system, and as an antioxidant.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how germanium works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is believed that germanium might act against inflammation. It might also have antioxidant properties and affect the immune system.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using germanium?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of germanium or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for a supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your doctor for more information.

How safe is germanium?

Germanium is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts normally found in the diet. A typical daily diet includes 0.4-3.4 mg of germanium.

Spirogermanium, a specific form of germanium, is possibly safe when injected intravenously (by IV) in recommended amounts by a licensed professional. Propagermanium, another form of germanium, is possibly safe when taken by mouth in recommended doses for up to 7 months.

Germanium is likely unsafe when taken by mouth in elemental form and in the form of certain compounds such as germanium oxide and germanium lactate-citrate.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Germanium is likely unsafe when taken by mouth by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. More than 30 deaths have been linked to using germanium. Don’t use it.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from germanium?

There have been more than 30 reports of kidney failure and death linked with use of these forms 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.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your doctor.


What interactions may I have with germanium?

Germanium may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your doctor before using.

Products that may interact with germanium include:

  • Furosemide

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.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for germanium?

The dose for germanium may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does germanium come in?

Germanium may be available in the following forms:

  • Germanium capsules
  • Germanium liquid ionic

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: September 8, 2017 | Last Modified: September 8, 2017

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