Interesting facts about Zelenka

For those born in the USSR, brilliant green is a symbol of indestructible will and confident prosperity. Zelenka was (and remains anywhere else) a universal remedy for combating many diseases. However, not everyone knows what caused such a popularity of this medicine, why it is "brilliant" and why Western medicine refuses to use such a magic healer.

1. The history of its origin goes back to the 19th century and the weaving industry. A young London chemist, William Perkin, was developing a cure for malaria at the time. The result of one of the experiments was a substance colored in an unnaturally bright purple color. It was impossible to wash this color from clothes. The resourceful father "squeezed" practical benefit out of an unexpected experiment and opened a plant for the production of aniline dyes.

2. The doctors used dyes for their own purposes. They stained the preparations in order to better see the life of microorganisms under the microscope. Suddenly, doctors discovered that one of the dyes, namely brilliant green, destroys microbes. Since then, this antiseptic drug has confidently entered medical practice. Today, many effective antiseptics have been invented, but brilliant green is in no hurry to give way to analogues.

3. Zelenka in dry form - these are lumps of golden-green color. The Latin name for this substance is viridis nitentis, literally green shiny. One of the scientists, translating the term into French, used the word brillant, which does not contradict the meaning (brillant in one of its meanings is brilliant). The confusion occurred when translating from French into Russian. Brillant was used in the sense of brilliant. Among all the dyes, only brilliant green has such a pompous name.

4. Zelenka is used only in Russia and some CIS countries. What caused such hostility on the part of the rest of the world? European scientists find it difficult to give a clear answer.

They argue their dislike with the following provisions:

• The mechanism of action of brilliant green is not well understood. Western medicine does not intend to use a scrupulously unexplored drug. How to spend money and time experimenting with brilliant green

• Aesthetic side. Well, the extremely civilized part of the planet does not like this method of "greening" the patient. Why spoil your appearance when there is such an abundance of invisible antiseptics around?

By the way, the widespread opinion that brilliant green is a strong carcinogen, in fact, may turn out to be just a myth. Corresponding studies on this matter have not been carried out.

5. Did you know that:

• for a white rat, a dose of 0.05 g / kg is a lethal dose, • brilliant green in industry is used for dyeing (cotton, silk, paper, etc.), • the chemical formula of brilliant green - C27H33N2 * HC2O4 * H2O, • during the Stalinist repressions on On the body of the executed prisoners, the prison number was displayed in “brilliant green”.