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SIVANA BLOG

Copper Bracelet Healing: Myth or Reality?

 

From bohemian bangles to magnetic bracelets to help soothe sore joints, wearing copper bracelets ranges from shiny fashion accessories to an age-old remedy. Copper bracelets have been part of different cultures for centuries, and the belief is that wearing copper bracelets on your wrist can bring potential benefits and healing to the human body - particularly when it comes to forms of arthritis. The science and research are still in flux when it comes to the effectiveness of using copper bracelets to alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis; we delve into the question - do copper bracelets heal, and does this imply a myth or reality? 

Historical Perspective of Copper in Medicine

Ancient Uses of Copper

The belief that copper is a healer is no newfound fad. You can trace the roots of copper metal in medicine all the way back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. As copper is known for having antimicrobial properties, copper salts would be applied to wounds to sterilize them and prevent infections. Copper vessels would also be used for storing water as copper has purifying properties and could also keep the water sterile and fit for consumption.

Evolution into Modern Times

Copper has made a comeback as a healing element in modern times. The resurgence of copper bracelets in modern alternative medicine has gained popularity, and now, many people turn to copper to help with various ailments. The most common use of genuine copper in modern medicine is to help people with arthritis. 

Claimed Health Benefits of Copper Bracelets

Arthritis and Joint Pain Relief

Copper bracelets are believed to help ease arthritis symptoms. The theory is that wearing copper against the skin allows tiny particles of copper to be absorbed. Copper is an essential nutrient for the body with anti-inflammatory properties, helping reduce inflammation and joint discomfort. 

Immune System Boost and Antimicrobial Properties

Copper in the body can also boost your immune system. It does this as it actually assists in the production of immune cells. If the body has a copper deficiency, it has a negative impact on your immune function, so the theory is that wearing copper bracelets feeds the body trace amounts of copper and improves immune function. Copper also has antibacterial properties and can inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses on the skin. 

Improving Cardiovascular Health and Iron Absorption

Another belief about copper bracelets is that they can also improve cardiovascular health and help the body absorb iron. Copper is needed in the body to help with correct enzyme functioning, especially in iron metabolism. Copper also helps in the synthesis of connective tissue and keeps our blood vessels strong and in a state of normal functioning. It helps our blood cells and our blood circulation, which leads to better cardiovascular health and a reduction in inflammation. It's important to note that these particular healing benefits of copper have been studied on a dietary intake level rather than wearing copper. 

Scientific Evidence and Studies

Lack of Clinical Evidence

When it comes to copper bracelet healing, there are conflicting opinions out there. While there is no solid evidence that copper bracelets have a direct impact on symptoms of arthritis, we do know that copper is an essential element and part of the vital nutrients we need and that copper intake can improve the physical function of the body. 

One interesting study looked into the belief that wearing copper bracelets can cause an uptake of copper in the body. By weighing the bracelets before and after wearing them for a set amount of time, the studies showed that the copper bracelets lost 90mg in 50 days when worn around the wrist. 

Placebo Effect and User Testimonials

While the studies into the benefits from copper bracelets and their impact on arthritis sufferers are still being studied, there is also the benefit of the placebo effect. The placebo effect works as those wearing copper bracelets hold a belief that the bracelet will alleviate pain and discomfort, and as the person expects to feel better, they may find that they do feel better.  

Risks and Considerations

Potential Side Effects

There are many potential benefits to wearing copper bracelets, and as with anything, there are a couple of minor potential side effects. One completely normal side effect of wearing copper bracelets is the greenish hue (or patina) left on the skin in the place where you wear the bracelet. This is safe and harmless and is actually just a result of the copper bracelet interacting with the elements of your skin. Our skin holds natural oils, moisture, sweat, etc, and as copper oxidizes, it creates a greenish-blue patina, which can then be transferred onto the skin. If this bothers you, you can always treat your copper bracelet so it has a protective barrier. You should also be sure to clean your copper to prevent early oxidation and tarnishing.

When to Be Cautious

Some people may have skin allergies to copper, and in rare conditions, this can cause a skin rash or reaction. Those with pacemakers or electronic implants may also want to check with their healthcare provider or exercise caution when wearing copper bracelets, as copper may interfere with the normal functioning of these things.

Alternative Treatments for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Proven Medical Treatments

There are many proven medical treatments for arthritis. Here's a roundup of the most popular common treatments. 

  • NSAIDs - nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Corticosteroids - these medications also reduce inflammation and help with pain management.
  • Physical therapy - strengthening muscles, staying fluid, and improving your range of motion is also a vital component when it comes to the treatment of arthritis. 

Other Complementary Therapies

There are also a range of complementary and alternative therapies that can assist in arthritis remedies. Here are a few.

  • Acupuncture 
  • Fish oil supplements
  • Heat and cold therapy 
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements 

Conclusion

While there is inconclusive evidence regarding copper bracelets for arthritis management, there are very few negative side effects in wearing the bracelets and seeing what benefits they may bring to your life. Copper in the body helps with so many things - it is an essential mineral that helps with energy production, circulation, and nerve function, and it reduces inflammation and the risks of cardiovascular disease. Always check in with your healthcare provider when it comes to making informed decisions about your health and well-being. Discover our copper collection, our bamboo luxe collection, and our bracelets for women.

FAQs

What do copper bracelets do spiritually

Copper is believed to have healing properties for the body, mind, and soul. Spiritually, it can balance the body's energy and provide a bridge between the physical and spiritual realms.

How long should you wear a copper bracelet for

You can wear a copper bracelet for as long as you want as there are few negative effects of having copper close to the skin. In fact, to welcome the benefits of copper bracelets, it's advised that you wear them for at least twelve hours a day.

Can I wear a copper bracelet every day

Yes, you can wear your copper bracelet every day. Wearing it for twelve hours or more is one of the best ways to see the benefits. However, you should remove it when showering or swimming, as excessive moisture can cause the copper to oxidize. 

Why do Hindus wear copper bracelets

In Hindu culture, copper is believed to signifie peace, love, abundance, and better relationships with those in one's life. This is why you may see people wearing lots of copper bracelets and copper jewelry. 

 

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