You’ll see a lot of people wearing copper bangles. Why? For some, it’s simply fashion – they like them. But many people wear copper bracelets because they’ve heard that they help a lot with arthritis and rheumatic pain. I’ve met people who swear that they help and others – most – who haven’t found any benefit at all.
So who’s right? The ‘sceptical’ majority or the ‘gullible’ few? The answer’s not what you’d expect, because they’re both right! Let me explain…
Why Copper Bracelets Don’t Work
I’m setting aside all the arguments that copper bracelets have some magical influence on your body, either from a connection with ancient deities, or their ‘aura’, or any other metaphysical reason – because it’s essentially not provable either way. Instead, in this article, copper kattle I’m sticking to the science. And according to the science, the majority of people get no benefit whatsoever from wearing a copper bracelet, unless you consider a dirty wrist a benefit!
Let me explain. What a copper bangle does for you is to provide a film of copper salts on the skin of your wrist. How much of the salts you get depends on how sweaty your wrist is and how acid the sweat is – people vary a lot. The salts are usually a dirty greenish black in colour and they’re of no therapeutic value at all – unless you’re copper deficient.
Now, most people get plenty of copper in their diet, so won’t need more. So the bangle does nothing for them – as they find out when they wear one. Of course, the ‘placebo effect’ works here, as it always does. Some people will feel a benefit when it’s got nothing to do with the bracelet. A proof of this is that many buy bangles which ‘won’t make your wrist black’ – in other words, they are varnished or silver-plated on the inside, where the raw copper should touch your skin. Any action these might have will be in your mind, whether imaginary or metaphysical.
When Copper Bracelets are REAL Magic
But there is a minority of people who quite clearly get benefits from wearing copper. They will put on a bangle and within a week will feel much better: less pain and less inflammation in their joints. Why?
- They are copper deficient – they can’t extract enough from their food (or they have a copper-poor diet, not likely in the West), and
- They have joint problems, which show as a rheumatic disorder like rheumatism or arthritis, and it’s caused by copper deficiency.
These people will be calling copper treatment a ‘magical experience’, because their pain and swelling just go away, or at least, lessen, while they’re wearing a copper bracelet. For them, it works!