Hazel Smith and William asked:
Can copper bracelets relieve the pain of arthritis, and do magnets have healing properties?
Kat - The answer to the magnet question is, no. Thereís absolutely no evidence that magnets have healing properties. Itís all a scam. In terms of copper bracelets, thereís a lot of old wivesí tales about copper bracelets and when theyíve been investigated for arthritis, again, the scientific studies donít actually show any significant benefit. There may be psychological benefit. The placebo effect as we know is extremely powerful, but no. Thereís no real scientific evidence.
hazel smith asked the Naked Scientists: Would you kindly advise if there is any proof that copper bracelets help with the arthritic pain following a wrist fracture. Hoping to hear from you. Thank you for your help. Regards, Hazel Smith What do you think? hazel smith , Tue, 28th Apr 2009
None as far as I know - and I have had arthritis for 43 years. JimBob, Tue, 28th Apr 2009
Here is a podcast that discusses the evidence within the realm of "Magic Jewelry" - Skeptoid #84, by Brian Dunning dentstudent, Wed, 29th Apr 2009
"so don't knock it till u tried it."
My mother had severe arthritis. She found comfort in all sorts of things from bracelets to herbs to necklaces and all sorts of things. She felt better every time she made a switch to a new thing. She made it through life with lots of pain and the placebo effect. stereologist, Mon, 11th May 2009
There was a piece of research reported a while back (sorry, I've forgotten all the details, google might help if you're interested) that showed that women who'd worn a (gold) wedding band for many years had less arthritis in the joint nearest to the band.. but only in that joint. So short of wearing gold bands on every joint for decades not much preventative/theraputic help. Interesting, though... rosy, Wed, 8th Jul 2009
Hi dear friends,
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I told you we should be worried! Chemistry4me, Fri, 31st Jul 2009
The addition of magnets to the bracelet is supposed to help the body's circulation. Again these magnets must touch your skin and the bracelets must be changed every 2-3 years to be effective, as the copper in the bracelet is absorbed by your body.Thereís no evidence that wearing copper arthritis bracelets are harmful unless you have an allergy to copper. the verdict is still out as to whether copper arthritis bracelets have any real effect on arthritis symptoms, wearing one is unlikely to be harmful. Just donít use it as a substitute for convention medical treatment.
It is a science forum, but this topic is in the "That CAN'T be true!" section. Geezer, Fri, 17th Sep 2010
Maybe a more expensive metal is required ...
That is interesting and something new to my reading.. I had never heard about the gold..LOL Copper bracelets have been around for years.. my Aunt Swore by them I find no relief whatsoever wearing them in my arthritic hands. Although I must say my hand with my ring is good particularly my wedding ring finger.. so I find this interesting. Karen W., Mon, 20th Sep 2010
Your body would likely absorb small amounts of copper from the bracelet... does your arm turn green? Some people have nickel allergies to nickel alloys so metals in jewelery will affect your body.
I bought a copper bracelet from an older genteleman at a craft sale. I am 57, have arthritis in my shoulders, hands, hip, both knees and ankles. I was skepticle but the pain was so bad in the mornings I would try anything. I wire the bracelet for 3 weeks and was pain free to the point that I just took it off because I figured I didn't need it (duh). Within 1 week the pain came back little by little and have been right where I started out. I just put it back on. It takes a couple of weeks to start working and I will never take it off again, only to shower. JMorales07, Fri, 23rd Mar 2012
I have made myself a copper chain maile bracelet that I have been wearing for 9-12 months. I can't say that I notice any difference in my joint pain since I have been wearing it but it doesn't seem to have a negative impact on my health either and I do like the look of this particular weave. And the only time it discolors my skin is when it is really hot and I sweat a lot. Charlie, Mon, 15th Oct 2012
As per my knowledge copper can not help joint pain or arthritis. leojoshrun, Thu, 3rd Jan 2013
my husband uses a copper plate inside a silk pillow slip and he sits on it at night and has had a lot of relief. he doesnt use any other pain relief and swears by it.. he gave my son a small plate for his knee and now he no longer uses a knee brace and had been wearing one for 5 years now. one little bracelet probably isnt enough....but long term use of copper is not so crazy Elizabeth Walker, Thu, 15th Sep 2016