CURING PROPERTIES OF COPPER BRACELETS IS A MYTH – There are many people who devoutly believe that wearing a copper or magnetic bracelet relieves the symptoms of arthritis and yet scientists have gone on record to say that the perception or belief is a complete myth.
An in-depth study by York University shows how scientists tested a wide range of copper and magnetic bracelets to discover whether any of the 70 devices it tested had any effect on those suffering from arthritis.
You can pick up a copper or magnetic bracelet fairly cheaply but there are some manufacturers who charge anything up to £50 (sometimes more) for their product claiming that users will experience considerable pain relief from arthritis.
Unfortunately scientists at York University claim that the devices are nothing more than an expensive gimmick and have no pain relieving properties.
“People normally begin wearing them during a flare-up period, and then, as their symptoms subside naturally over time, they confuse this with a therapeutic effect.
Pain varies greatly over time in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and the way we perceive pain can be altered significantly by the power of the mind.” York University spokesman
Over the years there have been numerous cases in which people reportedly experienced beneficial results from wearing such items; in that it helped keep the pain under control.
However scientists, after studying a number of bracelets including copper, magnetic and even plain plastic, have concluded that none are superior at relieving pain and that wearing such an item is simply physiologic.
Many manufacturers of specialist copper and magnetic bracelets claim that wearing such times can alleviate pain by ‘rebalancing’ the body’s magnetic field or by introducing additional copper into the system through the skin.
The research has now cast serious doubt over these claims and even suggests that wearing any device could have the same pain relieving effect; however this they believe is a myth.
During the research scientists took a number of blood samples and monitored inflammation levels in the subjects. Dr. Richmond noted that people are simply better off saving their money, for the research could not establish any remedial benefits from wearing either a copper or magnetic bracelet.
Dr. Richards strongly suggests that anyone suffering from arthritis should seek qualified medical treatment as early as possible and that a dietary change, such as eating more oily fish, often provides far more benefits.