You want to wear a copper bracelet to help alleviate the pain of arthritis? How silly is THAT? It’s almost as silly as chewing willow tree bark to alleviate the pain of headaches! Both remedies have been around for millennia. We now use artificial tree bark in aspirin but we still wear pure thermal copper bracelets to ease joint pain.
But does copper work? Yes, we believe it does. Copper, as a trace element, is absolutely essential to human health and well being. As far back as 2400BC, copper was used to sterilize water and to cure a variety of ailments in humans and domestic animals. Around 400BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed copper, not just for joint disease, but to cure varicose veins and to heal open wounds. Researchers for modern day big drug companies have discovered that copper seems to be part of the fountain of youth. They are adding copper to their body lotions and face creams and telling us that copper deficiency leads to wrinkles and sagging skin.
The average adult body should have a copper reserve of approximately 100 milligrams. We need to replenish this reserve by adding about 3 mg per day. In fact, most of us don’t have 100 milligrams of copper in our bodies and we don’t add 3 mg per day through our diet or otherwise. Copper deficiency leads to a plethora of malfunctions in the body. An essential role of copper is to activate the enzymes essential to health. Another is to assist in the synthesis and maintenance of bone and connective tissue. Since arthritis is a disease of joint and bone, you can see how supplementing our copper reserve should help to ease the pain of this crippling disease.
So, how to we get the copper into our system? Well, we can take zinc and copper supplements (they‘re usually bracketed together). That will give us an arbitrary amount, maybe too little or too much. Wouldn’t it perhaps be better to devise a system in which the body draws the copper it needs from a readily available source? That sounds like a good idea! And that’s what our ancestors thought too when they fashioned copper wrist bands. They believed that the copper in the wrist band was absorbed into the blood stream in miniscule amounts, as needed.
We see, every day, that the traditional cures for many diseases work better than lethal drugs. Copper is just one of those traditional cures. It worked in 2400BC and it works today. It’s a gentle, non-invasive, non-chemical way of giving the body an adequate amount of an absolutely essential trace element. And the most efficient way of absorbing the copper you need could very well be in a copper bracelet!