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Treatment and healing with copper

The use of copper to treat rheumatism and arthritis goes back some way. The body needs trace quantities of copper, for a variety of purposes including the regeneration of bone tissue, both hard and soft. Complementary medicine practitioners recognize copper as being able to reduce inflammation in joints and also to eliminate destructive chemicals in the body known as free radicals.

One of the problems that some people have with copper bracelets is that it causes discolouration of the skin at the point of contact. This discolouration can be mistaken for dirt or  a bruise. Of the two, the dirt analogy is more precise, because although the discolouration is in no way unhealthy, it can be washed off easily sometimes with water and scrubbing alone or with a combination of soap and water – with mild rubbing.

However arthritis sufferers needn’t be in any hurry to wash it off as the discolouration, caused by the copper reacting with sweat coming through the pores of the skin. The compound formed is known as a chelate which has been found to be used for the alleviation of rheumatic and arthritic pains.

Scientific studies testing the effectiveness of copper, using  aluminium as a control, have established that copper can alleviate not only pain (which is highly subjective) but also actual swelling. Studies have also shown exposure to copper in saline form accelerates bone cell replenishment. Copper combined with aspirin has been identified as a prophylactic for stomach ulcers, whilst in both that and its trypophahanate form it can heal not only ulcers but also surface wounds.

This does not mean that traditional pain killers are rendered obsolete by copper. Indeed, copper often works best in conjunction with analgesics, better than either the medication or copper alone. The reason for this is that some of the analgesics actually reduce the body’s natural healing rate, whilst offering purely pain-killing effects and anti-inflammatory. In contrast, combining copper with the analgesic allows the latter to do the lion’s share of the painkilling work while the former promotes and encourages the healing process.

Whilst modern medicine is slow to accept this evidence, the good news is that patients do not have to rely solely on the prescribed medical treatments available for these conditions. Copper bracelets are readily available and if one wishes to combine them with the proven health benefits of magnetism, one can acquire copper magnetic bracelets for men and women from any magnetic products store.