If you’re looking for an alternative to medication to help relieve pain such as arthritis, you’ve likely come across copper and other magnetic bracelets. They are promoted as being able to reduce pain and / or inflammation because when worn, the body absorbs tiny particles of copper, which is alleged, a vital nutrient.
Evidence for such treatment has shown to not be so when, during a 2013 study, researchers found that copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps to be nothing more than folklore remedies. Their group found that wearing a magnetic or copper bracelet “did not appear to have any meaningful therapeutic effect beyond that of a placebo for alleviating symptoms and combating disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis.”
So why do some people believe they work? The idea has been dated back hundreds of years when it was thought magnets possessed a living energy. Wearing a magnetic or piece of metal brought hope in fighting an infection or disease.
However, with medical advancements, doctors soon discovered they lacked effectiveness. Another study also came to the same conclusion, which is that there is “no supported evidence that the use of static magnets for pain relief is effective, and therefore, magnets cannot be recommended as an effective treatment.”
When it comes to copper, some claim that our bodies are deficient in copper and that by wearing copper, it will be absorbed by the skin to ease joint inflammation, however, this too is folklore.