Various forms of copper have been used for medicinal purposes throughout the history of mankind. The ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Persian, Hindu and Aztec writings record various consistent medicinal uses of copper.1 Today, as more information becomes available, alternative health care and home remedies are gaining popularity. Health publications include copper bracelets as a home remedy to possibly ease the pain from arthritis in some people who seem to get an insufficient amount of copper from their food. Helmar Dollwet, Ph.D., of the University of Akron, has studied this copper connection and thinks the dissolved copper from a copper bracelet entering the body through the skin may be the only way for them to get the copper they need.2 Another study found patients wearing copper bracelets absorbed an average of 13 milligrams of copper during a month. “This could bring many people into the recommended daily intake for copper (1.5 to 3 milligrams). Copper absorbed through the skin gets into circulation very efficiently – more so than most dietary copper.” Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is one of the body’s own copper-dependent enzymes that reduces pain and inflammation. The body may use copper to make more of its own SOD.3
- Dollwet & Sorenson, “Historic Uses of Copper Compounds in Medicine” TRACE ELEMENTS IN MEDICINE, Vol.2, No.2-1985 (pp.80-87)
- Tkac, Debra, Ed. “The Case for Copper” THE DOCTORS BOOK OF HOME REMEDIES, (p.22) Copyright 1990, Rodale Press, Inc.
- Passwater, Richard A., Ph.D., “Copper and SOD” THE NEW SUPERNUTRITION, (p.256) Copyright 1991, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc.