Why Copper Works: Did you know that we all need to absorb certain metal elements, in order to thrive? Did you know that one of these is copper. Yes, copper is essential to life, so imagine what a difference a copper bracelet will make. It makes no difference which part of the body the copper comes into contact with as the benefits from the copper will be absorbed by the skin and then circulated right throughout the body to relieve pain. Copper is an essential trace mineral present in all body tissues. Copper, along with iron, helps in the formation of red blood cells. It also helps in keeping the blood vessels, nerves, immune system, and bones healthy. Copper has been used as a medicine for thousands of years including the treatment of chest wounds and the purifying of drinking water. More recently, research has indicated that copper helps prevent inflammation in arthritis and similar diseases.
Health Benefits of Copper: Cures for common ailments have been sought by man throughout the ages. He searched his environment for natural remedies, applying tinctures, poultices, taking teas, bathing in mineral waters, and mud. The use of metals for medicinal purposes is found throughout recorded history. One of the world’s oldest texts, the Eber Papyrus, states, “Treat inflammation with pulverized copper”. Pharmacies all over Europe sell copper bracelets for the inflammation of joints. The American Arthritis Foundation calls copper bracelets an “unproven remedy”. Probably the most authoritative publication on the subject is Dr. Helmar Dollwet’s book, The Copper Bracelet and Arthritis, 1981 Vantage Press. In it Dr. Dollwet explains that copper is an essential element of an enzyme necessary for the production and regeneration of the cartilage lining the bone surfaces. Copper (and zinc) he explains, are also essential to Super-oxide Dismutase (SOD) which cleans up superoxide radicals that can be destructive to human body tissues. Evidence has been found through scientific research as to the breakdown and absorption of copper compounds through the skin. Read The Copper Bracelet and Arthritis by Dr. Helmar Dollwet for more information on the benefits of wearing copper, and/or ask us for a synopsis of Sergio’s scientific paper “Copper on Skin” first published in 1995 by the International Conference on New Science, Ft. Collins, CO.
History of Copper: Copper is the oldest mined metal used by humans. Copper is named after the Romans’ supply source, which was on the Island of Cyprus. It is an essential metal our body needs, and one of the most important in the human body.
The Egyptians used the ankh symbol to denote copper in their system of hieroglyphs. It also represented eternal life. For nearly 5,000 years, copper was the only metal know to man. Copper has been used for healing by mankind since the time of the Egyptians and every civilization since. Copper was first used by humans more than 10,000 years ago. A copper pendant discovered in what is now northern Iraq has been dated about 8700 BC. Although known to be a normal constituent of human tissues for over 140 years, copper was only recognized as an essential nutrient as recently as 1928. The first good evidence of a nutritional copper deficiency was provided by studies on malnourished Peruvian children in the 1960’s. Much has since been learnt about the metabolism and importance of copper in animal and human nutrition: all indications are that further discoveries are just around the corner, particularly concerning the involvement of copper in several common diseases, including Arthritis and cardiovascular disease.