The supposed powers of healing crippling pain experienced by arthritis patients attributed to copper bracelets is nothing but a trick of mind as they are useless, a new study reveals.
A number of people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders have reported that they experience less pain when wearing copper or magnetic bracelets. Such bracelets are often sold for £30 and £50 by the manufacturers who claim that their products relieve the pain by rebalancing the body's magnetic field or topping up depleted copper levels through the skin.
However a recent study conducted by researchers at York University suggests that the bracelets are useless and perform the same function as a placebo. The researchers studied the effect of four such devices among a group of 70 arthritic patients between 33 and 79 years of age and found no evidence that they are of any use. The study has been published in the journal PLOS One.