Copper bracelets are a traditional folk healing method for easing the joint pain of arthritis. The bracelet must fit so that the copper is in contact with the skin around the wrist. It is believed by those who wear copper bracelets that the copper will then be absorbed by the wearers skin. The belief is that the absorbed copper will act on the joint inflammation to relieve the symptoms of arthritis. There are also copper ankle bracelets that are worn around the ankle to relieve arthritis stiffness there. Copper is one of many nutrient deficiencies that can lead to arthritis, but an excess build up of copper in the body is known to be harmful for those who have arthritis. Despite a lack of evidence of their benefit, the belief in copper bracelets as a treatment has persisted over the years. The theory behind wearing copper next to the body in the form of bracelets is that the mineral is absorbed through the skin and circulated through the body to relieve inflammation and pain. To ensure that the copper can be absorbed through the skin, the bracelet should have no coating over the copper. Many copper bracelets are made specifically for arthritis relief. These bracelets are wide, and the copper is left untreated so that the bracelet will deliver the maximum amount of copper to the surface of the skin.
A Daily Mail article claims: Copper has anti-inflammatory effects in the body, and may therefore have painkilling properties.