Do Copper Bracelets and Magnetic Wrist Straps Work For Arthritis?

Post by Sharon

Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps for the use of arthritis comfort has been a popular concept for an exceptionally long time. In the case of copper, it has been touted for thousands of years!. But, can copper or magnets transmit healing abilities to achy joints?

In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, these devices have not shown effect. LINK They also don't show evidence that they can stop the progression of the disease.

Copper has been sought after by ancients wanting to forge it into be items for use and for beauty, but we also know that copper can kill bacteria and other types of microorganisms.

We also find copper in trace amounts in the human body and is vital for nerve function, utilizing iron, our skin pigment and other important functions.

The claims are that copper rubs off into the skin and helps joints to regrow and heal with new cartilage. 

In a blind study of copper bracelets, magnetic bracelets and fake magnetic bracelets placed on patients without their knowledge of what they were testing, and sadly they found no evidence that any of them worked.

When one wants to do more "natural" remedies for arthritis, there are lots of options.

Some physicians suggest dunking in cold water can spark some sensations of relief. Others suggest things like cat's claw, chondroitin/glucosamine/turmeric mix orally, yoga, and massage. Hemp oil with MSM is also a popular massage option.

For myself, as arthritis hasn't taken a toll on me yet, but I can tell I'm a bit stiff in the morning, I've begun to up the healthy fats in my diet, especially getting collagen into my diet with bone broth. Using bone broth collagen powder, some Better Than Bouillon broth with grated ginger in it (good anti-inflammatory), I have noticed a difference in the stiffness even in the cold weather. 

I also turn the shower onto icy water at the end and I have found, even though it seems like cold is going to make things worse, it actually invigorates a great deal. I used to jump in the pool in the wintertime, but with no pool where I am now, I utilize the shower for that Nordic chill. Some folks don't find it helpful, but I am 80% Scandinavian and 20% Highlander, so I find I'm rather adapted for this kind of shock.

I take a high level of vitamin C in my diet (I take 3000 mg a day). I also do gentle stretches when I am in bed before sleep and when I wake up. 

A nice soak in Himalayan bath salt is divine and smells great! 

Each person's routine for arthritis will vary and some might choose a pharmaceutical approach, especially for variations like psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Being a practical kind of gal and wanting to prevent full-blown arthritis issues, I am working to strengthen the muscles and ligaments that hold my joints in place. I figure if the joints have good support, they have less stress on them to do all the work when you bend, walk, push, and pull. Trying to keep extra weight off definitely helps the joint stress. And, one thing I find for me is that with the bone broth in the diet, I have no sense of hunger and lost every trace of sweet cravings, so there is something to be said for fat helping! 

Julie and I would love to hear back from anyone trying natural remedies and how they are working. 


  1. The salt baths help a bit. Exercise keeps the stiffness away. I use a cheap generic lotion just like aspercreme. It's the only thing that helps my hands and fingers. I already use turmeric daily so I'm not sure if it's making a difference or not as I have uses it for many years. Great info Sharon. I have Osteoarthritis in my back, arthritis in my hands , fingers one knee, elbows and right foot


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