Copper Bracelet for Arthritis

By SerVaas, Cory | The Saturday Evening Post, May-June 2006 | Go to article overview

Copper Bracelet for Arthritis


SerVaas, Cory, The Saturday Evening Post


Dear Dr. SerVaas,

My hands are getting arthritic, and I have friends who have had surgery on their wrist for arthritis. Is there any way to prevent this deformation from occurring at the joints? Do copper bracelets help?

May Cliner

Omaha, Nebraska

If you want to avoid future surgery for arthritis in your wrist, you might want to try prophylactic therapy prevention with a copper bracelet.

Ting Moi, the Post's talented photographer from Malaysia, tells us, "Many of the "Grammies' in my country wear copper bracelets."

We know of no research studies to prove that copper helps prevent arthritis pain, but our mail tells us that it does. We heard via unverified sources that Father Hesburgh, 89, of Notre Dame fame wears a copper bracelet.

We called the good Father Hesburgh to confirm. Our conversation follows:

"I've heard by rumor that you use copper bracelets to prevent arthritis pain," I said, "Is it true?"

Hesburgh: "I've used it [copper bracelet] for almost 50 years. It works. It's just a simple copper bracelet--nothing fancy--that I wrap around my wrist. I knew my bracelet works because after 45 years [at age 45], I had problems in the joints of my hand, shoulder, elbow, and wrist. An old friend of mine, Bob Goheen, president of Princeton University, had one of the copper bracelets on, and I asked if he had gone hippie. He said, 'My wife saw it in London and Paris, picked it up, and I put it on because I had to quit playing tennis. Now I'm back playing tennis.'

"I said, 'Get me one!' He did, and I put it [copper bracelet] on 50-odd years ago. After a couple of weeks, all the pain had gone from all my joints. …

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