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COPPER bracelets and magnet wrist straps have no real effect on pain, swelling, or disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis, according to new findings from a study conducted at the University of York in the UK.
Wearing copper bracelets to fend off symptoms of rheumatism has been popular since the 1970s. Devices, including bracelets and insoles, are widely sold and promoted for their pain-relieving abilities, as well as controlling the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
Despite little scientific evidence of their value, it’s estimated that more than US$1bil (RM3.3bil) worth of copper and magnetic devices are sold annually around the world.
The researchers say that their study is the first randomised controlled trial to study the effects of copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps on the chronic inflammatory disease.
Seventy patients each wore four different devices over a five-month period, reporting on their pain, disability, and medication use throughout the study. To monitor changes in inflammation, subjects also provided blood samples after wearing each device for five weeks.
Findings, published online September 16 in PLOS One, showed that none of the devices provided any more therapeutic effects than a placebo.
“It’s a shame that these devices don’t seem to have any genuine benefit,” said head researcher Dr Stewart Richmond. “They’re so simple and generally safe to use. But what these findings do tell us is that people who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis may be better off saving their money, or spending it on other complementary interventions, such as dietary fish oils for example, which have far better evidence for effectiveness.
“Warning people who suspect they may have rheumatoid arthritis to consult their GP and seek early medical treatment, rather than placing faith in such devices, is also important in helping to avoid long-term joint damage resulting from uncontrolled inflammation,” he added. – AFP Relaxnews
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