Throughout history, copper has been recognised as having various therapeutic, vitreous and other benefits from wearing an ornament made with this metal.
Use in natural medicine
Copper has been called the “good metal” because it is beneficial for those who use it.
There are many recognized properties and uses that natural medicine makes of it.
Naturopathy: anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action
Medical research attributes to copper an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action, and there are many applications in the therapeutic field.
Today naturopathy uses copper as a trace element. It is administered in the form of a colloidal element as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory at the joint and respiratory level, in combination with other minerals to combat fatigue and insomnia, anxiety, rheumatic problems, cardiovascular disorders and many other disorders.
Considering that the daily requirement in copper is around 2-3 mg, even wearing it it is possible to integrate the absorption of micro quantities necessary for the correct functioning of the organism: it has been calculated an epidermal absorption equal to 13mg in a month, wearing a bracelet of 14 gr of weight.
Among the founders of oligotherapy, Sutter in 1920 used copper and manganese as antipyretic in viral diseases and anti-inflammatory in rheumatic inflammation.
Rudolf Steiner and the birth of anthroposophy laid the foundations for metallotherapy: metals are valued not only for their characteristics of electrical conductivity and heat but also for their catalytic power and their ability to radiate specific higher order forces (called “etheric forces”) connected with the planetary system and which are the basis of all manifestations of the living.
In particular, copper is used as a mediator of light and heat and of the forces connected with the planet Venus. In the corporeal system the anthroposophical philosophy recognizes to this metal particular affinities with the balance of the renal and circulatory systems. It has the function of body heat balancer and neutralizer of electrical and electrostatic charges, soothes arthritic and arthritic pain.
Steiner also argues that copper promotes self-acceptance and balance of emotions.
Healing virtues of copper in history
Already in ancient times it was used by the Egyptians, Etruscans, Greeks, Romans and all the peoples of the Mediterranean and the Near East, not only for its aesthetic characteristics, but also for its healing properties and for the creation of objects used during religious practices. It was already known the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory activity of copper, which was used for the preparation of numerous medicines, Pliny writes: “copper minerals provide medicine in many ways, because in them is found the fastest cure for all types of ulcers.
The practice of wearing copper bracelets on the wrist was introduced by the Chaldeans about 6000 years B.C. to combat rheumatism and prevent infections.
In the Old Testament the Lord ordained Moses:
“For purification you will make a copper tub and fill it with water. Aaron and his children will use this water to wash their hands and feet. Then they will not die. They must wash their hands and feet in order not to die. This ritual prescription has absolute value for him and all his descendants” (Exodus 30:18-21).
In ancient civilizations copper was dedicated to female deities connected with the planet Venus, including Ishtar for the Babylonians and Astarte for the Greeks. It is traditionally used as a lucky charm to attract love and money.
Biological importance of copper
Copper is present in the human body and performs many functions within the body, after iron is the most important mineral element. It is found in the liver, heart, brain, bones and muscles. It helps and activates numerous chemical and metabolic reactions that are indispensable for life.
Being present in all organic tissues, it is difficult and perhaps inappropriate to list all the functions that copper performs in the balance of the body, some of them will be mentioned.
It favors the assimilation of iron by acting as a catalyst in the formation of hemoglobin and vitamin C, it also favors cellular growth and respiration. Its action is decisive in the formation of bones, promotes good elasticity and good functioning of the cardiovascular system, increases the production of elastin and the formation of collagen which guarantees the health of the skin and prevents relaxation, promotes the production of melanin.
It is a constituent of enzymes with a defensive function (superoxide dismutase and ceruloplasmin) and plays a key role in containing outbreaks of infection at the cellular level, with a protective function against r