Copper bracelets/ magnetic devices don’t help patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

F0025340-Rheumatoid_arthritis_166x138Annual worldwide sales from copper bracelets/ magnetic devices used for the healing power in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) exceed 1 billion pounds. However, authors of a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE looked at 70 RA patients and found no real effect on pain and swelling in RA. Each person wore four different devices: standard magnetic wrist strap, a demagnetized wrist strap, a weakened wrist strap, and a copper bracelet over 5 months then blood samples were collected to measure inflammation. Researchers did not find any statistically significant differences between the four devices in terms of effects on pain, inflammation, physical function, disease activity, or medication use. Have you found any other complementary interventions to be effective for RA? What do you recommend to reduce pain and inflammation in your RA patients?

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