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Cuprum

COPPER

 

Copper sulphate is given in orthodox medicine for copper deficiencies. Copper is also used in homeopathy and Chinese medicine.

 

Occurring naturally in many parts of the world, copper is one of the minerals essential to the human body, being needed for the formation of red blood cells and for bone growth. Copper is also thought to be involved in the formation of melanin (skin pigment), and in the production of vital cellular proteins known as RNA. Certain processing reduces food's copper content; rich food sources include shellfish, liver, wheat germ, wholegrain cereals, brazil nuts, malted products, cocoa, and curry powder.

 

PARTS USED

Copper.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Copper.

 

ACTIONS

Nutrient, if a deficiency exists.

 

MEDICINAL USE

In orthodox medicine, copper supplements, usually in the form of copper sulphate, are given for copper deficiencies, to babies suffering from Menke's syndrome (an inherited inability to absorb copper in the womb), to offset loss of copper due to drugs such as penicillamine, and in some forms of anaemia. Copper also has a contraceptive effect and is included in some intra-uterine contraceptive devices. Copper bracelets are worn as a folk remedy by many arthritis sufferers in the hope that some of the copper may be absorbed through the skin and have an anti-inflammatory effect. In homeopathy, as Cuprum metallicum, it is prescribed for cramps and whooping cough. Chinese physicians use copper as a painkiller and decongestant to relieve the pain and swelling of bruises, fractures, and dislocations.

 

PREPARATIONS

Injections, tablets, powder, homeopathic remedies, bracelet.

 

CAUTION

Excess copper is toxic.

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