What Are Copper Hands?

No Clinical Evidence for Copper Hands

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My curiosity always gets the best of me when I see a new infomercial or "As Seen on TV" product for arthritis pain relief. I inevitably Google the product to see what it is and how it works. I am eager to share my findings, good or bad, with you.

Claims, but No Clinical Evidence

My latest discovery, while watching late-night TV, is Copper Hands. My first impression is that this product combined the concept of arthritis gloves with the purported benefits of copper for arthritis.

I went on the manufacturer's website to learn more about Copper Hands (www.copperhands.com). The information provided was what I expected to find:

  • "Copper Hands help with arthritis, injuries, and repetitive motion pains that can arise in your hands and joints. It is also beneficial for stiffness and swelling."
  • "Compression gloves put continuous pressure on the area in pain, which helps circulate blood flow. In turn, you will feel pain relief in your muscles and joints."  

Copper Hands, Product Design

Copper Hands have a fingerless design, which allows you to continue with your usual activities while wearing them. You can wear them all day, and at night as well.

The Copper Hands gloves are made of:

  • 90 percent cotton
  • 5 percent copper
  • 5 percent spandex

The rest of the information seemed to pertain to sizing and ordering of Copper Hands. There were no scientific studies provided to support the claims that copper and compression relieve arthritis pain.

Copper Hands Manufactured by Telebrands, Inc.

Copper Hands is one of many products manufactured by Telebrands, Inc. This is the same company that manufactures the Hurricane Mop, Stone Wave, and the Pocket Hose, to name a few.

The URL for the Copper Hands website was registered in January 2014, indicative of a relatively new product.

I went back a few months later to gather a few more facts from their website and found it's no longer online! It re-directs to telebrands.com where Copper Hands is not even mentioned! 

Currently, you can still buy Copper Hands on Amazon.com.

Copper Hands Consumer Reviews

The consumer reviews for Copper Hands on Amazon.com are a mixed bag:

  • 44 percent give it a five-star rating
  • 15 percent give it a four-star rating
  • 11 percent give it a three-star rating
  • 13 percent give it a two-star rating
  • 17 percent give it a one-star rating

The five-star raters say Copper Hands:

  • "eases the pain"
  • "helps with the pain in my fingers"
  • "made my hands felt great in less than one week"

Here's what the two-star raters had to say about Copper Hands:

  • "don't notice any difference...no improvement"
  • "waste of money"
  • "had mine for a week...stitching came undone...poor quality"

Placebo Effect

If there is no clinical evidence Copper Hands works, why do almost 60 percent of consumers give a four- or five-star rating? The answer might be the placebo effect.

 

This means you may experience a beneficial health outcome that simply results from your belief a product, medication or procedure will help you. 

If you tried Copper Hands and think the manufacturer's made false claims or you have issues with your order, contact your Better Business Bureau for advice.

Sources:

Amazon.com: Copper Hands Reviews

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Placebo Effect (2015)

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