Since its discovery in the late 1700s, titanium has been a metal revered for its strength, durability and compatibility with the human body. In fact, it is used today in artificial body parts, jewelry for those with sensitive skin and even in alternative medicine, where the metal has found a new following. Titanium bracelets are thought to have many health benefits.
Titanium is thought to attract oxygen. When held against the skin in the form of a bracelet, this metal is believed to pull that oxygen into the area that is inflamed or is pain. The excess oxygen is relives the pain and inflammation. This is one reason why arthritics wear the bracelets on their affected wrists close to the joints that are inflamed because of the disease.
The magnetized titanium bracelets are also believed to hold a positive charge. In alternative medicine, pain is said to have a negative charge. If you will remember back to middle school science class, you will know that a positive charge and a negative charge cancel out one another. Thus, the titanium bracelet relieves pain by neutralizing it.
Medical alert bracelets are made of titanium because the metal is less vulnerable to corrosion than iron-based alloys. It is also less easily bent than gold and silver. In fact, titanium can withstand higher temperatures, saltwater and the rough handling that medical identification and alert bracelets suffer over the years. Their durability also makes the bracelets more likely to withstand a catastrophe or accident.
Unlike many other metals used in medicine, titanium is compatible with the human body in that is can be used without fear of rejection by the body. If an implant is rejected, medical problems arise, the least of which being infection. The implant must be removed and replaced at immense cost to the patient. Titanium parts overcome this obstacle and can remain inside the body for many years. Titanium bracelets can therefore be worn without causing the wearer infection, rashes or increased pain and swelling.
Research and Development
Because of all the health benefits of titanium bracelets, modern medical researchers are using them to treat internal disorders like reflux. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is working with the use of a titanium beaded bracelet to prevent acid reflux. The bracelet is wound around the lower part of the esophagus where the sphincter lies. It is tightened to hold the sphincter closed so that the stomach acid will not leak out and cause reflux.
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