In the Ayurvedic tradition, metals are used for therapeutic reasons. Copper was highly appreciated by Indian yogis and Rishis for its healing properties. Filling a copper vessel at night and drinking the water first thing in the morning is a practice called Ushapan. The water becomes enriched with copper while being kept in the copper cup.
The Benefits of Ushapan
Arthritis: The health benefits of copper relate to its anti-inflammatory actions to assist in reducing the symptoms of arthritis aching joints and bones.
Bactericidal properties: Studies have shown that copper can destroy or inhibit the growth of bacterial strains such as E Coli.
Thyroid glands: Copper has an important role in proper functioning of thyroid glands.
Anti- ageing: Copper is a strong antioxidant, which works in the presence of the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase, to safeguard the cell membranes from free radicals.
RBC formation: Copper helps in the production of red blood cells hemoglobin and bone.
Immunity: Copper has an important role in the healing process ensuring better wound healing. Copper acts as an immune booster and as a cure to anemic problems.
Reduces cholesterol: Research studies have shown that copper can reduce bad cholesterol level and increase beneficial cholesterol.
Proper growth: It is helpful in protection of skeletal, nervous and cardiovascular systems.
Other health benefits include internal cleansing and smooth skin, tonic for liver and lymphatic system, balancing effect on psychosomatic disturbances, proper growth, utilization of iron, enzymatic reactions, connective tissue repair, strengthens hair, eyes, and aids energy production. Copper reduces high Kapha ie; lethargy, depression, stagnation, sadness.
Copper Cup used for Ushapan
- How do you know if you need additional copper?
Deficiency of copper can have the following symptoms in human beings:
Anemia; Low body temperature; Brittle bones; Osteoporosis; Dilated veins; Low white blood cell count; Uneven heartbeat; Elevated cholesterol levels; Low resistance to infections; Low skin pigmentation; Thyroid disorders.
Some other symptoms include lethargy, paleness, sores, edema, stunted growth, hair loss, anorexia, diarrhea, bleeding under the skin and dermatitis.
This mineral enables normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins. Copper cannot be produced within the body and so needs to be sourced from outside the body. Copper is the third most prevalent mineral in the body.