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Do Gold Rings Protect against Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by progressive articular (joint) erosion which often leads to significant disability, particularly in the elderly population. Gold has been used for the treatment of rheumatic disorders since the turn of the century.

This study investigated the hypothesis that gold rings may delay articular erosion at the joint of the left ring finger in ring wearers suffering from RA.

Radiographs of the hands and the wrists of 30 ring wearers and 25 non-ring wearers with RA revealed no significant difference in overall articular erosion. However, analysis of the data from individual joints in these patients revealed significantly less erosion of the ring-finger joint of the left hand of ring wearers. No further significant difference was observed at any other joint in the hand among ring wearers or non-ring wearers.

Results suggest that gold molecules from a wedding ring pass through skin and local lymphatic channels to influence and even delay articular erosion in the joint of the left-hand ring finger.

Mulherin DM, Struthers GR, Situnayake RD. Do gold rings protect against articular erosion in rheumatoid arthritis? Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 1997;(56), pp497-99.

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