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Why Copper Was Used By Our Ancestors


Copper can destroy undesirable virus and bacteria. It is interesting that Ayurveda knew this, when bacteria were unknown to science. Ayurveda recommends storing water in copper vessels. Ancient Egyptians used copper vessels to keep water fresh. Even today, management of Siva temple at Rameswaram uses large sized Copper vessels to store water brought from river Ganges to offer to lord Siva. Water, stored thus, stays fresh for years together. According to scientists, copper vessel can be the answer to kill the `E-Coli’ bacteria which causes food poisoning.

British scientists are carrying out research on copper and concluded that copper ions kill these harmful bacteria, a capability not found in any other metals including gold. It is interesting to see that a research group from Southampton University found that Coli 157 bacteria can live happily in stainless steel vessels for months together, while copper vessel at room temperature can kill them in just four hours. At 20 deg centigrade, in the stainless steel vessel, those bacteria live for 34 days, while in brass vessel they live for 4 days.

Thus if one uses copper vessels for storing water in factories, shops, hospitals, restaurants, we can get rid of the risk of these food poisoning bacteria. Though stainless steel is much used for its shine and cleanliness, the copper is more useful material for vessels.

Copper and Fertility

The advantages of drinking copper water was pointed out by Andrew Saul, Contributing Editor for the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, while speaking on fertility, conception and family planning. In his own words, – “If you want to conceive, try having the man take mega doses of vitamin C for a few weeks prior. At least 6,000 milligrams a day, and as much as 20,000 mg/day guarantees very high sperm production. Divide the dose throughout the day for maximum effect. And that effect is what, exactly? More sperm, stronger sperm, and better swimming sperm all occurred, at even lower daily C doses”, in a University of Texas.

Copper must be balanced with zinc and a high doses of zinc can produce a copper deficiency, and sometimes a copper deficiency anemia which can be easily corrected. Many older American houses still have copper water pipes in their homes. Drink a glass or two of cold water first out of the tap every morning and you’ll get copper.  Consuming more raisins and other copper-high foods is an excellent way of getting a natural dose. You can also take a multiple vitamin tablet that has copper in it. Or you can can simply buy a copper metal cup, fill it with cold water at bedtime, and drink it first thing the next morning, just like the ancient Indians did in the past.  It is also seen that copper water becomes “sharp” and gets readily absorbed by our body, reaches cells in about 45 minutes. Hence, it is generally recommended that after Ushapan (drinking water in morning), one should give a gap of 45 minutes before consuming tea or coffee. Copper water is also recommended to people suffering from vitiligo, where it helps formation of melanin.

However, just like anything else, excess of copper in the human body can be detrimental to health as well.  Pregnant and lactating mothers should limit their consumption of copper and an adult should not take a dose of more than 10mg daily if consuming in a tablet form.

After starting on copper water, many do not need cold water to satisfy the thirst. With yoga, pranayama and other breathing techniques, senses become so sharp that taste and quality of water can be sensed adequately. Though copper water is slightly ionic, it does not cause gastric acidity to increase. On the other hand, due to increased Agni and digestion, acidity reduces.

~ Dr.Shirish Bhate

Ancient Indians used to throw copper coins in rivers, lakes, ponds and wells.  Today’s generation, without thinking of the meaning behind this act, are ignorantly throwing nickel, aluminium coins into rivers, which is of no use and in fact detrimental to the environment.

The idea behind throwing coins into water is not about the blind faith of river worship but to kill the harmful bacteria in water with copper (copper coins were used in ancient past) and this purified water would be useful for fish and other living beings within the water and the humans and animals drinking it would remain healthy.

Some countries like USA still use copper to make pennies which can also be thoroughly cleaned first and dipped in a vessel overnight to purify water naturally.

Copper used in Yantras and Bracelets

copper plate yantra

Ancient seers in India have recognized that copper conducts heat and energy.
So, they made yantras on thin copper plates with mysterious geometrical patterns.
Before copper, palm leaves were used but later it was discovered that Copper is efficient conductor and lasts much longer.
Since more than 2000 years, copper usage has become an integral part of Indian lifestyle.
Also according to Mantra Sastra, Mars (Mangal/Kuja) controls this science of mantras, yantras etc and the metal related to this planet is Copper.
If someone suffers from excess heat in body due to mars in their horoscope, it is advised to wear a copper bangle/bracelet on active hand’s wrist.
This helps them balance the body temperature as they start sweating during the day and green color layer, similar to copper-carbonate or verdigris (washable) forms on the skin where copper bracelet touches it.
They should also drink copper vessel stores water everyday.

Other Major Health Benefits of using Water stored in Copper vessels

  • Copper is known for its property of synthesizing phospholipids which help in formation of nerve coating (myelin). This prevents from seizures to occur and acts as Brain Stimulant.
  • Copper is a known anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic agent which helps in slowing down the ageing process by preventing cell damage. It is also used in treatment of cancer these days.
  • Positively charged water regulates the Thyroid Gland functioning.
  • Copper water (ionic electrolyte) helps maintain balance of acid-alkaline (pH balance) in body. This also helps regulate Body Fat.
  • Copper helps production of Melanin in body. This prevents white patches (Leucoderma/ Vitiligo), sun burns, premature graying of hair, freckles etc.
  • Ayurveda suggests usage of copper water to prevent and cure arthritis
  • Internal woulds, ulcers, piles, skin diseases, respiratory disorders, rheumatism can be cured with copper water.

Why not start with replacing those boring stainless steel utensils you have in the kitchen today and replace them with copper ones instead and see the difference for yourself?


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  • Excellent write up and very helpful indeed.
    My dad still follow the practice which keeps him healthy all year round.

    After reading the article , first thing on my list is to buy an original copper vessel for drinking water. 🙂

    Thanks and keep sharing !!!

  • Iranian used copper objects and dishes about 2000 years ago .you can see a lot of these objects in museum around the world

  • very useful information indeed, COPPER have the properties to fight against most of the dieseases happening now a days, so every person should use copper vessels in home for better health……… VIVEK…/

  • i once drank from a copper vessel,i could feel a different taste in my mouth,then i felt dizzy with vomiting and bowel irritation.so i stopped using it ,
    could you please suggest as to where i can get pure copper vessel

    • Wash copper untensils using only Tamarind and/or Vibhooti. This will improve the taste of the water to a great extent. Never use any commercial dishwashing detergent.,

      • Wash copper untensils using only Tamarind and/or Vibhooti. This will improve the taste of the water to a great extent. Never use any commercial dishwashing detergent.
        Another cleaner is Shikhakai powder.

  • Morning after mouth wash I do Ushapana (1 Lime juice with 1 litre water). Can I use copper store water for the same Ushapana. Thank you

  • Copper was used to purify water especially in rivers used for drinking. It was also used for fertility and to kill bacteria. Used to be used in copper pipes for drinking water but has been replaced by plastic. All round healing metal. Now used in orgonite production…Impressive

  • we bought recently copper pot for drinking water use. i heard it is not good to use copper water whole day for drinking purpose and to stop drinking this water after three months and to give a gap of one month and to use again water storaged in copped pot again for three months and like…
    kindly let me know how good it is to use copper pot for drinking water daily?

  • Before you go all gung ho for more copper, do check out the issues of copper toxicity. I am a bit shocked that it is not mentioned here at all. My sister had schizophrenia and the main imbalance they found was too much copper in her system. There are many excellent articles on this online.

    • You might also want to check how much “bread” products she eats. A couple hundred years ago they used to call schizophrenia…”bread madness”. It has to do with being sensitive to gluten. Gluten actually throws your whole body off including your hormones which are supposed to regulate everything. Everything else gets blamed peanuts, shellfish, dairy, and other allergies. Its the WGA in bread that’s causing it. Wheat Germ Agglutinin. Our ancestors ate bread all of the time but the past 50 years they did something different to it. They hybridized it and now more people are suffering because they don’t know what’s causing all of these eating problems. She needs to be on a gluten free diet. We all do. Bread is an excitotoxin. When you eat it, it tastes so good. But your body considers it an invader and sends out an immune attack response. This is another reason people have low energy levels. Their body is using all of its energies to get rid of it. Any food with bread or white flour in it should be avoided by everyone. Unless you like suffering.

  • I had my hair analyzed and found that there is way too much cooper and not enough zinc. I’ve been taking Zinc supplements to help balance this. I totally agree with Elaine, copper toxicity is a real problem and should be avoided. Balance is the key.

  • Dear Guruji,

    Pranamamulu, It is really helpful to the current generation people of our country,who are living in intelectual Bankruptcy.Manay Many Thanks for the article, I am purchasing one copper vessel to store drinking water in my home.Guruji,I am very much interested to learn Sanskrit,is there any way to do so through Internet.

    Venu Madhava Rao

  • Interesting too that copper is used in some IUD’s and is associated with the goddess Aphrodite. 🙂 Fertility/creation and the ability to stop it.

  • I have been using CU POT for water but my hair is due to 150 LTS of Br2 leaked in factory

  • Hi,Thanks for the write up..after reading ,again it comes to mind that how genius our ancestors were ..will buy copper jug and have a glass of water in the morning daily..

  • Pranaamagalu,

    I have been browsing and reading enough articles about drinking water stored in copper vessels.
    I have been drinking water stored (for 6-8 hrs) in copper vessel regularly.

    One of the Ayurvedic Doctors – Panchakarma Specialist advised me that drinking stored in copper vessel is very dangerous as it leads to copper toxicity.
    He also recited a verse in sanskrit which means that copper is dangerous.

    But my question is daily intake for an human being is 12mg/day- how much copper will a human being consume if he drinks half litre per day in empty stomach daily morning.

    I am confused now…Kindly suggest



  • Yes.. Indeed true. Copper has excellent proven medicinal properties next only to silver. It is a common sight to see copper is widely used in the daily rituals, starting with the Sandhyavandanam – “panchapatra” that constitute a 2 seperate tumblers, spoon, a plate & a arghya-patra.
    Normally, we used little tamarind to clean pancha-patra set with a little tamarind / a piece of lemon (any sour) soon after the completing the Sandyavandanam & allowed it to dry. This was again put to use for the next ritual. Though steel panchapatra has made some inroads into the ruals, but I doubt it would stay on.

  • It is most useful and advising hints covered in the issue for most healthy life,which our ancentors followed strictly and we ignored for which this generation is suffering a lot.However it will be better to start to miss further.or to be too late!

  • Users say that copper vessel turns black, so i amasking
    1) Is it safe to drink water from blackened copper vessel? Is the black stuff toxic?
    2) usually afer how many months of usage, should a coppe vessel turn black (used with filtered water using acqua guard filter having candle, charcoal and UV treatment) ?
    3) If a vessel turns black, how to get its original form back?

  • Ye post bahot hi achha laga jaha copper k bare me itni achhi jaankari di gai hai.
    Mai ek chhoti si baat kehna chahunga jo aapke post me sabse last me likha hua hai ki “why not start with replacing boring stainless utensils”. Lekin maine suna hai ki hum milk ko usme yani copper k bartan me store nahi kar sakte kyonki usme chemical reaction hone ki wajah se wo harmful ban jata hai.
    Aur maine ye b suna hai ki shivling par dudh bhi copper k bartan me nahi chadhaya jata.
    Please correct me if I am wrong

  • Copper was the backbone of Vedic people, who evolved Vedic Sanskriti in the state of Brahmavarta. They had known all its uses 10,000 years ago, after the great floods. Khetri copper mines have been the source of copper, not only to people in surrounding states like Kurupradesh, Panchala, Soorsena etc. but to entire Jambudweep. People made agricultural tools, fishing hooks, knives, axes, knives, pots etc. near Khetri mines.