Effect of ceramic-impregnated "thermoflow" gloves on patients with Raynaud's syndrome: randomized, placebo-controlled study

Altern Med Rev. 2002 Aug;7(4):328-35.


Objective: To determine the efficacy of ceramic impregnated gloves in the treatment of Raynaud's syndrome.

Design: Double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

Setting: Teaching hospital outpatient clinic.

Participants: Ninety-three patients meeting the "Pal" criteria for Raynaud's syndrome.

Interventions: Treatment period of three months with use of ceramic-impregnated gloves.

Main outcome measures: Primary end points: Pain visual analogue scale ratings and diary; Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, Hand questionnaire; Jamar grip strength; Purdue board test of hand dexterity. Secondary end points: Infrared skin temperature measurements; seven-point Likert scale rating of treatment.

Results: In 60 participants with complete data, improvements were noted in the visual analogue scale rating (p=0.001), DASH score (p=0.001), Jamar grip strength (p=0.002), infrared skin fingertip temperature (p=0.003), Purdue hand dexterity test (p=0.0001) and the Likert scale (p=0.001) with ceramic gloves over the placebo cotton gloves.

Conclusion: The ceramic-impregnated "thermoflow" gloves have a clinically important effect in Raynaud's syndrome.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ceramics*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Gloves, Protective*
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Hot Temperature / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Management*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Raynaud Disease / complications
  • Raynaud Disease / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome