Background: Therapeutic effects have been attributed to far-infrared (FIR) radiation emitted from different types of sources. One class of such infrared emitters consists of ceramics in a powdered form, which allows for its incorporation into creams and fabrics. Such ceramic materials emit in the FIR when subjected to body temperature. Published literature reports significant improvement in both pathological conditions, such as pain and blood dyscrasias, and cellulite upon use of accessories containing ceramic emitters.
Objectives: In this study, we investigated whether the use of a garment made with synthetic fibers embedded with powdered ceramic led to a reduction in body measurements.
Methods: The study population comprised 42 women divided into two groups: active and placebo. The volunteers used clothing either impregnated or not impregnated with ceramic powder for at least 8 h/day for 30 days.
Results: The experimental data showed a reduction in body measurements, which may be a consequence of an increment in microcirculation and peripheral blood flow, and these changes might promote improved general health.
Conclusions: Objective indicators were identified which showed that the reported ceramic accessories actually were capable of biological modulation.
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