Published in Alternative
Medicine Review, Aug. 2002
Effect of ceramic-impregnated Thermoflow
gloves on patients with Raynauds syndrome: randomized,
placebo controlled study as published Aug. 2002 in USA: Alternative
Dr. Gordon D. Ko M.D, FRCPC & Dr. David Berbrayer M.D.,
Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department
of Medicine, University, of Toronto, Sunnybrook and Women's College
Health Sciences Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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 3 months with
use of ceramic impregnated gloves
Main outcome measures: Primary end points: Pain
visual analog 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 liken scale rating of treatment.
Results: In the 60 participants with complete data,
improvements were noted in the visual analog scale rating (P=.001),
DASH score (P=.001), Jamar grip strength (p=.002), infrared skin
fingertip temperature (p=.003), Purdue hand dexterity test (p=.0001)
and the liket scale (p=.001) with ceramic gloves over the placebo
Conclusion: The ceramic impregnated Thermoflow
gloves have a clinically important effect in Raynaud's syndrome.
This is a summary of the Clinical Trial results.
The findings of Thermoflow's Raynaud's study indicate that
ceramic-impregnated thermoflow gloves are superior
to placebo gloves in the management of Raynauds symptoms.
Significant improvements were documented in both subjective measures
of pain and discomfort and in objective measures of temperature,
grip, and dexterity.