Original Articles: PDF OnlyEFFECTS OF A TOPICALLY APPLIED COUNTERIRRITANT (EUCALYPTAMINT) ON CUTANEOUS BLOOD FLOW AND ON SKIN AND MUSCLE TEMPERATURES A Placebo-Controlled StudyHong, Chang-Zern MD1; Shellock, Frank G. PhD2Author Information 1From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California Irvine Medical Center, Orange, California 2From the Department of Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology, University of California Los Angeles and Cedars- Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: February 1991 - Volume 70 - Issue 1 - p 29-33 Free Abstract This study was designed to investigate the effects of a new product of counterirritant, Eucalyptamint, on the cutaneous circulation and on skin and muscle temperatures. Ten normal subjects (six males and four females, with an average age of 34±6 yr) were involved in this study. Eucalyptamint was applied to the anterior forearm skin of one side, and placebo was applied to the contralateral forearm. The subjective feelings, cutaneous blood flow, and skin temperature were measured before and periodically (5-min intervals) after the application of the compound. Muscle temperature was measured before and 30 min after the application of the Eucalyptamint. There was no significant effect on the subjective sensation. However, there were statistically significant (P < 0.05) increases in cutaneous blood flow (up to 4 times base-line) and skin temperatures (up to 0.8° C higher than base-line) after the application of Eucalyptamint with the effects lasting up to 45 min after the application. The muscle temperature was also increased (0.4°C) significantly (P < 0.05) 30 min after application of the Eucalyptamint. There were no significant changes in the placebo application. The results of this study suggested that the new product of counterirritant, Eucalyptamint, produced significant physiologic responses that may be beneficial for pain relief and/or useful to athletes as a passive form of warm-up. © Williams & Wilkins 1991. All Rights Reserved.