What is Alpha-Stim?
A clinically proven medical device that relives anxiety, insomnia, and depression using electromedical technology. This technology uses Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) in order to address multiple types of mental illness.
What is Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation?
CES is a US Food and Drug Administration-approved, prescriptive, noninvasive, electromedical treatment that has been shown to significantly decrease anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
How does CES work?
CES is a relatively simple treatment employing a small, battery-powered device that is similar in size and appearance to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS) devices commonly used in physical therapy for pain relief, but produce very different waveforms at a much lower current level. The CES device sends pulses of very low amperage electricity (i.e., typically 100 microamperes to 4 milliamperes) through thin wires attached to electrodes that are either clipped to the ear lobes or stuck to the skin over the bony prominences just to the front of, or behind each ear. The frequency of the electrical pulses can be adjusted— usually from 0.5 Hz to 100 Hz— depending on the treatment effect desired
Are there any side effects to using CES?
Applied to the ear lobes or to the mastoid, just behind the ear, CES causes the patient to experience nothing more than a faint tingling sensation. As the treatment continues, the tingling tends to disappear and most patients begin to feel less anxious, less distressed, and more relaxed and, yet, mentally alert and focused. Patients with positive response to CES generally sleep better and report improved concentration, increased learning abilities, enhanced recall and a heightened state of well-being after one or a series of CES treatments. Most people can resume normal activities immediately after a CES session. Others may experience a mild euphoric feeling, or a state of deep relaxation that may temporarily and minimally impair their mental and/or physical abilities for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks, such as motor vehicle operation. In some cases, this may last for up to several hours after treatment. Users may do other things during treatment such as read, watch TV, engage in conversation, or work on a computer.
Headaches and vertigo side-effects are usually associated with the current being set too high for the individual and these effects generally resolve when the current is reduced or within minutes to hours following treatment.
When can I expect to see Results?
While CES treatment effects are cumulative and major symptom relief may require regular use over a few weeks, many patients experience at least some improvement in their symptoms after the first one or two treatments. Anxiety responds most readily to CES and most patients experience noticably reduced general anxiety within a week or less. Depression can take up to 3-4 weeks for initial response. Insomnia varies widely with some individuals having improved sleep immediately and others not seeing improved sleep until more than 1-2 months into treatment.
Individual results may vary dependent on a variety of factors, including the severity and chronicity of the condition or symptoms being treated, what medications are being taken (if any), the presence of other concurrent medical factors or comorbid conditions and, ultimately, your level of motivation. Some disorders can be successfully treated in 10-20 sessions; others require more extensive treatment. In the case of more chronic conditions, CES may be required on a regular basis indefinitely to manage symptoms.
Why should I use CES?
CES is cost-effective compared with drug therapy or other devices used in psychiatry for problems with anxiety, insomnia and depression and it is very easy to use in both clinical and home settings.
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