anxiety, depression, and insomnia with CES
The Alpha-Stim® AID treats anxiety,
depression, and/or insomnia with microcurrent using a method
called cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES). The treatment
is very simple. The current is applied by easy to use clip electrodes
that attach on the ear lobes.
You may feel a slight tingling sensation under the electrodes,
but it is not necessary to feel this in order to achieve results.
Used just 20 to 60 minutes every day, every other day, or on
an as-needed basis, CES can help induce a pleasant, relaxed
feeling of well being. The Alpha-Stim® AID is well tolerated
and very safe in contrast to drugs used in the treatment of
mood disorders, many of which have been proven to have undesirable
side effects and can be addictive. Unlike drugs, the Alpha-Stim®
AID leaves the mind alert. Anxiety reduction is usually experienced
during treatment. Depression and insomnia control is generally
experienced after several weeks of daily treatment. CES can
also help treat the underlying mood disorders associated with
Alpha-Stim® AID may be used as an adjunct to medication and/or psychotherapy.
After treatment, there are usually no physical limitations imposed
so the majority of people can resume normal activities immediately.
Maintenance of a relaxed, yet alert state is generally achieved
with treatments three times per week. As a result, the Alpha-Stim®
AID is suitable for clinical or home use.
of situations where CES can provide relief:
- Fear of flying
and other phobias
- Insomnia due
to anxiety or stress
- Jet lag recovery
- Use during behavioral
- Loss of job,
- Hospice and
incidence of adverse effects
More efficacious than most other forms of therapy
Relatively easy to learn
in cases refractory to conventional care
Reduces or eliminates need for addictive medications
be applied on schedule or PRN
May be self-administered by patients
Highly cost effective
history of CES
(an older name for CES), involving less than one milliampere
of current, came into the USA from Japan in the late 1960s,
which, in turn had borrowed it from Russia and other East Block
countries. Since the electricity was directed across the head,
the FDA renamed it Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)
in 1978, and now allows its marketing in the USA for the treatment
of anxiety, depression and insomnia.
A major use of
CES has been in the drug abstinence syndrome in which people
are withdrawing from various substances of addiction, such as
nicotine, alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine or heroin. All
such patients have anxiety, depression and insomnia as defining
symptoms of the syndrome, and the vast majority benefit dramatically
from the use of CES during the withdrawal period. The medical
use of CES is becoming more widely indicated in the USA as these
and stress from a myriad of other sources continue to build
up in our society. Read more about the mechanism
of Alpha-Stim® CES.
research has been conducted with CES?
At present, there are over 126
research studies on CES in humans and 29 experimental animal
studies. The overwhelming majority of the scientific research
is extremely positive. No significant lasting side effects have
School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
found: "The meta-analysis of anxiety showed CES to be significantly
more effective than sham (P<.05)." (Meta-analysis of
randomized controlled trials of cranial electrostimulation:
efficacy in treating selected psychological and physiological
conditions by Dr. Sidney Klawansky et al. Journal of Nervous
and Mental Disease, 183(7):478-485, 1995).