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From Chapter 5
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation
CES —A.R.T. for your Brain
CES (cranial electrotherapy stimulation) treats a
variety of ailments, but because of legal restrictions, the
manufacturers are only allowed to say that it effectively treats
anxiety, depression, stress, and insomnia. To receive a “brain
treatment,” electrode clips are placed on the earlobes for an average of
twenty minutes three times per week. The user may feel a slight tingling
sensation but often feels nothing at all.
Some users report feeling light (or heavy then light),
as their anxiety fades away. Unlike drugs used to treat mood disorders,
the mind is left alert while the body is relaxed. Dr. Kirsch uses the
analogy of having a Type-A mind with a Type-B body. (Type-A
personalities are usually creative, hard working go-getters, but often
suffer from stress-related ills. Type-B’s are more relaxed and laid back
but tend to live with their parents until their 30’s.)
Anxiety reduction is usually felt during the first
treatment although the effects are cumulative over time. Depression and
insomnia are usually controlled, if not cured, in two to three weeks.
Users also report feeling more energetic, focused, and, well, good.
Although not its primary mechanism of action, microcurrent treatment
Increases natural endorphin output.
Studies are still ongoing in many of these areas, but
people are noticing marked improvements in the treatment of ADD,
phobias, and drug and alcohol addiction (including prescription drug
addiction) using CES. Users also report an increased ability to learn,
concentrate and focus. This technology has even been used to treat
criminals since some types of crime are considered to be manifestations
of anxiety. (Perhaps we should hook Mike Tyson up to one of these
CES can also be used to treat post-traumatic stress
disorder. Dr. Kirsch traveled to Kuwait after the Gulf War to train
medical personnel in its use. (After the events of September 11th, Dr.
Kirsch offered to send as many microcurrent stlmulators as needed to New
York. The offer became so tangled in red tape that New Yorkers never
received the technology. New Yorkers, however, have been clamoring for
prescription sedatives and relaxants since the attacks according to a
recent article from Reuters.)
While Americans do need a prescription from a doctor or
any LMP (Licensed Medical Professional), these are easy to obtain as the
technology becomes more well known in the medical community. A dentist,
chiropractor and even a certified acupuncturist can prescribe the
device. The CES device runs around $500 (US) and can often be rented.
Some insurance companies may cover part of the cost.
Article by Chris Shugart from Testosterone Magazine.
Authors notes: Thanks to my friend Dan for sharing
this information. Dan also says he has had positive results using the
device. In his words:
“I first read about the Alpha-Stim in an article called
"The Microcurrent Revolution", by Chris Shugart, on line in a magazine
called Testosterone. I hadn’t really thought about using it until
October 2002 when we had those asshat snipers running around the DC
After the snipers appeared, my PTSD went through the
roof. I had a lot of anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, and was getting
close to the end of my rope, so to speak. I was still seeing the EMDR
therapist at the time, and she was pretty close to referring me for
medication, so I tried the Alpha-Slim as a last measure.
I contacted the company, Electromedical Products
International, who referred me to a dentist, Dr. Singer, who was able to
prescribe an Alpha-Stim. When I arrived at his office, I was tired from
not sleeping the night before, depressed, and extremely stressed since I
needed to gas up my car and was afraid of getting shot. He hooked me up
to an Alpha-Stim and left me alone reading a magazine.
After about 20 minutes, I noticed a “heavy” sleepy
feeling and wasn’t as stressed when I walked in. I chalked my decreasing
stress up to being distracted by the magazine, so didn’t think much of
it at the time. As the session went on, I noticed my depression was
lifting and my anxiety was still going down. After an hour and twenty
minutes, I was physically energetic and my depression/anxiety
disappeared. I was a little mentally tired, but nothing some coffee
couldn’t fix. These feelings lasted through the entire day, but when I
woke up the next day, I was back to my original feelings of
I had bought an Alpha-Stim (about $500), from Dr. Singer
for my personal use and took it to work, using it in my car during my
lunch break. The same results occurred as the day before, my mood
elevated (the best description is “euphoric”) and I was able to
concentrate during the day with no problems. My depression/anxiety
returned each morning for about a week and a half, and each time the
Stim dissipated those feelings. The amount of time I used the Stim for
treatment also decreased. My sessions dropped from an hour, to 40
minutes, then 30.
After that, my depression/anxiety would return every 2-3
days and I’d use the Stim, again for a decreasing amount of time, from
30 minutes down to 20 within a week. I was also sleeping better, usually
needing 8 hours of sleep, but was functioning fine on 6 hours. I was
also much more sociable and had no problems starting a conversation with
complete strangers, which I wasn’t like before using the Stim.
Most PTSD triggers had little effect, and I could
control them within 5-10 minutes. If I was triggered by something major,
then I’d be able to get back to “normal” within an hour or less, instead
of being agitated for longer periods of time.
Overall, I guess the best way to describe Stim usage is
it feels like someone’s cleared the cobwebs from my head. Even before
9/11, I was a depressive pessimist ft had trouble thinking positively.
After using the Stim, I started seeing alternatives to getting out of
situations when I couldn’t before and kept a positive attitude for a
longer period of time.
Bad side effects? Nothing I can tell and I’ve been using
the Stim on/off for about a year.
This material is reproduced with the permission of Electromedical Products International, Inc. © 2006