Transcranial Electrical Stimulation

New Electronic Relief of Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

         Many of my patients have been reporting significant relief from anxiety, depression, and insomnia by using a small, portable, electronic stimulator that passes a tiny current across the head through two small electrode clips lightly attached to each ear.
         Several transcranial stimulators (TCSs) have now been FDA approved for these conditions. Significant anxiety reduction is usually experienced during a single 20 minute treatment self-administered at home. Following each treatment, the positive results may last for hours or days thereafter.
          Insomnia usually improves gradually with nightly home treatments and relief can continue to improve for several weeks after which many patients report that it’s giving them the best sleep they’ve ever had. They also report that the TCS units have helped them return to sleep more quickly when awakened during the night.
          Depression also typically takes several weeks of daily 20 minute home treatments in order to experience significant and reliable improvement. Once symptoms have improved, however, using the TCS unit 2 or 3 times per week is usually sufficient to maintain positive results.
Is Transcranial Stimulation (TCS) Safe?
          There are over 100 research studies and published reports the support the safety and efficacy of TCS. In studies involving approximately 8,800 people, only minor, self-limiting side effects have been reported including headaches (0.10%) and skin irritation at the electrode sites (0.07%).
          In  a recent 5 year period, over eight million treatments resulted in only 14 instances of minor side effects, eleven of which were skin irritation at the electrode site. This technology is quickly becoming one of the safest and most effective ways to treat insomnia and mood disorders without the serious side effects that can result from chronic pharmaceutical use.
Changing Your Brainwaves and Your Outlook

The diagram to the right is a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) brain map showing the changes in brain activity by traditional EEG bands of 30 anxious volunteers after a single 20 minute treatment with TCS.

          Red shows an increase in alpha wave activity (relaxing brain waves) with a simultaneous decrease in blue, delta wave activity (deep sleep waves) after using TCS for only 20 minutes. These changes have been shown to help reduce anxiety and improve restorative sleep.
 
Latest Scientific Research
          In a recent study conducted at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center involving patients with advanced cancer, researchers found that TCS was significantly effective in decreasing anxiety, increasing sleep time, and decreasing depression. as indicated in the diagram below:
What Patients Have To Say
“I have bouts of anxiety, depression, extensive episodes of insomnia and, your so simple, user-friendly device has allowed me to once again enjoy many of the pleasures that I, and I believe many others, had taken for granted. I would like to say thank you for making such a thing possible again.” – Steve D.

“From the very first time I used [TCS], I experienced the relief from crippling anxiety that I’d been searching for a few years, and no other drug or therapy has been as effective. It’s portable and I can use it almost anywhere, and it has virtually no side effects. It’s hard to explain it to people who haven’t experienced it, but there’s nothing else quite like [TCS]. I very strongly recommend it for anxiety relief.” – Laureen W.

“I suffer from depression from time to time. Anti­depressants just did not work for me after a period of time. Their effects seem superficial. Below their chemical effect, I still felt depressed. My doctor would just simply layer on other meds … this one to sleep, another to enhance the effectiveness, etc. [TCS] has absolutely changed my life, and has allowed me to treat my depression without any medications. The effects seem absolutely natural. I use it when I feel depression coming on, and within a few days the depression is reversed. 5 stars!” – Mark J.

 

“The first night I tried [TCS], I went to sleep without any medication for the first time in years. It’s a small miracle. I’m extremely grateful to have discovered this wonderful device. ” – Linda S.

 

“It worked after awhile – 2 to 3 weeks – on my depression. It’s a wonderful product and I still use it. I am 99% well and am truly grateful for the research that produced this device. I’m glad to have [TCS] for daily or weekly use. I believe everyone could benefit from its use!” – Kerry P.

 

To Arrange A Clinical Test Trial

Most of my patients find out to what extent TCS can improve their symptoms within the first few weeks of a clinical trial, and so far, only about one in ten has said that it did not significantly help. The other nine won’t part with their TCS units and are continuing to use them regularly or on an as-needed basis.
To find out if TCS can help you, call 310-474-2777 x1 to schedule an office visit so we can determine if you are an appropriate candidate, and which type of TCS stimulator may be most beneficial for you. You’ll be able to try one during your visit, and if you feel that it may be helpful, you can rent one for a clinical trial at home for a cost of $10 per day.