Electrotherapy: How CES Can Help With Anxiety
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A Brief History of CES
How Does CES Work?
- 0.5Hz: the brainwave pattern of deep (or sub) Delta; primarily used to increase endorphins; good for depression and reducing pain
- 100Hz: the most popular frequency for anxiety, stress, and better sleep; primarily used to increase serotonin in the brain; relaxes the mind and helps focus
Is CES Safe?
CES devices operate on a single 9-volt battery and provide 1/1000th the current of ECT.
How To Use A CES Device
- Get into a seated position
- It's generally advised to wet (or use an electrode gel) at the point of contact, such as the earlobes
- Attach the electrodes to the contact points
- Turn on the device and choose the session/frequency setting
- Start session
- Most devices automatically begin at the lowest possible intensity
- You can turn up the intensity if/when desired
- A very faint tingling may be felt at the correct intensity
- You should not feel any sensations of pain or discomfort (if you do the intensity is way too high)
- Most devices will auto shut off at the end of the session, if not turn off the device once finished
Using CES for Anxiety
How to Purchase a CES Device
- FDA approved devices (requires a doctor's prescription): these include devices like Alpha-Stim and Fisher Wallace
- Non-FDA approved devices (no prescription needed): these include devices such as Oasis Pro and CES Ultra
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Precautions Before Using
If you are pregnant, have a history of seizures or have medical implants you should not use any CES device. In addition if you suffer from severe a psychiatric condition it is highly advised to get a professional opinion prior to starting a CES treatment.
Still Have Questions?
If you still have questions about how CES works, specific CES devices or anything else related to Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulatation – please leave your questions in the comments section below and we'll do our best to answer!