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  • Writer's pictureTroy Faddis, LMFT

Can Alpha Waves help improve results during therapy?

How using Alpha-Stim can increase results during a therapy session. Alpha waves are correlated with relaxation. By using this tool during sessions you may be able to be more present and anxiety do less of the talking.

Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) is a form of non-invasive brain stimulation that treats psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and insomnia. Alpha-Stim CES applies a patented waveform using rhythmic, low-amplitude current to the head via earclip electrodes.

Psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, are associated with alterations in electric activity in large-scale brain networks. Research suggests that Alpha-Stim CES modulates large-scale brain network activity patterns, like those seen in anxiety, in two synergistic ways:

  1. By stimulating cranial nerves including the vagus nerve.

  2. By directly modulating cortical oscillations in the temporal lobe

Ultimately, these two ways of stimulating the brain normalize the pathological signaling in the default mode network observed in many psychiatric disorders, providing rapid, effective, and lasting symptom relief without the side effects of medication.



The number of subjects rating their quality of sleep as poor dropped from 60% to 5%.1


In clinical trials, patients reported an average of 61% less anxiety immediately after using the CES therapy. After 5 weeks, that average was 94%.2


In a study of patients with severe pain, Alpha-Stim M significantly reduced pain by an average of 71% after only five treatments.3


In clinical trials, Alpha-Stim recipients reported an 82% decrease of ≥ 50% or greater in depression scores after five weeks using the CES therapy.4


  • 1 Lichtbroun AS, Raicer MMC, Smith RB. The treatment of fibromyalgia with Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 2001; 7(2):72-78.

  • 2,4 Barclay TH, Barclay RD. A clinical Trial of cranial electrotherapy stimulation for anxiety and comorbid depression. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2014;164:171-177. Presented at the American Psychological Association National Conference, Honolulu, July 2013.

  • 3 Holubec JT. Cumulative response from Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) for chronic pain. Practical Pain Management. 2009; 9(9):80-83.

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