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Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES):

What is Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES)?

What is CES?

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CES is the non-invasive application  of a very weak, pulsed electrical current (usually applied to the earlobes or scalp) successfully used and FDA-approved for depression, insomnia, and situational and chronic anxiety. CES is also used to resolve  pain, stress, poor memory, drug addictions and much more.    A safe, effective alternative to drugs - over 100 human and 20 animal studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of CES in treating these and other disorders. (Lichtbroun, 2000; Kirsch & Smith, 2000; Thuile & Kirsch, 2000)

CES leaves the user in what psychologists call an alpha state.    Increased alpha-wave activity in the brain may also be achieved through such as meditation, relaxation, chanting, and hypnotherapy. After CES, people report that their bodies feel lighter, while their thinking is clearer and more creative.

CES stimulates the brain with specific frequency patterns (it is NOT "Shock therapy") using a therapeutic frequency generator.   The electrical current used in CES is typically less than 1 mA (11,000 times less than the current needed to power a light bulb). The electromagnetic fields produced by the current used in CES are very similar to the electrical fields naturally present in the body.  CES has been an international treatment modality for more than 50 years. CES treatment for anxiety began in the Soviet Union during the 1950's, its primary focus being the treatment of sleep disorders, hence its initial designation as "Electrosleep".  Frequency generators are readily available for purchase and use at home (E.g.  SOTA Bio-Tuner™   ("Brain Tuner"),  or Alpha-Stim AID™ device) .

CES is presently an under-utilized therapy.    We have been conditioned to believe that for every symptom or disease there is a solution in a pill. When it comes to treating anxiety, depression and insomnia, conventional medicine focuses on chemically manipulating neurotransmitter activity in the brain.  However, the brain and body are also electrical in nature. Electromedicine (including CES) is designed primarily to work with and impact the electrical nature of the body.

CES safety / side-effects

No major contraindications have been found using CES.   Either in the U.S. or other parts of the world.  With 50+ years of use, hundreds of research experiments, and hundreds of thousands of users, CES has been demonstrated to be 100% safe.

CES is relatively free of side effects

-  Headache, skin irritation or vertigo, occurred in less than 1% of subjects and were temporary

-  In contrast, side effects and addiction of medicines are not uncommon.   Anti-anxiety drugs often leave the patient in a stupor.




Kirsch DL, Smith DB. (2000) The use of cranial electrotherapy stimulation in the management of chronic pain: A review. NeurorRehanilitation 14(2):85-94

Lichtbroun, Alan S., Raicer, Mei-Ming C., and Smith, Ray B. The Treatment of Fibromyalgia with Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation.  Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 7(2):72-78, 2001. Presented at the Fifteenth Annual International Symposium on Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics, Columbia University, New York, October 1999. pdf

Thuile C, Kirsch DL (2000) Schnerzen Linden Ohne Chennie CES ,die Revolution in der Schnerztherapie. Internationale Arzfegesellschaft fur Energiemedizin, Austria, (in German).

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General electrotherapy health benefits.   Used systemically and/or locally at specific problem areas of the body, its effective application has many benefits:

Detoxification Wellness / Healthy aging Pain relief 
Relief from insomnia Immune system restoral Anti-Inflammatory
Maximizes cellular energy production Accelerated tissue /bone
/scar healing
Stress Reduction
Muscle relaxation / rehabilitation Increased blood oxygen
/ circulation

There are several reasonably affordable electrotherapy devices available for personal use. The following electrotherapies are those that have received a significant amount of positive feedback:

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) applies specific frequency patterns to the head area, with the following benefits:

Balances neurotransmitters Relieves pain Treats depression
Substance abuse withdrawal Relieves insomnia Relieve stress / anxiety
Anti-Inflammatory Fibromyalgia +++