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Oneironaut

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Good day everyone,

I just wanted to talk about this little device I have had for over half a year called Alpha-Stim. I was first introduced to Alpha-Stim when I was in rehab last year in October. Here is the facilities description of the device:

"Alpha-Stim is a powerful drug free treatment tool that helps individuals achieve recovery while reducing anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain thus helping to lessen the overall effects of trauma and impact of one's addiction.

Alpha-Stimulation uses a (CES) technology which has existed for 40 years and has been regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1977. It has been used by over 8 million people worldwide and, increasingly, by the U.S. Military over the past 8 years to help those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How it works for Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia
Alpha-Stim treats the body at the electron level by changing the electrical and chemical activity of certain nerve cells (serotonin, acetylcholine) in the brainstem. It transmits a unique electrical waveform that alters the cells communication as it amplifies activity in some neurological systems and diminishes activity in others. The Alpha-Stim device focuses on developing a balance and equilibrium in the "alpha" state of the brain. Stressful symptoms like agitation, racing heartbeat, shallow breathing, tightened muscles etc., are all reduced as the brain reaches a more balanced state. Alpha brain waves are associated with feelings of calmness, relaxation, and increased mental focus.

A treatment session involves placing padded clips on both ear lobes, which are connected to a device that delivers small amounts of stimulation to the brain. This is a painless experience that induces a relaxed state.

Effectiveness
Alpha-Stim has been in double blind studies comparing performance to antidepressants. Even though with regular and consistent treatments it has proved to show more positive results in placebo effect studies in treating depression and anxiety than Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, and Effexor, we want our clients who also are dealing with a mental health condition to continue with the medication regimen. However, with adding Alpha-Stim to their treatment services, they may find greater freedom and relief from anxiety, depression, insomnia, other trauma related symptoms as well as post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

Reasons to try Alpha-Stim
Alpha-Stim can help clients with their addiction treatment goals by promoting greater focus and concentration. This means clients are better able to retain and process information, while being mentally present during treatment experience and recovery process. It is highly recommended clients receive regular Alpha-Stim treatments throughout treatment"

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Before October, I had no idea this device even existed. My doctors were also clueless of its existence as well as its application. Not surprising because they, along with my parents, tried shoving prescription pills down my throat since i was diagnosed with ADD at age 5 (i know, insane)

Anyways, I decided to drop the $800 for the device and I haven't regretted it since. The mental clarity I have from using it is was akin to the amphetamine focus i had when I was taking
Adderall, but without the loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia and countless other terrible side effects that accompanies consuming the drug. It is a steep price, but when you factor in the years of paying copays and buying prescriptions drugs, driving to the drug store, the havoc that medication can wreak on your body, it was an investment for me.

I guess you can call Alpha-Stim a productocracy; that is why I want to inform everyone here at the forum that there IS another option besides medication. It truly does work; I am living, breathing, testimonial proof, along with many online who can attest to its effectiveness, and if I can make at least one persons life better by writing this, then I have done my job.
 

ApparentHorizon

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Besides this looking like a promotional post...

There seems to be actual results from the research: Effects of cranial electrotherapy stimulation on resting state brain activity

TLDR

- The treatment is clinically effective
- Low intensity current applied to earlobes reduces your baseline brain activity
- Looks to be affecting the cortex (front of your brain, responsible for what separates us from animals - cognition, consciousness, etc)
- We don't know what is actually happening

I had bad anxiety around a decade ago. Luckily I was broke so I had to study and fix myself instead.

The root cause of many of these symptoms are hormonal imbalances.

So before you go on medication or treatments like CES, check the following:
  • Diet
  • Chemicals in your water and quality of your indoor air
  • Sleep optimization
  • The people around you
(There's plenty of threads on each of those topics on the forum.)

But if you're desperate for something else, CES may be worth trying.
 

Oneironaut

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Besides this looking like a promotional post...

haha i have no affiliation with Alpha-Stim i promise! I just really love using it and thought others might benefit. But yes, diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle are important factors that are not to be ignored.
 

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Anything cheaper? Their site looks wild scammy
 

Oneironaut

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And yes there is a cheaper alternative at cesultra for around half the price
 

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