Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Mar 15, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for CES?

For CES, you should consult either a neurologist or a psychiatrist.

2. What are the underlying causes that I should be aware of?

You need to be aware of any signs of depression, anxiety, insomnia or persistent headaches.

3. Does CES show any complications?

These are minimal and self-limiting (<1%), including headaches, skin irritation at the electrode site, and vertigo.

4. When is CES recommended?

CES is recommended when other treatment modalities are ineffective or not tolerated by the patient.

5. What is Alpha-Stim?

It is a patented model of a CES device that is highly versatile and used to treat insomnia, pain, mood disorders, anxiety and depression.

6. How long will it take for symptoms to get better?

Depression may take up to 3 weeks to show some initial response. Response in insomnia patients varies widely with some persons having better sleep immediately and others not having improved sleep until 2 months following initiation of treatment.

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