1) transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS)

including Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)

Is a method of brain stimulation which has been used since the 1950s, and was FDA approved for Depression, Anxiety, Pain & Insomnia in the Early 1970s.*

*Class III for the indication of “insomnia, depression, and anxiety” through a “pre-amendment” regulatory pathway (510[k]), which required only demonstration of substantial equivalence to legally marketed devices predating FDA regulation)Class III for the indication of “insomnia, depression, and anxiety” through a “pre-amendment” regulatory pathway (510[k]), which required only demonstration of substantial equivalence to legally marketed devices predating FDA regulation)

Pictured above are Fisher-Wallace $699 (on the left) and CES-Ultra $349 (on the right), click on them to go to the companies webSites. There is also a device called Alpha-Stim, which is about $1200, we have not used the Alpha-Stim unit, but have been told by reliable sources that effectiveness has not been seen with it. Other devices cost as much as $8,000. No clear advantages have been demonstrated with the expensive devices. I have seen beneficial effects from the two above devices and another physician that I know said that about 70% of patients get significant benefit (50-100% reduction of symptoms).