The primary distinctive feature in a medical device is the waveform, and Alpha-Stim has a uniquely effective waveform. The application of direct electrical treatment to the brain, along with our treatment protocols for pain also makes the difference that no other device has been able to emulate.
Alpha-Stim is very safe. Only one out of 506 people will experience a mild headache, and one out of 910 will have a skin reaction at the electrode site. Usually a minor self-limiting reddening of the skin. There are no other significant side effects reported in over 40 research studies, or in 22 years of clinical and home use.
There are three ways to prove that a medical product is effective: research, surveys, and professional endorsements. Alpha-Stim has substantial evidence from all three. There is more research supporting Alpha-Stim than any other therapeutic device and even more than many drugs. Many of the studies were double-blind. This web site contains annotated abstracts of Alpha-Stim research.
In addition to the prospective research, physicians documented Alpha-Stim technology in a comprehensive retrospective survey. The degree of significant improvement (of 25% or more) in 500 patients was 91% for pain, 94% for anxiety, 90% for depression, and 79% for insomnia. More than half of the patients exhibited an improvement of 50% or more.
Confirming the physician survey is a peer-reviewed outcome study published in the April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Pain Management that revealed an overall significant improvement of 93% in 1,949 pain patients who used Alpha-Stim for a minimum of three weeks. Most of these people failed to get results from previous therapies or they would never have acquired an Alpha-Stim in the first place. Supported by the double-blind studies, these surveys provide a good overview of results at a glance.
The Alpha-Stim is also a lot more cost effective than almost any other treatment for pain and stress-related disorders. Once the device is purchased it costs very little to use. Most drugs cost more than an Alpha-Stim after just a few months. Because of the reduced amount of time it is used, and the inexpensive felt electrodes used with the probes and ear clip electrodes, the Alpha-Stim M or Alpha-Stim AID is even less expensive than the cheapest TENS unit over time.