My Review of the CES Ultra, from www.cesultra.com.
[Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation Review: 23/03/16, by Adam S, Lexington Kentucky]
Several years ago, my life was plagued with severe stress. While I won’t get into details of events in my life, the stress was so bad, I began shaking uncontrollably for a period of at least an hour.
This stress was the starting point for severe depression, as research has found.
Stress Leads to Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia
“Studies suggest that the inability to adapt to stress often leads to the onset of depression, anxiety, and insomnia. In one study, two-thirds of subjects who experienced a stressful situation had nearly six times the risk of developing depression within that month. Further evidence suggests that repeated release of stress hormone produces hyperactivity and disrupts normal levels of serotonin, the nerve chemical that is critical for feelings of well-being.” – From: http://www.cesultra.com/ces-stress.htm
So depression has its roots in uncontrolled stress. Left unchecked, this stress can cause the brain to stop producing a normal amount of serotonin and other neurochemicals. Depression & anxiety took root in my life, and I ended up attempting suicide twice. It’s nothing I’m proud to write about, but the story of CES (Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation) must be told, as I believe it has saved my life. The semicolon tattoo project has gotten the word out about mental health problems like depression, but wouldn’t it be great if there were something we could actually do about it?
That’s where CES comes in.
SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) medication
Most people with depression; at least those who seek medical help; are given an SSRI medication to help increase the amount of serotonin and other neurochemicals in the brain to normal levels. This process may take several weeks, and not everyone responds to medication. Then there’s the side effects of medication, which can range from annoying to quite unpleasant. The cost of SSRI and associated medication can be inhibitory, especially new medications like Latuda.
Such costs repeat on a monthly basis.
What is CES (Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation)? CES Ultra Review Crash Course
CES is old and proven science now.
It has been studied for over 50 years, and with great success to patients with anxiety, depression, & insomnia. CES is even used to treat PTSD and drug addictions. You may not have heard about CES, so that makes it new to some people. CES is based on old science, Electroconvulsive Therapy, where a patient is strapped down to prevent injury to themselves, and (today) put under general anesthesia. A large electric current is passed through the brain to trigger a seizure. This is not CES, but CES is based on passing a LOW level electric current through the brain. Do not panic! CES employs a device using a mere 9 volt battery that sends a low level electrical current through the brain, through electrodes place on your earlobes. It is not painful, and actually feels quite pleasant after you get used to it.
The differences between the two are:
– Uses a large current, passed through the brain to cause a seizure.
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation:
– Uses a very low level current to gently stimulate the brain. There is no risk of seizures.
I have used the CES Ultra for several weeks, and my severe depression has completely subsided.
I’m normal again!
Using SSRI medication in conjunction with a CES device is fine. In fact it is recommended as an adjunct therapy to medication. The CES Ultra has changed my life for the better. I’m finally off all my depression medications. I’m sleeping better, and generally feel great.
Why have I not heard of CES from my doctor?
The answer, unfortunately, is money. Pharmaceutical companies rake in billions of dollars per year off SSRIs alone. Therefore there is a great incentive to “educate” psychiatrists on the benefits of new SSRIs that are under patent. I believe psychiatrists are paid for prescribing SSRIs to patients, but I could be wrong. CES devices are sold through a few small companies who do not have large budgets for pushing the technology on doctors, who then could pass the technology on to patients.
Q: “Why haven’t I heard more about CES?
A: CES, which stands for Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation, has been a relatively unknown and underused technology due to the fundamental Western bias in favor of pharmaceuticals. Within the last ten years, we have come to better understand the connection between brain function, neurotransmitters, and electrical stimulation. As our knowledge of this area grows and new research findings emerge, so too will the popularity and increased usage of CES.” -From: http://www.cesultra.com/faq.htm
Which CES device is right for me?
There are several CES devices on the market, listed below, priced from lowest to highest.
The CES Ultra is the lowest cost, best value for your money. I have no experience with any other model besides the CES Ultra.
- The CES Ultra: $350
- The Fisher Wallace Stimulator: Cost is $699
- The Alpha Stim: Cost is $795 or $1,195
- The CES Ultra claims it has the original configuration used in most research. Which is 100 Hz.
How do I use a CES device? Is it safe?
The safety record of CES has been established and proven over decades of research and group studies.
Some people have complained of a headache after use, but this is rare. Others report irritation at the electrode site (earlobes). Other than that, there is no other data on side effects from CES use.
All CES devices employ a base unit, plus two wires that lead up to earclips, or some other electrode device. Water is used to make a better connection on the earclips to your earlobes, so the low level electricity is conducted better.
I have a lot of other questions about CES devices.
Read the FAQ section of each device manufacturer’s website. It contains a lot of good information.
For those interested finding out more then I have written in this CES Ultra review, check out the research sections.
This CES Ultra review was originally published under the semicolontattoo.com reviews section.