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16 Jul CES Device for Treating Anxiety, Insomnia and Depression

CES by Healthpax for insomnia depression and anxietyTreating Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia


Each person’s anxiety, sleep problems and type of depression are unique, therefore so is treating anxiety, sleep problems, and depression. Rarely during my 35 years of practice have I ever seen two people feel the exact same way. That is why I developed my 5 Prong Approach that includes the following elements:

  1. Physical
  2. Emotional
  3. Psychological
  4. Spiritual
  5. Energy

Because my approach encompasses all five areas, I work with an integrative team of practitioners and consultants. These experts are available worldwide to help provide the various treatment or methods to alleviate these symptoms. As a Neuropsychologist and Board Certified Health Psychologist (a.k.a. Behavioral Medicine), over the years I’ve tried many methods and treatments. There are very few that I consistently work with across the board for the majority of the people my team or I have seen.


The CES Machine: An FDA Medical Device That Works

One that does stand out is the Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation, known as a CES. I termed it the “Shhhhh” machine, because it quiets down the over-stimulation (reactivity) of the area of the brain (Limbic System) that is the center of where the symptom of anxiety, sleep problems, depression and chronic pain are focused. Having said this, I think it is very important to provide a history of this machine and how it actually works.


History of the CES Machine

Both Aristotle and Plato in 46 AD used electric ray fish for pain management, while in China, acupuncture was a primary method. Hypnosis emerged in the 18th century and was the main method for anxiety, sleep problems and pain management. Over a hundred years ago, electrical devices were in widespread use for pain management.

In 1846, the chemical ether was introduced at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and this and other pharmaceutical became the dominate methods for treating pain, anxiety, sleep problems and depression.

The CES technology that is used today was first developed in Russia and Eastern European countries, where the medical profession was less pharmaceutical than the US. The primary focus in the 1950’s was to help with sleep. Since that time, the technology has been used successfully throughout the world, and has gone through extensive clinical trials in each of the specific areas: anxiety, insomnia and depression. As a result, the CES is now an FDA registered medical treatment in the U.S. To purchase one in the U.S., you need a prescription from a licensed health care provider. In Canada and many other countries, CES units are sold over the counter.


My Personal and Clinical Experience with the CES Device

When I started my practice, I was extensively trained in the use of hypnosis, which is still a primary method. Then I was introduced to various energy methods including acupuncture, polarity, QiGong and Reiki. Seeing how effective they were, I acquired additional, in-depth training in Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology, and QiGong, including Balinese QiGong. As part of my team, we have two acupuncturists and a Reiki therapist, and are in contact with numerous clinicians worldwide.

From 1990 to 1997, I was in chronic pain from my brain injury and 60 mile-an-hour head-on auto accident. Dr. Paul Swingle, Ph.D. introduced me to CES as part of my Neurofeedback treatments. The results were amazing.

Since I returned to my clinical and consulting practice in 1997, I have used the CES as one of my core treatment methods for treating anxiety, depression and insomnia.


How does the CES work?

The CES produces a low-amount (amperage) of electrical current in a specific frequency between 0.3- 100Hz. Depending on the make and model, you might attach ear clips onto your ears, or adhesive electrodes on the bump behind your ear, or put a headband on your forehead that holds electrodes. Once you feel a slight tingling, you reduce the sensation. The majority of machines have an automatic timer and shut-off.

In recent years and even presently at Beth Israel Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, continued research is being done on the effectiveness of CES for other areas, such as PTSD, TBI, fibromyalgia, depression, bipolar II disorder  and chronic pain.


Recent Study Using the CES to Treat Bipolar II Disorder

Below is a recent double-blind randomized placebo controlled study of cranial electrotherapy stimulation for the treatment of depression in bipolar II disorder at Mt. Sinai.

S Greenman BA, D McClure BA, G Kazariants PhD, M Varvara MD, S Koppolu MBBS, Z Yaseen MD, I Galynker MD PhD




Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) technology has been used widely for treatment of depression, anxiety and insomnia, but to date, there have been no studies examining the efficacy of this technology to treat bipolar II depression. Our goal in this study was to evaluate the use of CES for treatment of the symptoms of depression in bipolar II disorder. We examined changes in levels of depression and quality of life during the four week treatment period.


The sixteen participants were 50% female, with a mean age of 47.69 (15.88), and an average level of education of 16.81 (2.401) years.(p=.012), but no significant change from baseline to week two. In the placebo group, there was a significant change from baseline to 2 weeks on HAM-D scores, (p=.015), and during the open label treatment phase from 2 weeks to 4 weeks, (p=.022). In the active group, there was a significant decrease in severity scores

using CGI-S from baseline to second week, and baseline to 4th week, (p=.017), while there is no significant difference in means for the placebo group.


Our preliminary results indicate that the active group had significantly higher reduction in depression levels compared to the placebo group. During the double-blind randomized and controlled trial of the first 2 weeks, there was a

significant decrease in BDI scores for only the active group. However, the data displays improvement effects for both groups on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, which may be due to the difference in brain regions associated with HAM-D and BDI.


Different types of CES devices

Both the CES Ultra and the CES Oasis pro provide relief from insomnia, anxiety, and depression, while enhancing memory and cognitive function without drugs.  The CES Ultra is the most affordable.  The CES Oasis Pro offers additional treatment of pain management, relieving both chronic pain and occasional pain such as lower back pain.  The CES Oasis Pro costs a little more but is worth the expense for anyone experiencing pain.  What device is right for you depends on your individual needs.  Ready to start feeling better without prescriptions, buy here.

  • Jonathan Burns
    Posted at 16:13h, 04 September Reply

    I have been attempting to schedule a consultation with Dr. Diane. We have missed each other in our phone calls to each other. In the meantime, I am always one to keep going, keep seeking….so I found this on Dr. Diane’s facbook page. Per the reality that I have a limited budget, I am simply wondering if she could perhaps give a green light for me to give the CES device a shot. I am not looking for a guaranteed solution. I am merely asking is she would give her blessing on me investing in this devide in attempt to gain more “calm” in my life (my brain is very active and I am blessed that it is. But I am seeking a calm balance to provide for more powerful, focused energy).

    Thank you for investing time with me!


    • Nick Shrews
      Posted at 12:00h, 05 December Reply

      Jonathan, Please give our office a call at 888-313-3095. Best regards, Dr. Diane’s office

  • Dr.Soliman saleh soliman mahmoud
    Posted at 08:16h, 26 March Reply

    Great ….is it effective in treating chronic depression ?
    and ..can I find it in EGYPT ?

    • Karen Campbell
      Posted at 12:39h, 09 June Reply

      It is a great help for individuals with depression. Please call our office at 800-500-9971 and we can discuss shipping to Egypt.

  • Victor Kerner
    Posted at 19:50h, 13 July Reply

    Thank you for all of your information. Do you have any information on the differences between Nexalin and the CES devices you have recommended above. Some sites promote Nexalin as a more sophisticated CES device and Nexalin therapy is very expensive so the assumption is that it is superior. Do you have any thoughts?

  • Judi Jordan
    Posted at 17:30h, 30 July Reply

    I have been considering and researching CES machine for awhile and more seriously lately, but was wondering why so much difference in price of Fisher Wallace and CES Ultra? Is one better (frequencies) and why?

    • Karen Campbell
      Posted at 16:58h, 15 August Reply

      Hi Judi, Great question. The CES Ultra and CES Oasis Pro are both great CES devices, which one is “better” depends upon your individual symptoms and diagnosis. Yes the CES Oasis Pro offers pain management and more frequencies, but you may not need to use all of them. The best way to find the right CES machine for you is to call our office or Ask Dr. Diane, Dr. Diane will recommend the best CES device for your individual needs.

      Posted at 13:13h, 08 September Reply

      Judi, I was wonder the same thing about the differences in brands. You received a response but I did not see that it addressed your question. Did you pursue this again and did you ever get a succinct answer?

      • Karen Campbell
        Posted at 12:49h, 21 September Reply

        Hi Judi and Kristi, Fisher Wallace is much more expensive, around $1400, and CES Ultra and Oasis Pro are $390 – $450 range. We don’t sell Fisher Wallace on our website due to the high cost, but I am happy to tell you more about it. Fisher Wallace runs on more of a direct current whereas the CES Ultra and Oasis Pro run on alternate current. Fisher Wallace is more intense and it is more effective for people with BiPolar Disorder. If you do not have BiPolar and suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia then the CES Ultra and Oasis Pro are excellent choices. I hope that answers your question a little better. Please let us know if you still have any further questions.

  • Mike
    Posted at 13:22h, 07 November Reply

    Which CES is ‘best’ for anxiety and intrusive thoughts?

    I’ve been specifically recommended the Alpha-Stim. Would you say this is the most effective for those specific issues, rather than any sleeping issues?


    • Karen Campbell
      Posted at 12:20h, 16 November Reply

      All of the CES devices are great, but which one will work best for you depends on your personal medical history. When you order from Dr. Diane, Dr. Diane contacts you to ensure you have the correct CES device for your needs. If you would like a more detailed answer you can always Ask Dr. Diane directly. Thanks

  • Cindy Kingsolver
    Posted at 18:38h, 28 November Reply

    I suffer with Chronic Insomnia, will this device help me? I have a huge problem turning my brain off!
    Thank you, Cindy

    • Karen Campbell
      Posted at 12:37h, 21 December Reply

      YES! The CES device is especially helpful for insomnia.

  • Kevin Costello
    Posted at 09:12h, 21 January Reply

    I left a message yesterday and has disappeared from the message board??? Any chance of having a call on Monday morning?

    • Karen Campbell
      Posted at 12:52h, 25 January Reply

      Hi Kevin, I’m sorry I do not see your previous comment. You can always call our office to schedule a consult or ask a question, 800-500-9971

  • Nancy Molsberry
    Posted at 13:22h, 18 May Reply

    My husband and I both suffer from chronic pain. Yesterday at our Dr. visit we both were given a treatment using C.E.S. device. Four hors later we both experienced a massive boost in physical energy, a craving for sweets (fruit not candy) and a jump in libito. The following morning he said he had NO pain in his elbow which is usually very stiff A.M. And his knees had half of the usual pain. I slept peacefully on my back all night not turning once. I woke up rested and feeling half the usual pain and stiffness I have A.M. We ordered a CES and look forward to many more pain free days and nights. Thank you to our wonderful Dr H & her staff who cares so deeply and works tirelessly to bring quality of life to us. Thankful & grateful!
    B & N Kaster

  • Constance Hatfield
    Posted at 13:28h, 22 May Reply

    Are there any negative side effects? What might they be? How long term have the studies been to determine side effects?

    • Karen Campbell
      Posted at 14:03h, 24 May Reply

      I am not aware of any negative side effects. Over the last 50 years there have been approximately 200 clinical studies using CES. Click here for more info on research studies, and here for more overall info.

  • Grace Gates
    Posted at 03:04h, 29 May Reply

    I suffer from depression, anxiety and insomnia, Plus lower back pain. Which CES would be more beneficial to me?
    The CES Ultra or the Apha Stim ? I’m confused about the choice.

    • Karen Campbell
      Posted at 11:40h, 31 May Reply

      The CES Oasis Pro has a pain management setting and helps many individuals. I recommend you Ask Dr. Diane or have a consult with Dr. Diane for a personalized referral.

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  • Priscilla Regalado
    Posted at 16:07h, 12 January Reply

    The Fisher Wallace is not $1400. It is normally $799. and more often then not offers $300-$200. discounts. I recently purchased one on Cyber Monday for $399. with a 30 day money back guarantee and was able to add 14 more days. It has definitely helped my anxiety and depression, but less so my insomnia. They also have settings and instructions for pain. I am on my 5th week.
    I am curious the difference in results by putting sponge paddles on my temples, or clips on my ears. Any thoughts? Thank you.

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