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CES Device for Treating Anxiety, and Insomnia

by | Jul 16, 2014 | Alternative Treatments, Brain Rehabilitation | 25 comments

CES by Healthpax for insomnia and anxietyTreating Anxiety and Insomnia

Each person’s anxiety and sleep problems are unique, therefore so is treating anxiety, sleep problems. 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, 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.

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. 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 healthcare 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 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, bipolar II disorder  and chronic pain.

Recent Study Using the CES to Treat Bipolar II Disorder

Different types of CES devices

Both the CES Ultra and the CES Oasis pro provide relief from insomnia, anxiety 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.


Dr. Diane® Roberts Stoler, Ed.D.
7 Hodges Street
N. Andover, MA 01845
Phone: (800) 500-9971
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Within each person shines an inner light that illuminates our path and is the source of hope. Illness, trauma, suffering and grief can diminish the light and shroud hope. I am a catalyst for hope and change, offering a way to rekindle this inner light.

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