What is Alpha-Stim

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The brain works on an electrical and chemical process. The chemical process comprises only 2% of the brain’s activity, leaving 98% as electrical activity. Alpha-Stim treatments are safe and effective therapy to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression, and pain. Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device delivers a natural level of microcurrent, using small clips worn on the earlobes, through the brain to stimulate and modulate specific groups of nerve cells. The microcurrent so gentle and small, just millionths of an ampere, most people don’t even feel it.

Alpha-Stim treats patients with microcurrent technology using two protocols: Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) and Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET). CES process uses a microcurrent of less than one-half milliampere, delivered directly into the brain with ear clip electrodes for 20 to 60-minute sessions and treats anxiety, insomnia and depression. MET used the Alpha-Stim Smart Probes or self-adhesive AS-Trodes to deliver a microcurrent of less than one milliampere through the body with a two to five minute protocol for peripheral pain.


Research shows that the Alpha-Stim waveform activates certain groups of nerve cells located in the brainstem. The nerve cells produce the chemicals serotonin and acetylcholine, which in turn can affect the chemical activity of nerve cells located nearby and at distant sites in the nervous system. These cells control the activity of afferent nerve pathways into the brain and efferent nerves that course down the spinal cord. The Alpha-Stim appears to strengthen activity in some neurological systems and neutralize activity in others, creating an increase in Alpha rhythms. These alpha rhythms are accompanied by feelings of calm, relaxation and increased mental focus. While in an alpha state, the neurological mechanisms appear to decrease stress effects, reduce agitation, stabilize mood and regulate both sensations and perceptions of specific types of pain.

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Written by Dr. Lexy Ballinger

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 1996. I have specialized in the trauma/surgical ICU at a Level 1 trauma hospital for over 20 years.
In May of 2016, I started the Master’s program for Oriental Medicine at East West College of Natural Medicine and will be finished with the program in August of 2019. I have experience in acupuncture in a clinic setting with one on one treatment and community acupuncture.
Oriental medicine focuses on the individual and diagnosis is based on a detailed query of physical and emotional symptoms you are experiencing. Acupuncture is an umbrella term that covers the use of needles, gua sha (scraping), cupping, tui na (Chinese body work), and the use of herbal formulas to address the symptoms and the cause of your My goal is a collaborative effort, with you, to assist you to achieve less pain, reduce your anxiety, improve your sleep and improve your quality of life.

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