The Alpha-Stim® has demonstrated efficacy in treating anxiety, stress, depression, fibromyalgia, insomnia and headaches. Using cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) technology, a very mild electrical signal is delivered via ear clips to the brain, resulting in greater calm, reduced stress and increased alertness. Although the exact mechanism is unclear, Alpha-Stim® technology seems to amplify activity in some neurological systems, and diminish activity in others. Note that use of the Alpha-Stim® is most effective when accompanied by regular therapy.
Mindfulness Meditation has documented benefits
for emotional and physical well-being (see my Mindfulness
Page). But from a neuroplasticity point of view, those who
practice regular Mindfulness can actually change their
brain functioning. For example, in one recent study, new
practitioners of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
reduced the size of their brain's anxiety center (amygdala)
in less than two months! And experienced Mindfulness
practitioners have several differences in their brains
relative to non-meditators, including increased activity in
calming, decision-making areas and reduced activity in the
anxious, stress-related parts.
Some of the brain changes documented in Mindfulness
research are summarized in the table to the right. Clearly,
the effects of meditation are far-reaching, affecting multiple
areas and structures of the brain. So as incredible as it may
seem, simply learning to focus without judgment can
actually lead to neuroplasticity and long-lasting change.
Try it and see!