Smith, Ray B. The Use of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation In the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. The Original Internist, 9(3):25-28, September, 2002.
Until recently we had not considered the possibility of cranial electrical stimulation (CES) as a treatment for multiple sclerosis. Then two testimonial letters arrived in our office giving glowing reports of the effectiveness of CES in reducing or alleviating several of the major symptoms of this disorder. We then checked through our database of more than 3,500 warranty cards and found 12 cards that had been sent in by patients who had been prescribed an Alpha-Stim for their MS. They claimed an average improvement of 47% in their symptoms. We then decided to do a pilot research study, which was headed up by our distributor at Therapeutic resources in the Seattle area. Five patients used the Alpha-Stim for one hour a day for one month, and the graph shows their improvement levels on 7 of the 10 symptoms measured. It can be seen that self rated spasticity improved more than 50%, while the ever troublesome fatigue improved 40%, and the often frightening vision problems improved 50%, and so forth. We now plan a 100 patient, double blind study that will get underway in late 2002 or early 2003.