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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

 

The Benefits of Combining CES with AVE When Treating ADD & ADHD - by Dave Siever

Over the years, some of our customers have been requesting that we upload the ALERT-ADHD sessions into the Pal36 with CES and the Delight Pro products, as they found that adding CES boosted the effect of the AVE on their clients.

So I decided to investigate the research on CES as it relates to ADD & ADHD. I was impressed enough to take action. So, Mind Alive has decided to make the ALERT-Pro, an ALERT with CES added. Here is the research that we used in deciding to add CES to the ALERT.

Introduction


Children with ADD/ADHD and behavioural disorders (BD) often struggle with compounded issues such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, poor cognition (mental performance) and a tendency to experiment with drugs. There are several studies using CES to help with these concerns, as shown in Table 1. Parents and clinicians using the ALERT are experiencing very positive results and those that have used AVE with CES say that effects are enhanced when using both together.   


Table 1. Compilation of Studies Using CES. (Ray Smith, 2008)
Syndrome Studied
# of Studies
# of Subjects
Avg. Improvement
Insomnia
18
648
67%
Depression
18
853
47%
Anxiety
38
1495
58%
Cognitive Dysfunction
13
648
44%
Drug Abstinence
15
535
60%


A study by Ray Smith (1992), of 23 ADD children using CES for 45 minutes per day for three weeks showed profound effects in reducing state anxiety (anxiety in the moment) and trait anxiety (overall anxiety) and depression (Figure 1). A follow-up after 18 months showed that the effects were still holding quite well. Ray also measured IQ and found significant improvements (Figure 2), which also held over 18 months.

Figure 1. Improvements in Stress Measures Following Treatment with CES                 
                                          
Figure 2. Imrovements in IQ Following Treatment with CES.

A 1999 controlled study (n=21) by Susan Southworth, on attention and concentration of normal students found that one session of CES for just 20 minutes improved attention by 31%, whereas the placebo group improved by only 4%.

Conclusion
There certainly is ample research demonstrating the effectiveness of CES for treating both mood and performance, which may be used as an adjunct to AVE stimulation. 

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Incorporated in 1981, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Mind Alive Inc specializes in brain technology. Our flagship technology is audio-visual entrainment (AVE), and we manufacture the DAVID brand devices. Other products include the Oasis line of cranio-electro stimulators (CES) and transcranial DC Stimulators (tDCS). Mind Alive is the leader in all of these technologies and has patents for both AVE and CES.

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