Brain Stimulation for Pain Management - Device Manufactured by Electromedical Products International, Inc.

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Electromedical Products International, Inc.

    MINERAL WELLS, Texas, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A prescription brain
 stimulator is easing severe chronic pain without the side effects of drugs.  A
 study published in this month's issue of the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology
 found that a very low current device applied to the brain via ear clip
 electrodes eased the pain of fibromyalgia, a severe diffuse pain syndrome
 often considered a form of arthritis.  The principal investigator, Alan S.
 Lichtbroun, M.D., a board-certified rheumatologist in New Jersey found the
 device manufactured by Electromedical Products International, Inc., called the
 Alpha-Stim 100, was as effective as prescription drugs in relieving pain, but
 completely safe.  Drugs used in the treatment of fibromyalgia cause side
 effects in as many as 20 percent of the patients who use them.
     The current from the Alpha-Stim is normally very low, but for the study it
 was set even lower, below the level where people can feel it.  Treatment was
 given daily for three weeks.  A matched group of fibromyalgia sufferers
 underwent the same procedure without any current.  They had no effect from the
 sham treatment proving it was the stimulation that worked, not just belief in
 the procedure.  After the study the patients who did not receive actual
 treatment were treated by the device in the normal way, where they could set
 the current higher and use the device longer.  They then had slightly better
 results than the experimental treatment group.
     The study also found that while 60 percent of the patients rated their
 sleep as poor entering the study, only 5 percent continued to have problems
 sleeping after the three weeks of treatment.  Feelings of well-being and
 quality of life measures also improved substantially.
     The Alpha-Stim is called a cranial electrotherapy stimulator, or CES for
 short.  It uses up to 600 microamperes typically applied for 20 minutes to an
 hour every other day.  That is about 11,000 times less current than needed to
 light a typical 60 Watt light bulb.  It was cleared by the Food and Drug
 Administration for the treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia, but it
 is also being used by physicians to treat severe forms of chronic pain, since
 pain is processed and felt in the nervous system, which is controlled by the
 brain.
     The device is made by Electromedical Products International, Inc. located
 in Mineral Wells, Texas.  A spokesperson for the manufacturer said this is the
 best month for publications in the company's 20 year history.  Another peer-
 reviewed study published this month in the American Journal of Pain Management
 documented treatment outcomes of 2,500 patients.  Of those there were 363
 fibromyalgia patients, 91 percent of whom reported significant improvement in
 their condition.  These patients all used the Alpha-Stim for at least 3 weeks
 according to the author, Ray B. Smith, Ph.D., M.P.A.  Similar results were
 reported for other pains, including migraine and other headaches, backache,
 and neck pain.
     The journal Practical Pain Management is publishing a third article on the
 device this month, offering physicians a basic treatment protocol by the
 inventor of the device, neuroscientist Daniel L. Kirsch, Ph.D.  It is the
 second of a series of three articles by Dr. Kirsch about low level electrical
 stimulation therapy including cranial electrotherapy stimulation.
     More information about the technology can be found on the company's
 website: www.alpha-stim.com, or by calling (800) FOR-PAIN.  Talk to an Alpha-
 Stim Clinical Support Specialist, Sheri Reid, R.N. (ext. 105) or Doug McCauley
 (ext. 106).
 
     References:
     "The Treatment of Fibromyalgia with Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation" by
 Alan S. Lichtbroun, MD, Mei-Ming C. Raicer, MS, and Ray B. Smith, Ph.D. in the
 Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Vol. 7, No. 2, Pages 72-78, April 2001.
     "Is Microcurrent Stimulation Effective in Pain Management? An Additional
 Perspective" by Ray B. Smith, Ph.D. in the American Journal of Pain
 Management, Vol. 11, No. 2, Pages 62-66, April 2001.
     "MET Treatment Protocols: Part Two of This Series Covers Basic
 Methodologies of Microcurrent Electrical Therapy" by Daniel L. Kirsch, Ph.D.
 in Practical Pain Management, Vol. 2, No. 2, Pages 30-34, March/April, 2001.
 
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SOURCE Electromedical Products International, Inc.
    MINERAL WELLS, Texas, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A prescription brain
 stimulator is easing severe chronic pain without the side effects of drugs.  A
 study published in this month's issue of the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology
 found that a very low current device applied to the brain via ear clip
 electrodes eased the pain of fibromyalgia, a severe diffuse pain syndrome
 often considered a form of arthritis.  The principal investigator, Alan S.
 Lichtbroun, M.D., a board-certified rheumatologist in New Jersey found the
 device manufactured by Electromedical Products International, Inc., called the
 Alpha-Stim 100, was as effective as prescription drugs in relieving pain, but
 completely safe.  Drugs used in the treatment of fibromyalgia cause side
 effects in as many as 20 percent of the patients who use them.
     The current from the Alpha-Stim is normally very low, but for the study it
 was set even lower, below the level where people can feel it.  Treatment was
 given daily for three weeks.  A matched group of fibromyalgia sufferers
 underwent the same procedure without any current.  They had no effect from the
 sham treatment proving it was the stimulation that worked, not just belief in
 the procedure.  After the study the patients who did not receive actual
 treatment were treated by the device in the normal way, where they could set
 the current higher and use the device longer.  They then had slightly better
 results than the experimental treatment group.
     The study also found that while 60 percent of the patients rated their
 sleep as poor entering the study, only 5 percent continued to have problems
 sleeping after the three weeks of treatment.  Feelings of well-being and
 quality of life measures also improved substantially.
     The Alpha-Stim is called a cranial electrotherapy stimulator, or CES for
 short.  It uses up to 600 microamperes typically applied for 20 minutes to an
 hour every other day.  That is about 11,000 times less current than needed to
 light a typical 60 Watt light bulb.  It was cleared by the Food and Drug
 Administration for the treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia, but it
 is also being used by physicians to treat severe forms of chronic pain, since
 pain is processed and felt in the nervous system, which is controlled by the
 brain.
     The device is made by Electromedical Products International, Inc. located
 in Mineral Wells, Texas.  A spokesperson for the manufacturer said this is the
 best month for publications in the company's 20 year history.  Another peer-
 reviewed study published this month in the American Journal of Pain Management
 documented treatment outcomes of 2,500 patients.  Of those there were 363
 fibromyalgia patients, 91 percent of whom reported significant improvement in
 their condition.  These patients all used the Alpha-Stim for at least 3 weeks
 according to the author, Ray B. Smith, Ph.D., M.P.A.  Similar results were
 reported for other pains, including migraine and other headaches, backache,
 and neck pain.
     The journal Practical Pain Management is publishing a third article on the
 device this month, offering physicians a basic treatment protocol by the
 inventor of the device, neuroscientist Daniel L. Kirsch, Ph.D.  It is the
 second of a series of three articles by Dr. Kirsch about low level electrical
 stimulation therapy including cranial electrotherapy stimulation.
     More information about the technology can be found on the company's
 website: www.alpha-stim.com, or by calling (800) FOR-PAIN.  Talk to an Alpha-
 Stim Clinical Support Specialist, Sheri Reid, R.N. (ext. 105) or Doug McCauley
 (ext. 106).
 
     References:
     "The Treatment of Fibromyalgia with Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation" by
 Alan S. Lichtbroun, MD, Mei-Ming C. Raicer, MS, and Ray B. Smith, Ph.D. in the
 Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Vol. 7, No. 2, Pages 72-78, April 2001.
     "Is Microcurrent Stimulation Effective in Pain Management? An Additional
 Perspective" by Ray B. Smith, Ph.D. in the American Journal of Pain
 Management, Vol. 11, No. 2, Pages 62-66, April 2001.
     "MET Treatment Protocols: Part Two of This Series Covers Basic
 Methodologies of Microcurrent Electrical Therapy" by Daniel L. Kirsch, Ph.D.
 in Practical Pain Management, Vol. 2, No. 2, Pages 30-34, March/April, 2001.
 
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