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Zusammenfassung verschiedender Studien mit dem Alpha Stim

"Low Intensity Transcranial Electrostimulation Improves the Efficacy of Thermal Biofeedback and Quieting Reflex Training in the Treatment of Classical Migraine Headaches." By Philip Brotman, Ph.D., in Medical Electronics, No. 118, September 1989.

This is a double-blind study of 36 female subjects diagnosed as having classical migraine headaches. The frequency and intensity of the migraine were tracked over eight treatment sessions and three follow-up sessions under the direction of Charles S. Stroebel, Ph.D., M.D. at the Stress Medicine Clinic of Hartford, Connecticut.

"Statistical comparisons (t-tests) showed that the group treated with combined (Alpha-Stim) CES, TB and QR resulted in faster decreases in headache symptoms, particularly during a 3-month follow-up period...Those groups which did not receive the CES treatment were subsequently treated with CES. They, in turn, achieved headache reductions comparable to those obtained by the combined TB, QR, CES group in this study."

"Cranial electrotherapy stimulation may contribute to both the rapid rise in finger temperature during each session and homeostatic rise in finger temperature through its effect on the hypothalamus."

"Biofeedback and Electromedicine Reduce the Cycle of Pain-Spasm-Pain in Low Back Patients." By Stephen I. Zimmerman, Ph.D., R.P.T., and Fred N. Lerner, Ph.D. in Medical Electronics, No. 117, June 1989.

Forty-two subjects with low back pain completed this 20 treatment study by receiving (Alpha-Stim) electrical stimulation and EMG biofeedback (Group I), biofeedback (Group II) or electrical stimulation (Group III). Measures used to assess treatment outcome included Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUDS), trunk mobility evaluation, daily pain record cards, microvoltage readings and pre- and post-treatment MMPI.
"At the conclusion of the study it was evident that a greater reduction in perceived pain was noted by the Biofeedback/Electrical Stimulation and Electrical Stimulation groups than that exhibited by the Biofeedback group."

"One of the most striking findings of the study was the decrease across all treatment conditions in the degree of psychological distress experienced by the participants. Clinically significant decrements in impairment were found to exist on 13 of 17 MMPI subscales which were examined (Lie, Faking Bad, Sophisticated Liar, Hypochondriasis, Depression, Hysteria, Psychopathic Deviate, Paranoid, Psychasthenia, Schizophrenia, Caudality, Low-Back Pain, and Somatic Complaints). The findings denote a shift from individuals who present themselves, in the aggregate, as displaying clinically significant effects which connote persons who are overly sensitive towards others, with an increased emphasis upon their own symptomatology and decreased expectancy that others will be supportive and empathetic, while at the same time use physical complaints to focus attention upon themselves so as to manipulate others, towards more open and accepting individuals who experience less stressful and more adaptive patterns of functioning."

"The Use of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation to Block Fear Perception in Phobic Patients." By Ray B. Smith, Ph.D. and Frank N. Shiromoto, M.F.C.C. in Current Therapeutic Research, Vol. 51, No. 2, February 1992.

"Thirty-one persons responded to public media announcements requesting subjects for a phobia treatment project. They were asked to imagine themselves in their worst phobic situation, then rate their fear on a scale from no fear to extreme fear. They were then given 30 minutes of (Alpha-Stim) CES, after which they were asked to frighten themselves again and to rate the fear as before. The patients were successful in generating a fear response, which, in turn, appeared to be mitigated by CES."

"Overall, while 77% of the subjects rated their fear as moderate to extreme going into the study, 85% rated their fear from very low to none following 30 minutes of CES...From our data, it would appear that CES may be successfully instituted while patients are on some form of supportive medications and might be a useful tool with which to withdraw patients from such medications, should the physician desire."

"I am writing this letter in support of the use of the Alpha-Stim for chronic pain management. Our Pain Management Clinic manages over 100 patients and we have approximately 25 patients who are currently utilizing the Alpha-Stim on a regular basis. These patients all experience either complete or significant pain relief from their Alpha-Stim treatments. Many of these patients failed all other therapies including medication, physical therapy, myofascial injections, nerve blocks, and biofeedback or other relaxation techniques. The ability of these patients to treat themselves at home also saves time and money spent on clinic visits. Their significant pain relief often increases their productivity. They miss less work and are able to function better when they are at work. The effectiveness of the therapy and the convenience of home treatment make the Alpha-Stim an invaluable tool in the management of chronic pain." P.J. Lashley-Alder, M.D., Major, USAF Chief of Anesthesia, WBAFB, Ohio

"Electrotherapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen: Promising Treatments for Postradiation Complications." By Gordon E. King, D.D.S., Jan Scheetz, B.S., Rhonda F. Jacobs, D.D.S., M.S., and Jack W. Martin, D.D.S., M.S. in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Vol. 62, No. 3, September 1989. Also published in the book, Emerging Electromagnetic Medicine edited by M.E. O'Conner, R.H.C. Bentall and J.C. Monahan, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1990.

This study addressed 37 head and neck cancer patients with postsurgery and radiation sequelae over a three year period at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. The conditions and treatments of the patients varied so "a valid comparison of their treatment modalities was not possible."

In the Discussion, the following statement was made of a patient who only received Alpha-Stim treatment: "At the end of the two week period, a marked change had occurred in the texture and color of the irradiated tissues...there was a marked increase in blood flow and cellular metabolism within this area...[this] was allowing tissues to repair and revascularize in an area that would otherwise experience progressive ischemia and fibrosis."

The authors concluded that, "The clinical impression at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is that electrotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen is achieving a degree of tissue repair and revascularization of the irradiated field...It is apparent that these modalities have relieved discomfort, enhanced healing of irradiated hard and soft tissues, and improved the quality of the irradiated soft tissues."

"The Effects of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation and Multisensory Cognitive Therapy on the Personality and Anxiety Levels of Substance Abuse Patients." By Stephen J. Overcash, Ph.D. and Alan Siebenthall, Ed.D., in Medical Electronics, No. 116, April 1989.

Thirty-two patients who smoke marijuana were divided into two groups. Psychological testing using the 16PF Personality Test was given initially and at the end of the ten sessions. Psychophysiological stress profiles were given during each session. The control group (CG) was treated with EMG biofeedback, Quieting Response relaxation tapes and psychotherapy. The experimental group (ExG) had the same treatment with the addition of (Alpha-Stim) CES and multisensory cognitive therapy (Relax and Learn Software which superimposes positive affirmations over a relaxing videotape). All patients were also given weekly blood tests to determine their use of marijuana.

"Although the nervous tension level was reduced significantly in both groups, the results of the study show significant differences between the two groups in five different areas. An ANOVA performed on the results of the patients EMG indicated that the ExG was more significantly able to reduce their frontalis EMG than the control group. In addition, the ExG was able to reach the same level of relaxation after 8 sessions that it took the CG to reach in 10 sessions. There were four significant differences in the subtests of the 16PF Personality Test. In the self sufficiency subtest, the ExG was significantly more planful than the CG. While the ExG became significantly more assertive in the dominance subtest area, there was no significant difference in the CG. Another subtest showing a significant difference between the groups was ego strength. The ExG appeared to become more decisive in handling their interactions with others, whereas, there was no significant difference in the CG." The researchers concluded, "This may have occurred because the (Alpha-Stim) CES may have allowed the patients to become more relaxed and more open to the affirmations used with the multisensory emotional therapy."

"Neuroelectric Therapy Eliminates Xerostomia During Radiotherapy - A Case History." By Nathalie S. Boswell, M.A., in Medical Electronics, No. 115, February, 1989.

"A patient receiving radiation therapy for squamous cell carcinoma of the right tonsilar area was given (Alpha-Stim) Neuroelectric Therapy immediately following each radiation treatment. The following adverse reactions to radiation were expected: irreversible xerostomia, temporary dysgeusia, throat pain and possible mucositis and radiation dermatitis. Due to the NET treatments, all adverse reactions were either eliminated or reduced drastically. Xerostomia and dysgeusia were eliminated. The patient required no regimen of pain medication because NET reduced the level of pain each day after radiation; he showed no signs of mucositis or radiation dermatitis at any time...this is highly unusual since some degree of xerostomia and mucositis is anticipated in all irradiated patients."

"Several patients have been seen at the VA Medical Center for NET treatment for post-radiation dryness, with equally good results."

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