Moeller Medical LLC, Cincinnati, announces its distribution of an FDA-cleared electrical device that treats depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain.

Unlike traditional shock therapy, this treatment, called Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), delivers a dose of electricity that is almost undetectable. These micro-currents attempt to mimic the body’s own natural electrical function to stimulate the areas of the brain responsible to neurotransmitter and hormone production. Most patients reported a decrease in symptoms after just one treatment, which supports clinical studies showing an increase in patients’ serotonin and beta-endorphin levels immediately after use.

Patients with treatment-resistant depression have shown significant elevations in plasma serotonin, said Marshall F. Gilula, MD, and Paul R. Barach, MD, from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. Increases in cerebrospinal fluid level of beta-endorphins up to 219%, plasma endorphins up to 98%, and cerebrospinal fluid serotonin up to 200% have been demonstrated in normal volunteers receiving 20 minutes of CES.

[SOURCE: PR Web, August 1, 2006]