Frequently Asked Questions About Alpha-Stim®
What does Alpha-Stim treat?
Does my doctor need to prescribe Alpha-Stim?
A: In the United States, a licensed healthcare practitioner needs to write an order. For the rest of the world (outside of the USA), it is available over-the-counter. If you don’t have a doctor, you can talk with a licensed and trained telemedicine doctor now to get a prescription for an Alpha-Stim.
How much does Alpha-Stim cost?
Alpha-Stim comes with a 5-year limited warranty and accessory costs are minimal. Over 5 years, someone who takes medication – such as pain pills, antidepressants and sleep aids – or does other treatments typically used to treat pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression can pay thousands of dollars more than someone using Alpha-Stim.
Will my health insurance pay for Alpha-Stim?
A: Insurance coverage varies by policy. Durable medical equipment coverage is often required to obtain some level of reimbursement for Alpha-Stim devices. EPI does not bill private carriers but will assist customers by providing a paid invoice and a sample Statement of Medical Necessity for your practitioner to complete. This statement is typically required by the insurance carrier if the device is covered. If you have a flex spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), you may often use these to purchase an Alpha-Stim.
How long will I have to use Alpha-Stim ?
A: Alpha-Stim effectively controls your pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia—often in just minutes—but for some conditions you have to keep using it to maintain sustained relief. Learn more about what to expect >
Is Alpha-Stim safe to use?
A: Yes. In over 35 years of clinical studies involving 8,800 people, only minor side effects such as headaches and skin irritation at electrode sites have been reported by a tiny fraction of users.
What kinds of pain does Alpha-Stim relieve?
Can I treat my pain and anxiety at the same time?
A: We recommend treating your pain first, followed by cranial electrical stimulation treatment for anxiety, and/or depression and insomnia.
How effective is Alpha-Stim in treating mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia?
A: 9 out of 10 patients report significant improvements in these conditions. It has been proven effective by more than 100 clinical research studies over the past 37 years.
Will I have to stop taking my medications if I use Alpha-Stim?
What does Alpha-Stim look like, what do I need to get started, and how do I use it?
A: The Alpha-Stim M and AID devices are both about the size of a cell phone, (but a little thicker), and come with everything you need to get started: electrodes and earclip pads (for the AID device) and electrodes for the M device, Alpha Conducting Solution (to ensure a good electrical connection), two 1.5 volt batteries per device (AA for the M, and AAA for the AID), and a convenient lanyard for you to wear the Alpha-Stim device around your neck. It also includes an owner’s manual that explains how to use the device and what kind of relief you can expect from it. We also have how-to videos that explain how to use Alpha-Stim.
Why is Alpha-Stim “cleared” by the Food and Drug Administration, not “approved”?
A: All medical device manufacturers who seek to market devices in the United States must register with the FDA through one of two ways—the section 510(k) process, where a device is “cleared” for distribution, or the Pre-Market Approval process, where a device is “approved” by the FDA.
Alpha-Stim® has undergone the 510(k) process, and is FDA cleared for treatment of anxiety, insomnia, depression as well as acute, post-traumatic and chronic pain. Read an in-depth explanation >>