Can a CES Device Help With Anxiety?

can a CES device help with anxiety?

The short answer is yes, a CES device can absolutely help with anxiety. Let’s dive into why!

A CES (Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation) device is a microcurrent device that stimulates the brain with a gentle electrical current to help with anxiety and insomnia. CES devices are gentle and simple enough to use at home.

If you or a loved one suffer from anxiety, CES therapy via an at-home CES device  could be a fantastic treatment option. Many CES devices are FDA-cleared for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia, which means they have been carefully studied and tested for safety and efficacy.

A CES Device can absolutely help with anxiety. Many studies have shown the CES Ultra (a CES device sold by Miridia Technology in the USA) to be a safe and effective treatment option for anxiety. In one such study, 75% of users reported significant improvement in their anxiety after consistently using the CES Ultra for two weeks.

Sound interesting? Let’s dive into the science behind anxiety, other treatments available, and why CES devices can make a difference.

Anxiety Disorders: An Overview

Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America? In fact, an estimated 30% of U.S. Adults experience some form of anxiety at some point in their lives. (Data from

Anxiety ranges from mild to severe and manifests in different ways, including:

  •  Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  •  Phobias
  • Social anxiety disorder
  •  Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Separation anxiety

All forms of anxiety are complex, difficult to bear, and sometimes debilitating. Over time, anxiety can have a detrimental impact on health, happiness and quality of life.

But what causes anxiety? Well, anxiety always occurs as a result of stress on the nervous system. The source of stress can come from the past, present, or future.

Parasympathetic vs Sympathetic Nervous System

Early in the days of humanity, our nervous systems evolved to protect us from the dangers of early life on planet earth. Early humans had to contend with a number of serious threats in order to stay alive. The autonomic nervous system developed two branches: the sympathetic state, and the parasympathetic state.

The parasympathetic state is optimal for growth, development, repair, and day-to-day life. It is the state that allows our bodies to “rest and digest” and recover from the wear and tear of life.

On the other hand, the sympathetic state is essentially S.O.S. mode. You may have heard it called “fight or flight” mode. Its purpose is to save peoples’ lives when they are in legitimate danger—think running from a tiger! This state releases a cascade of hormones causing a faster heart rate, higher blood pressure, quicker reflexes, and increased blood flow to the appendages to help us run away from or fight off threats. Do those symptoms sound familiar? Ideally, we’d spend most of our lives in the parasympathetic state and only experience the sympathetic state for short spans of times, recovering quickly.

However, this modern world has our nervous systems confused.

We’re not running from tigers, but our fast-paced lives, endless to-do lists, and the highly stimulating environment we inhabit is tricking our bodies into thinking we’re in constant danger. Cortisol (the stress hormone) runs high, kicking us into fight-or-flight mode and preventing the periods of resting, healing and digesting that our bodies really need.

When we spend too much time in the sympathetic state due to perceived (or real) stresses of life, anxiety is often the result.

And the problem is, once we’re trapped in the cycle, it’s really hard to break free. Stress causes anxiety, which causes trouble sleeping, which causes more stress and fear. We never catch a break, and our nervous systems keep working in overdrive to try to keep us alive. Over time, it takes a real toll.

What Treatments are Available?

Unfortunately, medications for anxiety (benzodiazepines) are dangerous, controlled substances, and don’t even begin to address the underlying cause of anxiety. Due to their risks, they are only supposed to be used for a short period of time (2 weeks to 1 month). Even within that timeframe, they can cause dependency, as their sedative effect is extremely addictive.

Some doctors instead prescribe anti-depressants longterm, attempting to increase the efficiency of calming hormones like serotonin in the brain. These medications also create dependency without solving the underlying problem, and also carry risks of dangerous side- effects.

So, aside from lifestyle changes to reduce stress (which are important) what are we to do? Therapy is expensive and drugs aren’t ideal. Many people feel trapped and never seek help for their anxiety.

Break Free of the Stress-Anxiety-Poor Sleep Cycle with CES Therapy

Our bodies (and specifically our nervous systems) are electric in nature. Electrical activity in the brain controls the production and management of neurochemicals. When electrical activity is balanced and consistent, the nervous system reverts to the parasympathetic state of rest, and the brain can function at its highest level. However, stress can disrupt normal electrical patterns in the brain, resulting in neurochemical imbalances that can cause anxiety, stress, and disrupted sleep-wake cycles.

Using gentle microcurrent, the CES Ultra indirectly stimulates tissue in the hypothalamic area of the brain with a well-studied, healing frequency, prompting the brain to return to a state of homeostasis and restoring proper chemical rhythm and balance. This may help with anxiety, insomnia, and even depression.

CES directly addresses the root of the stress-anxiety cycle, regardless of what form of anxiety you are experiencing. Some users notice an immediate change after their first session, and others notice improvement within days to weeks. CES leaves you feeling relaxed, yet focused and alert. It cuts down on the mental chatter, helping to calm obsessive thoughts and worries and leaving you in a state of clarity and calm. It can also improve sleep cycles and sleep latency, helping you sleep better and fighting insomnia. Good sleep can be hard to come by when you experience anxiety, but CES really helps (it’s actually FDA-cleared for insomnia, too!)

CES is incredibly safe, painless, side-effect free, non-habit forming, and backed by decades of insightful research and studies. AND, under the direction of a medical professional, you can treat yourself daily from the comfort of your own home!

The best part is, after you stop using CES, the chemical balance you’ve achieved remains, because the treatment is cumulative in nature. In other words, CES helps retrain your brain to return to optimal function and chemical balance all on its own.

“CES is a unique and viable ‘bioelectric’ approach which enhances the homeostasis of the biological central nervous system – the tendency for intrinsic balance within a system.” —CES Ultra

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Other Notable Benefits of CES Therapy include:

  • Normalized sleep patterns
  •  Decrease in nervous tension and energy
  •  Decrease in frantic and anxious thought patterns
  •  More efficient sleep onset
  •  Elevated mood
  •  Feeling of relaxation and restfulness
  •  Fewer occurrences of irrational anger and irritability
  • Reduced mood swings
  •  Improved impulse control
  •  Increased sense of balance and peace
  •  Calmer patterns of thought
  •  Heightened clarity
  •  Normalized information recall
  •  Accelerated learning
  •  Improved task concentration and focus
a CES device can help with anxiety
woman uses CES device to treat anxiety and insomnia

How to Use a CES Device

CES devices use either electrode pads or ear clips (or both!) to deliver current. Simply attach the ear clips to your ears or place the electrode pads as recommended by the device instructions, turn your device on, and set the stimulation level to a comfortable level for you. You don’t have to feel it for it to work—but feeling a gentle tingling is totally fine.

At-home CES devices ( are generally very user-friendly. To create a treatment plan, you can follow the instructions of your healthcare provider, or the instructions that come with your device.

We recommend using your CES device 1-2 times per day for 30-45 minutes for the first 2 weeks. Then, if you’re starting to feel better, you can slowly decrease sessions to once per day for 30 minutes. Eventually you may be able to use CES only as maintenance a few times a week, or whenever you feel like you need it. There is no risk of overdose and CES therapy is non-habit forming, so you don’t have to worry about using it too much.

How to Choose a CES Device

When selecting a CES device to help with anxiety, it’s important to choose one that is FDA-registered. This designation means the device has gone through extensive safety testing and passes the FDA’s strict standards for both safety and efficacy. This means it’s probably not a good idea to purchase a device off a site like Amazon or Alibaba. Many devices available on such sites are knock-off versions that have not been thoroughly tested.

The CES Ultra is the only CES unit currently on the market with the proven technology and configuration employed in more than 100 scientific and research studies, including the Meta-Analysis conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health.

It is one of just a few FDA-registered CES Units shown to be safe and effective. And the best part is? The CES Ultra costs less than the average price of 3 talk therapy sessions.

What if you could start feeling better in days, and see incredible changes in just a matter of weeks? Research shows that such changes are possible, even probable, with the CES Ultra.

How Can I Get a Prescription for a CES Device?

If you are already working with a practitioner for your anxiety, you can ask them about CES Therapy. If they haven’t heard of it yet, feel free to send them this article, or call 208-846-8448 for more information.

Alternatively, you can get a prescription for the CES Ultra when you order from Miridia Technology. One of our licensed healthcare providers on-staff will review your case and ensure that a CES device is a safe option for your unique situation. After your case is reviewed, they will send you a prescription and ship you a device.

Try CES Therapy for Your Anxiety With An At-Home CES Device like CES Ultra

Don’t take a risk with your health. If you’re struggling with anxiety, the time to act is NOW. Anxiety doesn’t have to be your future, and it doesn’t have to be part of your identity, ether.

There really is hope to start feeling better. Try CES therapy to address the ROOT of your anxiety, improve levels of neurotransmitters that will help you find your calm, and break free of the stress-anxiety-poor sleep cycle.

Want more info about working through anxiety at home? Sign up here for our free PDF guide, “The Top 10 Things You Can Do to Drastically Improve Anxiety and Insomnia” to learn more!

*This article is written for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice. Always work with a qualified healthcare provider when making decisions about your health and wellness.

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