Alpha-Stim FAQs

See below for some FAQs and commonly asked questions and answers by patients and healthcare practitioners about Alpha-Stim® technologies for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression*, and relieving pain.

*FDA cleared for anxiety, insomnia and pain only, with approval for depression outside of the United States.

Facts About Using Alpha-Stim for Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression, and Pain

What does Alpha-Stim treat?

Alpha-Stim is a prescription medical device that is FDA cleared for anxiety, insomnia and pain only, with approval for depression outside of the United States. While prescription is required in the US, it is available over-the-counter in other countries.

Alpha-Stim AID is a cranial electrical therapy device for treating anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Alpha-Stim M is specifically designed as a drug-free pain relief treatment option for acute pain, post-traumatic pain, and chronic pain, along with treating anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Alpha-Stim M can help relieve all types of acute pain, chronic pain, and post-traumatic pain. Get more information here.

Alpha-Stim effectively treats your anxiety, insomnia, depression, and pain. For some conditions, results are experienced immediately and for others a small amount of time and persistence provides needed relief and results. Learn more about how long to use Alpha-Stim and when to decrease usage here.

Yes. In over 40 years of clinical studies involving over 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. You can view all risk information here.

We recommend treating your pain first, followed by cranial electrical stimulation treatment for anxiety, and/or insomnia. Alpha-Stim is uniquely designed to be used for anxiety, insomnia, depression, and pain. Learn more here.

Nine out of 10 patients report significant improvements in these conditions. You can view clinical research and data here.

There has been no evidence of drug interaction in 40 years of research and use of Alpha-Stim. Medication change is a decision that should be discussed with your healthcare practitioner.

Alpha-Stim is FDA cleared for anxiety, insomnia and pain only, with approval for depression outside of the United States.

Getting Alpha-Stim

Does my doctor need to prescribe Alpha-Stim? [Is a prescription required for Alpha-Stim?

In the United States, a licensed healthcare practitioner needs to write a prescription for the device to be purchased. If you do not have a doctor or would like to consult with a telehealth group, click here.

Learn more about getting Alpha-Stim in the United States here.

For the rest of the world (outside of the USA), Alpha-Stim is available over the counter.

Typically trying Alpha-Stim in the office or clinic can identify those individuals who readily respond to Alpha-Stim treatment. You or your patients can fulfill your order in 3 easy ways:

Special pricing options for practitioners may be available. For practitioner volume discount pricing, call us at 1-800-367-7246 (in USA), + (940) 328-0788 (outside USA), or email us at

The Alpha-Stim M device, which treats pain, anxiety, insomnia, and depression, costs $1,299.

The Alpha-Stim AID device,  which treats anxiety, insomnia, and depression, costs $840.

Alpha-Stim comes with a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee, 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 and insomnia can pay thousands of dollars more than someone using Alpha-Stim.

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.

The HCPCS code for the Alpha-Stim AID is K1002 and the Alpha-Stim M is E1399.

If you have a flex spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), you may use these to purchase an Alpha-Stim.

Other Alpha-Stim FAQs

How soon after I order Alpha-Stim will it arrive?
Please allow 1-2 business days for processing before the order ships. Alpha-Stim M or AID orders require a prescription before processing. A refund of shipping charges will not be provided due to carrier delays.

The Alpha-Stim M and AID devices are both about the size of a small rectangular cell phone, (but a little thicker).

Each Alpha-Stim device comes with everything you need to get started: earclip electrodes and earclip electrode pads (for the Alpha-Stim AID  and Alpha-Stim M), AS-Trodes and Smart Probes with probe electrode pads (only included for the the Alpha-Stim M), Alpha-Stim 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.

Each Alpha-Stim also comes with an owner’s manual that explains how to use the device and what kind of relief you can expect from it.

Visit our Resource Center to find online copies of the Alpha-Stim owner’s manuals and watch helpful how-to videos for using Alpha-Stim AID and Alpha-Stim M.

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-approved for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia as well as acute, post-traumatic, and chronic pain.

Read a more in-depth explanation here.

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