The Fisher Wallace Stimulator: A review

“Meds, meds, meds. Aren’t there any creative ‘brain remedies’ about?”

Well, it’s not brand-spankin’-new; however the Fisher Wallace Stimulator is certainly interesting and creative. Better than that, it looks as though it’s effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.

I’d say it’s time for a chipur review!

“So how does the Fisher Wallace Stimulator work?”

Well, catch this. It actually delivers a mild electrical current to the brain. In the case of chronic pain, the device is placed on the actual pain site. Take a look at the image – you’ll be able to connect-the-dots.

Now it’s important to understand the Fisher Wallace Stimulator (FWS) isn’t an electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Fisher Wallace Laboratories (FWL) (NY, NY) uses patented radio frequencies to stimulate the production of serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA – our most abundant inhibitory – calming – neurotransmitter), endorphins, and other key neurochemicals involved in mood, sleep, and pain.

As a bonus, it’s also said to lower cortisol levels.

Conveniently, the FWS is typically used at home – 20 minutes, once or twice daily.

There are no potential meds conflicts, and the only reported side effects are rare occurrences of mild headache, dizziness, and mild skin irritation.

The FWS was cleared by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) in 1991 for the treatment of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. What does that mean?

The FDA has determined the FWS to be substantially equivalent to another legally marketed device. FWL had to send a premarket notification to the FDA to secure such clearance.

A prescription is required to purchase a FWS.

“Does it really work?”

Well, apparently it does. And relief has been realized in 5-10 treatment sessions. According to report, positive results are seen more frequently with insomnia. Chronic pain has been reported to be relieved within a “few” treatment sessions.

Regarding depression and anxiety, a Columbia Medical Center physician says the FWS has been efficacious in 75-80% of the cases in which he’s prescribed it.

Of note – FWL has some high-powered medical and science brainiacs backing the FWS, and doing research for future projects. They’re from Harvard Medical School, Columbia Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Maryland, and more.

FWL says the device should be used daily for 30-45 days before drawing final efficacy conclusions.

And how ’bout it? FWL will issue a full refund if you return the device within 60 days because it didn’t successfully treat your symptoms.

“Sounds good to me. I want to buy one!”

Again, you’ll need a prescription. Once you secure one, head on over to the FWL website and get things rolling. A new FWS is $695. FWL offers payment plans and special pricing for military personnel and veterans.

Oh, almost forgot! What about insurance reimbursement? This from FWL…

Many private insurance companies, such as Aetna and Blue Cross, will either pay for or reimburse the purchase of a Fisher Wallace Stimulator when it is prescribed for the treatment of pain using the code E0730NU.  When the device is prescribed for the treatment of depression, anxiety and insomnia, the reimbursement rate decreases significantly.

Fisher Wallace Laboratories does not process reimbursement paperwork on behalf of its customers, but will assist customers during the process.

The Wrap

chipur does all it can to keep you posted on remedies for the mood and anxiety disorders. Naturally, I can’t tell you if a psychotherapy, med, supplement, or device will for sure work for you.

But I can tell you if my gut says we’re dealing with a hack or con.

I have a good feeling about the Wallace Fisher Stimulator in terms of legitimacy and potential efficacy.

Certainly, it’s pricey – but think about how much you’re spending on meds (notice I didn’t say psychotherapy – I don’t consider that a trade-off)? And depending upon what you’re going to use it for, there is the potential for insurance reimbursement.

If anyone has any degree of experience with a WFS – or any other thoughts – please share in a comment, okay?

Please click here to see a listing of the chipur articles on the meds, supplements, and devices that may be used in the treatment of the mood and anxiety disorders.