Texas Patent of the Month – May 2024

Nexalin Technology, Inc. has been granted a patent for their new approach to treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia through transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). This innovative approach targets the frontal cortex with a precisely modulated alternating current designed to evoke specific metabolic responses in the brain’s neurons. By using a carrier waveform with a carefully balanced duty cycle and current amplitude, Nexalin’s method ensures that each pulse of stimulation is consistent and effective.

The treatment involves generating a carrier waveform, which is an alternating current, and modulating it to produce a stimulation current. This current creates a stimulation envelope with pulses at two distinct frequencies: a stable first frequency and a varying second frequency. The dual-frequency stimulation is tailored to optimize neural entrainment, reducing patient discomfort compared to earlier direct current (DC) methods.

Traditional electrostimulation techniques often cause discomfort due to the presence of a DC component, which can lead to skin irritation and pain. Nexalin’s approach mitigates these issues by maintaining a charge-balanced alternating current, preventing the unpleasant side effects associated with DC rectification in the skin. This allows for a higher power delivery without discomfort, enhancing the treatment’s efficacy.

The therapy sessions are typically about an hour long, divided into three 20-minute segments with varying second frequencies. This dynamic frequency adjustment helps in maximizing the therapeutic impact on the patient’s brain. Additionally, the system includes real-time feedback mechanisms to adjust the stimulation parameters based on electrode contact impedance, ensuring optimal delivery and effectiveness.

Nexalin Technology’s method represents a significant advancement in electrostimulation therapy, offering a more comfortable and effective treatment for patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and insomnia. By refining the delivery of electrical stimulation, this technology opens new avenues for non-invasive mental health treatments.

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