Another application has been tested for Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)—a “bioelectric medicine” device. This time it has been applied to curb bleeding. It may be particularly helpful with internal bleeding which is as life-threatening as external and harder to stop.
Applying the current to the vagus nerve which connects the brain to the vital organs “would then trigger the spleen to release blood-clotting platelet cells and send them to areas in need.” The device will be used in a clinical trial “as a treatment for postpartum hemorrhage (a leading cause of maternal death worldwide)”. And it “could theoretically be used … as a blood loss prevention strategy during surgery.”
Titled, Zapping your nerves to jumpstart the blood clotting process, the article was published by Popular Science, December 7, 2016.
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), has been tested by the US military to enhance brain function. The article reports: “US military scientists have used electrical brain stimulators to enhance mental skills of staff, in research that aims to boost the performance of air crews, drone operators and others in the armed forces’ most demanding roles. …
“The technology is seen as a safer alternative to prescription drugs …
“But in a series of experiments at the air force base, the researchers found that electrical brain stimulation can improve people’s multitasking skills and stave off the drop in performance that comes with information overload.”
While this technology uses microcurrents, it is based on direct current. As a result, the use is recommended only as a medically supervised technology. Reported in The Guardian as: US military successfully tests electrical brain stimulation to enhance staff skills. November 7, 2016.
“Many doctors are thrilled by this emerging vision of the body electric,” says Michael Arndt, “because it provides fixes beyond the ken of the medical mainstream.” In “Rewiring the Body” the author reveals that microcurrent implants alleviate seizures. Implants are also being considered to help with appetite control and to stimulate movement from paralysis. March 2005.
“Oscillating field stimulators” is the description in “Spine doctors raise hope of electric cure.” The article describes an implanted device that shows promise to restore movement for paraplegic and quadriplegic patients. May 2005.
Dr. Kirsch authored chapter 61 in Pain Management, A Practical Guide for Clinicians, sixth edition, 2002. He provides protocols for the application of Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET) as well as for the use of Cranial Electro Stimulation (CES) for pain … as well as other benefits.
Microcurrent technology actually helps heal the problem rather than simply override pain. After a brief review of a few milestones using electricity for pain, Dr. Daniel L. Kirsch author of “Why Electromedicine? Harnessing the electrochemical basis of biological processes, electromedicine offers a wide range of applications in the pain arena,” says, “microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) now attempts to alter or eliminate the pain message by inducing normalization of neural function, as well as healing at the pain site …”
A medical procedure to alleviate depression is described in “Experimental Electrode Implant Treatment Shows Promise for Helping Severely Depressed.” Published in March 2005, the Canadian researchers implanted a microcurrent device surgically for deep brain stimulation.
After growing heart cell tissue from a few rat heart cells, scientists in the UK, applied a gentle electric current designed to mimic the body’s natural electricity. “Beating heart tissue grown in lab” describes their success in getting the heart tissue to beat!
“The real advance here,” declared one researcher, “is we mimicked what the body does itself and got it to work.”
“A 30 Year History of the Application of Electric Fields to Verified Successful Tissue Regeneration and Wound Healing” by Steven Kaye, a doctor who worked in Robert O. Becker’s laboratory, reviews the results of 30 years of research using electric fields. Dr. Becker’s research was immortalized in the book, The Body Electric. This review is specific to the use of microcurrents for healing tissue and wounds. 2003.
Nerves are slow to heal. In “Damaged Nerves Heal Faster with Electricity” Dr. Tessa Gordon, a researcher in Canada, discovered that accelerated healing of nerves is possible using microcurrents. April 2000.