VeRelief uses a technology called Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). This is a method that applies small electric currents to the skin over a nerve for the purpose of activating a neurophysiological response. VeRelief electrically activates the vagus and great auricular nerves on the neck and around the ear area.
The vagus nerve is the physical connection between the mind and body. It’s primary responsibility is to reduce sympathetic nerve activity, or your body’s natural fight-or-flight response. VeRelief immediately activates the auricular branch of the vagus nerve, which leads to rapid reduction in sympathetic output and improved recovery from stressful events, anxiety attacks, and fight-or-flight responses.
We recommend using the device daily for a few months to strengthen your vagus nerve response, and then using it on an as-needed basis anytime you experience an acute stress response.
Electrical nerve stimulation has been demonstrated to be safe in thousands of patients across hundreds of clinical trials. The most common side effects of electrical nerve stimulation include skin itching or irritation, discomfort during treatment, dizziness, blurred vision, headache, or fatigue, but these side effects are typically very mild, infrequent, and subside quickly upon removal of the treatment.
There are many electrical nerve and vagus nerve stimulation devices FDA cleared for various medical indications with output current values of over 50mA. VeRelief uses an output of less than 10mA, which is substantially less than the output of other FDA-cleared vagus nerve and general nerve stimulation devices. Hoolest has also conducted 3 IRB approved sham-controlled studies that demonstrated the treatment to be safe and tolerable in patients experiencing moderate to severe state-anxiety.
Safety and efficacy of VeRelief Products have not been evaluated in the following patients, and therefore is NOT indicated for:
You should check with your doctor if you do not understand or if you are not sure whether any of the above Contraindications apply to you or your condition.
VeRelief is not intended to treat chronic anxiety or cure anxiety disorders. Chronic anxiety is generally defined as the presence of excessive worry or dwelling and ruminating on negative thoughts and feelings when there is no specific threat present or in a manner that is disproportionate to the actual risk.
Stimulating the vagus nerve will not eliminate one’s tendency to worry about life or dwell and ruminate on negative thoughts.
VeRelief is intended to provide rapid relaxation and recovery from an elevated sympathetic state. The sympathetic nervous system controls the body’s built in “Fight or Flight” response. When the nervous system goes into fight or flight mode, this results in physical symptoms like elevated heart rate, muscle tension, breathing rate, and even racing thoughts and leads to poor sleep quality, increased risk of developing sickness, and damaged relationships with loved ones.
Being in a sympathetic state is more closely related to people who experience anxiety attacks, acute stress responses, or have experience traumatic events that cause nervous system imbalance rather than general anxiety, worry, and ruminating on negative thoughts.
VeRelief is an excellent way to quickly reduce sympathetic nervous system activity, and can be used in conjunction with other chronic anxiety treatments like meditation.
In one of our clinical studies with 24 patients, we asked them to give up to 5 words to describe how the treatment felt. Here are the top results:
It is recommended to hold the device in place for at least 1 minute on each side of the neck to get the minimal calming effect, and at least 5 minutes on each side of the neck to get the maximum calming effect.
To get the maximum effects from vagus nerve activation, we recommend using the VeRelief everyday for a few minutes per day as part of a daily wellness routine. Daily vagus nerve activation will lead to reduced sympathetic output over time, improved ability to respond naturally to stressful situation and events, and can help reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions.
The calming effects generally last between 10-40 minutes, but can sometimes last for hours. The length of time the effects last is dependent on a few variables:
There have been no reports of someone becoming desensitized to the VeRelief products or auricular vagus nerve stimulation in general. However, it is possible that over time you may need to turn up the intensity to get the same therapeutic effects as when you first started.
Electrical nerve stimulation is non-addictive and there have been no reports of anyone ever developing a dependence to auricular vagus nerve stimulation technology.
VeRelief is not indicated for anyone under the age of 18. However, electrical nerve stimulation is a common modality used in the pediatric population in the fields of functional neurology, applied kinesiology, chiropractic, and other fields. You should consult with a certified nerve stimulation specialist such as a functional neurologist to find out if VeRelief can safely be used on your child.
To get the most comfortable experience with your Veragel Electrodes, we recommend replacing them every 7 days. After 7 days, the electrodes start to dry out and the treatment will become more sharp and irritating. You may continue using the electrodes for as long as possible, but if the become sharp and too uncomfortable to use, you should replace them with a fresh pair.
Electrodes are sold in jars of 4 pairs for either $30, or for $20/jar when you buy 6 at one time.
The most common feedback we’ve received is that VeRelief helps calm racing thoughts just before bed so people can fall asleep faster. Other applications include reducing fight-or-flight symptoms such as racing heart rate, breathing rate, or muscle tension just after experiencing a stressful event or after a long day.