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Old 10-17-2012, 02:59 PM #11
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I have been looking into buying one of these but concerned, there are several Adverse Event's reported to the FDA on this product, I would highly recommend letting the FDA know if something like this happened to you!
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I am a day off of purchasing a Galvanic Spa ! Now you got me worried. i have only a little money for a investment in a good facial equipment tool for my home facial spa treatments. Is it better to rather choose something such as the LuXury vibrator and Artistry anti aging products ( Thats the purpose of it all, to work the product for better absorbtion isnt it ?)Please girls I need you to help me out here!
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Wink 100 years of this!

A better word for “Galvanic current” is “direct current” or DC (i.e., the current from a regular battery). Luigi Galvani discovered DC current in the 1700s!

Since then, people have fiddled with DC for literally hundreds of years. By the 1920s the use of DC was widespread … EXACTLY like these little “Galvanic Spa” devices. I designed one 30 years ago for a company in Nevada. There is NOTHING to these devices: just battery current (DC).

To date (more than 100 years) there has been no confirmed actual damage from these devices. Frankly, they don’t do anything beneficial either. Indeed, the “negative” pole will irritate your skin, cause blood and fluid to enter the tissues … and “plump up” your skin. But this is temporary.

The “metal taste” people talk about has nothing to do with your fillings. Don’t believe me? Try this: take an AA-battery. Wet your finger and hold it on one side (either pole, it doesn’t matter). Now, touch the other end to your tongue … WOW a metallic taste!

What’s happening here is the DC current is stimulating your taste buds … the metallic taste is just what happens. If you REALLY want to “freak yourself out,” try the following. With your little “Spa device,” put the thing at the outside corner of your eye … then rapidly place it “one and off” your skin. You will see a little flash of light! Again, the optic nerve is being stimulated because, actually, the human body “runs” on DC. There is NO HARM to this whatsoever.

All of the symptoms that are being discussed here have been noted for more than 100 years; they are of NO CONSEQUENCE. Furthermore, nothing is NEW about these devices AT ALL: they have been used for more than 100 years. They don’t do much of anything either.
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If I may add another comment to my post. When I lived in Europe (1980s) and worked for a Dutch and German firm (cosmetic devices), the German “Stiftung Warentest” examined galvanic DC devices that were, at the time, widely used by European estheticians.

The claim was that “products would be ‘pushed’ deeper into the skin, thus making such products more effective.” The study found that, indeed, cosmetic preparations did penetrate more deeply into the skin … HOWEVER; trace amounts of chemicals from these preparations were FOUND IN THE BLOOD! Because of the blood-test findings, these DC devices were banned in Germany. I do not know the current status of such devices in Europe or Germany. They were (and are) ubiquitous.

I think a much more important issues here is just exactly WHAT is in those “cosmetic preparations” … and what (if anything) is entering your blood? I think that’s a much greater (long-term) concern. (BTW, you can get excellent results using only baking soda and the negative pole: to soften blackheads.)
** Oh, and “being protected by the FDA?” From my point of view, there is no FDA any more!

I have absolutely no involvement with any manufacturer or cosmetic product. (“DC” in my name, is the current; I’m NOT a chiropractor!) My take is that these little devices are designed to sell cosmetic products … and, that’s where the real money is made!

I hope I have been helpful!

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I currently suffer with TN1 and am on carbamazepine and can only speculate how I got it. My mind switches to the more important questions of alternative cures. I don't exactly like being on an anti-seizure drug. I am an esthetician by trade and know a thing or two about electrotherapy (in this case Galvanic current). I actually had been wondering if things like Galvanic current/high frequency could HELP TN1 sufferers. I am happy to pass down any knowledge I have accumulated over the years. Here's what I know:

I want to state for the record firstly that I have not used NuSkin galvanic spa. I don't know the milliAmps it operates at nor if it operates in a positive or negative polarity (or both).

Trigeminal Neuralgia is damage or pressure place upon the trigeminal nerve in your brain. It has 3 zones if you will (mandibular, maxillary, and ophthalmic. The idea that an at home device could shock and cause damage to this nerve inside your brain seems unlikely.

These at home gadgets are usually regulated in a way that is low grade (other wise you'd be putting people like me out of business! I mean why would you pay top dollar for the real deal if you could just do it at home right?). It's not that they don't work. They do. But the results will take you far longer to see than if you stepped into a clinical setting. This means that the type of power it puts out is less likely to do the sort of damage as to hospitalize you, give you brain/nerve damage, ect. Not to mention the lawsuits pending and this product would be yanked from the market. I think they are great for in between your clinical/in spa appointments. A maintenance device.

Galvanic current is direct (directly applied onto the skin) and has a constant frequency. A negative polarity may cause a warming and tingling sensation as it stimulates blood flow. A metallic taste may be noted due to the change in the saliva's acidity. Particularly if you have silver fillings in your mouth. A negative polarity gives us a skin cleansing process that softens and emulsifies hardened follicle sebum, called desincrustation. (A positive polarity gives us Iontophoresis which helps with penetration.)

Now I watched NuSkin galvanic spa's promo video. The lady seemed adamant that the metal conductor be flush with the skin "AT ALL TIMES", that a generous amount of conducting gel is applied, and that your fingers remain in full contact with the chrome panel. It is all about conductivity.

In treatments like high frequency (which works a bit differently) when we lift the conductor off the skin, we can visibly see an ark or conductivity from the electrode to the skin! The sensation is a zapping sensation. I am wondering if NuSkin's device will produce the same shock if the device is lifted off the skin even a little. If the face being worked on doesn't have as much fatty tissue I can see this happening around the temples, eyes, cheek bones and forehead.

It is possible that you had TN1 (didn't know it) and perhaps using Galvanic current flared it, aggravated the nerves. Not that it caused you to have Trigeminal Neuralgia. This is the very thing currently that I am trying to figure out!!!

Will using Galvanic current/high frequency aid or hinder TN1 sufferers? Maybe it would do nothing at all?

I suppose the only thing I can do at this point is use myself as a guinea pig, try it on myself and see what happens. On a side note I have read that recent studies indicate that acupuncture has either cured or greatly improved the facial pain of TN1. Some suggested that the combination of acupuncture and carbamazepine was the ideal treatment.
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