The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: The Revolutionary LENS Technique for Restoring Optimal Brain Function

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By Stephen Larsen

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Stephen Larsen

Stephen Larsen
Stephen Larsen, Ph.D, is Psychology Professor Emeritus at SUNY Ulster and the author of The Shaman’s Doorway and The Mythic Imagination and coauthor of Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind. He has been using the LENS clinically since 1996 and biofeedback since 1975 in his psychotherap More...



An introduction to the innovative therapy that restores optimal functioning of the brain after physical or emotional trauma

• Provides an alternative to the more invasive therapies of electroshock and drugs

• Shows how this therapy helps ameliorate anxiety and depression as well as childhood developmental disorders

• Includes extraordinary case histories that reveal the powerful results achieved

According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year 260,000 people are hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries. The Brain Injury Association reports 1.5 million injuries, many of which go undiagnosed but which lead to all kinds of cognitive and emotional impairments. While neuroscience has learned an enormous amount about the connection between brain trauma and personality changes, the methods proposed for resolving these alterations are generally limited to drug therapy or surgeries.

This book explores a much less invasive but highly effective technique of restoring brain function: the Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS). Developed by Dr. Len Ochs in 1992, it has had extraordinary results using weak electromagnetic fields to stimulate brain-wave activity and restore brain flexibility and function. The treatment works across a broad spectrum of human activity, increasing the brain’s abilities to adapt to the imbalances caused by physical trauma or emotional disorders--both on the basic level and in the more subtle areas of cognitive, affective, and spiritual processes that make us truly human. While the treatment has had remarkable results with individuals who have experienced severe physical trauma to the head and brain, Stephen Larsen sees it also as an important alternative to chemical approaches for such chronic behavioral disorders as ADHD and monopolar and bipolar depression.

"Doctors at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital began noticing last year that MRIs left people with bipolar disorder in much better moods. . . . it suggests that magnetic fields can alter the biology of the brain, and may cause other effects we don’t understand yet."
"Health & Science News," The Week

“Kudos to Stephen Larsen for the accomplishment of a superb book that chronicles the development of a technique that will revolutionize mental health care . . .”
Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D., Aug. 18, 2006

". . . an important alternative to chemical approaches for such chronic behavioral disorders as ADHD, and monopolar and bipolar depression."
Aznet News, Oct-Nov 2006

"A broad audience will find this a fascinating and hopeful glimpse into the contemporary struggles of American boyhood."
Religion BookLine, Oct 2006

"If you're looking for new ways to treat old problems you will find this an invaluable resource."
Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, Nov-Dec 2006

". . . containing full-color photos of genuine amulets on nearly every page, this book is a survey of creaativity and bekief from around the world."
Barbara Ardinger, PanGaia, Nov 2006

“This is a book that should be on the bookshelf of every primary care physician, neurologist, neurosurgeon, pain management specialist, psychologist, and clinical social worker. This book is a must-read for anyone who has had a history of head trauma (who hasn't?), as well as anyone who knows someone with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADD, or autism.”
Richard A. Bernstein, M.D., FCCP

". . . offers a new methodology which may be of help to a wide variety of conditions for which there has previously been little hope."
Mark A. Lawrence, M.D., May 2007