Natural Alternatives: EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback

EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback

This drug free approach is becoming very popular in the USA and is also available in the UK (see below).
The EEG Spectrum website at explains it best......

EEG Biofeedback is a learning strategy that enables persons to alter their brain waves. When information about a person's own brain wave characteristics is made available to him, he can learn to change them. You can think of it as exercise for the brain.

What is it used for?
EEG Biofeedback is used for many conditions and disabilities in which the brain is not working as well as it might. These include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and more severe conduct problems, specific learning disabilities, and related issues such as sleep problems in children, teeth grinding, and chronic pain such as frequent headaches or stomach pain, or pediatric migraines.

The training is also helpful with the control of mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as for more severe conditions such as medically uncontrolled seizures, minor traumatic brain injury, or cerebral palsy."

Bal Singh from the UK writes:

"EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback pioneered in the USA has been available in the UK since 1996 from EEG Neurofeedback Services. This is the UK's only full-time comprehensive neurofeedback practice offering treatment as a NHS service provider or by private referral. As well as treating ADD/ADHD they have also dealt with a variety of other conditions such as Tics, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Asthma, Epilepsy, etc. This leads to the elimination of medications such as Ritalin, Pemoline, Respiridone, Becotide, Epilim as the brain learns to take control. Actual write-ups from people who have received the treatment can be found at as well as local press/radio articles featuring the work of the practice. The work of the practice has also been featured nationally, in the Sunday Times, since 1998."

Alex Elsaesser, PARNET Assistant, Cerebra-For Brain Injured Children and Young People writes:

"The Imperial College School of Medicine is to start testing a remarkable NEW THERAPY for attention problems from the USA. This comes after two years of negotiations and a transatlantic trip for Professor Gruzelier instigated and funded by The Rescue Foundation - (now Cerebra-For Brain Injured Children and Young People).

The therapy requires no drugs, surgery or other invasive procedures, just training of the child to regulate their own brain!

It has been known for many years that children with attention, hyperactivity and learning problems often have abnormal brain waves (EEG) and that they can be trained to alter them. Professor Lubar of Tennessee has demonstrated repeatedly that when these children self-regulate their brain waves the symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity diminish or disappear altogether! But .... the first children that will have the opportunity to try this remarkable therapy in the UK will be those enrolled on the research program that is validating the therapy for the UK. The intention is to train appropriate professionals to make the therapy more widely available hopefully through the NHS."

Alex Elsaesser
PARNET Assistant, Cerebra-For Brain Injured Children and Young People, 13 Guildhall Square, 

Note: Please remember, we do not endorse any treatments and strongly advise you to check with your doctor before using, stopping or changing any treatment.

APA Reference
Staff, H. (2008, December 16). Natural Alternatives: EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 18 from

Last Updated: October 15, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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