Can Brainwave Entrainment Damage Your Brain?

Can Brainwave Entrainment Damage Your Brain?

can brainwave entrainment be damagingSo, you have read a little bit about brainwave entrainment and this technology’s purported near-miraculous effects on one’s body and mind. If you’ve browsed my site a little bit, you may have also explored the Brainwave Entrainment Studies (real life stories and research) and the scientific evidence behind this technology. You may have also  read about the side effects associated with BWE.

(If you haven’t, I recommend clicking the links above to learn more.)

Still, you might feel like there is something missing. Since this technology is so innovative, and comes with some big promises attached, you probably want to know exactly how dangerous it is. The most nagging question for someone who is considering buying any brainwave entrainment product is

‘Can brainwave entrainment damage your brain?’ … ‘Can brainwave entrainment damage MY brain?’

Since I realize we are talking about your physical and emotional health here, I will explore the subject from as many angles as possible in order to put your mind at peace as far as this question is concerned.

 Bold statements about brainwave entrainment

I would like to start off by saying that many bold statements are made about this technology from people who have a self-interest in promoting or rejecting it. We have to face the truth by accepting that people are profiting from brainwave entrainment, and as a result of this other groups of people are being affected in a negative way (from a business point of view). This is a reason why you can find all kinds of claims from someone who has never used or tested the technology.  Unfortunately I have found in my own personal journey of using brainwave entrainment that there are some great people out there making some great products, and there are also some irresponsible and untrustworthy people out there trying to grab a slice of the pie.

With regard to that, I would like to tell you a story about GMO. I recently explored a case study about GMO products, which explained how initial research showed no negative effects were caused by GMO products. A group of French scientists, however, decided to gather a research group and examine more closely  its effects by prolonging the study for up to four years. What they discovered was that although no initial side effects were seen in the tested animals, after the third year of the study, the ones that were fed with genetically-modified foods started developing tumors that affected more than 1/3 of their bodies.

The reason I am telling you this is to consider that it is critical for you to seek advice from sources that have wide-spreading experience with brainwave entrainment. Having personally used the technology for over 13 years, in combination with many other more ‘traditional’ methods such as yoga, meditation, visualizations, positive affirmations, NLP, etc., I believe that my personal experiences and the in-depth research I have conducted in order to make sure I approach this safely, can serve as a good starting point for you.

Having said that, I would like to start by talking about the most commonly found information about

The brain damages that brainwave entrainment can or cannot cause

When you read about people having problems (ie: overwhelming subconscious images, increased anxiety, increased heartbeat, overwhelming emotional material etc.) you will ALWAYS see that these issues come hand in hand with OVERUSE.

And this is exactly true. Have you heard about walnuts improving your memory and being extremely healthy for you when eaten raw? A doctor can confirm this information for you. Try eating too many of them, especially in the afternoon – you will end up nauseous, and if you have a relatively low blood pressure, you can even drive yourself to a nearly unconscious state. Except for their healthy benefits, walnuts tend to lower blood pressure, and when eaten in excess, they can have some very nasty effects on your body. Does this mean you should never eat walnuts, and never benefit from their wonderful qualities? Of course not!

I’ll give you another relevant analogy.  When you are bodybuilding, working hard to build strength and build your muscles, you can push yourself to the point that we know is healthy.  But what happens if you try to max out with the same exercise past the point that we know your body can handle?  You’re going to get hurt, and you’re not going to get buff any faster.  You can’t just push yourself to the limit with the barbell as many times as you want in a day/week.

The same goes for brainwave entrainment.  You can’t just listen to an audio as many times as you want and expect that more is always better.  In a very real way, you are “exercising” your brain.  You are pushing it to build new neural pathways, to communicate with itself in new ways, and to adapt to a new kind of mental stimulation.  This is incredibly good for you, but there is a limit that you must observe.

This is why I recommend only listening to ONE brainwave entrainment audio per day when you are new to the technology, and no more than two audios per day, even if you are experienced with brainwave entrainment (except in a few specific exceptions).

What I am saying here is that in every single one of the stories I have come across in people having negative side effects from brainwave entrainment, it has always been directly related to misuse, overuse, or irresponsible use of the technology. 

This is the reason why I stress that one should ALWAYS read the instructions provided by the brainwave entrainment product creator, and always do their due diligence in researching the source of any products they purchase. When using a high quality product, these instructions are clear, precise, and always backed up by an extensive network of support and additional information. The product creators who have put in the necessary amount of effort and time to come up with a high quality product always make sure that you don’t get it wrong. 

This ensures a safe use of the technology.

and for all other minor side effects you can experience, please refer to my article Brainwave Entrainment Side Effects.

You can also learn more by checking out our articles: Brainwave Entrainment Benefits and How Does Brainwave Entrainment Work

In Summary:

To summarize all this, we can see that the type of product you choose plays an important role in answering that question – “Can brainwave entrainment damage my brain?” My personal advice as a long-term user of the technology is to Be selective about what brainwave entrainment audios you download from the internet, and make sure to follow the instructions! 

Rather stick to the products being offered by the experts and known names in the field and by those who take the time to help you get to know them, and help give you the resources to educate yourself on this technology.

And remember, even if you do that, 

Never neglect your own inner voice and guidance!

Some people are more sensitive to the audios than others – if you are one of them, be sure to take a break from what you are listening to and come back to it later. Always follow your body’s signals, and don’t hesitate to ask questions. You can always drop me a line for some honest advice on anything related to brainwave entrainment, meditation, holistic health, etc. You can also rest assured that all brainwave entrainment products listed here are of the highest quality – most of them I have used for years. I also highly recommend reading What Is The Best Brainwave Entrainment Product, too.  Don’t feel shy to bother the creators of the products themselves, and their support teams – you are in your full right to do so!

My final point is that brainwave entrainment is worth trying, and instead of being stopped by the fear of its improper use, you better reap its numerous benefits by following the safety guidelines I went through in this article. So, it all comes down to the question – are you ready to take your ability to create what you want for yourself in life to the next level?

If so, click the link below to check out our premium brainwave entrainment products, or simply click the “Products” tab at the top of the page in the navigation menu:

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  1. 1
    Nicholas Pierotti

    I was using Jeffrey Thompson brainwave cd material for several weeks and suddenly developed severe anxiety, headaches in the forehead and dizziness and confusion . I stopped but the symptoms are still with me a week later. Will these symptoms go away? This isn’t some bad kundalini awakens g it something is it ? Will I get better snd how long will it take to go away? Message me at eurydice@cruzio.com or message me in FB at Nicholas Pierotti (the guy in the hat hugging his daughter ) Please let me know

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    Magnus Bahn Berger

    Thanks, this was the kind of article I was looking for. I most have gotten over excited as I read a post about a guy who had major success with 40hz binaural beats. I wanted to make my own experiment, but I see now that I will need to continue my research and gather more background information. Maybe one should have his physiology examined? In order to have a professional opinion on whether or not it will be altered or damaged by use of brainwave entrainment (Maybe you happen to be a very vulnerable individual). Getting trustworthy guidance from an experienced source would also be nice 🙂

    Thanks again for the article. You might just have saved me from possibly harm!
    I must admit, I had crumbled from the weight of excitement and made a small custom audio sample with 40hz binaural beats on it… I only listened to it twice, and so far i have not noticed any bad side effects. I look forward to a future with more studies like these 🙂

    • 3
      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Magnus,

      Good to hear from you and glad you got some value from the article. In total honesty I do feel that brainwave entrainment is safe, and that the big point is not to over-use it, or to push yourself too hard. You can almost think of it like an herb or nutritional supplement. You don’t expect big results the day/week of taking it, and if you don’t get results, you don’t keep taking more. You take it in regular safe doses over a recommended period of time and let it synergistically work its magic. Generally I think you are safe to listen to the audio you made, I just recommend taking it gradually with gamma in particular. Listen for just 10-15 minutes at first and see how your brain handles it. If it doesn’t produce any unwanted feelings then jump right in. But even then I recommend only listening once per day, and taking one day off per week.

      You might also check out some of the studies and research done on bwe from http://www.transparentcorp.com. They have a wealth of clinical information there.

      Regards,

      Ashton

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    Meera

    Sir, am a user of subliminals from last 3 months. I’ve used subliminal with and without binaural beats.i found it more effective without binaural beats.and i got results too. But from last few weeks am listening to few subliminals with binaural beats.i donno why ..but i started feeling severe pain on my head and feels too tired and drowsy. I thought its because as it works. But my condition was getting worse. And also I started having fear and scary dreams. I started feeling like too stressed . I listen to 6 subliinals for 6 subjects a day. I read in a website its not a problem to listen 6 subjects a day.and i listen 6 subs for one hour each too…but in the starting i was happy with my results and subliminals.but now am getting scary dreams ..peaceless and fear. Why is this sir. Plse help me…but i love to use subliminals again as i got results. But am scared now. And plse also tell me sir if its okie to use subliminals without binaural beats?? Will they have same effect?? Help me sir…
    Thank you

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Meera,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having these troubles. First off, I disagree with whoever told you it was a good idea to listen to 6 subliminals a day. I suppose I would need more context to better understand. Are these binaural beats or brainwave entrainment audios? If so you are definitely listening too much, and can harm yourself (just as the article mentions above from over-doing it). Even if they are not brainwave entrainment audios, I cannot imagine it is effective or the best idea to listen to so much so often. I would pick one subject that correlates to the most important goal for you and stick with it until you have achieved it. Remember to steer clear of that tempting idea of getting “all that you want for nothing”. Even subliminals are a tool. You still have to use the tool to do the work.

      I hope this is helpful. Please email me directly if I can be of further help to you (ashton@brainwavelove.com). In the meantime, CUT DOWN on how often you are listening my friend.

      -Ashton

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    Amandeep

    Hi

    So on thursday 21st July 2018 I tried marisa peers audio. She has a program that I bought that was just hypnosis audios. I then got three bonus audios. One of them was called money-wiring hypnosis typnaral alpha brainwave audios, which I tired for the first time. As soon as I went into hypnosis I had a weird sensation and my whole head and body stared stimulating to a point where I felt like I couldn’t really move. I thought maybe it was just me being more relaxed. Until I started to feel pain on the side of my head near my ear. I woke up after and went to bed thinking it will get better the next day. But woke up with a headache feeling sick and tingling and numbness near my head and jaw. I contacted them and they said it’s just blood going to your brain but now I feel tingling around my body and pain in my head and ears. I don’t really know what to do but team responsible for this hasn’t heaven me good answer since it hasn’t really gotten better. I feel on edge and losing energy. Please can some one advise.

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Amandeep. I am so sorry to hear you are having these troubles. I am not familiar with Marisa Peers materials, so I cannot comment on this, but I can tell you we have never had an experience like this reported from using the audios we offer on this site. I would cease any and all hypnosis or brainwave entrainment audios, and contact your doctor. The issues you are mentioning sound like they could be a physical issue that may be related to more than the audios you’ve listened to.

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    Julie

    Hey, thank you for this information. I would like to ask if the audios uploaded in youtube about binaural waves are legit and can be trusted?? Are binaural beatsts better when you purchase it??

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Julie! You’re very welcome for the info. In answer to your question, I think some are probably good, and some not so good. There are many people putting brainwave entrainment out there these days and it is not so easy to figure out which ones are and aren’t of reliable quality without investing time and doing some research. I would say (in general) that paid products are probably better quality than free ones, but I couldn’t guarantee this is a golden rule. My best advice is to just do your research before spending too much time listening to the freebies.

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    Daniel

    Thanks for article. I am under 18 years. Can listen beta waves makes danger for me?(I heard the waves once whith a free mobile app on 13. 46 hz)

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      Ashton Brainwavelove

      Hi Daniel,

      It is generally not recommended for persons under 18 years to use brainwave entrainment, as the brain is still largely developing. I do not believe there is any research to specifically point to negative consequences but I would be reluctant to encourage that you use it until you are at least 18.

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