Functional Medicine Meridian ID TMS

For most of you reading this, there is a lot to know about transcranial magnetic stimulation in Meridian ID which we will use the abbreviation TMS for the remainder of this post. Whether this is your first time to hear the term TMS or you have previously looked into it; there is a lot to know about this therapy as it is still widely underutilized.

Simply put, TMS has allowed for many neurological and psychiatric conditions to be treated without medications. It also is effective for some psychiatric conditions that haven’t responded to medications respond to this therapy. Beyond psychiatric conditions it allows for improvement with neurological injuries that previously had limited rehab potential (Baek et al).

We are going to review:

  • What is TMS
  • TMS for fb-depression-lp
  • The full potential of TMS based upon research


TMS is a therapy that has been gaining a lot of traction the past 10-15 years. It came about as a way to better understand the brain as well to modulate circuits, which we will talk about briefly.

TMS uses magnetic stimulation. We are able to change the frequency of stimulation. This causes a different response to occur. For example, if we want to enhance connections in certain parts of the brain we have it at a higher frequency which is used with fb-depression-lp. If we want to reduce the connections in certain parts of the brain we reduce the frequency, commonly utilized with anxiety.

Beyond the ability of TMS to promote plasticity, brains ability to change, through the release of growth factors such as BNDF; it also is shown to be anti-inflammatory (Zhao et al).

TMS has been used in a variety of conditions and symptoms. It has been researched into children and is widely considered safe and effective. The only individuals that globally shouldn’t have TMS have a pace maker or a clip in their brain from an aneurysm.


TMS is most widely used in clinical settings for fb-depression-lp. It is applied to the brain in a fashion to help bring brain waves and ultimately function back into a state of balance. This is becoming the treatment of choice for those who haven’t responded to medications or simply don’t want to take it

Depending on the unit treatment lasts from 18-30 minutes if using routine settings. Theta burst is a newer technology that allows for a 3 minute session, which research suggests is every bit as effective as the longer session but is more comfortable (Voigt, Leuchter, & Carpenter). We utilize the shorter session.

Full Potential of TMS

The full potential is enormous. There are many things that TMS has been researched for and in most clinical settings it is not being used anywhere near its potential due to lack of training most providers have. It isn’t possible to provide a complete list of everything it may be used for but here are some to consider.

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • PTSD
  • Stroke
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer’s
  • OCD
  • Parkinson’s


Most clinics that utilize TMS use it as a stand alone therapy or in conjunction with other medications. The majority of our patients want to reduce their medications as well which we help them with.

When you come into our practice we break it down into two components:

  • How is your brain connecting and how do we get it to connect appropriately.
  • What factors could prevent your brain from connecting appropriately.

The biggest mistake made when utilizing this therapy is only trying to connect the brain but avoiding factors that could sabotage the maximal results.

If you are wondering if this may be an appropriate therapy for you then contact us today to get started.


Baek A, Park EJ, Kim SY, Nam BG, Kim JH, Jun SW, Kim SH, Cho SR. High-Frequency Repetitive Magnetic Stimulation Enhances the Expression of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Through Activation of Ca2+-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase II-cAMP-Response
Element-Binding Protein Pathway. Front Neurol. 2018 May 7;9:285. doi: 10.3389/ fneur.2018.00285. PMID: 29867712; PMCID: PMC5949612.

Zhao X, Li Y, Tian Q, Zhu B, Zhao Z. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation increases serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor and decreases interleukin-1β and tumor necrosis factor-α in elderly patients with refractory fb-depression-lp. J Int Med Res. 2019 May;47(5):1848-1855. doi: 10.1177/0300060518817417. Epub 2019 Jan 7. PMID: 30616482; PMCID: PMC6567781.

Voigt, J. D., Leuchter, A. F., & Carpenter, L. L. (2021). Theta burst stimulation for the acute treatment of major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Translational psychiatry, 11(1), 330.