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Natural and effective remedies for epilepsy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 08, 2016
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Quick Bites

  • Epilepsy is a neurological disorder.
  • It causes seizures.
  • Home remedies can help prevent such seizures.
  • Consult your doctor before trying any home remedy.


Epilepsy, a specific type of neurological disorder, causes repeated seizures or fits that comes without any warning. As you may know seizures occur when the neurons in the brain suddenly begin to behave erratically and send wrong signals at abnormal pace resulting in dysfunctions like sudden burst of jerking movements. Such episodes may last for a short period to longer period depending upon the intensity of the seizure. It may shake entire body violently in some people while others may just experience shaking in only a part of their body.  Some may become unconscious while others may be in conscious state of mind till a particular episode of seizure lasts. People suffering from epilepsy have normal functioning otherwise.



Natural remedies for epilepsy

Although the exact causes of epilepsy are still unknown, however, experts believe certain factors such as severe head injury, family history, diabetes, brain tumours, very high fever, brain functions and prenatal brain development problem may cause this condition. Many over the counter medications are available to treat epilepsy; however, you can also use some effective and natural remedies that can help in preventing the frequent episodes of seizures and other symptoms of epilepsy. That said, it is highly recommended that you consult your doctor before trying anything new.


Garlic for epilepsy

Widely popular for its health benefits since ancient times, garlic has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that are great for promoting smooth functioning of the nervous system by destroying the free radicals. Regular intake of garlic can help prevent seizures and other symptoms associated with epilepsy.


Read more  : Health benefits of garlic

How to use it

  • All you have to do is boil ½ cup of milk and add ½ cup of water.
  • Now add 3-4 small slices of crushed garlic and boil to make it thicker
  • Strain the milk and drink the mixture daily to improve your neurological health.



Basil for epilepsy

Did you know sacred holy plant basil is packed with several medicinal properties? Yes, it can be used as an effective remedy to reduce the episodes of fits and seizures as it helps stimulate your brain and strengthen the nerves.


Read more : ways basil keeps you healthy

How to use it

  • Take few fresh basil leaves and extract juice from them.
  • Drink this juice thrice a day regularly.
  • You can also chew 3-4 leaves of basil on daily basis.



Ash gourd for epilepsy

Ash gourd aka winter melon is another effective remedy for epilepsy. It contains medicinal and nutritional properties that guarantee smooth functioning of the nervous system.

How to use it

  • Peel and grate ash gourd and squeeze out juice from the grated pulp.
  • Drink ½ cup of this juice first thing in the morning in order to get relief from the symptoms of epilepsy. Regular consumption of ash gourd juice will not only strength the brain cells but also minimizes the episodes of seizure.



Grape juice for epilepsy

Grape juice is also very effective in preventing epilepsy symptoms due to high contents of flavonoids in it. Besides it is a good source of potassium and magnesium which plays major role strengthening the nervous system, boosting your immune system and relaxing the nerves in the brain.

How to use it
Drink a glass of fresh grape juice on regular basis to perk up your overall health and minimize the episodes of seizures.


Coconut oil for epilepsy

Coconut oil contains fatty acid that has curative effects on your brain cells. It increases the supply of energy to the brain cells which in turn provides relief from epilepsy.


How to use it

  • Take a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil at least 3 times a day.
  • You can also use coconut oil for cooking or as salad dressing if you want increase its consumption.


Read more : Uses of coconut oil which you didn’t know existed

Magnesium rich foods

According to some researches deficiency of magnesium in a person’s body can trigger symptoms of epilepsy. Therefore, by including magnesium rich foods in your diet you can help may reduce episodes of seizure and fits. Foods that are rich in magnesium include almonds, cashew nuts and spinach.


Epsom salt for epilepsy

Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate which is considered good for nerve health. It only minimizes the episodes of seizure by improving the functioning of the nerves, reducing stress and removing toxins from the body.

How to use it

  • Take a glass of water or orange juice and add 1 tsp epsom salt to it.
  • Now drink this solution everyday to ease the symptoms of epilepsy.
  • You can also take a bath with epsom salt once a week for added benefits.



Limes for epilepsy

Limes are another effective remedy that help ease the epilepsy symptoms. Lime works by enhancing the blood circulation to the brain. Besides, it also normalizes calcium absorption that can hinder the proper functioning of the brain.

How to use it

  • Drink a glass of fresh lime juice after adding ½ tsp. baking soda everyday, preferably at bed time.



Omega-3 fatty acids

As you may know Omega-3 essential fatty acids are essential for brain and nerve health. Therefore, include fish and nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Adding omega-3 rich food in your diet will help to prevent seizures.


Coconut water

Coconut water is not only refreshing, it is also loaded with electrolytes, vital minerals and water which are essential for promoting better neuron health and proper functioning of the nervous system. Drinking coconut water regularly will help to reduce the symptoms of epilepsy.


Foods you should avoid if you have epilepsy


Refined carbohydrates

According to a report published in the journal “Neurology” in 2006, epilepsy patients who followed a diet regimen that had only low-gylcemic foods showed 90 percent fewer episode of seizures. It has been observed that fluctuation blood glucose levels can trigger seizures. Therefore, in order to balance glucose levels, people with epilepsy should avoid foods that have high glycemic index. These foods include refined carbohydrate foods such as pizza, soft drinks, white bread, cakes, white rice, white pasta and chips.


Certain fruits and vegetables

Most fruits and vegetables are low-glycemic, which means consumption of these foods will not rise your blood glucose levels drastically. According to the Epilepsy Society, people who have epilepsy should avoid certain vegetables and fruits that fall in the medium- to high-glycemic range. These foods include mangos, raisins, bananas, mashed potatoes and dates.



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