International Epilepsy Day: Is Natural Treatment Of Epilepsy Possible?

It is possible to prevent the frequency of seizures in epilepsy with the help of natural treatments. This article explains everything in detail.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarPublished at: Feb 10, 2020Updated at: Feb 10, 2020
International Epilepsy Day: Is Natural Treatment Of Epilepsy Possible?

There is nothing better if you could treat any ailment through natural therapies. Conventional medicines have their benefits but agree or not, these do corrupt the system. The anti-seizure medicines prescribed for epilepsy might not suit everyone which may cause side-effects in the long run. This is one big reason why people turn to alternative therapies and natural treatments to ease their condition without any health risks. From dietary changes to nutrient supplementation to therapies, there are numerous options available which may prove to help relieve the symptoms and eventually treating.

Though natural therapies are safe, sometimes it is better to proceed only after a doctor’s consultation. Your doctor can better tell you according to your health status. Here are 4 options to potentially treat epilepsy.

#1 Acupuncture

acupuncture

This is regarded as an effective alternative to the conventional modes of epilepsy treatment. The ancient Chinese practice of Acupuncture is known to aid multiple health issues including epilepsy.

It is believed that by inserting needles on the body and giving oneself pain, healing may be triggered. This practice may target the brain activity to decrease the frequency of seizures over time. It is also said that this treatment may keep epilepsy under control by altering autonomic dysfunction and enhancing parasympathetic tone however, there is no scientific evidence to prove this theory.

#2 Herbal treatments

herbs for epilepsy

Herbal treatments have become increasingly popular these days as these bring positive results with negligible side-effects. Also, there is some kind of herb for almost every ailment.

Here is a list of the most commonly used herbs for epilepsy:

  • Lily of the valley
  • Mugwort
  • Mistletoe
  • Burning bush
  • Peony
  • Valerian root
  • Hydrocotyle
  • Scullcap
  • Tree of heaven
  • Groundsel

On the contrary, some herbs need to be strictly avoided by people who have epilepsy reason being their interference with health and negative impacts.

epilepsy herbs

  • Gingko Biloba
  • St. John’s wort
  • Guarana
  • Passionflower
  • Schizandra 
  • Chamomile

#3 Vitamins and Minerals

There are some vitamins and minerals which may help in reducing the frequency of seizures of epilepsy. However, these don’t work alone. You need to have your prescribed medicines along to bring significant results. Besides, before taking any supplement, ask your doctor about the dosage to not exceed the recommended amount.

Vitamin B-6

Consuming Vitamin B6 is known to treat a rare type of epilepsy which is either developed when the baby is in the womb or right after birth. This condition is called as pyridoxine-dependent seizures. It is caused when your body is unable to metabolize vitamin B6.

vitamins for epilepsy

Vitamin E

In some cases, deficiency of Vitamin E is also seen in the patients of epilepsy as it enhances antioxidant properties. Vitamin E supplementation is helpful in people whose condition isn’t controlled by medication.

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#4 Practice Self-Control Methods

Controlling brain activity is a difficult but effective process to decrease seizures. For that, you need to understand and detect the symptoms of seizure to be able to prevent it. In most cases, people get symptoms about 15-20 minutes before seizure such as fatigue, anxiety, blurry vision, etc.

Here are some proven self-control tricks to avert the situation:

  • Walking
  • Meditating
  • Engaging your body and mind in an exercise

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