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Epilepsy & Seizures Treatment

What are natural treatments for epilepsy?

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  • A natural treatment for epilepsy is yoga. Yoga is an ancient system of relaxation, exercise, and healing with origins in Indian philosophy. Several human studies report a reduction in the number of monthly seizures with the use of Sahaja yoga, when it is added to standard anti-seizure drug treatment, or a yoga meditation protocol. Research is preliminary, and more studies are needed to better determine the effects of yoga for epilepsy.

    Yoga is generally considered to be safe in healthy individuals when practiced appropriately. Avoid some inverted poses with disc disease of the spine, fragile or atherosclerotic neck arteries, extremely high or low blood pressure, glaucoma, detachment of the retina, ear problems, severe osteoporosis, cervical spondylitis, or if at risk for blood clots. Certain yoga breathing techniques should be avoided with heart or lung disease. Use cautiously with a history of psychotic disorders. Yoga techniques are believed to be safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding when practiced under the guidance of expert instruction. However, poses that put pressure on the uterus, such as abdominal twists, should be avoided in pregnancy.

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  • AJacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered

    Your neurologist will recommend trials of a number of medications (AED's or Anti-Epileptic Drugs) to find one or a mix that prevents the seizures without causing too many side effects. It is worth taking these. Once you are seizure free for 6 months (which also helps the brain heal, decreasing the risk of future seizures) you can ask your doctor if it is reasonable to stop the medication(s).

    Avoid caffeine. It can trigger seizures.

    Take a good multi-nutrient supplement. There are numerous vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that have been shown to be helpful in people with seizures. These include vitamins B1, B3, B6, folate, vitamins D & E, magnesium (a major benefit), copper (no more than 1/2 mg/day), selenium, zinc, biotin, choline, glutamine and taurine.

    Take adrenal nutrients. Drops in blood sugar can trigger seizures as well, so getting adrenal support, avoiding sweets, and having frequent small meals may help (give it a 1-2 month trial).

    Check for allergies. Food allergies can be a potent trigger for seizures. An excellent treatment for determining and eliminating allergies is an acupressure (no needles needed) technique called "NAET." Also, find out how to do a "Multiple Food Elimination Diet" to test for them - most blood tests are horribly unreliable.

    Avoid NutraSweet and MSG. If seizures occur frequently, the elimination diet may help you identify food triggers. If rare and the seizures persist despite the treatments above, try the NAET treatments. Also stop NutraSweet (aspartame) and MSG as some people have had their seizures (and other symptoms) resolve by stopping these chemicals. Substitute Stevia as a sweetener instead.

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