Natural treatment can be considered as an anti-seizure medication. Even though they may not work for everyone, doctors still suggest natural treatment as an available and effective choice for seizure. They include herbs, vitamin, biofeedback, and acupuncture.
Some of the most commonly used herbs for epilepsy are:
- Burning bush,
- Lily of the valley,
- Tree of heaven,
Herbs sometimes cause unpleasant side effects such as headaches, rashes, and digestive problems. However, they are potential to reduce seizure attack.
While some herbs might help epilepsy, others should be avoided. These include:
- Gingko and St. John’s wort,
- Kava, passionflower, and valerian,
Along with a healthy diet, certain vitamins can help decrease seizures in epilepsy. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to prevent a possible overdose. The most frequently used vitamins for epilepsy are:
- Folic acid,
- Vitamin B6,
- Vitamin D,
- Vitamin E.
Self-Control and Biofeedback
The frequency of seizures can be reduced by controlling your brain activity. People believe that if you can detect symptoms of an impending seizure, then you may be able to stop it. Others might feel symptoms for several days leading up to the event, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, and bad headaches.
Self-control methods are used to prevent or decrease the intensity of the seizure once it arrives. Some of these methods are meditation, walking, immersing in a task, sniffing a strong odor, literally telling the seizure “no”.
Another method involves biofeedback which is to take control of your brain activity. Biofeedback utilizes electrical sensors to alter brain waves. Physical therapists commonly use biofeedback. If you’re interested in this procedure, seek a professional to have more information about it.
Other Alternative Treatments
Other treatment like acupuncture and chiropractic treatments are sometimes considered. Acupuncture helps relieve chronic pain, seizure, and other medical issues by inserting fine needles in specific parts of the body. Acupuncture can reduce seizure, since it may change brain activities. While the practice sounds good in theory, there is no scientific evidence to prove acupuncture as an effective epilepsy treatment.
Spinal manipulations in chiropractic care can heal your body’s illness. They help patients control seizures by using specific manipulations on a regular basis. But like acupuncture, chiropractic care isn’t widely viewed as an effective form of epilepsy treatment.
Certain dietary changes may also decrease seizures. The best-known diet is the ketogenic diet, which focuses on eating a higher ratio of fats. It’s considered a low-carb, low-protein diet. This sort of eating pattern is thought to help decrease seizures, although doctors don’t know exactly why. Children generally use the ketogenic diet, and many people find the restrictions challenging. Still, this type of diet might complement other treatment measures to help reduce seizures.
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Review Date: February 17, 2017 | Last Modified: February 17, 2017
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