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Natural Herbal Remedies for Epilepsy | July 2, 2017

Long before Dilantin and Phenobarbital, there was epilepsy. And herbal remedies.

Of course, these herbal epilepsy remedies are NOT substitutes to anti-seizure medications, but are more like a supplementary support. Most of them work by preventing a seizure and other symptoms of epilepsy. (NYU Langone Medical Center estimates that 20 percent of people taking prescription drugs also use herbs.)

Some may sound weird and others familiar. But hey, how can you argue with success?

Ash Gourd:

For some reason, this particular type of gourd is believed to have healing powers for those who suffer from seizures. Therefore using ash gourd as a home remedy for epilepsy can help to relieve the symptoms and prevent seizures.

Eating the gourd or drinking the juice of it can help, but turning to a supplement featuring this type of gourd can provide the best relief and is highly recommended as a natural cure.

Bacopa Leaf:

Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, the Bacopa leaf, or Brahmi, is an effective home remedy for epilepsy. It is a powerful nerve health promoter and is known to enhance memory, concentration as well as treat epilepsy. It enhances nerve health and protects the neurons against damage, keeping seizures at bay.

Black Cohosh:

Highly recommended in numerous respected publications. Like many of the herbs already mentioned, it’s considered a sedative and antispasmodic and has been extensively used for epilepsy.

Blue Vervain:

Worth mentioning here after reading old American herb doctors tales of their successes with stubborn cases of epilepsy. Blue Vervain is another wonderful herb used by many cultures all over the world. It is an American Indian remedy for several diseases including nervous afflictions.

Castor Oil:

A natural emollient that penetrates the surface layers of the skin, making it softer and more supple. The effects of externally applied castor oil can be enhanced through the use of a “castor oil pack” — a piece of wool flannel saturated with the oil and applied to the body. Use of a pack allows the greatest penetration in a specific area of the body. The application of heat further increases this penetration, allowing the oil to better impart its qualities to the body.

Chamomile Tea:

Known for its antioxidant and cleansing properties, chamomile tea can also abate the symptoms of epilepsy. It’s a natural soothing agent and works by calming the nerves. If you feel you have a seizure coming, you should definitely try this remedy. Sipping a strong chamomile tea can be of great help. Boil some water and add a teabag of chamomile tea. Allow it to steep for at least 15 minutes, making sure that the tea is very strong. Sipping it will immediately soothe your on-edge nerves.

Coconut Water:

Ever experience that totally refreshed and cool feeling after drinking coconut water on a sweltering day? That’s because coconut water is a magic potion loaded with vital minerals, electrolytes, and water. These three things promote better neuron health and keeps the neurological system cranked up, ensuring proper functioning of the brain.

Garlic:

Most easily found in every home, garlic is full of medicinal benefits. To use it as a home remedy for epilepsy, take equal quantities of water and milk. To this, add 3-4 crushed cloves of garlic. Boil the mixture well and drink a glass of this mixture everyday. The water and milk keep your body hydrated and replenished with minerals, while the garlic has many properties for improving neurological health.

Epsom Salt:

Magnesium sulfate, as it is also known as, has a wonderful effect on nerve health. This is a naturally found salt that is rich in magnesium and sulfur, which are both responsible for better absorption of calcium by the body. The magnesium also helps by maintaining proper nerve functioning, reducing stress, and eliminating toxins. Simply taking one tablespoon of Epsom salt every day with a glass of water can prove beneficial for epilepsy. Some businesses focus on selling entirely pure “food grade” Epsom salt, which contains magnesium sulphate. Whether there’s truth to these claims is unproven. The best amount to take is about a tsp. every morning, should you decide to use Epsom salt.

Essential Oils:

Essential oils are natural soothing and calming agents. Oils of lavender, ylang ylang, and chamomile can be used daily to keep up nerve health and to reduce anxiety and stress related to epilepsy.

False Pepper:

False pepper is a vine with tiny flowers that are yellow-green in color, and  are typically found throughout India. Alternative medicine makes use of the bark, leaves and fresh fruit to handle a variety of problems. These problems include parasites, rheumatism, stomach difficulties, skin diseases, tumors, psychological problems, and convulsions. The active component in the plant is embelin, and it has anti-fertility, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-oxidant properties. Embelin is a member of a chemical class called benzoquinone, and derivatives of quinone have anticonvulsant properties.

Frankincense:

The essential oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. Frankincense has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, derived from plants, that is able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and other glands within the brain, promoting memory and releasing emotions. Frankincense slows down and deepens the breath. The therapeutic properties of Frankincense oil are antiseptic, digestive, diuretic, and sedative.

Indian Gooseberry:

Amla, is a wonderful fruit, whose benefits never ceases to surprise. Not only is it the richest source of Vitamin C, it also has loads of antioxidants and minerals. One glass of amla juice taken on an empty stomach can help relieve the symptoms of epilepsy and prevent seizures.

Licorice:

Once again, licorice or Mulethi, proves that it is much more than what we know it to be. Grind some licorice and add it to a tablespoon of honey. Take this homemade medicine every day to find relief from epilepsy and its symptoms. CAUTION: Do not consume licorice during pregnancy for any reason as it may cause premature labor!

Lobelia:

Lobelia is an effective herb that was historically used in the treatment of epilepsy. It has anti-spasmotic action that helps in abating seizures.

Motherwort:

This is a historic way of treating epilepsy since this serves as a nerve tonic and sedative. The tonic is extracted by boiling the herb in hot water. Daily consumption is effective in treating epilepsy.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

These are a group of essential acids that promote overall good health. These fatty acids reduce cholesterol and artery blockages, which in turn reduces the effects of ageing and improve nerve and brain health. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are fish and nuts. Make sure you include these in your diet on a regular basis to prevent seizures. These foods are also rich in vital minerals and nutrients that are important for healthy nerves and brain functioning.

Onion:

For treating epilepsy, extract the juice of 2-3 onions and mix it well in water. Drink a glass of this mixture daily for at least 2 months and you will find great relief from your symptoms.

Skullcap:

Traditionally, it has been used for delirium tremens, St. Vitus’ dance, convulsions, seizures, hysterical states, lockjaw, tremors and epilepsy.

Sesame Oil:

A massage of this lesser known oil can help to immediately soothe the symptoms of epilepsy. Take a little warm sesame oil and massage it well onto the soles of the feet, temples and palms. This works well if done at bedtime after which you can get a good dose of calm sleep.

Turmeric

Turmeric and its chemical compounds have been studied for its anticonvulsant benefits in treating epilepsy and other conditions of our central nervous system such as mood disorders, bipolar disorders, pain, tremors, schizophrenia and even neurodegenerative diseases.

Quite a bit of research points toward the fact that turmeric is good for brain health. Additionally its bioactive constituents also demonstrate anti-epileptic and anti-seizure effect.

Valerian:

Currently one of the most popular orthodox antispasmodic medications in Russia and Germany according to Daniel Mowrey author of Herbal Tonic Therapies. It’s anticonvulsant action has been useful in treating epilepsy. Valerian was used in the First World War to prevent shell shock in front-line troops. Valerian is classified as a tonic herb. It can regulate and balance opposite extremes. Recent research has shown it to be a sedative but more research has reported it can also stimulate in a way as to improve coordination, increase concentration and energy. This tonic nature of Valerian allows it to depress or stimulate where necessary depending on the current needs of the nervous system. Another way Valerian has been characterized by clinical studies is that it has neurotropic effects directly on higher centers of the central nervous system. One of the most remarkable aspects of Valerian is the almost total lack of toxicity, even with long-term use.

Violet Tree:

The violet tree is a little tree with fragrant purple flowers indigenous to the more tropical parts of Africa. Alternative medicine practitioners use the roots to handle a variety of physical and psychological problems such as discomfort, irritation, nervousness, headache and epilepsy. Research has  compared the extract of the root of the violet tree to phenobarbitone, which is an anti-convulsant drug. This research confirmed the conventional usage of the violet tree as a natural treatment for epilepsy. More studies are necessary to support these results.

Herbs you should not take according to www.epilepy.com

Basil

Fennel

Hyssop

Rosemary

Sage

Tansy

Tarragon

Wintergreen

Note: Precautions with herbs. Evening Primrose Oil and Borage can lower your seizure threshold. Sage and Hyssop can be pro-convulsant. Some herbs decrease the level of anticonvulsants in your body. Watch out for toxins and pesticides in unregulated herbs. And most herbs should be avoided by pregnant women.

 

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Resources:

https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/comindxb.html

http://www.homeveda.com/mental-and-neurological/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-epilepsy.html

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400577/Natural-Treatment-for-Seizures.html

http://theresanoilforthat.blogspot.com/2010/07/natural-help-for-seizures.html

http://www.findhomeremedy.com/natural-cure-for-epilepsy/

http://www.homeremedycentral.com/en/home-remedies/natural-cure/epilepsy.html

http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/311-natural-approaches-for-treating-epilepsy.html

http://www.ijnpnd.com/article.asp?issn=2231-0738;year=2014;volume=4;issue=1;spage=43;epage=52;aulast=Kr

https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/turmeric-and-epilepsy

 

 


35 Comments »

  1. Does anyone have experience with any these in particular? There are so many that I don’t know where to start. Thanks!

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    Comment by New to Seizures — July 2, 2017 @ 4:58 PM

  2. For at least 30 years, I have been using LOBELIA. I never used it as a drug would be used in that time. I changed that last month as on June 1st I decided to take 20 drops in the AM & PM 12 hours apart, give or take. When I get the seizure activity now & I need to take more of it at the time, it seemed to work better at that time, as it did work to stop GRAND MALS & other activity that did not go into a GRAND MAL Seizure. Sadly though it is not 100% perfect in stopping seizures, but for the past 32 days it really hasn’t been put to that test but for 1 time & it is 1 for 1. CABBAGE & BELL PEPPERS now are OFF my food list to eat. All the supply now of foods are getting to become TOXIC & CONTAMINATED due to THE DARK ACT / LAW passed last year, as I think the LOBELIA will maybe be more of an advantage to take to stop all possible threats to the chemical balances of my brain, in becoming to be a more stable brain where the chemical balances have been out of wack for 56 + years. Who knows as maybe I should have always taken this lobelia this way for the 30 years I have been using it. No side effects it creates UNLESS you use too much & maybe vomit from that. Do not believe all these PRO PHARMA PEOPLE who love to report how bad & toxic lobelia is. The AMISH where I had lived in PA, taught my mother about lobelia & none of them ever died from it.

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    Comment by C D — July 2, 2017 @ 5:25 PM

    • What great news, C D. Thanks for all the info about Lobelia.

      By the way, where did you live in PA? I live 1/2 way between Philadelphia and Lancaster!

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      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 2, 2017 @ 5:29 PM

      • East of Lancaster county, in Chester county, between Phila & Baltimore Md. Not far from Rt 1. Some Amish lives out in that area too. LOBELIA helped me again last night, when I knew I was feeling seizure coming on, after taking it before I went to bed. While trying to go off to sleep,that it can help do as well,I started to feel that sensation begin in my stomach, then a few minutes later the head started to feel like something was getting ready to happen, Once I felt the odd stomach feeling I reached for the Lobelia, & I used 2/3rds of a dropperful, and after 5 to 10 minutes ALL WAS GONE. Again I PRAISED GOD !! and thanked him for keeping that seizure away & for the LOBELIA. Still after over 56 years, all of this has to stop forever sometime. There’s more to life than to worry when the next time something is going to happen, no matter what you do to try to prevent any seizure event to take place to begin with. I KNOW there was NO MSG foods or alike to had been eaten that this happened `1 week later, after learning that of all foods CABBAGE can make seizure activity & seizures happen as well. Like last night I did the same thing last week & NO seizure happened. ALWAYS KNOW 1st what ALL FERMENTED FOODS can do to all amino acids in the brain, Every neurologist will more than likely tell you that fermented foods are good to eat. WRONG,,, I don’t think so. CABBAGE & SAUERKRAUT seems to top that list, even as we did eat ham & sauerkraut on NEW YEARS DAY in PA when we lived there. Never seemed to bother me then so much as it will today. AED’s chemicals I believe are the reasons I have the trouble with seizures like I do today. NOBODY will ever agree with me on that, as these doctors & the drugs are looked at as saints which they are not. I’m happy I can help about the LOBELIA. It’s been a brain saver for me, but not 100% of the time. They key is as I started in JUNE AM & PM small doses & the drugs are not effected by it, especially if the drugs do not help stop seizures to begin with.

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        Comment by C D — July 5, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

      • Wow, C D! We’re almost neighbors. I live in West Chester, between Philadelphia and Delaware. You’re less than an hour away. Do you still live there?

        Cabbage? Now, that’s an eye-opener. Right. I forgot about the fermentation.

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        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 5, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

  3. You forgot the best herb, Marijuana.

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    Comment by Zolt — July 2, 2017 @ 5:30 PM

  4. Forgot to say IF you try the herb lobelia, like the AED’s start out slow, to see what your brain can handle. Lobelia is to be considered THE THINKING HERB, as it seems to work best where it is needed the most. So yeah,, that was why I decided to take it daily. No drug I took in over 56 years was ever given that ”the thinking drug” name.

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    Comment by C D — July 2, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

  5. I would like to second the comment by Zolt about the medicinal uses of cannabis. I have been able to cut back my pharmaceutical meds by 1/2 since supplementing with edible cannabis products (I don’t like smoking anything).

    Phyllis, how about dedicating an entire post one of these days to cannabis? There is a lot of new info out there about it and also a lot of new products available such as infused chocolates and sub-lingual tinctures for those who don’t like the idea of smoking in general.

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    Comment by paleobird — July 2, 2017 @ 7:20 PM

  6. You’ve got a good point there. But frankly, I wouldn’t know where to begin.

    I did write an article eons ago:

    Medical Marijuana — It’s Here To Stay

    https://epilepsytalk.com/2013/12/01/medical-marijuana-its-here-to-stay/

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 2, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

  7. Ah, good article. I must have missed that one. Maybe just an update to that given that since 2013, several more states have seen the light about this. Then of course we have Jefferson Beauregard Sessions in the US Atty General’s office opining that, “Good people don’t use marijuana”. Sanctimonious little Keebler Elf. So, legally things are still a little murky but I think the USAG is on the wrong side of history.

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    Comment by paleobird — July 2, 2017 @ 7:41 PM

    • Yes, there would have to be a lot of current politics involved. It’s not just a matter of 29 states (and Washington, DC) approving marijuana, it’s the whole political climate.

      Things have changed dramatically since the days of Obama’s presidency. 😦

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      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 2, 2017 @ 10:56 PM

  8. Re: the other herbs listed above. I have been taking Bacopa for quite a while now and I really think it does help. My seizures are nocturnal and the Bacopa seems to help me sleep.

    I am also a big fan of all things from the coconut. Coconut water is Mother Nature’s own electrolyte supplement drink, better than any sugar and chemical laden “sports drink”. I also cook with coconut oil and flour and put coconut cream in my tea.

    I also take a fish oil supplement as well as turmeric (which should really have a place in your list).

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    Comment by paleobird — July 2, 2017 @ 7:58 PM

  9. I would love to know all the bad things that can happen, when any person 21 years or older can take CBD oils or any other form of medical marijuana for epilepsy. If you have noticed these neurologists say it’s GREAT to use for infants and kids under 18 years old. That age of brain is not 100% grown or formed as a full grown brain. What will happen later after 25, 30, 40 or 56 years later, when the brain may be 100% fully developed BUT it may have after all those years, few major parts of the brain where the brain cells that are important to be normal are now DEAD, thanks to all AED’s taken 365 days a year for centuries, and the brain is defenseless against anything that can attack the immune system of the brain, when weaken or attacked will cause seizures, So the FDA calls MSG & ASPARTAME GNAS chemicals or SAFE to take & use, after the AED’s have done their damage to the brain. Really ? Tell all of that to my brain again. They do not live the REALITY that my brain has been abused by for over 56 years. So WILL CBD & medical marijuana make my brain heal & maybe with the help of LOBELIA to go with it, OR will it destroy my brain more than what it is already ?

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    Comment by C D — July 5, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

    • I don’t think that Lobelia can do any harm C D. As you so helpfully pointed out.

      As for the marijuana, I can’t say. I have no personal experiences with it.

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      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 5, 2017 @ 12:04 PM

    • I am in my 30s and have tried CBD oil three times and had horrible seizures within two hours of each dose. It may be a miracle for some, but definitely not me. Then again, melatonin also induces seizures for me.

      Thanks to all for the help!

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      Comment by New to Seizures — July 5, 2017 @ 6:26 PM

      • Well, glad if we could be of help.

        (C D is always there with an interesting point of view!)

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        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 5, 2017 @ 8:46 PM

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    Comment by Green — July 15, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

  11. Phylis Feiner Johnson, I am not dismissing the critical role that medication can play in handling a condition such as epilepsy. That being said, however, I think some short-sightedness is on display from Doctors who rely solely on medication as treatment for a condition such as epilepsy. They may be the experts, but some things can be overlooked, even by them. What are your thoughts about the use of herbs medicinally?

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    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — July 24, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

  12. Phylis Feiner Johnson, I am not dismissing the benefits of medication for conditions such as Epilepsy. Nor am I dismissing the fact that Doctors have more knowledge about what works than their patients in many cases. Of course, I think it is possible to become too dependent on medication in some ways. You told me that you never got the migraine headaches. Those hurt like hell.

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    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — July 30, 2017 @ 3:13 PM

  13. Good article 🙂

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    Comment by sipofwellness — August 19, 2017 @ 5:25 AM

  14. Phylis Feiner Johnson, I believe that herbal therapies can be effective in some regards. However, the opinions of medical doctors should be solicited so the patient is not faced with a situation that results in more harm than good in the pursuit of natural treatments for Epilepsy or other medical conditions. What are your thoughts? If you don’t mind my asking, what have you found that helps with your Epilepsy?

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    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 25, 2017 @ 3:29 PM

    • I agree completely with getting a doctor’s green light. Although I’m 99% seizure free, I’m a big believer in coconut (any form), Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Sesame Oil, which I integrate into my diet.

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      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 25, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

  15. Phylis Feiner Johnson, I am not one to go against the advice of a Doctor, however, some short-sightedness can be on display from people who solely practice Western medicine. What I mean is that prescription medication may not be the only way to go. Is it effective? Yes. Would there be anything wrong with it? Not at all. Of the listed herbs above, have you used any of them personally?

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    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 25, 2017 @ 3:53 PM


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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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