Epilepsy Talk

Epilepsy And Complementary Medicine…

October 18, 2018
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Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) is just what it sounds like. Something to complement the AED regimen you’re already on. And perhaps take an extra step (with your doctor’s go-ahead) to alleviate seizures.

There are lots of alternatives, so I’ll touch on the most popular ones here. (Somehow, I don’t think you’re going to be turning to stones or amulets for relief!)

Interestingly, The Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona did a survey and it revealed that half of the people with epilepsy had tried CAM at some time for seizure control. Almost half used them for other reasons.

Overall, people found CAM to be generally beneficial to their health. The most helpful were stress reduction, yoga, and botanicals (herbs). Nonetheless, half of the patients taking botanicals had an increase in their seizures.

One third of the patients felt that CAM helped treat their epilepsy better than the AED. However, very few patients considered stopping the AED. Almost all of the patients stated they would feel comfortable informing their physician about CAM use.

“Modern medical therapy often fails, yet modern medical therapy exists because complementary and alternative medicine often fails. Both sides have to recognize each other.”  Dr. Orrin Devinsky


In Case of Emergency — New Solutions

May 26, 2017
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Here are some methods to stop a seizure in its tracks. Or shorten one. And some help relieve you of the dreaded after-effects. Possibilities you might not have known about…especially the new nasal sprays.


Biofeedback — Retrain Your Brain

June 25, 2011
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Since the 1970’s, researchers have demonstrated in over 50 controlled studies that a special form of brain wave biofeedback – now called “neurofeedback”– safely and effectively trains the brain to stabilize its activity. The treatment has been used successfully with all types of seizure disorders. Often the effects are permanent.


Epilepsy Generics: Yes, No or Maybe So?

September 1, 2009
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The case of prescription name-brand medicines vs. generics for those with epilepsy. Which is best?


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