Seizure Free and Loving Life
Author: CMneti

Chapter 7
Special Diets and Herbal Treatments for Seizure Control

Special Diets For Seizure Control
The ketogenic diet is a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that is beneficial to some patients with unmanageable seizures. It demands a strict observance of the dietary restrictions involving, protein, carbohydrates and fats. It must be prescribed by the doctor, and carefully monitored by a qualified nutrition specialist epilepsy foundation, 2014
This diet works by forcing the body to burn fat, resulting in something called ketosis. It is used mostly to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) seizures in children. The Ketogenic diet provides just enough protein for body growth and repair, along with the correct calories count for age and height. This classic contains a 4:1 ratio of fat to combined protein and carbohydrate. The diet excludes high-carbohydrate foods and increases foods high in fat.
The Modified Atkins Diet (MAD) for Seizures is another high protein diet that may help control seizures. It is not as strict as the Ketogenic diet, and can be started at home. Discuss with your doctor any changes you wish to make to your diet as certain medications may be affected.
Herbal Treatment
There is limited information on the effectiveness of herbs in seizure care. Does this mean that herbal medicines can never be trusted? No, but you do have to do a lot of research to find reliable information. There are some very good herbal supplements that people with seizures can benefit from. There are also some herbal treatments that those of us to have seizures should not use.
One of the herbal remedies that have not been discussed is Skullcap. I use this myself and it has done wonders to relieving the partial seizures I knew as auras, For me, it was a good addition to the anti-convulsant . It is important to remember that not each person will have the same result. I cannot stress enough the importance of discussing all treatment options with your physician and developing a plan for your health together. Be involved in research so you know as much as you can know about your health condition and any prognosis.
There are other herbal supplements that may be beneficial. However not everyone can use these. For instance St John's wort may be beneficial to alleviating depression, however not everyone can use this. Also someone once recommended to me to use black cohosh, however I found that using black cohosh actually triggered partial seizures. Therefore my recommendation is that each of us finds our individual triggers so that we will have the best results. When it comes to things that may help increase immunity for resistance to the common cold, I do recommend such things as a Echinacea and Acai. As always this should be discussed with your physician.
The Bacopa leaf has also been used for the treatment of epilepsy. It promotes positive nerve health, and helps with memory and concentration as well. I never use this one myself but it has been used in Avurvedic medicine, and may be beneficial.
Then there is blue vervain, which is an American Indian treatment that has been used for epilepsy.
Chamomile is known to soothe the nerves. This is a good emergency remedy for an oncoming seizure or for the treatment of aftercare.
I want to talk briefly about cannabis oil. I mention it because at the time of the writing of this part of the book, it has been in the news. It appears to shows some promise in the care of seizures, and I think it should be researched along with all other possible treatment options. To be clear, I am talking about cannabidiol. We are a far distance from the day when this treatment may become commonplace, but, I do think we need to seriously explore every possible approach and methodology.
Remember to use caution when trying any of these supplements. Everyone responds differently, so do not make the mistake of self-treatment. Discuss everything with your doctor, and proceed carefully. Take notice of the way your body responds. Please take into consideration that the information presented in this section should not replace the advice of your own doctor.



 

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