Home Remedies for Epilepsy

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With varying symptoms and degrees of intensity, the sight of a seizure can be quite disheartening. In a lifetime, about one in every 100 people in the United States will experience an unprovoked seizure, but for some – epilepsy is a disorder that can occur at any moment. To treat symptoms and lessen the frequency of fits, home remedies for epilepsy may help.

What is Epilepsy?

A patient with epilepsy suffers a disorder characterized by electrical signals inside the brain that cause recurring seizures. Having just one seizure doesn’t indicate that you have epilepsy – you will need to experience at least two unprovoked seizures before a doctor will consider a diagnosis.

Causes and Symptoms

In about 50% of epilepsy patients, there is no concrete cause behind their condition. For other patients, epilepsy can be linked to a range of factors. For starters, genetics is known to play a role in the condition. Researchers have actually pinpointed connections between some types of epilepsy and specific genes. An estimated 500 genes could be tied to the condition [1]. Other common factors that contribute to epilepsy includes:

a) Head Trauma:

Epilepsy may develop after a car accident or other traumatic physical event.

b) Medical Issues:

Disorders, such as strokes and heart attacks, can cause damage to the brain that can lead to epilepsy. In patients with epilepsy over the age of 65, a stroke is mostly responsible.

c) Dementia:

Amongst older adults, dementia is a leading cause of epilepsy.

d) Disease:

People with meningitis, AIDS and viral encephalitis can experience epileptic seizures.

e) Developmental Disorders:

Autistic people and those with Down syndrome may experience epileptic seizures due to their developmental disorders.

Not everyone experiences the same symptoms when having an epileptic seizure. Since the abnormal activity of cells linked to epilepsy affect the processes associated with the brain, a seizure can cause a patient to suffer the following symptoms:

• Temporary confusion
• Staring blankly
• Convulsions and shaking of body
• Arms and legs that uncontrollably jerk
• Twitches in arms and legs
• Loss of bladder control
• Stiffened body
• Complete loss of consciousness

Epilepsy Home Remedies

An epileptic seizure can strike without warning, which makes it important to follow the directions of your medication. Refrain from adjusting your dosage and do not forego your prescription altogether. To make life easier, the following home remedies for epilepsy may help calm and prevent symptoms:

a) Sleep:

A strong trigger of seizures is sleep deprivation, making it important to get enough hours of rest every night.

b) Avoid Sugar Substitutes:

Some people have reported experiencing an increased frequency of seizures when consuming sugar substitutes, such as aspartame. Found in many diet and sugar-free drinks, yogurts and other food products, you may want to keep an eye on your intake.

c) Coconut Oil and Milk:

Consume four tablespoons of coconut oil every day to combat seizures associated with epilepsy. You may also cook with the oil – using it as a substitute in your favorite recipes. Drinking coconut milk has also proven beneficial for epileptics.

d) Epsom Salts:

Some people have benefited from the magnesium found in Epsom salts by adding ½ teaspoon to their orange juice in the morning.

e) Limit TV and Video Game Use:

Studies have shown that excessive viewing of television (especially cartoons that flash a lot of images all at once) and playing video games can lead to a seizure.

f) Garlic and Milk:

A remedy used for epilepsy calls for adding garlic cloves to one part water and one part milk, and then drinking. It is important that you crush the garlic cloves before placing in the liquid solution so that the juices are properly absorbed.

g) Vitamin B6:

This vitamin has proven effective in treating and preventing epileptic seizures because it assists the brain in performing vital tasks. You may take a supplement (150 to 200 mg per day) or consume foods that naturally contain the vitamin, such as carrots, legumes, peanuts, rice, and green leafy vegetables.

h) Learn Stress Relievers:

Patients who suffer from stress-induced epilepsy could treat or prevent their condition by learning ways to deal with stress. Yoga and meditation are popular options because they encourage the release of endorphin hormones, which helps manage stress and keep patients happier.

i) Lifestyle Changes:

Making changes to your lifestyle and habits can reduce the frequency of epilepsy seizures. For example, smoking tobacco can cause defects in your neurons. Excessive alcohol consumption and drug use is also linked to seizures.

j) Onion:

It is said that you can stop a seizure by cutting a large onion in half and placing each piece under both nostrils. The sense of smell of the onion may calm the body’s reaction.

Resources

[1] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/epilepsy/DS00342/DSECTION=causes

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