Home
Search in�� ��for��
 
Resources
Career Center
New Hospital Update
Learn More About MCI
Bill Payment
Upcoming Events
Find a Physician
Press Releases
Maps and Directions
Visiting Hours
Medical Services
Specialty Programs and Services
Volunteer Services
H2U
Birthing Center Tours
Clinics
Family Care of Eastern Jackson County
Jackson County Medical Group
Family & Friends
Virtual Body
Virtual Cheercards
Web Babies
Decision Tools
Self-Assessment Tools
Natural and Alternative Treatments Main Index
Health Sources
Cancer InDepth
Heart Care Center
HealthDay News
Wellness Centers
Aging and Health
Alternative Health
Sports and Fitness
Food and Nutrition
Men's Health
Mental Health
Kids' and Teens' Health
Healthy Pregnancy
Medications
Travel and Health
Women's Health
Genus MD
Genus MD
Physician Websites
Legal Disclaimers
Nondiscrimination
Privacy Notice



Send This Page To A Friend
Print This Page

Natural and Alternative Treatments Index Page | Conditions:

Epilepsy



 

Epilepsy is a disorder of the nervous system. It causes unpredictable changes in the electrical activity of the brain known as seizures. They can range from mild to severe, rare or frequent.

Treatment can help to prevent seizures. Medicine is the most common treatment but others may need diet or lifestyle changes. Some may still have seizures even with treatment. Natural therapies may help to control and prevent seizures when used with standard treatments.

 

Natural Therapies

Likely Effective

  • Cannabinoids are chemicals in marijuana plants that may ease seizures.B3, B6, B7, B9-B15 

May Be Effective

  • Acupuncture uses fine needs in specific parts of the body. It may be more effective than a standard medicine to ease seizures.A1 
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids are found in foods and available as pills. They may ease seizure frequency.B1, B4, B8, B16 
  • Xylaria nigripes is a fungus that may ease depression in people with epilepsy.B5 
  • Yoga uses poses, breath control, and meditation. It may reduce the frequency of seizures.A2 

Not Enough Data to Assess

 

Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some may get in the way of treatment. They can also make illness worse or cause new problems.


References [ + ]

Mind Body Therapies

A1. Cheuk DK, Wong V. Acupuncture for epilepsy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 May 7;(5):CD005062.

A2. Panebianco M, Sridharan K, et al. Yoga for epilepsy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 May 2;(5):CD001524.

Supplements

B1. Bromfield E, Dworetzky B, Hurwitz S, et al. A randomized trial of polyunsaturated fatty acids for refractory epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav.2008;12:187-190.

B2. Li Q, Chen X, et al. Traditional Chinese medicine for epilepsy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Jul 8;(3):CD006454.

B3. Gloss D, Vickrey B. Cannabinoids for epilepsy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Mar 5;(3):CD009270.

B4. DeGiorgio CM, Miller PR, et al. Fish oil (n-3 fatty acids) in drug resistant epilepsy: a randomised placebo-controlled crossover study. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2015 Jan;86(1):65-70.

B5. Peng WF, Wang X, et al. The anti-depression effect of Xylaria nigripes in patients with epilepsy: A multicenter randomized double-blind study. Seizure. 2015 Jul;29:26-33.

B6. Press CA, Knupp KG, et al. Parental reporting of response to oral cannabis extracts for treatment of refractory epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Apr;45:49-52.

B7. Hussain SA, Zhou R, et al. Perceived efficacy of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis extracts for treatment of pediatric epilepsy: a potential role for infantile spasms and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Jun;47:138-141.

B8. Sarmento Vasconcelos V, Macedo CR, de Souza Pedrosa A, Pereira Gomes Morais E, Porfírio GJ, Torloni MR. Polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for drug-resistant epilepsy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;(8):CD011014.

B9. Tzadok M, Uleil-Siboni S, et al. CBD-enriched medical cannabis for intractable pediatric epilepsy: The current Israeli experience. Seizure. 2016 Feb;35:41-44.

B10. Devinsky O, Marsh E, et al. Cannabidiol in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy: an open-label intervention trial. Lancet Neurol. 2016 Mar;15(3):270-278.

B11. Wong SS, Wilens TE. Medical Cannabinoids in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2017 Nov;140(5). pii: e20171818.

B12. Devinsky O, Patel AD, et al. Effect of cannabidiol on drop seizures in the Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. N Engl J Med. 2018 May 17;378(20):1888-1897.

B13. Devinsky O, Cross JH, et al. Trial of cannabidiol for drug-resistant seizures in the Dravel Syndrome. N Engl J Med. 2017 May 25;376(21):2011-2020.

B14. Abrams DI. The therapeutic effects of Cannabis and cannabinoids: An update from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report. Eur J Intern Med. 2018 Mar;49:7-11.

B15. Thiele EA, Marsh ED, et al. Cannabidiol in patients with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (GWPCARE4):a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2018 Mar 17;391(10125):1085-1096.

B16. Ibrahim FAS, Ghebremeskel K, et al. The differential effects of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on seizure frequency in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy - A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Epilepsy Behav. 2018 Oct;87:32-38.



Last reviewed May 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board
Last Updated: 6/14/2019

Back to Top

Health References
Health Conditions
Therapeutic Centers


Copyright � 1999-2007
ehc.com; All rights reserved.
Terms & Conditions of Use
Privacy Statement
Medical Center of Independence
17203 E. 23rd St.
Independence,� MO� 64057
Telephone: (816) 478-5000