Alternative & complementary therapy for epilepsy

Diagnosis of epilepsy meaning the likelihood of lifelong use of certain anticonvulsants, but most of them have unpleasant side effects. Some people prefer to seek out methods to ease their seizures with methods that do not involve medicines or diet. Techniques meant to reduce stress are the most common. Other approaches include biofeedback, acupuncture, and meditation.

Effectively used today some natural methods that ease pain and other medication-related side effects to help you get over your epilepsy and live well.

There are many convenient forms of complementary and alternative therapies to feel better. While some people may find them very helpful, others may not. It really depends on the person. Some of those therapies include:

– chiropractic care;

– massage;

– acupuncture;

– active release technique (ART);

– physiotherapy exercises, etc.

Epilepsy medication headaches: how do you deal with them?

One of the most common side effects from anti-seizure/epilepsy medications is headaches and migraines. For some, they can be a small annoyance, while other people are significantly debilitated by them and everything in between.

For example,  anti-seizure medication (Clobazam) causes suffering from chronic, daily tension headaches and migraines. Sometimes they are so painful! So you can look for ways to alleviate the pain of medication headaches. Some epilepsy medication headache remedies include:

– use of pain relievers like Advil, Tylenol, etc. But try to avoid taking them when possible;

– using heating pads;

– laying on the acupressure mat;

– use the Pain Therapy System;

– stretching out the neck in multiple directions;

– manual massage;

– chiropractic adjustments.

You can also use various products that can be used at home to give you some immediate relief from the medication-related tension headaches and migraines. When you get relief from your headache pain, then your other symptoms like anxiety and irritability also decrease. That is why these products could be so invaluable to you. That is why we are going to share those helpful home products with you.

Sport as an indispensable part of treatment

Can epileptics go in for sports? There is an opinion that physical activity is life-threatening with such a disease. Have you heard that trees can kill an epileptic if they are planted in a row? It seems crazy, but if you are interested in cycling, then you should know about it. Trees flickering along the road can become a dangerous trigger.

Indeed, some types of physical activity are contraindicated in epileptics, but, nevertheless, any person needs a sport, and physical activity can be adapted to the needs of an epileptic. There are many specially designed sets of exercises that can strengthen the immune system, muscles and nervous system, which will minimize the number of epileptic seizures.

Pain therapy system

Pain Therapy System is the main complementary therapy for epilepsy and the many side effects you suffer from. Essentially this system allows you to stimulate the various areas of your body that have muscle tension and pain. If you have ever been to a chiropractor or physiotherapist, then you probably know about the electrical muscle stimulators they use on a specific part of your body to relieve pain and tension.

There are such devices for home use. It placed two of the pads on the back of the neck, and one on each side of the shoulders. The pads then send an electrical pulse to gently stimulate the muscles down deep to release much of much neck tension when then provides significant relief from your headaches. It’s not the cheapest pain relief product, but if you suffer from migraines and tension headaches, the unit quickly pays for itself.

Pain relief pillow

The special pain pillow and back mat use acupressure to relieve pain and tension and help you rest well. Acupressure works by using many small plastic spikes arranged in order so that you feel consistent pressure from the spikes throughout your neck and/or back. The pressure is not painful though. In fact, it is quite light and once you relax on the mat, the relief it provides far outweighs the pressure. You can lay on the pillow/mat for 20-40 minutes and is a simple but extremely effective method to feel good. If you have sensitive skin, the acupressure pillows and mats may take some getting used to, but you will quickly adjust and never go back!

iPhone epilepsy apps

If you are looking for a go-to app that covers pretty much anything medical you need to know about epilepsy, then this is it. The Epilepsy Treatment – The Complete Pocket Reference was actually made for doctors and other medical professionals to be a literal pocket reference for their iPhone when dealing with epilepsy patients.

This app provides you not only with information about epilepsy and the various types, but it also gives highly detailed info on different epilepsy medications, their classifications, side effects, possible interactions, etc. In addition, you will have knowledge about epilepsy-related to ketogenic diets, child-bearing and breastfeeding, sports, and even view different EEG pictures. All the information contained within this app could help you begin to understand your epilepsy better and how to live best on your specific treatment. Even keep notes and diaries about your seizures/epilepsy within the app.

Overall, this app really is your pocket reference for almost anything epilepsy.

Seizure journal for parents by CloudMed

As suggested by the name, this iPhone application is very useful for parents of children living with epilepsy. It is important to keep a seizure journal for your child so that their doctor may better understand their form of epilepsy and ultimately lead to better treatment.

The Seizure Journal for Parents By CloudMed makes it especially easy to quickly record the details of a seizure occurrence with just a few touches on your iPhone. For a free app, it has many features and details for your seizure journal.

Epilepsy and marijuana: proven to be effective

The marijuana has been used as a prohibited, frivolous drug for numerous years but just about the world, it is also used as a healthiness aid. A new name for therapeutic marijuana is “Medical Marijuana”. It’s a new name for this medicine that is derived from the hemp plant. It is totally no doubt that marijuana has been accepted to be legalized as an effective drug, especially for epilepsy. Marijuana is derived from a plant called cannabis. It is regularly green or brown and consists of leaves, seeds, and stems. Although the thought of over the previous quite a few decades as a firmly frivolous drug, its curative abilities have begun to be established by many.

Marijuana has long been used as an aid to treat several medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, and HIV. Now the government has legalized its use in 20 states, a growing number of patients are now asking for medical marijuana prescriptions instead of going to the black market. This alone is a triumph in the part of patients, among them epilepsy patients who have long fought a battle to legalize the use of marijuana to alleviate symptoms of certain medical conditions. After all, marijuana for epilepsy is proven to decrease the number of seizures epileptics experience.

Is Marijuana for epilepsy necessary?

Not really. But in some epilepsy cases, particularly those cases which do not respond to the usual treatments and medications, the use of marijuana is introduced in the hopes of controlling and alleviating epilepsy symptoms. It may also be used, combined with traditional medication and treatment for epilepsy. But what should be understood by the patients is that marijuana, in itself, is not a cure for epilepsy. It only does as much as to control symptoms and improve the quality of life. Taken alone, it will not keep seizures away nor will it fix the abnormalities in the hippocampus. Marijuana for epilepsy is ideally prescribed along with traditional medication to manage this medical condition.

Side effects of marijuana for epilepsy

Some studies show that the use of marijuana for epilepsy may bring about several side effects. Among them is an increased likelihood of memory loss. Aside from interfering with the patient’s day-to-day dealings, memory loss is the commonly cited reason for missing regular doses of anti-epileptic drugs. If an epileptic fails to regularly take these maintenance medications, seizures may occur more often–which then beats the purpose of taking marijuana for medical purposes.

The future for a such non-standard treatment

Before doctors can be persuaded to recommend medical cannabis, further testing should be done to prove that marijuana for epilepsy will make significant improvements in a patient’s medical condition. The reason why many doctors do not write recommendations is that there are only a few tests that show the effects of marijuana on epileptics. Increased awareness is a natural consequence of more studies done on this subject and it will improve the level of understanding we have about medical marijuana and how it could help in epilepsy cases.

Dr. Ali Elahi

This article is written by Dr. Ali Elahi, a specialist in neuromuscular disorders, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). His expertise includes evaluation and treatment of patients with epilepsy, stroke, headache, neuromuscular disease, and cerebral palsy.He also manages neurological emergencies in the Intensive Care Units.

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