Alternative Treatments for Epilepsy

Researchers are studying whether biofeedback – a strategy in which individuals learn to control their own brain waves – may be useful in controlling seizures. However, this type of therapy is controversial and most studies have shown discouraging results.

Taking large doses of vitamins generally does not help a person’s seizures and may even be harmful in some cases.

Use of non-vitamin supplements such as melatonin is controversial and can be risky. One study showed that melatonin might reduce seizures in some children, while another found that the risk of seizures increased measurably with melatonin. Most non-vitamin supplements, like those found in health food stores are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so their true effects and their interactions with other drugs are largely unknown.

Preliminary studies have suggested that meditation may be helpful in reducing seizure frequency.

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Resources:

Mayo Clinic
Epilepsy Treatment and Drugs

Epilepsy.com
Epilepsy Treatment 101

Epilepsy Foundation
The Decision to Treat