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Everything You Need to Know About Natural Treatments for Epilepsy

Natural Treatments for Epilepsy

When it comes to treating epilepsy, most people think of taking medications or having surgery to manage seizures. However, some patients may be a candidate for using natural treatments to limit the occurrence of seizures related to their epileptic condition. Whether by using CBD oil or changing your diet, these natural treatments may be just as effective as traditional surgeries and medication. Here’s what you need to know:

What Is CBD?

CBD, scientifically known as cannabidiol, is one of many kinds of cannabinoids that comes from the cannabis or hemp plant. Medically, CBD is used to treat a multitude of ailments, including epilepsy and associated seizures.

Is CBD a Safe Way To Manage Epilepsy?

Treating epilepsy with CBD is a safe way to manage seizures. It’s FDA approved for the following types of epilepsy:

  • Dravet Syndrome: People with Dravet Syndrome typically experience frequent and prolonged seizures.
  • Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS): People with LGS often have tonic (stiffening) and atonic (drop) seizures.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD controls the occurrence of seizures by targeting and influencing certain receptors in the brain that trigger seizures.

Common Misconceptions about CBD and Treating Epilepsy

There are many myths that surround the use of CBD to treat epilepsy. The following are the five most common misconceptions you should know:

1. Smoking Marijuana Will Help Me Manage My Seizures.

Self-medicating with marijuana is not comparable to treating epilepsy with FDA approved CBD. When it comes to managing seizures, it’s imperative to speak to a neurologist about CBD treatments and if it’s the right way to manage your type of seizures. With diagnostic testing and other procedures, your neurologist will be able to determine the type of epilepsy you have and the best treatment for your specific condition.

2. Using CBD Can Cause an Addiction

Since CBD does not contain THC ((tetrahydrocannabinol), it is not addictive. CBD can treat your seizures safely without having to worry that it is habit-forming.

3. CBD Treatments Will Cause Me to “Get High”

THC a psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana, and since CBD does not contain THC, you cannot get high from using it.

4. CBD Usage Kills Brain Cells

As mentioned earlier, CBD does influence brain receptors that trigger seizures. However, it will not kill brain cells.

5. CBD Does Not Have Side-Effects

While CBD is safe and FDA approved, there are some side effects. Your neurologist will do a full examination as well as diagnostic testing to ensure that CBD treatments are right for you. Some of the most common side effects associated with CBD treatment are:

  • Sleepiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

Can Certain Diets Help Manage My Seizures?

Using diet therapy is another natural and safe way to manage epileptic seizures. Fat is an important part of brain signal transmission through complex cortical networks when carrying information. So certain diets that are low in carbohydrates that reduce sugar intake and are high in fat can contribute to limiting the occurrence of seizures. Some diet therapies used to manage seizures are:

  • Ketogenic diet
  • Low glycemic index treatments
  • Modified Atkins diet
  • MCT Diet (medium-chain-triglyceride)

Before changing your diet, it’s important to consult your neurologist to determine which diet therapy will be right for you.

Why You Need A Neurologist For CBD and Natural Treatments

Having a neurologist who has experience in treating patients with CBD is paramount to having a treatment plan that is tailored to your type of epilepsy. Dr. Amor Mehta is committed to helping his patients learn about CBD and other treatments for epileptic seizures that can prevent or limit the occurrence of seizures for a better quality of life.

Contact Amor Mehta MD - Neurology Center for Epilepsy & Seizures, LLC at (732) 800-4587 today to learn more about how we can help you manage your seizures with CBD treatment.