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Are Natural Treatments Effective for Treating Epilepsy?

Types of Natural Treatments to Treat Seizures

Despite popular belief, natural therapies can be an effective way to manage seizures. From changing your diet to CBD oil, here are some natural ways to keep seizures at bay.

Using CBD to Treat Seizures

Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, is one of many types of cannabinoids that come from the cannabis or hemp plant. Since CBD does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana, it will not cause you to get high. This makes the treatment a safe alternative to surgery and medicine. CBD treatment is FDA approved for the following types of epilepsy:

  • Dravet Syndrome - Typically, individuals will experience frequent and prolonged seizures.
  • Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) - People with LGS typically have tonic (stiffening) and atonic (drop) seizures.

The properties in CBD target and influence specific brain receptors that trigger seizures. Evidence from studies suggests that CBD can help control and ease the occurrence of different types of seizures mentioned above.

Using Diet Therapy to Manage Seizures

Fat plays an important role in transmitting brain signals as they make their way through complex cortical networks when carrying information. For healthy brain function, there are many diet options that epilepsy patients may benefit from. Diets that are low in carbohydrates that reduce the availability of sugar and higher in fat can help limit seizures. The following are some diet therapies that are used to manage seizures:

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

When it comes to changing your diet to reduce seizures, it’s essential to contact an experienced neurologist to help tailor a diet that is right for you.

Consult a Neurologist About CBD and Natural Treatments

Consulting a neurologist that has experience with CBD and other natural treatments can make all the difference in helping you live a better quality of life by reducing the occurrence of seizures. Dr. Mehta is committed to helping his patients learn about CBD and other natural treatments for epileptic seizures.

Contact Amor Mehta MD - Neurology Center for Epilepsy & Seizures, LLC at (732) 800-4587 today to learn more about how we can help you prevent or limit the occurrence of seizures.