Top 7 Home Remedy for Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked Seizures. Many people with Epilepsy have more than one type of seizure and may have other symptoms of neurological problems as well.
Sometimes EEG testing, clinical history, family history and outlook are similar among a group of people with epilepsy. In these situations, their condition can be defined as a specific epilepsy syndrome.
The human brain is the source of human epilepsy. Although the symptoms of a seizure may affect any part of the body, the electrical events that produce the symptoms occur in the brain. The location of that event, how it spreads and how much of the brain is affected, and how long it lasts all have profound effects. These factors determine the character of a seizure and its impact on the individual. Esssentially, anything the brain can do, it can do in the form of a seizure.
Having seizures and epilepsy can affect one's safety, relationships, work, driving and so much more. Public perception and treatment of people with epilepsy are often bigger problems than actual seizures.
1. Magnesium Rich Foods:
Research has revealed that a deficiency of magnesium in the body can trigger seizures in an epileptic person. Therefore, ensuring a diet rich in magnesium keeps you a step ahead of your next seizure. Foods rich in magnesium include cashew nuts, almonds and spinach. Make sure you make all or most of these magnesium rich foods a regular part of your diet. Chances are that your doctor, too, will have prescribed a magnesium supplement in your medication.
2. Ash Gourd:
If you don’t recognize it by this name, perhaps you will recognize it by the name of petha. That’s right, the world renowned sweet delicacy made in India, since forever! The actual fruit is called ash gourd or winter-melon. Its benefits in treating epilepsy are well known in India. To use it, peel and grate an ash gourd. Squeeze properly to extract the juice from the fruit and to this, add some licorice powder. Make it a habit to drink a glass of this mixture everyday to get relief from epilepsy and keep the seizures at bay.
Never thought you’d read the word ‘milk’ here, did you? We all know that calcium found in milk is good for our bones. But did you know that calcium is also a vital mineral for good brain health? A daily intake of milk ensures that the brain receives this mineral regularly. The water content in milk also keeps the body hydrated. So you really have nothing to lose by adding 1-2 glasses of milk to your daily diet. One of the best home remedies for epilepsy seizures!
4. Chamomile Tea:
Known for its antioxidant and cleansing properties, chamomile tea can also abate the symptoms of epilepsy. It is a natural soothing agent and works by calming the nerves. If you feel you have a seizure coming (many people say their seizures are preceded by headaches and anxiety), you should definitely try this remedy for epilepsy. Sipping a strong chamomile tea can be of great help. Boil some water and add a teabag of chamomile tea. Allow it to steep for at least 15 minutes, making sure that the tea is very strong. Sipping it will immediately soothe your on-edge nerves.
5. Cow’s Ghee:
Ghee or clarified butter is an excellent source of nutrition and has been used for providing extra nutritional care in many debilitation diseases and conditions. It is a powerhouse of concentrated nutrients and can help epileptics greatly. Including pure cow’s ghee in the diet of an epileptic helps in preventing seizures, curing epilepsy related headache, and is a source of healthy fatty acids.
6. Epsom Salt:
Studies show that Epsom Salt is also effective in reducing seizures in people with epilepsy. The magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt changes physiochemical cell relationships in the brain, which in turn lessens the frequency of seizures and convulsions.
Crush pure grade Epsom salt into a very fine powder. Add ½ teaspoon of the powder to a glass of orange juice or water and drink it each morning.
You can also enjoy relaxing and soothing Epsom salt baths 2 or 3 times a week.
The herb passionflower also helps reduce seizures. It contains a chemical known as chrysin, which helps increase the amount of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. This in turn reduces frequency of seizures as well as anxiety.
Drink 1 to 2 cups of herbal tea prepared with passionflower. Steep 1 teaspoon of dried passionflower in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain it.
Passionflower is also available in capsule, tablet, liquid extract and tincture forms. Always take this herb under the guidance of a doctor.
Note: Avoid passionflower if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Also, consult your doctor before taking this herb as it may increase the effects of anti-seizure medications.