Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterised by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Many people with epilepsy have more than one type of seizure and may also have other neurological symptoms. The seizures associated with epilepsy can affect one’s safety, relationships, work, driving and much more. The good news is that there are treatments available that can stop or control seizures for most people with epilepsy. While the first step is to find the right medication, some find that prescription drugs don’t work and for others, seizure medication can cause unwanted side effects. There probably isn’t a single alternative remedy that will work for everyone, and one should try varying treatments until they find one that works. Natural epilepsy supplements can complement and in some cases, even improve medical treatment.
Alternative therapies include treatments that are different from the medicines prescribed by doctors and health professionals, and we’re going to talk about some alternative options that can have a positive effect on the condition.
- Vitamin B-6
Vitamin B-6 is used to treat a rare form of epilepsy known as pyridoxine-dependent seizures. This type of epilepsy usually develops in the womb or soon after birth, and is caused by the body’s inability to metabolise vitamin B-6 properly.
- Vitamin D
Medication used to treat epilepsy may also cause biotin or vitamin D deficiency, in which case doctors may recommend a vitamin D supplement. Folic acid supplementation in people with epilepsy may, however, cause more harm than good, and should only be taken under a doctor’s supervision.
- Vitamin E
A 2016 study found that vitamin E may help decrease seizures in people with epilepsy whose symptoms aren’t controlled by conventional drugs. The study also concluded that vitamin E might be safe to take with traditional medicines for epilepsy. However, more research is needed.
Severe magnesium deficiency may increase seizure risk, and some dated research has suggested that magnesium supplementation may reduce seizures. However, more trials are necessary to understand the effects of magnesium on epilepsy better.
Despite their potential, natural treatments still pose risks, as they can interact with and affect the efficacy of the medication. Be sure to consult your doctor before adding supplements to your regimen.