Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Epilepsy (Seizure) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of epilepsy (seizure) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which neurons in the brain signal abnormally, causing seizures, loss of consciousness, unusual behavior or sensations, and muscle spasms. Several different factors can cause epilepsy, including abnormal brain development, head injury, certain illnesses and imbalance of neurotransmitters (chemicals that signal and relay messages to the nerves). An individual can have seizures without being epileptic. Generally two or more seizures is an indicator of epilepsy.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Epilepsy.


There are no acupuncture treatment protocols associated at this time.



There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for epilepsy (seizure):

Unfortunately there are no linked formulas at this time, try our stores symptoms page. Ultimately, you should ask your practitioner or ask questions in our in our forums.


The following (9) acupuncture points may be useful for epilepsy (seizure). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (3) Chinese herbs currently associated with epilepsy (seizure). Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for epilepsy (seizure). For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Epilepsy (Seizure)

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

Used for heat that is lodged in the chest affecting all yang stages, also for phlegm in the liver/gall bladder.  Generally used for a range of psychological conditions, aiding with drug withdrawal and related issues.  Symptoms include chest oppression, anxiety, irratiblity, palpitations, excessive/delirious speech, heavy sensation of body, constipation, urinary issues.

The Pulse will be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a slippery tongue coating.

Hui Chun Wan

Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with wheezing, nausea, nighttime crying, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive mucus/saliva) or other conditions that involve fever, impaired or loss of consciousness, irritability, restlessness such as seizure disorders, meningitis, measles, and gastroenteritis among others.

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