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.
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).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of epilepsy (seizure):
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (3) chinese herbs may be useful for epilepsy (seizure). In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.
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.