Does anyone know of any natural/herbal treatments used to prevent seizures?

Katie - posted on 07/25/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old and has had 5 febrile seizures since he turned one. He hasn't had one in 3 months, thank the Lord, but our neurologist ordered an EEG for 2 weeks from now, to see if anything comes up. We talked about medicating Cristian if he has another seizure. I am weary of medicating him because I have heard that it can make kids lethargic, and I don't want Cristian to live like that. I am just wondering if there is any way to prevent seizures in a natural way, without the side effects of medication.

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Fawn - posted on 09/03/2009

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Just to let you know, Tea Tree Oil can cause seizures and a lot of natural cleaners contain tea tree oil.

James - posted on 11/23/2013

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The Possible Causes and Cures of Epilepsy

Epileptic seizures can be triggered by many additives that are in processed foods. Aspartame is known to induce seizures. Two main constituents of aspartame include phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin, which means that it over-excites nerves, causing them to literally burn-out and die. Phenylalanine is a known neurotoxin, so aspartame should be avoided by all individuals. Beware whenever you see "sugar-free" on a package.

Zinc deficiency has been shown to cause seizures. A study that was published in 1990, entitled, Effects of dietary zinc status on seizure susceptibility and hippocampal zinc content in the El (epilepsy) mouse, showed that zinc deficiency caused seizures, and this could be quickly corrected with adequate zinc supplementation. Many epilepsy sufferers have noted significant improvements in their condition with zinc intake.

Magnesium is a vital component of epilepsy recovery, and many believe that magnesium deficiency is the root cause of epileptic seizures. Lots of people choose to supplement with magnesium using Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate). While this is an option, impurities may be present in Epsom salt, because it is not meant for oral consumption. Some companies are dedicated to selling completely pure food grade Epsom salt. We cannot attest to the integrity of any of these companies. If Epsom salt is used, then the ideal dosage is about 1/2 a teaspoon each morning. Otherwise, magnesium supplements are available from health food stores. Food sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews, peanuts, halibut fish, and spinach. Studies have verified a link between magnesium deficiency and epilepsy. However, excessive supplementation with magnesium will cause other important minerals to flush out of the body to ironically cause even more nutritional deficiencies. So, the wisest approach is to fix the nutritional problems with diet, if possible.

The valerian herb is a very popular anti-spasmodic medication in Russia and Germany. In America, it is mostly known for its sedative effect, but it also has an anti-convulsant action that is beneficial for epileptic people. In addition, it has been shown to aid concentration. Low doses are recommended to avoid its sedative effect.

Scullcap and Indian tobacco (lobelia inflata) have both been traditionally used for convulsions, seizures, and tremors. Although there have been few official studies concerning their effectiveness. Skullcap is believed to be calming, while Indian tobacco is believed to relax the muscles. Indian tobacco is technically not a tobacco, even though it is smoked. It is known for reversing the lung damage that is caused by smoking real tobaccos.

Vitamin B-1 and vitamin E have shown very positive results in helping people who are suffering with epilepsy. Epilepsy has been linked to a vitamin B-1 deficiency.

Based on the aforementioned approaches, it is obvious that a good diet is essential for overcoming epilepsy. As always, we recommend avoidance of all "white" products, including white sugar, white flour, table salt, and white rice. It is especially important for an epileptic sufferer to avoid artificial sweeteners and additives. Drink spring water, and eat a balanced diet, which includes range-fed meats (preferably organic), whole grains, and organic fruits and vegetables. There are no healthy breads (not even whole wheat) in regular retailers anymore, so we recommend buying a bread maker.

People who suffer from this condition often benefit from a heavy metal cleanse, which can be purchased at health food stores or you can do it yourself using the approach in the Techniques For Cleansing The Body and Detoxifying article. Be sure to read the ingredients on these products before purchasing.

Radiation from sources such as the new generation of high-frequency televisions, energy efficient lights, microwaves, video game systems, radio towers, and cellular towers can trigger severe seizures.

Acupuncture and massage therapy are other therapies for epilepsy that have had a significant presence in the treatment of this disorder. Acupuncture has been known to reduce seizures and also control abnormal brain activity that causes the seizures. Studies in China have established that treatment of epilepsy where acupuncture and massage is used along with certain herbs have had the best results. A study in Germany which involved almost a hundred people established that acupuncture treatment over a period of up to 18 months showed marked improvement in 65 percent of the cases. All drugs were discontinued during the period of the test.

Please have blood tests for any vitamin/mineral deficiency before visiting your qualified nutritionist/doctor to enquire about taking any proper dosage of the vitamin/mineral supplement to reduce such health problem.

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Keep that baby in good active shape. I have had epliepsy for 10 years now. I find that I will have no sezures when I am active and in good health. I am sure you find that your baby has the siezures in stressfull situations or when they are tired( the body finds that stressfull). With excersize you increase your stress handling capeability in your body. TRUST ME IT WORKS!

Carla - posted on 08/06/2009

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I concur on the olive oil. I actually give my kids (both of them) olive leaf extract that you can get at the health food store and multivits. Olive leaf helps with fever and the multivits, well I guess Im trying to build up the immune system.

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Janet - posted on 03/03/2013

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Try using GABA.:) Go see a natural path doctor they will tell you about GABA! GABA works and its safe and it is in a natural way.:) Google GABA and you will see how easy and safe it is! Hope your boy is doing well. .:) God bless!

Lori - posted on 08/29/2009

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Christine is so right! My son started having seizures shortly before he turned 13 (10 years ago). We did the EEGs, tried different meds, dealt with a medical community that was in no certain hurry to help him. We never discovered the "why" to his seizures, but after several different meds and FINALLY a "successful" EEG we found the correct one (Tegretol XR, also) and he stays relatively seizure-free. Stress and fatigue can occasionally still induce a seizure - but he is in excellent physical condition, otherwise. He rides his bike or walks everywhere he goes ... ANYWAY - after much research, I agree with Christine: each seizure does some damage - why risk that?? And as far as my son is concerned, I don't want to pass up the opportunity to protect and help him. I have already lost one child as an infant, I don't know that I could survive losing another! Getting your child the proper medical treatment may be your one and only opportunity to protect him/her - the idea of my child having a seizure and walking out in front of a moving vehicle scares the holy crap out of me!!!

Christine - posted on 08/28/2009

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Quoting Katie:

Does anyone know of any natural/herbal treatments used to prevent seizures?

My son is 19 months old and has had 5 febrile seizures since he turned one. He hasn't had one in 3 months, thank the Lord, but our neurologist ordered an EEG for 2 weeks from now, to see if anything comes up. We talked about medicating Cristian if he has another seizure. I am weary of medicating him because I have heard that it can make kids lethargic, and I don't want Cristian to live like that. I am just wondering if there is any way to prevent seizures in a natural way, without the side effects of medication.



My daughter is 7yrs old and has been on seizure medication since she was born.  She is doing great with the exception that she has an occassional seizure in her sleep.  She has been on two different kinds of medicines. When she was a baby she was on Phenobarbital for 4yrs and then we stopped the medicine for almost a year before she started to have seizures again.  She is now on Tegretol XR and has been on that since 2007ish.  The more a child has a seizure the more it kills a part ot there brain and not to mention the chance that you are putting them at danger for a severe seizure that they may get hurt from.  Take it from a mom who has dealt with this for 7yrs, do the EEG and if it shows that your son is truely having seizures then please consider medication.  You only get this one chance to protect your child.

Valerie - posted on 08/28/2009

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I didn't do meds with my son, and I found diet and vitamins works the best of all! My son is a healthy 12 yr old and is at his normal mental age. They cannot find any abnormal brain injury, but the EEG had seizure activity. They still couldn't tell me why, or what was causing them?Very Frustating! But I do know that there are many children with multiple major seizures daily that do damage their brain, so it really depends on the type and severity of the spell. This is only MY CHILD that it has worked for, and Lots of Prayer!

Valerie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Quoting Christinna:

Keep that baby in good active shape. I have had epliepsy for 10 years now. I find that I will have no sezures when I am active and in good health. I am sure you find that your baby has the siezures in stressfull situations or when they are tired( the body finds that stressfull). With excersize you increase your stress handling capeability in your body. TRUST ME IT WORKS!



You sound like my son.He started having seizures at age 2 1/2 years. He is now 12 almost 13, and he has seizures only when he is stressed/tired or sleep diprived. Like when they Test him on TAKS tests at school. I homeschooled him and the seizures were less. He went to public school all year last year and only had 4-5 all school year, but all of them were at school. NONE at home. He is on NO MEDS, but we did try Trileptal when he was 6, but he had horrible side affects and he couldn't sit still or read a sentence. So we stopped it and just make sure he is eating healthy food and keeps active. He is on a SELECT baseball team, is in Athletics, in Band, and still has energy to play outside. He had a seizure on friday, right after open campus, at the Junior High  he is now attending. School started Monday, and he seems very comfortable and doing great! I pray everyday that he will be ok, and I do feel the less stress they have the better!



HAS ANYONE HEARD OF SUDO SEIZURES? I need to look it up? 

Drewin - posted on 08/13/2009

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Good for the clean EEG! Children do grow out of febrile seizures so maybe his time has passed. Good luck with cold and flu season!

Katie - posted on 08/06/2009

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Thank your for all of your input. We're still seizure free. Had EEG today. Will get results tomorrow at dr visit. I'm not holding my breath though. My husband thinks I'm being silly, that Cristian has grown out of them. But I can't help but worry. . . with flu season around the corner. He hasn't been sick with anything since his last seizure. And that's the only time he has had seizures. Actually, everytime he's gotten sick since his first one, he's had a seizure. I'm crossing my fingers that he's outgrown them. We'll see what the doc says tomorrow.

Tammy - posted on 08/03/2009

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I had my daughter seizure free and drug free for 2 years once , when she was between 9 and 12..I slowly backed her off all that medicine,she was getting a shot of olive oil everyday and I took her to a chiropractor twice a week.This doctor even saw My daughter for free because she wanted to write a paper on it.For 2 years It was wonderful,She learned to read during this time.BUT when she turned 13 she had a really bad seizure,and the doctors were so mad at me for stopping her meds.without telling them.I got into some trouble almost got her taken away.because she was on SSI and was in the system, they said if I didn't give her some meds They would take her away.So I gave her the meds BUT I still refused to stop the chiropractor, and I refused the over drugging they were doing!!!Now she is 20 years old and I take her to the chiropactor about once a month.and she takes depakote 500 mgs twice a day. and she has not had a major seizure in over 8 years.The olive oil I still give her too one shot a day.and a good muti vitamin!! I hope this helped!!!! God Bless!!

ToyNera Crystal - posted on 08/01/2009

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Contrary to the post by Lesty, a diligent high fat diet called the ketogenic diet has totally stopped my son's seisures for the last 2 years. He was having them all day every day. It requires a lot of diligence, but can be incredibly worth it!! Many neurologists want kids to be on medications over any other treatments, but find one that has experience with the ketogenic diet and talk to them about it. My son had tried many different drugs. None worked and all caused their own damage. My son has nearly finished retraining his brain on the ketogenic diet, and we will slowly start lowering the fat and increasing his protein and carbs starting in september :) Best of luck to you and yours.

Lesty - posted on 08/01/2009

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Different things can cause triggers in seizures. My son has Grand Mal type, and one of his triggers is too much vitamin A. He has a condition that stores fat on his brain, causing too much pressure, and his disease doesn't produce what is needed to to reduce that fat. My own research has taught me that Vitamin A also produces that fat. So I remedy that by letting him have one cup of coffee with me in the mornings, coffee depletes the body of vitamin A. Some chemicals in household products can trigger them, lack of sleep, etc. What works for one parent, may not be the best thing for your child. I would start by asking his doctor, since his doctor can sometimes help identify his triggers. Keeping a record of when your child seizures, length of time, and what happened that day, can also help find the triggers. Also, not every drug acts the same with every child, what might be a typical side affect, like lethargic, may not have that same affect on your child. They allow you to try several kinds, to fit that childs needs. If you dont like the effect, say so. I didn't like the idea of my son being on meds either, for the same reason as you. But I had to take into consideration his safety, suffer injuries from the seizures, or maybe a little lethargic wouldn't be so bad after all. (which he takes depakote, and has no lethargic reaction) And I remind myself, every morning and evening when I give him those meds, this medication is for his comfort, and not for mine. You will do what is best for him. You are a super mom.

Lisa - posted on 07/31/2009

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My daughter hs TS Tuberous sclerosis and this is an illness that is genetic and we will deal with these issues of seizures her whole life. We had been on several meds in her first 4yrs. The worst by far is phenobarbital and this is what they tend to give babies first. When those levels get to a certain point these babies do get somewhat lethargic. I did not like this but no natural treatments were working for her. We tried the vitamin thing. The ketogentic diet was not working for her. She does have a diagnosis though and has severe status epilepticus(bad seizures). We ahave been on a med named Zonegran and by far this one has been the best. She has had only two seiures in 2 1/2 yrs since being on this med. Will pray that your child doesn't have major seizures and have to go through this for a prolonged time. My daughter is now 10yrs old but mentally2-3yrs because of seizures. We love her and take one day at a time,one month at a time and then one yr at a time. God Bless,Lisa

Polly - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son had Seizures when he was young, I notice that smells made him have them. Smells from house hold cleaners, where the worst! My son is older now (he will alway live with us) but we have gone to a company that has all natural products. This not only helps him, but it is helping my husband and myself as well.

Carla - posted on 07/27/2009

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I am in the same boat. My daughter is 5 and has had ...13?? 14?? I cant keep track now. I'd be interested to see if you dig anything up. Good luck with your EEG!

Shanon - posted on 07/26/2009

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I have just been informed that certain vitiamins help with sez. do some reserch on the b-complex and see what u find...hope this helps

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