by Caitlin Evans: Good health is a relative term. If extensive therapies and medical tests result in better condition on paper, this doesn’t mean that you will necessarily feel good…
Conventional medical standards are simply not sufficiently clear-cut when it comes to chronic ailments of the modern world. Medicine can treat the symptoms of depression, anxiety, neuroses, allergies and neuroses, but it hardly resolves the root causes. Beyond that, there are other routes you can take when it comes to treating neurological disorders such as epilepsy. In this case, natural approach can truly work wonders.
How do you define epilepsy?
Epilepsy is pretty much synonymous with seizures. It is the fourth most common neurological disorder that affects people across all generations. Of course, the severity of seizures can differ from person to person, which is why it is categorized as a spectrum condition.
One of the most terrifying aspects of epilepsy is that it is an unpredictable chronic disorder. Seizures may be unprovoked, but they can also be set off by a range of triggers. These seizures are not only terrifying to witness or live through, they can also result in serious physical injuries or suffocation.
An indicator of a deeper problem
Just as dementia can be caused by numerous ailments, epilepsy is also just a symptom of a far more insidious underlying disorder. It is predominantly caused by injuries and changes in the morphology of brain, strokes, inflammations, brain tumors, defects, etc. As such, it can be very tricky to deal with it even if every aspect of the diagnosis is as clear as day.
A time of natural remedies
While holistic approach is still a “dirty word” among many healthcare professionals, it seems that respected authorities on all matters medical are slowly changing their minds about alternative ways to treat people. At the very least, they have commenced with the long-overdue breaking of taboos in the realm of research, but they have also opened the doors to a whole world of new discoveries.
The miracle of Cannabidol
Scientific studies have confirmed the positive effects of certain substances and, encouraged by such findings, we now have the access to the FDA approved natural remedies that work wonders. Oral solutions based on CBD have been sanctioned for treatments of seizures even in the realm of pediatric epilepsy, which is a reminder that a true progress comes when scholars are unbiased enough to consider all avenues.
The first hints for cannabidol’s ameliorating effect on pain, anxiety and seizures is found in ancient texts from China and Persia. Thousands of years later, a study on a controlled group of young children that suffered from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome showcased that the application of CBD compound cut the occurrence of epileptic seizures down by half.
The power of leaves and roots has stood the test of time and it has remained one of the most prevalent ways to treat a variety of conditions. The very fact that 80% of global population uses unprocessed herbs and herbal combinations to treat ailments is a testament to the overwhelming power of nature.
In combination with approved epileptic drugs, plants such as chamomile, mistletoe, lily of the valley, valerian and passionflower can help, and the list of such natural dietary supplements is pretty impressive. However, steer clear of all herbs that contain caffeine, ginseng and ginko, as they can make matters worse!
A protein rich diet with a “side dish” of Omega-3
Proper and consistent dietary changes can turn your life around and improve your health in unimaginable ways. It is the ultimate natural cure and approach to any disease. When it comes to epilepsy, you need to ensure a daily intake of B6, Magnesium, E, D and manganese. Diversify your diet, with an accent on protein intake. Reduce the daily amount of food you ingest by maximum 20% and divide your meals into smaller, more frequent portions throughout the day. Make sure to ingest enough food rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Countless individuals who suffered epileptic seizures for years introduced omega-3 fatty acids to their diet with stellar results. Some testimonials even claim that the seizures stopped completely.
Approximately 75% of children are exclusively treated with standard types of antiepileptic drugs, but we are all aware of the fact that a regular intake of pills won’t fundamentally fix the problem. While introduction of certain natural remedies might sound hokey to some people, bear in mind that we are all already recommending or taking advice of medical professional that can already be categorized as “natural”. For example, healthy diet, lifestyle change and introduction of physical activity are completely legitimate and natural ways to improve your overall health condition, even in the case of worst ailments. Why wouldn’t some other natural remedies work as well?
Caitlin is a bookworm, photographer and dancer. She is also a medical student in love with science and nutrition. When she is not trying to find the meaning of life and Universe, Caitlin is researching and writing about various health-related topics. She is happily addicted to art in all its forms, grilled tofu and long walks.