A deluge of electric signals in the brain causes seizures. Certain signals are produced by the nerve cells of the brain as a part of its normal functioning. A mild hindrance in this signalling causes seizures. In general, seizures are not recurring. However, few people do have repeated seizures and this condition is called epilepsy.
A seizure attack causes irrepressible frantic modifications in body movements. At times, loss of consciousness also occurs. Before the onset of seizures, a person can experience bizarre taste or smell. Seizures can be triggered by several factors.
Seizures are generally treated with anticonvulsants or anti epileptic medications. These drugs are effective, but one has to deal with the severe side effects that include changes in behaviour, weight gain and depression. Natural remedies are undoubtedly effective and safe. The following herbs are used to treat the harshness and reiteration of seizures.
Though it is commonly used to treat insomnia, valerian can also be used to treat seizures.
The root is considered effective to treat seizures as it contains certain compounds with anticonvulsant properties. Valerian roots are available as capsules in many health stores. They must be consumed before bedtime as they are sedative.
This herb is generally used to treat anxiety related disorders. A flavanoid called chrysin, found particularly in blue passion flower is an effective sedative that reduces anxiety. A study reveals that chrysin’s mode of action is similar to compounds such as opioids and benzodiazepines, which prevent seizures. This herb is widely consumed as tea. Two to three cups of tea per day can show promising results.
The leaves of bacopa, an Indian herb have been traditionally used to treat seizures and convulsions. Bacopa also protects the brain and improves reasoning and concentration.
This herb is said to reduce the frequency of attacks. However, there is no strong evidence to prove the same. The recommended dosage is 200 to 400mg of capsules per day.
This is an Asian herb, used to treat seizures. This herb has sedative and antispasmodic properties and hence considered effective for treating seizures. This herb is widely consumed as tea. The recommended quantity is one cup per day.
The rhizomes of the orchid Gastrodia have been traditionally used to treat convulsions, seizures and paralysis. The active compound present in this herb, Vanillin, has anti-convulsive properties.
For effective results, this herb is used in combination with other herbs such as Uncaria. The recommended dosage of Gastrodia rhizome is three to ten grams per day.
Chamomile is widely known as sedative herb. This herb has calming effects on the central nervous system and hence it can be used to combat seizures. It is widely consumed as tea, but herbal capsules are also available. The recommended dosage is 400 to 1500 mg per day or one to two cups of herbal tea.
This herb has been used for many years to treat epilepsy, anxiety and insomnia. Several studies reveal the anti-seizure effects of this herb.
Flavanoids, the active compounds present in this herb are said to be responsible for the anti-seizure nature of this herb. It is generally taken in the form of tea or tincture. Herbal capsules are also available.
These herbs can cause reactions when consumed along with anti epileptic drugs. They should be avoided during pregnancy and nursing periods. In case of an allergic reaction, consult your physician immediately. Professional guidance is required to decide on a suitable herbal regimen. Prolonged consumption of the right herbs can effectively wind down seizures.