Epilepsy is a medical condition that causes the brain cells to generate excessive electricity resulting in frequent episodes of seizures. It is believed that one in every 100 people suffers from epilepsy. The problem can occur at any age although it is commonly seen in the older generation.
There are herbal medications that can help treat epilepsy but they should be taken only after getting the go ahead from your doctor. Some of the herbs should be taken under medical supervision.
Herbal Remedies for Epilepsy
Bacopa has anti-epileptic property because it contains the compounds called saponin. These compounds cause an increase in the activity level of the two chemicals found in the brain; serotonin and aminobutyric acid.
Both the chemicals are responsible for lowering the calcium current in the brain; it is the presence of high amounts of calcium that causes seizures. The herb is available in capsule and tablet form but should be taken after consulting a doctor.
Since centuries valerian has been used in the treatment of epilepsy because it a natural anticonvulsant. The many active compounds present in valerian help sedate the central nervous system thereby arresting the epilepsy episodes. It is the root of the herb that is used for medical purposes.
You can either use dried roots of valerian to prepare herbal tea or buy valerian root tea bags sold in herbal stores.
Aloe vera is a well known herbal plant and is commonly found in all households because of its amazing medicinal properties. The herb is also considered excellent for treating epilepsy because it is a natural ameliorative.
The ameliorative properties of the herb in combination with polysaccharides restrict the occurrence of electrical shocks experienced by the brain. Drink three glasses of fresh aloe vera juice every day to control episodes of epilepsy.
Lavender has proven useful in the treatment of epilepsy because it is a CNS relaxant and an anticonvulsant. To treat epilepsy it is important to control the rate of speed of the electrical impulses and lavender works by relaxing the nerves of the brain. Since ancient times lavender is being used in the treatment of epilepsy because of the soothing and calming effect it has on the mind.
However, it is best to get a medical opinion before starting the lavender treatment as in some cases the herb is known to have triggered off epilepsy seizures. Lavender is mainly sold in the form of tea and you can drink 2-3 cups of lavender tea every day to combat epilepsy.
Passionflower has mild sedative properties and is widely used in the treatment of insomnia, depression, anxiety and stress. The herb has calming effect on both the mind and body and is therefore, considered effective in the treatment of epilepsy. The herb is available in extract form and consumption of 50 drops of passionflower extract every day is known to help in the treatment of the condition.
Mix the drops in a cup of boiling water and drink the herbal concoction three times a day. Do not take the herb if you are pregnant as it can cause fatal harm to the fetus.