Alternative therapies include such techniques as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, relaxation, guided imagery, biofeedback, aromatherapy, yoga, therapeutic touch, homeopathy, diet, etc. These are unconventional or non-medical therapies that tend to focus on the integration of the body, mind and spirit, sometimes referred to as the holistic model.
Most people with epilepsy need to take anti-epileptic medication to control their seizures, so the non-medical therapies are more often “complementary” to their conventional medical treatment.
How effective are alternative approaches to epilepsy?
Certainly, reducing stress can reduce seizures in some people, and alternative therapies that include stress-reduction techniques can help some people better control their seizures. Furthermore, the greater involvement of the person with epilepsy in his or her own seizure management through these therapies can be positive in itself.
Can relaxation, yoga and meditation control epilepsy?
Can epilepsy be controlled by acupuncture?
Can epilepsy be controlled through behaviour therapy?
Can epilepsy be controlled using aromatherapy?
The use of oils such as ylang ylang, camomile and lavender appear to help relaxation, whereas oils like rosemary, sage, hyssop, sweet fennel and wormwood can have the opposite effect and should therefore be avoided by people with epilepsy.