Written by three distinguished epileptologists with a long-standing
interest in alternative therapies, this book provides an
evidence-based consideration of the use of complementary and
alternative (CAM) therapies in epilepsy care. Organized by problem,
the authors review alternative approaches to epilepsy- related
conditions to help physicians, healthcare professionals, CAM
providers, and patients understand the options and safely integrate
treatments that work into their regimens.
The book begins with an overview of the therapies themselves,
including herbal remedies, nutrition, alternative pharmacological
therapies, physical treatments, and neurobehavioral approaches, and
also discusses medication-related considerations and caveats. The
next group of chapters covers CAM and preventive approaches to
mitigating the effects of epilepsy and epilepsy therapies, such as
drug toxicity and side effects of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs),
seizures, enhancing cognitive function, issues for women
(pregnancy, breast feeding, menopause), and managing anxiety and
depression. The final part of the book focuses on quality of life
and lifestyle modifications to reduce seizure risk, including
techniques for stress reduction, sleep disturbances and aids to
normalize, alcohol and recreational drugs, and environmental
Features of "Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy" Include
Evidence-based review of CAM therapies for epilepsy
Problem-oriented, practical approach to integrating alternative
treatments into traditional regimens for healthcare providers
Written by distinguished epileptologists with broad clinical
experience Addresses all aspects of health for persons with
epilepsy (not just seizures) and offers practical suggestions for
improving patient care and patient health
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