Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy

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Orrin Devinsky, MD, Steven C. Shachter, MD, Steven V. Pacia, MD
Demos Medical Publishing, May 1, 2005 - Medical - 330 pages
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Epilepsy is a difficult illness to control; up to 35% of patients do not respond fully to traditional medical treatments. For this reason, many sufferers choose to rely on or incorporate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into their treatment regimens. Written for physicians, knowledgeable laypersons, and other professionals, Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy bridges the worlds of traditional medicine and CAM to foster a broader perspective of healthcare for patients.

The book respects cultural differences that may incorporate alternative medicine into a medical management program, and encourages patients to safely continue receiving necessary medical treatments. Wherever possible, scientific evidence supports the choice of treatment modalities, as well as the effectiveness of a combined traditional and CAM approach. Readers will find incisive discussions in sections on:

  • Learning to Reduce Seizures
  • Asian, Herbal and Homeopathic Therapies
  • Nutritional Therapies
  • Alternative Medical Therapies
  • Oxygen Therapies
  • Manipulation and Osteopathic Therapies
  • Music, Art, and Pet Therapies

From stress and epilepsy, to acupuncture, massage, craniosacral therapies, homeopathy, ketogenic diets, aromatherapy, hypnosis, and more, the book is all-inclusive and enlightening. Additional commentary by the editors provides a critical vantage point from which to interpret the data and viewpoints of the contributors, all experts in the therapies presented. This balanced, scientific approach will appeal to even those most skeptical of alternative therapies, making the book essential for every professional who seeks to provide the broadest range of effective patient care.

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About the author (2005)

Orrin Devinsky, MD, is a professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, and director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). He has published widely in epilepsy, with more than 250 articles and chapters and more than 20 books and monographs. He is currently on the board of the National Epilepsy Foundation. He is co-editor of, and the journals Epilepsy and Behavior and Reviews in Neurological Diseases.

Dr. Steven C. Schachter is currently Director of Research for the Neurology Department and Vice Chair of the Committee for Clinical Investigations at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of Clinical Research, Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He serves on the executive committee of the Harvard Medical School Scholars in Clinical Science Program and co-directs its Longitudinal Seminar.

Dr. Steven V. Pacia is the Director of Neurology at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at NYU Schoolof Medicine, where he is also Director of the Clinical NeurophysiologyResidency Program. Dr. Pacia is the principal investigator for the NYU site of the first multicenter NIH-funded project to study epilepsy surgery. He has authored numerouspeer-reviewed articles on the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

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