Alternative Therapies For Epilepsy

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Demos Medical Publishing, Jun 19, 2012 - Medical - 225 pages
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"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 factors.

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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Contents

Alternative Therapies in Epilepsy An Overview
1
Herbal Remedies
11
Nutrition
33
Alternative Pharmacologic Therapies for Epilepsy
61
Physical Treatments
71
Neurobehavioral Approaches
81
Countering the Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs Seizures and Brain Injury
93
Womens Issues
101
Managing Anxiety and Depression
157
Epilepsy and Stress
167
Stress Management in Epilepsy
175
Sleep and Seizures
185
OvertheCounter Drugs Alcohol and Recreational Drugs
195
Environmental Factors and Epilepsy
205
Appendix
211
Index
215

Epilepsy Injury and Prevention
115
Enhancing Cognition
127

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About the author (2012)

Orrin Devinsky, MD Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine Steven Schachter, MD Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School Steven Pacia, MD Associate Professor of Neurology, New York University School of Medicine

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