Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Epilepsy

  • Thalia Valeta


Complementary and alternative treatments are a group of diverse health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. These treatments are usually in addition (complementary) or instead (alternative) to main-stream medical therapy Their use has increased over the past two decades, and surveys have shown that up to 44% of patients with epilepsy are using some form of such treatments. A significant problem with them is that their safety and effectiveness is not tested with well-designed scientific studies. Some may be very helpful and harmless, but others may interfere with the medically prescribed drugs, weaken their effectiveness or cause side effects. Complementary therapy organisations can provide names of registered therapists, and advice about what to look for in a good therapist.


Relaxation techniques Meditation Yoga Biofeedback Nutritional supplements Herbal supplements Chiropractic care Magnet therapy Prayers Acupuncture Reiki Homeopathy Physical exercise programs Aroma therapy Biofeedback 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thalia Valeta
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  1. 1.First Neurology and Psychiatry ClinicUniversity of Athens, Aeginition HospitalAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and EpilepsiesSt. Thomas’ HospitalLondonUK

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