Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Avoid Artifical Sweeteners, Take Natural Sugars, Coconut Oil
- B Vitamins
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Coconut Oil
- Dietary Changes, Challenging the Brain
- Dietary Recommendations
- Dried Herbs
- Edgar Cayce Remedies
- Eliminate Wheat, B Vitamins
- Epsom Salts
- General Feedback
- Glutamic and Aspartic Acid
- Gluten and Casein Free Diet
- Ingredients to Avoid
- Learn to Stay Calm
- Multiple Remedies
- Myoclonic Atonic Astatic Epilepsy
- Natural Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Stay on Your Medications
- Taurine, Tyrosine, B-50 Complex, Acupuncture
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
- The Aspartame Link
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation (Vns)
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes neurons to misfire in the brain and send out incorrect signals, ultimately classified by causing seizures. Seizures can vary between brief loss of awareness, to mood swings, to loss of body function and motor control, but these signs of epilepsy are ultimately the result of misfired brain signals. Diagnosis is usually made after brain scans.
In infants, seizures can be caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, central nervous system infections, physical trauma, or congenital abnormalities; whereas in late childhood to adults, seizures may be caused by nervous system lesions, trauma, tumors, stress, drug use, or alcohol withdrawal. In epileptics, seizures can be triggered by flashing lights, emotional stress, alcohol, and even reading. Epilepsy can be controlled with medication, but currently medicine cannot cure epilepsy.
Home Remedies to Cure Epilepsy
On this page, we have many home remedies submitted for controlling seizures, and among the bunch we are still looking for our Earth Clinic reader favorites. Users have suggested Epsom salts, coconut oil, and there are interesting discussions over aspartame as a seizure trigger as well as other dietary recommendations. One alternative medicine option seeing resurgent interest, especially for children with seizure disorders, is the fat-intensive ketogenic diet.1 If you know of a natural epilepsy remedy that you do not see here, feel free to post about it here.
Avoid Artifical Sweeteners, Take Natural Sugars, Coconut Oil
[YEA] 01/27/2008: Maureen from Maine, USA: "re: Seizure control. I realized that aspsrtame brought on seizures years ago...on my own. The doctor didn't see it. Why is it not of public knowledge? Why do they not put this on the yogurts or drinks? Why does aspartame exist? It doesn't even taste good! And our body doesn't even know what to do with that sugar!! Another sugar to avoid is sucralose. I have noticed that works against me too, often bringing on a seizure. It would be nice if a GOOD sugar, such as stevia, were of normal regime in american foods and drinks. It's ok to dream! Another good thing to include in the diet to avoid those seizures is coconut oil or coconut milk! The list of benefits is priceless!"Replies
[YEA] 05/27/2009: London from Sandusky, Ohio replies: "Hi, yes, you are right, artificial sweeteners certainly causes seizures. My boyfriend has had three, all in a five year period, and all of them related to his excessive intake of energy drinks, tablets, and artificially sweetened drinks. He works hard at his job, and he believes he cannot function without stimulants. Since he has related the seizures to these substances, he has reduced and cut down ALOT.
But he still drinks at least one energy drink every other day, and diet items every once in a while. I've warned him."
09/07/2011: Sharon from Rio Rancho, New Mexico replies: "@ Maureen- I used to drink a LOT of sodas, but I never had a seizure from them. But my naturopathic doctor has told me that he would rather I had regular sugar than any sugar substitutes.
@ London- As I was telling Maureen, I used to drink a LOT of sodas. Since seeing this naturopathic doctor, I have not had any, with only a little lemonade or anything else but water. I would hardly drink water before, now I am either drinking it, natural juices, or milk (milk isn't considered a food according to my diet so I can drink it to my heart's content). Anyway, the doctor told me that reverse osmosis or distilled water was best (usually this is the kind without any bad taste). You can add lemon or lime to it if you need flavor (from a real lemon or lime, not the concentrates you can get at the store). Another thing I was told but haven't tried yet is baking soda - adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a gallon of water will ph balance the water and give more benefits.
I am drinking more water, on a harmonious food diet (more oganic food to cut MSG and other excitotoxins found in processed foods, not eating protiens and starches together) and I feel a heck of a lot better than I did before - more energy and less headaches are just a few of the benefits, and now, I don't even miss the sodas."
11/14/2011: Ray from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "I heard that Pfizer had added aspartame to the seziure drug dilantin when they changed the look of the capsule in 2007. Aspartame has been known to cause seziures in healthy people who have no history of epilepsy. Why would Pfizer add aspartame to a drug that controls seziures?"
01/27/2012: Still Learning... from Phoenix, Az, Usa replies: "To get a built in"return customer" program - of course!
Drug companies are in a serious business, and need 'lifetime loyal customers". Do you ever actually listen to list of side-effects during TV commercials? "Occasional death, etc"... while happy people twinkle on screen."
[WARNING!] 03/26/2012: Jeff from Florissant, Missouri replies: "On products containing aspartame they do put a warning for those with Phenylalanine, a nervous disorder that has caused adverse reactions to Aspartame, including seizures."
12/30/2012: Granny On The Go from Waco, Tx: "As far as I can tell, at least some kinds of epilepsy are from an inborn need for extra B6. Read Adelle Davis' book Let's Get Well chapter on epilepsy.
It also is what must be given for a genetic mutation that causes cavities and gum diseases in children and young adults. I have found that it also is important for adults that seem to get cavities even when they brush and floss."
04/28/2012: Hippocrates from Odin, Missouri, U.s.a.: "Hello all, This is my first post. I figured that this information could possibly help someone. So here goes:
My grandmother once told me a story about her mother's sister, my great aunt (i knew all three women).
Way back when, when she was an infant/toddler, she had massive seizures. They called the doctor and he came out to where they lived and looked her over. He left and came back and gave her an enema of Blackstrap Molasses. I do not know the molasses/water ratio. I do not know if there was possibly anything else in the enema solution. As far as my grandma remembers, the doctor only did it the once, but was unsure if the family continued treatment on their own or not.
But soon after, she was cured of her seizures and never had any more for the rest of her life (died recently of old age).
Blackstrap molasses are high in Potassium. I postulate that either through direct mechanism or more likely through a Potassium deficiency being rectified by the addidion of Potassium into her system in large quantities, that it somehow cured her.
Again, not sure if this can help a child or possibly an adult with seizures, but I am just putting this story out there not as medical advise, but as something that has worked for someone in the past."
03/04/2013: Georgia Mommy from Atlanta, Ga: "I ran across this article in The British Medical Journal from October 1921, and thought it might be helpful to someone. It talks about sodium biborate (borax) successfully treating epilepsy.
02/19/2013: Pam from Osaka, Japan: "I'm 35 age. I'v had epilepsy since 27yrs old.
My friend just told me about coconut oil a week ago, and start to have every day. Does anyone take a medicine as well? I usually need to take two kinds every morning and evening plus, one of them in between. I duly stop to have medicine though..."Replies
02/24/2013: Shawn from Winston Salem, Nc replies: "Starting on March 1 2013 - March 1 2014. I'm going to be taking *4 tablespoons* of COCONUT OIL, everyday 365. My goal is if I have not had any seizures within 1 whole year I know for sure that the COCONUT OIL worked for me. Yall wish me luck!! PS. I usually have about 2 to 3 a year, Gran mal seizures"
02/25/2013: Art from Vancouver Bc., Canada replies: "To Shawn from Winston Salem, Nc
If you take 4 tablespoons of coconut oil every day the instant detox will probably make you very sick. You need to start with 1 teaspoon and work up. Monolaurin is an extract from coconut oil and is found in mothers breast milk. Our body's make it as well. You will also come accross Lauricidin which is supposed to be a more potent form of Monolaurin.
It even kills lipid coated viruses like Herpes and Hep-C .
[YEA] 05/25/2012: Rosie from New Orleans, La, Usa: "I have had epilepsy since about 17 yrs old. Now am 34. B/c I had partial temporal lobe type, I never took meds (scary side effects!!! ). But last yr I started having seizures more frequently and I wanted to do somthing about. Did ketogenic diet (strictly) for about 3 weeks, then switched to low-carb. Still had seizures. Btw, seizures seemed directly linked to my protein/fat intake. Ate lots of almonds, etc. Not as many seizures, but not cured. About 8 months later, I started drinking teas on a regular basis, teas that aid in kidney and liver function. Still had seizures. Then I got organic good coconut oil and started using as lotion every day 2x or more. 2 months into the coconut ritual, I had allergies/cold so I took massive amounts of Vit. C, zinc, echinacia, etc. I This was in dec and january of 2012. I realized about 3 weeks ago that I have not had a seizure in about 1-2 mnths.
I think it is the coconut. That is the only thing I do every day without fail. And I have only been putting it on my skin!!! I plan on eating a little bit every day.
Of course, my Dr. has no interest in my "cure."
All along, I have noticed a direct relation between my seizures and food intake, and in particular protein/fat. It's not protein, though, it's fat that I need.
also, my seizures started when I was in high school and started skipping lunch and eating candy and drinking Cokes."Replies
06/07/2012: Tjacks from El Cajon, Ca replies: "Should I buy coconut oil or cocoa butter? Will cocoa butter work?"
04/10/2013: Neurosky from Vancouver, Bc replies: "Another thing that has a major effect on seizures is sleep. Lack of sleep and stress can cause epilepsy. I have a really mild case of it and that's the only time I ever get epilepsy is when I am stressed or haven't been sleeping much or going to bed late."
[YEA] 10/16/2010: Faithinhealing from Forest Park, Ohio: "Remedy to Treat Epilepsy...
I read about a Ketogenic diet that was helping children with seizures control them! I tried it for a while but it was too difficult.. Although I had success... So instead I just started using 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil every day. It worked... I HAVE NOT HAD A SEIZURE IN THREE YEARS... Knock on wood! Please try it and get off the drugs today... Natural cures are the KEY!!! "Replies
08/02/2011: Crissy from Houston, Texas, Usa replies: "Hi do you think that may work on my four year old? He had a seizure May of 2010, they found a tumor in his brain. They removed it and it was a benign tumor Thank God! Now they've had him on anti seizure meds since then. He's acting fine but I have noticed if we keep him off the meds for some days he wakes up at night acting weird. Which I believe to be mini seizures. Thanks for any help."
09/07/2011: Sharon from Rio Rancho, New Mexico replies: "@ Faithinhealing
I'm sure four tablespoons wouldn't hurt you any, in fact, I'm sure its added benefit, but I was told three tablespoons a day of virgin or extra virgin coconut oil, not refined.
I would talk to Dr. Michael James at www.drugfreehelp.com or another naturopathic doctor in your area. What Dr. James told me was that a lot of things in processed foods can cause seizures, like MSG and other excitotoxins. MSG is even hidden in foods under other names. What coconut oil does is help rebuild the sheaths around the nerves. I am sure it could help your son."
11/16/2011: Joe from Fort Worth, Tx replies: "Doesn't coconut oil have a lot of saturated fat? Saturated fat is one of the "bad fat"."
[YEA] 01/26/2012: Martin from Pollok, Tx replies: "Coconut oil is among one of the best fats known to man and is extremely good for you and all that says it's not, does no good is not looking out for you."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/03/2012: Harsha from Bangalore, India replies: "Yes, after reading the great effects of coconut oil on a Alzheimer affected person, I started it in the new year. In a month I am seeing gradual results for my mild and frequent seizures."
02/05/2012: Julia from Colchester, Vermont replies: "Yes, common misconception about saturated fats, I did some research and found that the FDA kind of led America to believe that all saturated fats caused heart problems, untrue (there wasn't quite any solid research to back up those claims). Coconut oil is extremely good for you. I've just received an order I placed and am hoping it might help with my epilepsy and perhaps my memory which has been diagnosed on the 'lower end of normal'."
12/29/2012: Annie from Yorkshire, England replies: "Hi, Forgive my ignorance but which fats are good fats. Thanks"
12/29/2012: Mominchi from Chicago, Il replies: "We have tried Keto diet for my toddler's epilepsy and have now switched to a high in good fats diet. The issue with brain fats as far as I read with Keto is that long chain trigylcerides like veg oils burn really crappy as brain fuel and lots of fats pick up free radicals when you cook with them or become derranged or transfats as they are more commonly known. Those actually prevent the brain from using fats to repair itself (brain & nervous system is comprised of saturated fats).
My understanding of the reason the old school version of ketogenics worked best is because ALL the fat was short chain triglycerides from milkfats they burn cleanly and leave less metabolic waste (ketones) of course now since milk is superheated thru pasturization and derranged thru homogenization the diet is far less effective than the 20's version. Coconut oil is a medium chain and that was why MCT version of keto gave decent results. It is a good saturated fat (they actually prevent the oil from becoming a transfat when heated) and all cooking is ideally done with coconut, butter, or ghee. They gave excellent results on KD as compared to the terrible formula readymix loaded with calcium, aspertame, and vegetable oil."
12/29/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Annie from Yorks: Good fats, esp for ketogenic diets, include saturated fats, and mononunsaturated fats. Bad = anything hydrogenated or polyunsaturated. Every fat has its own profile of a bit of all the different types of fats in it (even olive oil has SOME sat fat in it), but think of it this way: if it is naturally occurring, it is good. Manufactured = bad. Always look for pure, less processed, one-ingredient varieties, as they occur in nature.
Examples of natural/good fats: coconut oil*, olive oil, fat in fish or meat, butter, cream, cheese.
Examples of bad fats: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, hydrogenated shortening, "processed cheese food", and any bottled, branded oil that is not one of the good ones mentioned above.
Medium/neutral: peanut oil, sesame oil, avocado oil."
12/29/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Mominchi and Annie, I would just like to suggest you read about Weston Price's amazing work on fats and how important they are to our brain and the development of our teeth. In addition to the MCT fats he shows how important animal fats are as well. Recently, I have listened to Ramiel Nagel go into even more depth regarding his work and how one can reverse cavities and heal the gums/ teeth with his protocols based in Dr. Weston Price's work. Fermented cod liver oil is the number one recommended super food in this protocol. Perhaps, you might want to consider this for your son, Mominchi. Anyway, just thought I'd add this since I have learned so much in this area. Hope this helps. Lisa"
Dietary Changes, Challenging the Brain
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/05/2013: Rogerrabbit from Siantar, Indonesia: "Now I have moved from America to Indoniesa, I found that all natural foods I can eat lower the time of the seizures, and staying happy and organized, making the brain operate in high levels of thinking process, because seizures cause the brain to run in high speed so use this quality for life, it causes process of info much faster then the normal human, so use it and this will lower the levels of seizures and I believe it will cause your child to stop seizures. I am 53 and my seizures have almost gone, just from increasing the amount of info I make myself process, force it to work harder and soon you will see how fast your brain will operate at high speed, much faster then normal,, it works for me < but eat much natural foods only , no processed foods, of any kind and low on sugars, force your brain and body to work much hard, and you will see it likes it, and it will love this, it's like a food for the brain, read on foods for the brain, this is how I found and what I am doing now."
04/06/2012: Nelson Narciso from Toronto , Ontario: "Hi, I highly recommend the ketogenic diet my son is 6 yrs old and has had all the seizures u can name and the meds are garbage. This diet can help to stop them with out meds please try this diet it really works you have to be very strict but its worth it."Replies
[YEA] 09/07/2011: Sharon from Rio Rancho, New Mexico replies: "Amy, I had a Grand Mal seizure when I was 6, and to mine or my family's knowledge have not had another, though upon seeing a neurologist to back day the GBS I had at age 3, was told that I still had seizures. I do not trust this neurologist very much because he's been focused on sleep studies and asking me about the CPAP machine he gave me rather than anything else, but I understand your mother's concern that is has to do with food, and not wanting to take meds.
I went to see a naturopathic doctor after my second appointment with this neurologist. The doctor I went to see was Dr. Michael James. Dr. James shared with me information about the foods we eat. I already knew that I couldn't have MSG because it would give me migraines. What I didn't know is that MSG is often hidden under other names so unless you know what you're looking for, you could still be eating it. MSG is known as an excitotoxin, and there are other excitotoxins in food besides MSG. These excitotoxins can cause seizures.
Dr. James put me on a new diet and I feel LOTS better. This diet was based on how foods interact with each other in digestion.
For example, there are protiens, starches, and bace foods (oils, raw nuts, vegetables). In this diet, you can mix the bace with the protiens, or the starches, but you can't mix protiens and starches because it can take up to 24 hours to digest if you do. You can have Taco Bell crunchy tacos, or burritos with no cheese, but with lettuce and tomato, or you can have KFG grilled chicken with vegetables and save your buscuit for later - these are examples of what I've done.
I have gone to eating organic foods, and buying sprouted wheat bread so I can have sandwiches. We even bought a grain mill to make our own sprouted flour or nut butters rather than buying the name brands at the store. It's a bit more expensive, yes, but it works. Dr. James also has me on a natural vitamin, mineral and herbal regime and I am feeling SO much better now. My energy is up for the most part, which it wasn't before, I don't have as much indigestion, as many headaches and that's just a few of the improvements I've noticed.
I think your mom has the right idea that it's in the food. I highly recommend speaking with Dr. James or finding a naturopathic doctor - or maybe even a regular western doctor - since insurance doesn't cover natural medicines - that will listen to your mom and work with her rather than against her."
[YEA] 08/28/2008: Tom from Austin, Texas: "my wife suffered seizures before we were married and has now been seizure free for 13 years of marriage. well she did stop the aspertame but I can't say if that is what made the difference as she stopped eating a ton of other junk as well. I follow an 85% raw fruits and veggies diet with no refined sugars or carbs and she just started to eat with me reluctantly at first and wala. if this story seems hard to believe just think, I left out the long list of chronic illness that went away from her body and mine like bad dreams. check out the haleluya diet."Replies
09/15/2010: Don from Edmonton, Canada replies: "I am a grand mal epileptic due to head injury. I know how he feels I am constantly searching for an energy drink that does not do more damage than I started but I have yet to find anything so I wont work night shift anymore and I drink water and pop. Water sucks and its bland but it works. Dilatation is a good mix but not a cure. Good luck D.A."
12/28/2010: Patricia from San Jose, Ca replies: "I reccommend trying Maca, a traditional Peruvian natural stimulant. Made from powdered root with no additives whatsoever. You simply mix/dissolve it in water. It gives an almost immediate energy boost without the nasty side effects."
07/22/2013: Matutina from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: "Try the spice section of your local grocery store and pick the following: Basil, oregano, dill, marjoram, rosemary, parsley, celery, sage and thyme. Take them in hot water. Mix them altogether when U get home in one big container. (Plastic and tight). They may help treat and replace the magnesium and many other healthy problems will be treated even without your awareness. Plus they are cheap. Take just a tablespoon once a day. But since you will be starting, start with a tea spoon and then increase gradually. Please let me know how it goes.... God bless U"
Edgar Cayce Remedies
[YEA] 02/22/2009: Linda from Virginia Beach, Virginia: "epilepsy healed with the edgar cayce remedies: It's my daughter's eight-year anniversary of being seizure-free. Here is her story: http://www.cayce.com/HealingEpilepsyByLindaCaputi.htm Hope it can help someone else too!"
Eliminate Wheat, B Vitamins
11/21/2011: Maisie from Portland, Or: "I recently brought my son to Portland Family Homeopathy in Portland, Oregon. He's had seizures for the whole first year of his life. Sometimes hundreds at a time. We were given a pretty bad diagnosis from a neurologist who wanted to put him on all sorts of meds. I asked her if there had ever been research about the long term developmental side effects of giving these meds to babies... She said no. So we chose to try to find other treatment options.
A friend of mine had recommended that I try Portland Family Homeopathy and so I did. We went and were given some really basic dietary information about what is good and bad for kids with seizures. Since we've cut out wheat and been giving him vitamin B supplements daily, he has been seizure free for 6 months now. Sometimes the answer is so simple."
11/08/2012: Sara from Teulon, Manitoba,canada: "My daughter is 16 months old and has seizures since she was 6 months old. She was put on Phenobarbital. We have had to up her intake from 5-7.5ml. She has been still having seizures. How much Epsom salts should my daughter take for her age?"
[YEA] 11/26/2011: Jtdds from Rochester, Ny: "I think I'm on to something regarding magnesium for seizure control. Before you spend a fortune like I did on Liquid magnesium, transdermal magnesium and Magnesium oxide supplements, try this...
Buy a small quantity of Epsom Salt from the drugstore. In a coffee mug, crush it into a very, very fine powder. Stir 1/2 to one teaspoon of the powder into a small sip of orange juice, open your mouth wide and swallow, being careful not to leave any magnesium granules at the bottom of the glass. My seizures are cured. DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR SEIZURE MEDICATION UNTIL YOU HAVE DONE THIS SUCCESSFULLY FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR AND EVEN THEN TAPER OFF OF IT SLOWLY WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN'S ADVICE!"
11/27/2011: Seline from Mtl, Qc replies: "Hi, jtdds,
How long have you been able to control epilepsy by Epsom salt?"
12/06/2011: Jaycee from Kuwait City, Kuwait replies: "Hi! Jttds,
My daughter suffers from Epilepsy since 14 years which started at the age of 13. We tried all medications since then but no success. Since two years we started with Homoeopathy there are a few changes to her behaviour but she still has seizures. Now the seizures are only in the night when she is about to fall asleep. Could Epsom salt be tried on her? Of course I will not stop giving her her daily Homeo dosages. Please advise. I read a lot about Epsom Salt and was very much impressed. Would appreciate your response at my email. Thank you and God bless.
12/06/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Jaycee, magnesium chloride flakes in the bath is better than epson salts as the effects last longer in the body. Epson salts is okay but you would need more. You could also make magnesium oil (50/50 magnesium chloride flakes and water) and spray on her body.
If you can get your daughter to the sea a few times a week that would also be good. It is a natural concentrated source of magnesiusm. Paddling/walking/bathing in the water for about 30 minutes would be good."
12/07/2011: Jaycee from Kuwait City, Kuwait replies: "Hi! Debbie,
Thank you very much for your response. Where can I get Magnesium Chloride flakes? Is it available in the Pharmacy/Drugstore? Also to make magnesium oil, do I need to add any oil to 50/50 magnesium chloride flakes and water or does magnesium chloride lets out oil. Going to the sea is very convenient all the time in Kuwait bcoz of the extreme climate conditions, but we can do so whenever possible.
Thank you very much for your support.
God bless, Jaycee"
12/07/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi Jaycee, you would have to do an internet search to see if it is available in stores over there. I had to buy some over the internet where I am as they only sell pre made magnesium oil in small bottles not the magnesium chloride flakes. You can make your own and it is a lot cheaper if you do this.
In the meantime you can always use epson salts but just bathe more often in them.
You make the magnesium oil with 50% magnesium chloride flakes and 50% water. It is called an oil but is not really an oil. When it dries it is very powdery and some people wash off after say 30 minutes.
A good website to read all about it is magnesiumforlife. com - also youtube is good to do a search for magnesium oil for more info."
10/28/2012: Binah from Dublin replies: "Hi Debbie, do you think magnesium chloride flakes could be mixed in water to drink? I don't have a bath, I just started taking Magnesium citrate a couple of days ago, I have some of the pre-made Magnesium oil but it is expensive. I'd love to be able to take the chloride if I can get it as powder ot flakes. Thanks"