Last Modified on Apr 25, 2016
What is Epilepsy?
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.
Remedies for Epilepsy
The Popularity of Epilepsy Remedies - Full List
|Avoid Artificial Sweeteners||3||2008-01-27|
|Dietary Changes, Challenging the Brain||1||2013-06-05|
|Edgar Cayce Remedies||1||2009-02-22|
|Eliminate Wheat, B Vitamins||1||2011-11-21|
|Fluorescent Light Connection||0||2009-08-14|
|Glutamic and Aspartic Acid||1||2011-09-11|
|Gluten and Casein Free Diet||1||2007-12-19|
|Ingredients to Avoid||1||2012-07-09|
|Learn to Stay Calm||2||2013-04-10|
|Stay on Your Medications||0||2009-11-22|
|Taurine, Tyrosine, B-50 Complex, Acupuncture||1||2008-03-06|
|Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)||0||2010-09-22|
[YEA] 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!
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Posted by Chris (Lansing, Michigan) on 01/24/2008
[YEA] On September 1,2007 I started having grand mal seizures. I continue to have them and my neurologist says I have developed epilepsy. I had no idea that artificial sweeteners would cause neurological disorders. It was a gift from God when my dentist found out about my seizures and steered me to this information. Doctors want to cover up the symptoms with medication that is actually worse than the symptoms themselves. I am going to stop all foods with aspertaime and I know I will feel better and my seizures will stop. I had funny feelings for months that were gradually getting worse and I was still putting the poison in my body. The feelings slowly got worse to the point of not being able to speak which led to the grand mal seizure. I was poisoning myself and didn't even know it. Thank you so much for this life saving information. I am going to use Stevia and pass this information to all I know. Has anyone developed siezures since using aspertaine?
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Ten Mile, Tn
YEA (2) 100%Posted by Epilepsy Free (Suburban Chicago) on 04/09/2015
[YEA] I developed grand mal seizures at age 35. I would later discover that I was suffering from a little know medical condition called PDS. or Pyridoxine Deficency/Dependency Syndrome (a severe lack of vitamin B-6). Check a Merck Manual, or online for such information. And, since then, I have replaced the Dilantin I was taking, with one super high potency B vitamin tablet, along with a multivitamin tablet each day, as insurance against other known vitamin deficiency problems occurring. I have since been seizure free for 12 years now.
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San Fernando, Philippines
Posted by Granny On The Go (Waco, Tx) on 12/30/2012
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.
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Faithville , Us
Posted by Hippocrates (Odin, Missouri, U.s.a.) on 04/28/2012
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.
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Posted by Georgia Mommy (Atlanta, Ga) on 03/04/2013
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.
YEA (4) 80% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 20%Posted by Tina (Oh) on 11/15/2015
[YEA] I've had seizures since I was 13 years old, now I'm 53. Went through lots of experimental drug tests and all the other testings.They have never found where there coming from.I seen an article about coconut oil, started taking it and went from 3 seizures a month to seizure free for 5 months now.
I take 1 heaping teaspoon ever morning with 3 other prescriptions plus I have a VNS box that is suppose to help my seizures. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Posted by Leon (Portland, Oregon) on 10/11/2015
[YEA] First seizure in high school/Dr.s believe it is caused by meningitis when I was a baby - myelin sheaths which insulate nerves were damaged and burned with high fever. Now 40 years later am beginning to understand amino acids and vitamins can help so heard about ketogenic diet - I figured I make it easy by taking 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil - 1 in morning and another in evening.
I started in April and haven't had a seizure in four months. Reading 'Rosie's' mention of coconut oil found out I should take more and I WILL. Haven't told Dr. what I've been doing but will when I build up a little more then he'll know not just the Vagus Nerve Stimulator works. Leon
Posted by Maureen (Sturgeon Bay, Wi) on 07/31/2014
I have had seizures since age 3, and I have been taking medicine my entire life since. Going from one medication to the next, my seizures have never been under control. I am now 42 and I take 3 different types of meds for my seizures. Doctors always say that one will work, then I go back for a prescription for a different med. I have thought that there is some medicine out there that works, I just have not found it
Reading about the many stories where people have tried coconut oil for different conditions, I thought that there maybe coconut oil could help with my epilepsy. I have only been taking a tablespoon a day for 1 week, but I can feel a change in myself. I feel more energy, motivation and I can tell my brain is much more clear. I am still taking medicine, I feel I will most likely be taking meds for the rest of my life. I figure if is something that will help, I am going to try, if it does not do the trick, it is very good for your hair. My family does not support me, I believe that my mother would. She passed 15 years ago. Hopefully, the coconut oil will help. I know there is no cure for epilepsy, but I pray that it can help me control my seizures.
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Posted by Pam (Osaka, Japan) on 02/19/2013
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...
Posted by Rosie (New Orleans, La, Usa) on 05/25/2012
[YEA] I have had epilepsy since about 17 yrs old. Now am 34. Because I had partial temporal lobe type, I never took meds (scary side effects!!! ). But last year I started having seizures more frequently and I wanted to do something about. Did ketogenic diet (strictly) for about 3 weeks, then switched to low-carb. Still had seizures. By the way, 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.
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Posted by Harsha (Bangalore, India) on 02/03/2012
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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.
Posted by Faithinhealing (Forest Park, Ohio) on 10/16/2010
[YEA] 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!!!
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Posted by Frank (NY, NY) on 08/22/2009
Interesting causes of seizures on this thread. Another condition that can cause seizures is cysticercosis, an infection from ingestion of tapeworm larvae.
From the CDC website:
"Neurocysticercosis (cysticerci in the brain, spinal cord):
Symptoms of neurocysticercosis depend upon where and how many cysticerci (often called lesions) are found in the brain. Seizures, and headaches are the most common symptoms. However, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, difficulty with balance, swelling of the brain (called hydrocephalus) may also occur. Death can occur suddenly with heavy infections.
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Rogerrabbit (Siantar, Indonesia) on 06/05/2013
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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.