Controversies in Neurology
September 2005

Role for Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Epilepsy

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Neurology, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC.




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Arch Neurol. 2005;62(9):1471-1472. doi:10.1001/archneur.62.9.1471

There is very little information available in the medical literature regarding the benefits or lack thereof of alternative treatments for epilepsy. These treatments are offered by herbologists, homeopaths, nutritionists, practitioners of Oriental medicine, aromatherapists, chiropractors, and others. Their recommendations are often used by patients who have epilepsy. In a recent California survey, 56% of adults with epilepsy were found to use vitamin or mineral supplements, herbal products, or natural remedies (garlic and others).1 In a survey of parents who had children with epilepsy, chiropractic and massage therapies were commonly used as well.2