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I was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, I have grand mal seizures, is there any vitamins, supplements, herbs, oils, teas, or special foods i could use to decrease my amount if seizures??

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Hello.
That's quite a shock, to discover you have such a condition - especially as it has quite an impact on your lifestyle.

Passionflower and skullcap are two western herbs that have been used to assist with epilepsy. There are also a number of dietary recommendations around, the most scientifically validated is to follow a ketogenic diet - this is used as a stand-alone treatment for epileptics - the only reason it is not routinely used is because it can be challenging to maintain, but a determined adult would not have such a struggle.

Marijuana with the THC removed is being used in some countries, such as Australia with good effect and the Epilepsy Foundation's website http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/medical-marijuana has some general information about the subject.

I wish you all the best.

Kind regards
Sharon

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Sharon Erdrich

Expertise

Any health related question, particularly those related to an holistic approach, using nutrition, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and lifestyle options.

Experience

30 years as a registered nurse, Private health consultant and experienced educator of complementary medicine practitioners.

Organizations
NZAMH, NZ Nursing Council., AIMA (Associate member), Naturopaths of NZ.

Publications
Kai Tiaki Journal. Healthy Options Magazine. See my website www.houseofhealth.co.nz for downloadable articles.

Education/Credentials
Reg Nurse, Post Grad Cert Health Science (Nutrition), Dip Herbal Med, Dip Naturopathy, Dip Aromatherapy.

Awards and Honors
Best Research Paper, Top Naturopathic Student (2005)

Past/Present Clients
Varied, from all ages and with a range of health issues.

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