Alternative Therapies For Epilepsy

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Alternative Therapies For Epilepsy

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Author: Orrin Devinsky MD, Steven C. Schachter , Steven V. Pacia MD


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"Written by three distinguished epileptologists with a long-standing interest in alternative therapies, this book provides an evidence-based consideration of the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies in epilepsy care. Organized by problem, the authors review alternative approaches to epilepsy- related conditions to help physicians, healthcare professionals, CAM providers, and patients understand the options and safely integrate treatments that work into their regimens.

The book begins with an overview of the therapies themselves, including herbal remedies, nutrition, alternative pharmacological therapies, physical treatments, and neurobehavioral approaches, and also discusses medication-related considerations and caveats. The next group of chapters covers CAM and preventive approaches to mitigating the effects of epilepsy and epilepsy therapies, such as drug toxicity and side effects of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), seizures, enhancing cognitive function, issues for women (pregnancy, breast feeding, menopause), and managing anxiety and depression. The final part of the book focuses on quality of life and lifestyle modifications to reduce seizure risk, including techniques for stress reduction, sleep disturbances and aids to normalize, alcohol and recreational drugs, and environmental factors.

Features of Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy Include:

  • Evidence-based review of CAM therapies for epilepsy
  • Problem-oriented, practical approach to integrating alternative treatments into traditional regimens for healthcare providers
  • Written by distinguished epileptologists with broad clinical experience
  • Addresses all aspects of health for persons with epilepsy (not just seizures) and offers practical suggestions for improving patient care and patient health

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 19, 2012
  • Page Count 232
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936287321
  • EISBN 9781617050664

About The Author(s) 

Orrin Devinsky, MD

, is a professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, and director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). He has published widely in epilepsy, with more than 250 articles and chapters and more than 20 books and monographs. He is currently on the board of the National Epilepsy Foundation. He is coeditor of, and the journals

Epilepsy and Behavior


Reviews in Neurological Diseases


Table of Contents 

"Preface, 1. Alternative Therapies in Epilepsy: An Overview, 2. Herbal Remedies, 3. Nutrition, 4. Alternative Pharmacologic Therapies for Epilepsy, 5. Physical Treatments, 6. Neurobehavioral Approaches, 7. Countering the Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs, Seizures, and,Brain Injury, 8. Womenís Issues, 9. Epilepsy: Injury and Prevention, 10. Enhancing Cognition, 11. Managing Anxiety and Depression, 12. Epilepsy and Stress, 13. Stress Management in Epilepsy, 14. Sleep and Seizures, 15. Over-the-Counter Drugs, Alcohol, and Recreational Drugs, 16. Environmental Factors and Epilepsy, Appendix, Index"

Editorial Review(s) 

“So many common, important and practical issues are addressed in this book that it is must have on any health professional or individual with epilepsy’s library. In summary, this particular text is an excellent guide for anyone who is truly interested in getting questions answered that are often not covered in medical visits. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about CAM for epilepsy.”—Joseph I. Sirven, MD,, September 2012