Epilepsy is an ailment which encompasses various kinds of seizure problems generally rising out of unusual electrical signals in the brain. The medical treatment procedures for this ailment include anti-seizure medications, psychological assistance as well as brain surgery in certain cases. However, these anti-epileptic medications have sometimes caused severe side-effects like suicidal tendencies, jaundice, kidney or liver failure, etc. But physicians do believe that it is worth taking the risks if the medication can reduce the occurrence of the seizures.
As regarding treatment with psychological assistance, it has not proven to be of much help until the seizures are induced by stress. However, seizures can be much disturbing for sufferers, particularly when it causes involuntary urination, hence a good psychological help can be helpful.
In the present times doctors have recognized a number of causes and cures for epilepsy. It has been seen that seizures in epilepsy can be provoked by the additives, which are present in processed foods. In particular the artificial sweeteners, aspartame has proven to aggravate seizures. Aspartame consists of phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin which excites the nerves causing them to burn-out or die. Phenylalanine is a neurotoxin as well.
Further studies have shown that a deficiency of zinc may lead to increased seizure condition in epilepsy and can be promptly corrected with sufficient zinc supplementation. It has been seen that epilepsy sufferers have exhibited a better condition with zinc supplement. In addition to zinc, magnesium also is a significant component that can assist and aid in recovery from epileptic seizures. Many doctors consider magnesium deficiency to be the main cause of repeated epileptic seizures. Hence many patients are today supplemented with magnesium using Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate). However the Epsom salt brought from retail brands often contain impurities which are considered unfit for oral consumption. One can purchase the pure ‘food grade’ Epsom salt and the ideal dosage for consumption is ½ teaspoon every morning. Or else it is advisable to buy magnesium supplements from health foods stores, or boost your diet with almonds, cashews, as well as spinach. Studies have confirmed the relationship between magnesium deficiency and epilepsy.