Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by unpredictable seizures.
Seizure types varies from person-to-person and are often characterized by partial or complete loss of consciousness. Seizures, fainting etc can be caused by many different things and rates of misdiagnosed epilepsy is high. A correct diagnosis to find the underlying cause for seizures should be the first priority. Take blood and urine test for complete mineral analysis, check electrolyte levels in blood, review nutrition. Examine possible deficiency of vitamin B1 / Thiamine, vitamin B12, B6, magnesium, potassium, amino acids, etc. Epilepsy is misdiagnosed in 90 000 people a year in England and Wales.
By Carl Grinde | April 16 2019
Updated August 21 2023
Causes for seizures
Here are things that can cause seizures: Electrolyte imbalance, mineral imbalance, low blood oxygen, lack of oxygen in brain, respiratory problems, breathing abnormalities, lung problems, heart problems, vitamin B1/Thiamine deficiency, chemical food additives, side effects of medicines and vaccines, head injury, birth complications, aging, stroke, recreational drugs etc.
Incorrect epilepsy diagnosis is very common and thus also incorrect medication. People with seizures and similar problems should be adequately assisted in getting rid of their problems.
"Epilepsy is misdiagnosed in 90 000 people a year in England and Wales"
"rates of misdiagnosed epilepsy remain stubbornly high."
"Misdiagnosis of epilepsy remains common and the consequences for the individual significant."
"Misdiagnosis of epilepsy: many seizure-like attacks have a cardiovascular cause."
Articles on epilepsy, natural medicine
Electrolyte imbalance seizures and epilepsy
Seizures are often caused by electrolyte mineral imbalance. Take a blood test and request a full mineral analysis. Check the levels of electrolytes - mineral levels such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphate and chloride etc.
The ammount of these substances in the blood must be kept within strict levels. The levels should not be too high but not to low either.
Electrolyte imbalance causes a lot of problems including seizures and muscle spasm
"Electrolytes are chemicals in the body that regulate important physiological functions and include sodium, chloride, magnesium, potassium and calcium."
"Electrolytes must exist in the body within a narrow concentration range in order to effectively serve a variety of critical functions The normal range is measured per liter of blood. Electrolyte imbalance refers to a value higher or lower than the normal range and can cause a variety of symptoms."
"An electrolyte imbalance may lead to a number of symptoms that depend on which electrolyte is out of balance and whether the level is too high or too low."
Check electrolyte mineral levels
Take a blood/urine test
How are your mineral levels?
What is the electrolyte status of your blood?
Electrolyte mineral test
Go to your hospital or health care center and make a blood/urine test or do the test your self with a home test kit.
Electrolyte mineral supplements
essential mineral blend supplements
keto electrolytes supplement
Vitamin B1/Thiamine deficiency cause for seizures, cramps and epilepsy
Symptoms of vitamin B1/Thiamine deficiency: nerve damage, cramps
Severe vitamin B1/Thiamine deficiency can cause loss of muscle control, twitching and seizures.
Extreme vitamin B1/Thiamine deficiency results in a disease called Beriberi. "It can cause loss of muscle control, twitching, muscles freezing into awkward positions, and seizures."
"Our findings indicate that severe infantile thiamine deficiency may result in epilepsy."
"Thiamine improves neuropsychological functions"
Sources of vitamin B1/Thiamine in food plus supplements
Thiamine sources in food
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Deficiency of vitamin B6 and vitamin B 12 can cause seizures
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Low oxygen in tissue - hypoxia and respiratory insufficiency cause for seizures, epilepsy
Hypoxia - low oxygen levels in tissue causes half of brain damage in epilepsy
Hypoxemia - low oxygen levels in blood - lung problems, heart problems causes for seizures, epilepsy
Respiratory insufficiency cause for seizures, epilepsy
"The two main organ systems responsible for oxygen delivery in the body and maintaining homeostasis are respiratory and cardiovascular system. Abnormal function of any of these two would lead to the development of hypoxemia and its detrimental consequences."
Hypoxemia means low oxygen content in blood. It can cause seizures
"Ictal hypoxemia is defined as a drop in oxyhemoglobin saturation below 90% during a seizure and has been seen in up to 33% of focal seizures with or without generalization".
"Ictal hypoxemia is often accompanied by respiratory changes."
Focal seizures is one of the two major types of seizures in epilepsy.
Low blood oxygen linked to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)
Canned oxygen to prevent seizures
Psychological causes of seizures and epilepsy
Severe mental stress, traumatic experiences, (perhaps bullying and harassment) etc. can cause epilepsy and seizures and conditions similar to epilepsy.
Non-epileptic seizures (NES)
Non-epileptic seizures (NES) - imitators of epilepsy
Seizures is not always epilepsy. Very low blood sugar can cause seizures for example.
"Some patients have been on antiepileptic medications inappropriately for decades for conditions that are not and never were seizures."
Natural treatments and information about seizures and epilepsy
Natural treatments for seizures and epilepsy: Harmonize electrolyte/mineral levels calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphate and chloride etc. Eat Ketogenic diet, Atkins diet, LCHF diet, Magnolia bark, Resveratrol, Bupleurum, Ash gourd/Winter melon, Kava, Garlic, Shosaiko-to/Saiko-keishi-to Formula. Do Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy- HBOT.
Avoid prescribed medicines if they cause epileptic symptoms. Read the package leaflet for your medicine.
Ketogenic diet / Modified Ketogenic diet, Atkins diet, LCHF diet for epilepsy relief
Make sure to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration.
youtube.com How to END Seizures (Epilepsy) Once and For All
dietdoctor.com about LCHF - a ketogenic diet
Grain Brain, Seizure Free On A Ketogenic Diet (youtube.com)
Ketogenic Diet for Epilepsy: Story and Tips From Experienced Parents (youtube.com)
ketogenic diet for epilepsy menu Google images
Known seizures triggers
Severe hypoglycemia - low blood sugar levels triggers seizures
Diabetes type 1 increases the risk of developing epilepsy according to a a study.
Seizures caused by electrolyte disorders and hyponatremia, hypocalcemia, and hypomagnesemia
"Seizures represent an important clinical manifestation of electrolyte disorders and are more frequently observed in patients with hyponatremia, hypocalcemia, and hypomagnesemia. In these subjects, the successful management of seizures begins with an accurate diagnosis of the underlying electrolyte disturbances. Complete serum chemistry, including sodium, calcium, and magnesium, should therefore be part of the initial diagnostic workup in patients with seizures. Early identification and correction of these disturbances are necessary to control seizures and prevent permanent brain damage, as AED alone are generally ineffective if the electrolyte disorder persists. In fact, treatment of seizures secondary to electrolyte imbalances is determined by the underlying cause of the disturbance, and in most cases administration of AED is not necessary as long as the underlying disturbance is rectified"
Hyponatremia - sodium deficiency can cause seizures
Energy drinks like Red Bull, Monster, Burn etc can cause seizures
Hypomagnesemia or Magnesium deficiency can cause seizures and tremor
Magnesium treatment can ease epilepsy.
(National Institutes of Health) "Clinical and experimental investigations have shown that magnesium depletion causes a marked irritability of the nervous system, eventually resulting in epileptic seizures."
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Natural treatments, herbs etc
Epilepsy natural treatments tips and information
Glucosamine against epilepsy
Passion flower for epilepsy
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Skullcap against epilepsy
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Ginger against epilepsy
Ginger has several positive properties that are good for health and it also seems to work for epilepsy. Try.
Buy pickled ginger
Buy fresh Ginger
Tetrapleura tetraptera Prekese or Aidan fruit
Tetrapleura tetraptera Prekese or Aidan fruit protects against seizure and prevents brain degeneration.
It is also used to treat simple wounds, cardiovascular disorders and breast cancer among other things. It's anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory.
It is used as food and medicine in Nigeria.
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Buy Prekese Aidan fruit here
Pantothenic acid, vitamin B5 against epilepsy
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Vitamin B12 against epilepsy
Can Vitamin B12 deficiency cause epilepsy? It seems so. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause psychosis.
Buy Vitamin B12 here
Epilepsy medications cause Vitamin B12 deficiency
Sleep against epilepsy
There is a connection between seizures and poor sleep. Try to get good sleep. Take a good sleep supplement. Magnolia bark extract, Saffron and Ashwagandha are recommended.
Magnolia bark medicine for epilepsy
Magnolia bark has anti seizure and antiepileptic effects and is great to use as medicine for epilepsy.
Magnolol and Honokiol and two neuro protective compounds in Magnolia. Magnolia bark is also good for the nerves, it fights anxiety, depression and helps sleep.
Buy here: Magnolia bark extract
Resveratrol has antiepileptic effects and protects the brain
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in several berries and herbs. It's found in red grapes, red wine cocoa.
It has neuro protective properties and supports brain funcions and memory. Scientific studies show it's great use as antiepileptic medicine.
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resveratrol powder (amazon.com)
resveratrol powder grape skin extract
Curcumin/Turmeric - very good for epilepsy
Turmeric or Curcumin extract from Turmeric protects the brain and fights many diseases. It's a good medicine for epilepsy.
Curcumin Turmeric epilepsy anti seizure activity
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Ash gourd / winter melon - natural treatment for Epilepsy
inlifehealthcare.com (Disclaimer: I would not suggest yoga)
ash gourd winter melon epilepsy
Ash Gourd juice health benefits
Lion's mane mushroom for the brain and nerves
Lion's mane mushroom improves memory, concentration and cognitive functions. It repairs neurological disorders.
Consult your medical physician before taking lions mane mushroom.
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Ashwagandha for Epilepsy
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Bupleurum is a herb that in antiepileptic. Here are some pages with information about Bupleurum.
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Calm and Clear (herbalcreatures.com.au)
Bupleurum Liquid Extract Alcohol Free (pipingrock.com)
Nature's Sunshine Tiao He Cleanse Capsules (pharmacydirect.co.nz)
Bupleurum & Peony Tea Capsules (yamasherbs.com)
Kan Herbs - Herbals- Relaxed Wanderer (amazon.com)
Bupleurum calmative compound (amazon.com)
Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang (forresthealth.com)
Passion flower - Passiflora incarnata
Dual protective effect of Passiflora incarnata in epilepsy and associated post-ictal depression.
passiflora incarnata extract passion flower health calming
Buy here: Passion flower extract
Buy here: Passion flower tea
Buy here: Passion flower essential oil
Radix Bupleuri (Chaihu) and Saikosaponins substance
Essential oils to ease/treat epilepsy
Essential oils can soothe the nervous system.
Frankincense oil is good to treat epilepsy, it aids the oxygenation of the brain.
Three other good essential oils are Neroli, Angelica archangelica and Passion flower. Others to try: Chamomile, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Lavender, Vetiver, Bergamot, Cananga, or Ylang Ylang oil.
Caution: Essential oils are very strong, only a very few drops are enough.
Avoid/don't use: Sage, Basil, Fennel, Hyssop, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Sage, Tansy, Tarragon, Wintergreen oil.
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Studiy on Angelica archangelica Linn essential oil.
researchgate.net Studiy on Angelica archangelica Linn essential oil.
Study on Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium blossom) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Study on Neroli essential oil
Pocket size Essential oils diffuser pens/personal inhalers, and regular diffusers
This is handy, Pocket size Essential oils diffuser pens and inhalers. Get one of these.
essential oils diffuser pen
essential oils personal inhaler
Buy essential oil here:
Angelica archangelica oil (biofinest.com)
Angelica archangelica oil
Neroli essential oil
Vetiver Essential Oil
Passion flower essential oil
Cananga essential oil
Shosaiko-to and Saiko-keishi-to Formula
Shosaiko-to and Saiko-keishi-to are two similar herbal blends used to treat epilepsy.
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Effectiveness of Saiko-Keishi-To
Buy Saiko-Keishi-to herbal blend supplements here
Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang, Bupleurum and Cinnamon Formula; Saiko-Keishi-to (drguberman.com)
Bupleurum and Cinnamon Combination saiko-keishi-to, Chai hu gui zhi tang (eagleherbs.com)
CHAI HU GUI ZHI TANG Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig (shenclinic.com)
Xiao Chai Hu Tang Minor Bupleurum Formula Saiko-Keishi-to (tjherbs.com)
Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang Bupleurum and Cinnamon Formula (tjherbs.com)
Tsumura Chinese medicine internal use liquid Saikokeishito (global.rakuten.com)
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy - HBOT
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy or HBOT is a medical treatment that uses a high oxygen chamber to speed and enhance the body’s natural ability to heal.
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy improves brain funcions and helps tissue repair in the whole body and improves overal health.
hyperbaric oxygen therapy customer testimonials
Epileptic seizures caused by food additives
MSG - Monosodium glutamate - E621
Monosodium glutamate can trigger seizures. This food additive is included in many different food products. Small amounts is perhaps not harmful. But since it is included in so much food you are likely to get a quite big daily doze dose of this chemical. Too much for your own good. Monosodium glutamate is actually a natural part of the human brain. It is a neurotransmitter that helps to send signals between brain cells. If you constatly add extra Monosodium glutamate to you body then the brain cells get an overload and will be completely overstimulated. It becomes like pressing a switch on and off several times a second. Finally, the brain cells begin to die, over-stimulated to death.
Because of their ability to cause this intense activity in the brain Monosodium glutamate, Aspartame are called Excitotoxins.
Food colourings and preservatives seizure triggers
food colourings and preservatives seizure trigger
Aspartame causes epileptic seizures and brain tumors
Dr. Russell Blaylock: Excitotoxins - The Taste That Kills (youtube.com) (backup link here if removed)
Excitotoxins The Taste that Kills by Russell L Blaylock (brightorganics.com.au)
Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills
up to 9% of status epilepticus cases are caused by a drug or poison
Common Causes of Drug-Induced Seizures
Extended-Release Bupropion–Induced Grand Mal Seizures
Seizures caused by anti depressant drug WELLBUTRIN (bupropion hydrochloride)
Lists of toxins and drugs that induces seizures
Mayoclinic is corrupt
Mayoclinic is corrupt. They say that "Epilepsy has no identifiable cause in about half the people with the condition." Is this really true? On their page about causes of epilepsy there is not one word mentioned about electrolyte imbalance and the word mineral does not even appear.
On their page here about diagnosis and treatment for epilepsy the words minerals and nutrients are not mentioned.
Ok they mention Ketogenic diet so one plus for them there. But they also say: "Most people with epilepsy can become seizure-free by taking one anti-seizure medication, which is also called anti-epileptic medication."
Let's see here what an "anti-epileptic" medication can do? First, make money for the pharmaceutical company of course. And..
Prescribed medicine causes epilepsy
Topimax antiepileptic medicine causes muscle cramps or muscle twitching, lack of coordination, feeling of unsteady walking, involuntary tremors or shakes, fast uncontrolled eye movements
Below is a list of some anti epileptic medicines that causes symptoms of epilepsy. This is corruption. This is heartless. Why should this be allowed to continue?
Topimax antiepileptic medicine, migraine medicine from Janssen (active substance Topiramat)
Very common side effects (may affect more than 10%):
Stuffy, runny nose or sore throat
Tingling, pain and / or numbness in different body parts
Common side effects (may affect up to 10%):
Anemia (low blood count)
Allergic reactions (such as skin rash, redness, itching, facial swelling, hives)
Loss of appetite, decreased appetite
Aggression, arousal, anger, abnormal behavior
Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping
Problems with numbers or speech difficulties, slurred speech
Clumsiness or lack of coordination, feeling of unsteady walking
Reduced ability to complete routine tasks
Reduced, loss of, or non-existent taste
Involuntary tremors or shakes, fast uncontrolled eye movements
Visual disorders such as double vision, blurred vision, impaired visual acuity, difficulty in focusing
Sensation of dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears, pain in the ears
Fever, feeling not to be crying, weakness
Vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain or discomfort, indigestion, stomach or intestinal infection
Joint pain or swelling, muscle cramps or muscle twitching, muscle pain or weakness, chest pain
topamax.com from Janssen
Fycompa antiepileptic medicine (active substance Perampanel)
Common side effects:
Ataxia (lack of order) is a neurological condition that causes difficulty in coordinating voluntary muscle movements. This is due to a damage to the central nervous system. There are several different ataxia diseases. and difficulty in keeping balance, difficulty in hitting the mouth when eating, choppy speech or jerky eye movements.
Dysartrial - disorders caused by impaired neurological control of the muscles normally used in speech.
The most common side effects of FYCOMPA include: dizziness; sleepiness; tiredness; irritability; falls; nausea and vomiting; weight gain; vertigo (sense of spinning); problems walking normally; problems with muscle coordination; headache; bruising; abdominal pain; anxiety
Neurontin antiepileptic medicine from Pfizer (active substance gabapentin)
Very common (may occur in more than 10%):
Drowsiness, dizziness, uncoordinated muscle movements
Fatigue feeling, fever
Common side effects (may affect up to 10%):
Pneumonia, respiratory tract infection, urinary tract infection, ear infections or other infections
Reduced number of white blood cells
Anorexia, increased appetite
Aggression against others, confusion, shifting mood, depression, anxiety, nervousness, difficulty in thinking clearly
Seizures, jerky movements, speech difficulties, memory loss, tremors, difficulty sleeping, headache, skin sensitivity, decreased sensation (numbness), coordination difficulties, abnormal eye movements, increased / decreased or absence of reflexes
Fog, double vision
High blood pressure, redness / enlargement of blood vessels
Respiratory, respiratory, sore throat, cough, nasal discharge
Vomiting, nausea, problems with the teeth, inflamed gums, diarrhea, stomach pain, indigestion, constipation, mouth and throatiness, gases
Facial swelling, bruising, rash, itching, acne
Joint pain, muscle aches, back pain, twitching
Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)
Swollen bones and arms, walking difficulties, weakness, aches, malaise, flu-like symptoms
Accidents, fractures, abrasions
Lamictal Generic Name: lamotrigine/ active substance Lamotrigin
Treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder.
Common side effects:
loss of coordination,
changes in menstrual periods,
runny nose, or
sleep problems (insomnia).
List of antiepileptic medicines
Do your own research about harmful side effects
Salvia miltiorrhiza, or red sage
curcumin, which is present in turmeric
resveratrol, which is an antioxidant present in red grapes and other plants
Acorus tatarinowii, which is an herb used in Chinese medicine
Aniba candelilla, or Kunth, which is also known as precious bark
Uncaria rhynchophylla, or cat’s claw
Silybum marianum, or milk thistle