⌃ Online Herbs and Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders: Treatment Strategies for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine, and Seizures page Kindle Ebook By Sheryl Shook Ph.D. ᠀ Chapter 6 Seizure Disorders Epilepsy recurrent seizures requires ongoing medical care There is no evidence that seizures can be completely controlled with the use of herbs and nutrients without medication On the other hand, as discussed above, herbs and nutrients may well help control seizures, allow reduction of medication dosage, and provide neuroprotection in the presence of seizures As with all disorders, any seizure patient interested in the use of supplements requires individual evaluation for the best choice of supplements as well as ongoing supervision The following summarizes the use of the nutrients and herbs that have been most successful in treating seizure disorders Nutrients GABA GABA is the main inhibitory amino acid neurotransmitter in the brain Clinical experience and review of the available literature suggest it does cross the blood brain barrier, contrary to the commonly held opinion that it does not GABA is relatively safe and generally inexpensive It can be sedative early on so the dose should be gradually titrated Starting at 500750mg at bedtime, the individual may slowly increase the dose as high as 1500mg twice day As noted above, phosphatidylserine appears to help GABA cross the blood brain barrier Phosphatidylserine dosage is 100150mg twice day Taurine Taurine is an amino acid minus the amino group and is pervasive in the bodys metabolism It inhibits the excitatory effects of glutamate and inhibits the enzyme that metabolizes GABA, the brains main inhibitory neurotransmitter Both these effects are important in controlling seizures Starting at 500mg on an empty stomach at bedtime, the dosage can be increased slowly up to 2 gm twice day Magnesium Magnesium is an essential mineral with numerous functions in the bodys metabolism Its value in seizures relates to its inhibitory role in the ion channel of the NMDA receptor, an important receptor for glutamate and the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain In addition, magnesium levels tend to be reduced in individuals with seizures A chelated bound to amino acids form of magnesium is recommended rather than an inorganic form such as magnesium oxide or carbonate The organic chelated form is better absorbed and the amino acid may be beneficial as well In fact, magnesium taurate is available providing both magnesium and taurine Magnesium dosage varies from100300mg twice day At higher dosages, magnesium may cause diarrhea, which can be mitigated with the concurrent use of calcium at a similar dosage to the magnesium Herbs Although a number of herbs have traditional usage in epilepsy, skullcap, bacopa, peony root, and valerian appear to have the most scientific support Peony root, in particular, appears to inhibit calcium influx, an essential current for release of excitatory neurotransmitters It also inhibits the gene essential for apoptosis and inhibits an important element of the metabolic cascade leading to inflammation These latter properties suggest a role in neuroprotection Finally, peony root appears to inhibit the high frequency voltage discharge of neurons, a type of neuronal firing, that occurs in epilepsy Bacopa appears to have neuroprotective properties, enhances cognition, and has traditional usage in epilepsy For individuals with frequent seizures, neuroprotection is important to limit neuronal excitotoxicity and stress Valerian, used for millennia, appears to have GABA enhancing properties, similar to a number of the pharmaceutical anticonvulsants Smell and taste is a bit of an obstacle to the otherwise safe usage of this herb Skullcap is a traditional anticonvulsant herb with limited modern scientific study The lack of evidence does not imply a lack of efficacy, and traditional usage is generally a good guide to an herbs indication in a clinical setting Herbs can be utilized as aqueous extractions teas or decoctions , alcohol extractions tinctures , encapsulated dried herb, or gaseous extractions yielding increased potency encapsulated powders An advantage to tinctures is the capacity for blending a combination of extracts into a single tincture All the herbs noted above come as tinctures, and can be mixed together into a single tincture For high potency tinctures with a 1 1 or 1 2 ratio of herbal mg to alcohol ml, one or teaspoons twice day is recommended Based on the evidence presented above, a higher proportion of peony root in the tincture is recommended Cannabinoids Historical usage, case series, and physiological mechanisms of cannabinoids all support the efficacy of its usage for recurrent seizures In particular, a high CBD strain should be used to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC The UCLA series in pediatric patients had a median dosage of 4.3mg kg day per patient children For an adult, starting with a low oral form of a high CBD preparation at 1025mg day appears reasonable The gravity of seizures requires the monitoring of a medical practitioner, familiar with epilepsy as well as the use of cannabis in medical practice This may require an open minded neurologist along with a knowledgeable primary care provider familiar with cannabis medicine Dosage will vary with each patient It would not be appropriate to decrease or discontinue other anticonvulsants until there is a noticeable decline in the frequency or intensity of the seizures Refer to the cannabinoid section of the introduction of the book for important general dosing guidelines for cannabinoids Sleep The relationship between seizure and sleep was documented by Hippocrates, and the connection has been described in many contexts since then Reference the sleep chapter for details regarding improving sleep quality.Herbs Energy Times, Lisa James, July 2016 Because neurological diseases are among the hardest to treat, and among the most complex and resistant conditions, this book is both a very good and a very important guide I would highly recommend that clinicians have this book on their shelves American Herbalist Guild, Alan Tillotson, May 2016 Sidney J Kurn, M.D., and Sheryl Shook, Ph.D., provide a thoroughly researched and clinically tested manual that opens up a new world of treatment possibilities for general and neurologic practitioners Herbs and Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders is a unique contribution, highly recommended for integrating the burgeoning fields of herbal and traditional neurologic medicine Joel M Reiter, M.D., neurologist and coauthor of Taking Control of Your Seizures Workbook Herbs and Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders takes me back to the originator of the materia medica, Pedacius Dioscorides This Greek army surgeon circa AD 60 under Nero began the medical study of plants as a scientific discipline The authors have continued this tradition of scientific botany with a magnificent tome on the herbal treatment of common diseases I was especially taken by the chapter on Parkinsons Disease Every patient I see with Parkinsonism will be advised to read this chapter and to consider its recommendations James K Gude, M.D., clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, This book is required reading for any practitioner of integrative medicine who treats neurological patients Sidney J Kurn, M.D., and Sheryl Shook, Ph.D., make well documented treatment recommendations, keeping with the highest quality standards of complementary and alternative medicine CAM The chapters are clearly organized, and the treatment summaries at the end of each chapter make it easy to quickly design a program of nutritional therapy and supplements for your patients Brian Bouch, M.D., associate clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and founder of Hill P This is a major contribution to holistic medicine, showing what can be achieved in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders when skilled practitioners integrate the insights and practice of neurology with those of herbal medicine This is trailblazing work David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG, medical herbalist at Traditional Medicinals and author of Herbs for Heal Herbs and Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders represents the fruits of multifaceted learning and should be a boon to both physicians and other health care practitioners and to patients, too I am grateful for this book as a very accessible source of nutritional and herbal medicine treatment options for chronic neurological syndromes and diseases Highly recommended Peter V Madill, M.D., board member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback At once a scholarly work and practical guide, this book provides the essential conceptual framework, supporting research, and clinical formulations needed to treat common neurologic diseases from a functional, holistic approach An indispensable resource for both the clinician and patient alike What a gem Gerald Camarata, M.D., family physician specializing in herbal and functional medicine and clinical This book offers a unique integration of these two authors vast knowledge from their many years of dedicated clinical work and patient care A real asset to neurological patients and their health providers Isaac Eliaz, M.D., M.S., L.Ac., founder and medical director of the Amitabha Medical Clinic and Heal Doctors and patients alike will benefit from this understandable and well researched volume This work fills an important void in the complementary alternative medicine literature Dan Kenner, Ph.D., L.Ac., writer and consultant in integrative medicine in both Oriental and naturop How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, Yoga in Mental Health How Richard P Brown, Patricia L Gerbarg MD Philip R Muskin on FREE shipping qualifying offers All you need know about herbs, nutrients, and yoga for enhancing mental health Many physicians therapists agree that 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