Alternative Therapies For Epilepsy
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Alternative Therapies For Epilepsy

by Orrin Devinsky, Steven V. Pacia, Steven C. Schachter
     
 

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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

Overview

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

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This guide to the use of complementary and alternative therapy for epilepsy is the first book of its kind.
Purpose: The purpose is to outline and discuss in a practical, user-friendly manner all that is known about the use of complementary and alternative medicine for epilepsy. The goal is to broaden the perspective of what epilepsy management is.
Audience: It is intended for all health professionals involved in the care of patients with chronic seizures. This may mean individuals who are both novice and seasoned in their careers. All authors are notable experts in the field.
Features: The book does an excellent job of addressing nearly all aspects of what is considered complementary and alternative medicine. This includes discussions of herbals, nutrition, sleep, cognition, and the environment. Chapters on stress management and sleep are particularly informative.
Assessment: This is a tremendous contribution to the field of epilepsy and should be on the shelves of members of the healthcare team involved in the management of patients with epilepsy.
From the Publisher
“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, Epilepsy.com, September 2012

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617050664
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

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 epilepsy.com, and the journals

Epilepsy and Behavior

and

Reviews in Neurological Diseases

.

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