Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy / Edition 1

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Overview

Epilepsy is a difficult illness to control; up to 35% of patients do not respond fully to traditional medical treatments. For this reason, many sufferers choose to rely on or incorporate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into their treatment regimens. Written for physicians, knowledgeable laypersons, and other professionals, Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy bridges the worlds of traditional medicine and CAM to foster a broader perspective of healthcare for patients.

The book respects cultural differences that may incorporate alternative medicine into a medical management program, and encourages patients to safely continue receiving necessary medical treatments. Wherever possible, scientific evidence supports the choice of treatment modalities, as well as the effectiveness of a combined traditional and CAM approach. Readers will find incisive discussions in sections on:

  • Learning to Reduce Seizures
  • Asian, Herbal and Homeopathic Therapies
  • Nutritional Therapies
  • Alternative Medical Therapies
  • Oxygen Therapies
  • Manipulation and Osteopathic Therapies
  • Music, Art, and Pet Therapies

From stress and epilepsy, to acupuncture, massage, craniosacral therapies, homeopathy, ketogenic diets, aromatherapy, hypnosis, and more, the book is all-inclusive and enlightening. Additional commentary by the editors provides a critical vantage point from which to interpret the data and viewpoints of the contributors, all experts in the therapies presented. This balanced, scientific approach will appeal to even those most skeptical of alternative therapies, making the book essential for every professional who seeks to provide the broadest range of effective patient care.

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Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This is a unique contribution to the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) concentrating on CAM approaches for people with epilepsy. The authors provide commentary in the chapters interjecting their expert opinion of support, disagreement, and/or skepticism relative to the CAM approach discussed.
Purpose: The authors' primary goal is to "bridge the traditional and CAM worlds" by presenting evidence that can be weighed by clinicians so that people with epilepsy can benefit from both approaches.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians who treat people with epilepsy and/or those interested in pursuing research in the area. It is suitable and useful for all levels of students and practitioners in a wide variety of health disciplines. No information is provided about the credentials of the contributors, only about the three editors who are professors at New York University and Harvard Medical Schools.
Features: A wide array of CAM treatment approaches are presented including cognitive-neurobehavioral approaches, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbs, ayurveda, aromatherapy, manipulation and osteopathic therapies, nutritional approaches, oxygen therapies, and music, art, and pet therapies.
Assessment: This is a very worthwhile book in the field because it gathers the most current evidence on CAM approaches for epilepsy and presents the information in one place for the clinicians' use.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN(Pace University)
Description: This is a unique contribution to the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) concentrating on CAM approaches for people with epilepsy. The authors provide commentary in the chapters interjecting their expert opinion of support, disagreement, and/or skepticism relative to the CAM approach discussed.
Purpose: The authors' primary goal is to "bridge the traditional and CAM worlds" by presenting evidence that can be weighed by clinicians so that people with epilepsy can benefit from both approaches.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians who treat people with epilepsy and/or those interested in pursuing research in the area. It is suitable and useful for all levels of students and practitioners in a wide variety of health disciplines. No information is provided about the credentials of the contributors, only about the three editors who are professors at New York University and Harvard Medical Schools.
Features: A wide array of CAM treatment approaches are presented including cognitive-neurobehavioral approaches, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbs, ayurveda, aromatherapy, manipulation and osteopathic therapies, nutritional approaches, oxygen therapies, and music, art, and pet therapies.
Assessment: This is a very worthwhile book in the field because it gathers the most current evidence on CAM approaches for epilepsy and presents the information in one place for the clinicians' use.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888799897
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Steven C. Schachter is currently Director of Research for the Neurology Department and Vice Chair of the Committee for Clinical Investigations at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of Clinical Research, Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He serves on the executive committee of the Harvard Medical School Scholars in Clinical Science Program and co-directs its Longitudinal Seminar.

Dr. Steven V. Pacia is the Director of Neurology at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at NYU Schoolof Medicine, where he is also Director of the Clinical NeurophysiologyResidency Program. Dr. Pacia is the principal investigator for the NYU site of the first multicenter NIH-funded project to study epilepsy surgery. He has authored numerouspeer-reviewed articles on the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

Orrin Devinsky, MD, is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at 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 co-editor of epilepsy.com, Epilepsy and Behavior, and Reviews in Neurological Diseases.

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Table of Contents

Section I: Complementary and Alternative Therapies: The Nature of the Evidence; Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Epilepsy: Relation to Western Medicine; The Relevance of Dual Blindness to Complementary and Alternative Complementary Therapies. Section II: Learning to Reduce Seizures; Stress and Epilepsy; Comprehensive Neurobehavioral Approach; Seizure Generation; Neurofeedback Therapy; Autogenic Training; Massage; Aromatherapy and Hypnosis; Meditation; Exercise and Yoga. Section III: Asian, Herbal and Homeopathic Therapies; Ayurveda: The Ancient Indian System of Medicine; Herbal Therapy; Herbal Treatment of Epilepsy (Phytotherapy); Homeopathy; Naturopathic Medicine; Traditional Chinese Medicine; Acupuncture. Section IV: Nutritional Approaches; Nutrition; The Use of Fatty Acids in the Diet for Seizure Management; The Ketogenic Diet. Section V: Alternative Medical Therapies; Hormonal Therapy; Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Section VI: Oxygen Therapies; Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; The Role of Carbon Dioxide in Enhancing Oxygen Delivery to the Brain. Section VII: Manipulation and Osteopathic Therapies; The Chiropractic Perspective on Alternative and Complementary Therapies; The Osteopathic Approach to Children with Seizure Disorders; Craniosacral Therapy. Section VIII: Music, Art and Pet Therapies; Music Therapy; Art Therapy; Pet Therapy
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