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This month, Demos Medical published an excellent and practical book for anyone who is interested in the concept of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and their use for epilepsy treatment. CAM therapies are those treatments for seizures not prescribed by physicians, and may in some cases not be considered part of mainstream medicine.

What are some CAMs?

Examples of CAM include, but are not limited to the following:
Epilepsy has so many symptoms related to it besides seizures, such as mood or memory issues, yet medications that are used for seizures and epilepsy provide little, if any benefit for the non seizure aspects of epilepsy. Thus, individuals with epilepsy turn to CAM treatments for help. Given that many surveys in the United States continue to show an increasing usage of CAM by individuals with epilepsy, this book comes as a welcome addition to help shed some light on CAM treatments that have become part of almost everyone’s life.

The Details…

This book was authored by three well-known epileptologists including epilepsy therapy projects own Orrin Devinsky and Steven Schachter, in conjunction with Steve Pacia. Not only does this text serve as an overview of CAM used for epilepsy but it provides detailed evidence to support or refute their use for this condition. As such, the book is divided into a two broad sections.

The first section is an introduction to the various CAM therapies available. These include herbal/botanicals, nutrition and diet approaches, alternative supplements, physical treatments such as chiropractic management, yoga, and biofeedback. The second section covers a plethora of various topics that any reader will appreciate as it focuses on common questions and concerns related to the use of CAM. There are so many tidbits of information that regardless of your knowledge level, everyone will find something new or beneficial.

Of Particular Interest… 

Particularly interesting sections include discussions on the effect of full moons on seizures (there is one); aroma therapy; the importance of sleep; how to improve memory and many others.

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.

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