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Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy


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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

About the Author

Dr. Orrin Devinsky is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. He directs the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, the Staten Island University Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). Dr. Devinsky received his B.S. and M.S. from Yale University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School and interned at Bostons Beth Israel Hospital. He completed neurology training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and his epilepsy fellowship at the NIH||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


A very timely resource publication...Strongly recommend[ed]...to all professionals caring for patients with epilepsy. - Epilepsia""An unusual book of impressive scope... The editors have produced a significant contribution to the literature on epilepsy. Professionals as well as patients and families will find information here that is both provocative and of value.""-Neurology"" This multiauthored book, edited by three distinguished epileptologists, covers the whole range of complementary and alternative therapies... The book begins with two excellent chapters, which review the quality and necessity of clinical evidence... Overall, I would highly recommend this book not only to physicians, but also to complementary and alternative medical practitioners, carers, and patients.""-The Lancet""Integrates complementary and alternative medicine into Western medicine for treatment of epilepsy...presents scientific evidence to support its approaches and rationale of treatment."" - HerbalGram, The Journal of the American Botanical Council""A unique contribution to the field of complementary and alternative medicine...[The book] is suitable and useful for all levels of students and practitioners in a wide variety of health disciplines."" - Doody's Reviews

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