Plant Medicine and Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that results in the recurrence of seizures. The seizures occur because of electrical activity in the brain that ultimately causes a disruption in the messages that must take place between brain cells. There have been studies of this condition for decades, but it’s only in recent years that more attention has been paid to how plant medicine can be used to treat seizures. In fact, the Epilepsy Foundation supports both the use of plant medicine for epilepsy and additional research to understand its effects.
Part of the reason why the use of plant medicine for treating epilepsy is becoming more prevalent is that it's used for the treatment of many conditions is growing in popularity among medical professionals. As a result, there is an increasing number of ways in which the plant is used for therapeutic purposes. For instance CBD patients are able to experience the healing properties of the plant without feeling high.
Patients can consume the plant through a wide range of products, which will depend on the prescription written by the doctor, which is usually a specialist. The specialist will make a decision about the method of consumption based on the unique needs of the patient. This is important because a prescription for this type of plant medicine is often in coordination with other treatments. Studies have shown that patients with epilepsy are likely to experience a decrease in the number of seizures that occur, even when other treatments are ineffective. While more studies are needed, this is believed to be the result of its calming effects.
How Is Plant Medicine Consumed?
One of the most common ways in which the plant is consumed is by smoking it the same way it’s been consumed for years. This applies to patients with epilepsy and other conditions. Many patients prefer this method because it often provides relief instantly. Another common way in which it’s consumed is by the patient placing drops of liquid under their tongue, which results in it taking effect much faster. The plant can also be inhaled through a vaporizer for immediate relief. It can be applied to the skin in the form of an oil, which is a preferred method for many. While oils are common, there are also sprays, creams, and lotions that can be used for a fast effect.
One of the ways to consume the medicine that takes a longer period of time to experience results is by ingesting it in the form of baked goods. Other options include the raw plant, transdermal patches, beverages, and suppositories. You might be surprised to learn that the consumption of the whole plant is growing in popularity because many patients are choosing to use it for juicing. The same applies to beverages, which tends to provide relief for a longer period of time. The options for consuming this plant for epilepsy are endless and many are equally effective.
Written by: GDW®