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Re: Post-Encephalitis Uncontrollable Seizures by #58095 ..... Ask CureZone Community

Date:   3/14/2006 12:24:39 AM ( 16 years ago ago)
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I was reading some laboratory research results

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions appears to show that some children respond positively to a high fat diet, as a substitute for seizure medications (the medication withdrawal and dietary adjustment is started in the hospital). Possibly, some imbalance in fat metabolism might help explain why this divergent approach seems to yield positive results. Other modern approaches include administration of amino acids (including dimethyl glycine, glutamic acid, and taurine) which affect brain chemistry, and improving nutritional status with vitamins (B-complex and E) and minerals (especially calcium and magnesium).

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements

Although nutrition and dietary supplements have not been scientifically evaluated for use in treating encephalitis in humans, some studies suggest that melatonin may protect animals from serious complications associated with the condition and even increase their survival rates. In one study of mice that had been infected with Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, melatonin supplements significantly reduced the presence of viruses in the blood and decreased the rate of death by more than 80%. More studies are needed, however, to determine whether similar treatment may offer the same protection to humans with viral encephalitis.


Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)

Animal studies suggest that Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), an herb used in Asia to improve weakness and to enhance immune function, may also protect humans from contracting viral encephalitis. In one study, mice that were given astragalus extracts before being infected with Japanese encephalitis virus, had a 60% to 80% chance of survival. Mice that did not receive astragalus extracts before being infected with the virus only had a 10% chance of survival. More studies are needed, however, to determine whether similar treatment may offer the same protection to humans with viral encephalitis.

Professional herbalists may also use a combination of herbs to relieve the symptoms associated with viral encephalitis, such as cognitive impairment, visual and speech disturbances, and difficulty performing routine functions. This herbal mixture includes:

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
A study of a small number of individuals with complications associated with encephalitis suggests that acupuncture delivered to the scalp may lessen the severity of such complications and reduce the symptoms associated with the condition. Some researchers theorize that scalp acupuncture is effective for individuals with encephalitis because all meridians converge at the head, and the method can stimulate and regulate qi throughout the entire body. More research is necessary, however, to conclusively determine whether scalp acupuncture is safe and effective for individuals with encephalitis.


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