Seizures occur when nerve cells in the brain are overstimulated and brain cells start firing abnormally. Seizures can manifest differently from person to person. However, seizures often involve parts of the body shaking. When someone has a petite mal seizure, they remain conscious, although they may stare off and have no memory of the incident. People lose consciousness during a grand mal seizure and their entire body may go into convulsions. (Click here for more information about seizure symptoms.)
Acupuncture has been used to treat epilepsy symptoms for centuries. It was used throughout the Mediterranean region, specifically in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece. Numerous studies have shown that acupuncture can help control seizure activity, as well as other nerve-related disorders.
Acupuncture can help reduce seizures by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Acupuncture needles are inserted into parts of the outer ears that stimulate cranial nerves. This helps slow electrical transmissions that trigger seizures. It also helps control inflammation in the brain.
Give us a call if you’d like to schedule an appointment with our acupuncture therapist Michele Smith to help treat your epilepsy.