Convulsions are nonvoluntary contractions (single or
in a series) of the voluntary muscles caused by sudden
uncontrolled changes in the electrical activity of the
Convulsion symptoms may be mild, characterized only
by slight muscle twitches and tingling, or violent and
severe, characterized by jerking whole-body movements
and accompanying intense feelings of fear, possible
hallucinations, and sometimes a lapse of consciousness
(a grand mal seizure). Seizures that reoccur are called
What To Consider
Important If you or your loved ones are experiencing
convulsions, seek immediate medical attention.
or seizures may be caused by many medical problems,
including stroke, brain tumor, withdrawal from alcohol
and drugs (including prescription drugs), metabolic
disturbances, neurological disorders, and trauma from
head injury. All such factors must be ruled out or addressed
before convulsive tendencies can be properly treated.
Febrile seizures (twitching, jerking convulsion associated
with loss of consciousness in a child with a rapidly
rising fever and often due to infections such as middle
ear or tonsillitis) are a type of convulsion that is
common in children between six months and five years
old and tend to run in families. They are usually not
serious, even though they are frightening, and occur
in one out of twenty children. For safety's sake, these
too should be brought to the attention of your physician.
normal, well-balanced meals at regular intervals. Children
who suffer from convulsions should not be allowed to
eat large meals since these predispose toward seizures.
Alcohol is totally contraindicated as is caffeine (cola
drinks, coffee, tea, chocolate). Aspartame (NutraSweet)
should also be avoided, as it has been implicated in
some cases of seizure.
There are multiple nutritional deficiencies that can
contribute to seizures, including deficiencies of folic
acid, niacin (vitamin B3), thiamine (vitamin B1), vitamin
B6, vitamin D, copper, magnesium, manganese, and selenium.
Some of these deficiencies may relate to anticonvulsant
medication, while others may be related to the cause
of the seizures themselves. People who suffer from convulsions
should also have an amino acid blood screen. Supplementation
with the amino acids taurine, dimethyl glycine, and/or
DL-glutamic acid has been shown to beneficial, as have
vitamin B6, magnesium, and manganese. Working with a
qualified nutritionist is very important, however.
fatty acid supplementation can trigger or exacerbate
convulsions caused by temporal lobe epilepsy. In addition,
any supplementation program should only be undertaken
with the awareness of the medical practitioner responsible
for the care of the convulsive individual.
Chamomile, clary sage, lavender, and neroli can help produce calm effects.
Rescue Remedy after seizure and for accompanying emotional/mental states.
mugwort, skullcap, and valerian root can be helpful
for inducing calm.
Cuprum met., Belladonna, and Cicuta can
help relieve symptoms and linger after effects of convulsion.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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