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Posted Oct 28 2010 7:34PM

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Complementary Therapies and Epilepsy

I would like some advice on the safety of treating a young woman who has Epilepsy and also suffers from debilitating depression. She does not want to take medication for her depression as this upsets the Epilepsy medication. Which of the complementary therapies would you recommend. I would lean towards Reflexology, which, from what I have researched so far, is relatively safe. She is using regular support services. I feel she would benefit from holistic therapies which would incorporate treatment for both conditions but would like to get as much information together as possibe, before making the suggestion. I am recently qualified in Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Body Massage.
Your experiences and advice would be appreciated.
Dawn Spragg
Oct 30 2010 1:07AM
I personally would recommend Reflexology or Aromatherapy but obviously not at the same time otherwise who can tell which is the therapy the client respond best too and is truly assisting. A as you are fully aware Epilepsy is a contra with GPs permission required so go easy and make sure you get this before starting, also liaise with the clients GP or Neurologist keep them in the loop. I’m assuming they are both under specialists Neurologists so they are the ones to liaise with .
I have two clients whom I treat with Aromatherapy suffering from Epilepsy , one first came with a combination of this and depression and has improved greatly and now just the Psycho Aromatic effects of the oils can seem to relax her ensuring the staving off of seizures she looks forward to her visits and gains immeasurably from Therapy.
Obviously just take care with your Oil blends and make sure you double check each blend . Avoiding oils with High Keytones, such as Rosemary, Sage, Camphor and Spike Lavender, also fennel, wormwood and sage.
I am also assuming you have a first aid qualification also just in case of a client having a seizure ( which if you have not witnessed one can be quite unnerving ) within your practice. This has not happened to me as yet but I have been able to assist in the general world with my years of training and retraining with St Johns.
Just to note the following:
Dr Tim Betts, Consultant Neuro-psychiatrist of the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital in Birmingham, England, has performed tests on epileptics and the use of essential oils. The volunteers received aromatherapy massages with an essential oil of their liking and with the help of self-hypnosis a relaxation conditioned response was initiated to help the epileptics relax when they felt a seizure starting. The volunteers triggered the conditioned response to the relaxing massage by simply smelling their oil of choice when so required to relax.
And more research is going on
I hope this helps and encourages you on to more research.
Knowledge is power and our power is used for good.
God Bless
Dawn Spragg
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Amanda Clegg
Nov 11 2010 8:47AM
I entirely agree with Dawn - but approach aromatherapy with great care and only use known safe oils. Massage is generally extremely beneficial, with or without essential oils.

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