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I’ve been compiling a list of ‘natural’ anticonvulsants.

  • Active vitamin B6 (P5P/PLP/Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate/Pyridoxal Phosphate) is a cofactor in the synthesis of GABA from glutamate.
  • Ketones including acetone, acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and dibenzylamine all demonstrate anticonvulsant activity and are the basis of the ketogenic diet (those last two are intruiging considering their nature, but benzodiazepines are anticonvulsants too).
  • DMG, aka dimethyl glycine.
  • Alcohol, which is broken down in the body into acetaldehyde and then to acetic acid has anticonvulsant effects when it is drunk, but can increase risk of convulsions during withdrawal.
  • Ferula gummosa Boiss is an Iranian herb containing acetone.
  • The herb valerian, containing valeric acid, similar in structure to valproic acid, an anticonvulsant, also similar in structure to acetic acid.
  • Also, certain B vitamins, taurine, glycine, alanine, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc, coleus forskohlii, hyssop, black cohosh, blue cohosh, lobelia, saiko-Keishi-To.

According to the stuff I’ve seen in pubmed, the longer the chronic administration of acetone continues, the less likely it is that seizures will occur. This confirms the claims of parents who put their kids on the ketogenic diet and eventually see recovery that allows a return to a normal diet.

I don’t think there is any difference between taking herbs and taking pharmaceuticals, so you may as well take pharamaceuticals. Though inhibitory nutrients and a ketogenic diet do have the potential to bypass some of the unpleasant side effects that epilepsy drugs can have.


Written by alienrobotgirl

7 April, 2006 at 10:27 am

Posted in Neurotransmitters

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