Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM for short) has been used as part of the treatment to control seizures in epilepsy patients even though epilepsy is a very difficult condition to treat even with traditional veterinary medicine methods. That is why CAVM treatments are still a popular option for pet owners. However, these treatments need to show that are benefiting the brain and improving its function modulating in some way, brain activity.
Some herbs have shown to be helpful in the treatment of epilepsy seizures some of them are, Skullcap, Blue Cohosh, Valerian root and others. Using a herbal remedy to soothe the brain and improve neurological health (in cats and dogs) would:
- Improve your pet’s nervous system stability
- Maintain normal electrical balance in the brain
- Soothe the brain and nervous system
- Support natural temperature mechanisms
- Support healthy arterial blood pressure
It is important to consider that the natural remedy you use to control your pet’s seizures it’s easy to administer, preferably in a tincture solution, to avoid a stressful situation for you and your pet every time you need to medicate it.
Nutrition play a key role in modulating brain’s energy. The ketogenic diet was develop for children who were not responding to medication and has been adopted for use in veterinary medicine. In this diet, 90% of the total calories consumed in a day consist of fats and only 10% of the dietary intake of carbohydrates and protein combined.
Acupuncture has also been used to treat epilepsy and it is the most well studied CAVM approach. The impact of acupuncture in seizures may be delayed and not as notorious as the results observed when used to treat spinal cord injuries or pain.
The thing is that pet owners would prefer to see their pet’s off of lifelong medicine and would like to switch to complementary/alternative medicine or try a combination of the two, traditional and alternative medicine to treat their pets.
NOTE: As with any other health related issue, we strongly advice that you consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s epilepsy treatment.