October 13, 2013 | Posted in Head / Nervous System, Pediatrics

Seizures happen when there is chaotic firing of the brain waves. This kind of brain disturbance has a specific cause, often unrelated to the brain itself. Sometimes it is easy to identify the cause and sometimes not.


Of the several types of seizures that occur, the most commonly known is the grand mal or generalized tonic-clonic seizure which involves loss of consciousness and uncontrolled movements or freezing of the limbs.  This can be accompanied with eyes rolling back, increased mouth secretions, loss of bowel or bladder function, sometimes yelling or other sounds. These can be frightening to watch.

Other types of seizures tend to be less dramatic in their appearance. They are called petit mal, absence, partial or complex partial seizures. These can include staring spells or slight movement of a limb. They seem less dangerous than grand mal seizures because there is usually not falling or kicking involved, but can be just as dangerous in the setting of riding a bike or driving a car, operating machinery, etc.
Sometimes a seizure will happen just once in a lifetime, due to a cause involving a change in electrolytes, brain injury, fainting spell, high fever, etc.

Febrile seizure is the name given to the occurrence of a convulsion when the body temperature increases quite rapidly in a susceptible person. In this situation a seizure occurs in the setting of an acute illness.

A seizure disorder or epilepsy (recurring seizures) may result from traumatic brain injury, or a scarring effect in the brain after inflammation, genetic factors, extreme anxiety, abuse, or occur from a cause which can not be identified. Seizures may occur infrequently or many times a day. Injuries may result if falls occur, which are frequent with grand mal seizures.

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A treatment that supports the whole human being is of great value to the patient with seizures. This should be based in healthy nutrition and rhythm to the day, avoiding exhaustion, with attention to warmth, and the presence of nature and the arts in daily life.

For febrile seizures, attention to the even distribution of warmth on the body is important, so that the upper body is not overheated and the legs and toes are chilled. Clothing of natural fabrics will breathe and not trap heat. Over dressing is not of benefit to the person, unless directed by a practitioner for a particular therapeutic situation. Use of natural remedies to smooth the fever curve from the onset of acute illness symptoms may lessen the need for using acetaminophen (Tylenol) out of fear at every runny nose. A plan of treatment at the onset of acute illness should be worked out with the practitioner who knows the person’s health situation.

Uriel Apis Belladonna for adults 10 drops four times per day orally is of value for pain, inflammation, and fever.  Weleda prescription Erysidoron 1 is apis belladonna, for adults 7 drops in 1/2 teaspoon of water four times per day orally for pain, inflammation, and fever.

For seizure disorder, conventional medicines and natural treatments chosen by a trained provider can be of value. This includes nursing therapies, such as compresses and baths. Massage and eurythmy and artistic therapy each contribute to the harmonious working of the human’s finer bodies in the nervous system and the rest of the physical body. Homeopathic remedies can be recommended for an individual by the experienced practitioner who knows the constitution and health situation.

See also Anthroposophic nursing, Rhythmical massage therapy, Eurythmy therapy, Artistic therapy.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR:  Children with seizures should be treated under the guidance of a medical doctor.  A practitioner may advise more frequent use of remedies for a patient of any age in the setting of fever.

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Self diagnosis or casual diagnosis of seizures is in no way suggested here. People die from seizures. The accurate diagnosis of a single seizure or a seizure disorder requires evaluation by a trained medical practitioner. This often needs to occur in the emergency room, particularly with new onset of seizures.

Doses for acetaminophen should be followed precisely when used in children especially, because the therapeutic level and toxic level are not far apart.  Work with your trained pediatric practitioner, and read labels carefully.

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PRACTITIONERS:  Compendium for the Remedial Treatment of Children, Adolescents and Adults in Need of Soul Care – Experiences and Indications from Anthroposophic Therapy, von Zabern, Bertram, Mercury Press, 2009.

Uriel Pharmacy www.urielpharmacy.com +1 866 642 2858 (in USA)  +1 262 642 2858 (outside USA)

Weleda www.weleda.com  +1 800 241  1030 (in USA and to obtain contact info outside USA)

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