Alternative Medicine for Epilepsy


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A patient arrives in your office wanting to try alternative medicine for their drug resistant epilepsy. They have a friend that has been using a Chinese herb to help treat their neurological condition and they want to know if it could work for themselves. What is the best medical recommendation for this patient?

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1. A patient is hoping to treat their drug resistant epilepsy with an alternative medicine. They would like to start with something that has been clinically proven to improve seizures. Which of the following forms of alternative medicine would you suggest?

2. Elvis has had a long history of seizures and hasn't had much luck with traditional drug therapy. He notices that he can tell when his seizures will be coming on and wants to learn to control them better by monitoring his brain activity. Which of the following treatments would you recommend for Elvis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of alternatives to treat epilepsy. The quiz consists of five short multiple-choice questions covering topics like treatment options for seizures and alternative medicine forms that have been clinically proven.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on the following topics:

  • Recommendation to a patient inquiring about a Chinese herb
  • An alternative treatment method that's been clinically proven to improve seizures
  • Controlling seizures by monitoring brain activity
  • Reason why a patient might look for an alternative treatment for epilepsy
  • Alternative medicine for epilepsy that can be used at home to treat seizures

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about alternative ways to treat epilepsy
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about controlling seizures by monitoring brain activity and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Chinese herbs

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic with the lesson titled Alternative Medicine for Epilepsy. This lesson will cover the following:

  • Overview of different types of alternative medicine
  • Definition of dietary supplements
  • What's included in a ketogenic diet