Iranian Medicinal Plants and Intractable Epilepsy in Childhood: A Narrative Review

Ashrafzadeh, Farah and Tohidi, Hadi and Faraji, Elnaz and Ataei Nakhaei, Alireza (2018) Iranian Medicinal Plants and Intractable Epilepsy in Childhood: A Narrative Review. Reviews in Clinical Medicine, 5 (2). pp. 33-36.

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Epilepsy is a major neurological disorder, which may occur in all age groups, including children. Approximately 20 of epileptic children are drug-resistant. Uncontrolled seizures pose variable risks to patients, such as increased mortality rate, trauma, and cognitive and psychiatric disorders. Therefore, effective treatment is essential to controlling seizure attacks. Although many antiepileptic drugs are currently available for clinical treatments, clinicians are concerned with the discovery of safer drugs with enhanced antiepileptic effects and fewer side-effects. Traditional medicine provides strong grounds for modern medicine. Use of some medicinal plants has been shown to reduce or prevent the further progression of epileptic seizures. The present review aimed to discuss the effectiveness of some medicinal plants in the treatment of children with intractable epilepsy. An online literature review was conducted in databases such as IranMedex, Scopus, Medline, and Google Scholar to identify the studies investigating the use of medicinal plants in children with intractable epilepsy. In addition, the files of the authors were reviewed in the reference lists and bibliographies of the retrieved articles. According to the results, herbal therapies could potentially yield new treatment options for children with intractable epilepsy. Using medicinal herbs could be a cost-efficient treatment method in these patients as a culturally acceptable option to their families.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WL Nervous system
WS Pediatrics
Divisions: Journals > Reviews in Clinical Medicine
Depositing User: RCM RCM
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 03:59
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2018 03:59

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