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11 Jul 2005

Can Yoga help with Epilepsy(Myoclonic seizures)
For a teenager with the above disorder.Can a home programme be recommended?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Roddy - there is a limited amount of research into the efficacy of yoga in the treatment of Epilepsy but a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests that it is extremely effective. This is particularly true if you find that stress triggers the seizures, then yoga may help manage stress leaving your teenager feeling calmer and more relaxed.

Here's what one study found:
"- People had fewer seizures once they started doing yoga. On average, people had three seizures a month before they did yoga. Afterwards, they had no seizures or only one seizure a month.
- People who did yoga were more likely not to have any seizures than those who didn't do yoga. Of the people doing yoga each day, about 4 in 10 were seizure-free for six months. None of the people who didn't do yoga was seizure-free for six months.
- People who did yoga had shorter seizures. Of these people, 7 in 10 said that their seizures lasted about half their usual time.
- There was very little change in either the number or the length of seizures among the people who did pretend yoga or no yoga (the control group). "
Ramaratnam S. Sridharan K Yoga for epilepsy, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Issue 1, 2005.

However, even though the study suggests that yoga may help prevent seizures, we can't say so for certain because there were too few people in the study.
I would suggest trying to find an experienced and knowledgeable teacher in your area (perhaps even a specialist in yoga for therapeutic purposes) or if that is not an option you can get hold of BKS Iyengar's "Light on Yoga" book which has suggestions for postures specifically for Epilepsy.
Good luck.
Regards
Chris
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