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10 Alternative Therapies




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This article is from the Canine Epilepsy FAQ, by Alicia Wiersma-Aylward with numerous contributions by others.

10 Alternative Therapies

These range from acupuncture to vitamin therapy. Traditional
acupuncture therapy for epileptic dogs involves the placement of
needles in up to 10 areas of the body. Needles can be left in place
from 20 minutes to over a month.

Acupuncture is not usually considered a substitute for drug therapy,
but is used in conjunction with them. Of 5 dogs with intractable
epilepsy, followed after gold bead implants in acupuncture points, 2
dogs relapsed after five months. Two reports of epileptic dogs given
acupuncture in the ear (Shen-men point) are more positive. One dog
enjoyed a six-fold increase in time between seizures; the other was
seizure-free for 200 days after a previous history of monthly
seizures. (Joseph, van Niekerk).

Holistic veterinarian Roger DeHaan, DVM states that some forms of
epilepsy respond to supplementation of vitamin B6, magnesium, and
manganese. Drs. Wendell Belfield and Martin Zucker stated that "It has
long been known that a deficiency of vitamin B6 or any interference
with its function can cause seizures in any mammalian species,
including man and dog".

 

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