FAQs regarding Turmeric for Epilepsy
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding the therapeutic effect of turmeric in epilepsy and seizures.
1.Does turmeric cure epilepsy?
Turmeric has various properties that can benefit in seizures and epilepsy. However no studies have been conducted in humans to comment on whether it can heal epilepsy.
However inclusion of turmeric in diet or even as supplement can benefit brain health and reduce symptoms of epilepsy. It can also increase therapeutic action of anti-epileptic drugs.
2.Does turmeric help in seizures?
Preliminary studies have shown that curcumin in turmeric has anti-seizure and anti-convulsant activity. So as per theory it should help in seizures, in reducing occurrence of seizures and even delay onset. However this hasn’t been proved in humans yet.
3.Should I take turmeric or curcumin for epilepsy?
We recommend taking turmeric in diet as well as opting for curcumin supplements in case of epilepsy. But before starting on supplements do consult a health practitioner. This is because curcumin may increase therapeutic action of anti-epileptic drugs and hence you may require to monitor the dose of these drugs.
4.What dose of turmeric should I take for epilepsy?
This depends on the form of turmeric you are taking. Please refer to the dosage section.
5.Is it safe to take turmeric with anti-epileptic drugs?
Turmeric in diet is safe. However if you are taking turmeric supplements you may have to monitor the dose of anti-epileptic drugs as a study mentioned above reveals that turmeric may increase therapeutic action of anti-epileptic drugs and hence reduce the dosage and dependence on anti-epileptic drugs.
It is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements. Also maintain a 3-4 hour gap between taking turmeric supplements or Golden Paste and other medications.
6.Are there any precautions regarding turmeric?
Turmeric in diet is safe. However if you are taking turmeric supplements do not take them at the same time as other medicines; maintain 3-4 hour gap. For more details read Precautions section.
7.Should turmeric be avoided in gout?
Turmeric, as a spice, should be taken in moderation in gout due to its high oxalate content. For a therapeutic effect one can take turmeric supplements in such condition.
8.Should turmeric be avoided in kidney stones?
Turmeric is high in oxalates and hence should be avoided in case you are prone to developing kidney stones. In this case one can opt for turmeric supplements.
9.I am on blood thinners, can I take turmeric?
Turmeric in diet is safe but it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric if you are on blood thinners or suffering from blood thinning disorder. Avoid turmeric supplements in such a condition.