Herbal Remedy May Lead In Increased Epilepsy Risk

January 29, 2010

Germany (ChattahBox) – A German research group has found a number of reports that link ginkgo biloba, a popular herbal remedy, with increased seizures in epilepsy sufferers.

While an official study has not been done, ten reports have so far been found that cite various cases where epilepsy patients used the herb. and found a significant increase in their attacks.

They believe that it is the herb itself that disrupts the pathway that allows anti-seizure medication to be effectively transmitted through the body.

While it has not been proven that this is the case, the researchers believe that manufacturers should test their product for high levels of ginkgotoxin, and issue a warning of potential side effects for those with the disease.

“We believe that some herbs, for example St John’s wort, are linked to a higher risk of seizures, but there is still not a great deal of evidence about problems related to ginkgo,” Professor John Duncan of the National Society for Epilepsy said of the findings.

“We would say that if someone who has epilepsy wants to take this remedy, they should simply be aware of the possibility.”



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