Chamomile - a better cure for epilepsy

Chamomile - a better cure for epilepsy
Chamomile, Matricaria recutita (Latin) also called as German chamomile has been medicinally used for thousands of years. Research has proved that, it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic powers. It is one of the best herbs to cure numerous ailments, including sleep disorders, anxiety, poor digestion, colic, inflammation and wound healing. Many studies have been conducted on the therapeutical effects of chamomile and it is found to be rich in terpenoids and flavonoids. Also, it is effective in curing epilepsy. However, epilepsy is cured by anti-epileptic medications, the side effects which are caused by these medications are unbearable, which include suicidal ideation, blurred vision, aplastic anaemia, impaired cognitive function, severe seizures, etc. Many additives in the processed foods that we consume in our daily life could be the major cause for triggering epileptic seizures. According to some studies, it is proved that, aspartame is the one which induces seizures. Phenylalanine and aspartic acid are the two main constituents of aspartame among which aspartic acid, an excitotoxin makes the nerves over-excited and cause them to literally burn-out and die; whereas, the phenylalanine is one of the neurotoxins. The flavanoid, apigenin present in the chamomile binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain, which are useful in sedating and calming down the nerves when abnormal electrical signal passes in the brain. Instead of taking risk by undergoing anti-epileptic medications, using chamomile as a curative agent could be more effective and helpful.
How to cite this article:
Akshaya Moorthy. Chamomile - a better cure for epilepsy. BioLim O-Media. 04 November, 2015. 3(9).
Available from: http://archive.biolim.org/omedia/read/BOMA0093.