Some herbs have demonstrated potential in the inhibition of convulsions / seizures. More research is necessary on the anti-convulsive actions of herbs and essential oils.
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The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use of any herb listed.
This review discusses folk herb remedies uses to treat Epilepsy around the world. From: Schachter, S. C. (2009). Botanicals and herbs: a traditional approach to treating epilepsy. Neurotherapeutics, 6(2), 415-420.
Terpinen-4-ol showed a depressant effect on the central nervous system and significant anticonvulsant activity. From: Sousa, D. P. D., Nóbrega, F. F., de Morais, L. C., & Almeida, R. N. D. (2009). Evaluation of the anticonvulsant activity of terpinen-4-ol. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C, 64(1-2), 1-5.
Nutmeg was effective in the treatment for grand mal and partial seizures. From: Wahab, A., Haq, R. U., Ahmed, A., Khan, R. A., & Raza, M. (2009). Anticonvulsant activities of nutmeg oil of Myristica fragrans. Phytotherapy Research, 23(2), 153-158.
Lavender oil vapour had an anticonvulsive effect on convulsion induced mice. From: Kenji YAMADA, Yoshihiro MIMAKI, and Yutaka SASHIDA. (1994). Anticonvulsive effects of inhaling lavender oil vapour. Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 17(2), 359-360
Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) EO showed activity that could be useful as an anticonvulsant. From: Silva, M. R., Ximenes, R. M., da Costa, J. G. M., Leal, L. K. A., de Lopes, A. A., & de Barros Viana, G. S. (2010). Comparative anticonvulsant activities of the essential oils (EOs) from Cymbopogon winterianus Jowitt and Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf. in mice. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg’s archives of pharmacology, 381(5), 415-426.
Lemongrass essential oil showed cardiovascular depressive, antiemetic, and anticonvulsant activity in mice. From: El Tahir, K. E., & Abdel-Kader, M. S. (2008). Chemical and pharmacological study of cymbopogon proximus. Research Journal of Medicinal Plant, 2(2), 53-60.
Pimpinella anisum essential oil suppressed tonic convulsions in mice. From: Pourgholami, M. H., Majzoob, S., Javadi, M., Kamalinejad, M., Fanaee, G. H. R., & Sayyah, M. (1999). The fruit essential oil of Pimpinella anisum exerts anticonvulsant effects in mice. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 66(2), 211-215. Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-8741(98)00161-5
R. damascena significantly prolonged seizures and reduced the frequency and amplitude in rats. From: Homayoun, M., Seghatoleslam, M., Pourzaki, M., Shafieian, R., Hosseini, M., & Bideskan, A. E. (2015). Anticonvulsant and neuroprotective effects of Rosa damascena hydro-alcoholic extract on rat hippocampus. Avicenna journal of phytomedicine, 5(3), 260.
R. damascena had an anticonvulsant effect on mice. From: Hosseini, M., Ghasemzadeh, R. M., Sadeghnia, H. R., & Rakhshandeh, H. (2011). Effects of different extracts of Rosa damascena on pentylenetetrazol-induced seizures in mice. Zhong xi yi jie he xue bao= Journal of Chinese integrative medicine, 9(10), 1118-1124.
R. damascena reduced seizures in rats. From: Kheirabadi, M., Moghimi, A., Rakhshande, H., & Rassouli, M. B. (2008). Evaluation of the anticonvulsant activities of Rosa damascena on the PTZ induced seizures in wistar rats. J Biol Sci, 8(2), 426-430.
Licorice extract inhibited some types of induced convulsions in mice. From: Ambawade, S. D., Kasture, V. S., & Kasture, S. B. (2002). Anticonvulsant activity of roots and rhizomes of Glycyrrhiza glabra. Indian Journal of pharmacology, 34(4), 251-255.
Gotu kola demonstrated anticonvulsant activity in rats. From: Visweswari, G., Prasad, K. S., Chetan, P. S., Lokanatha, V., & Rajendra, W. (2010). Evaluation of the anticonvulsant effect of Centella asiatica (gotu kola) in pentylenetetrazol-induced seizures with respect to cholinergic neurotransmission. Epilepsy & Behavior, 17(3), 332-335.
Anethum graveolens showed anticonvulsant activity in mice. From: Golmohammadi, R., Sabaghzadeh, F., & Mojadadi, M. S. (2016). Effect of hydroalcoholic extract of Anethum graveolens leaves on the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus in the epileptic mice: a histopathological and immunohistochemical study. Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 11(3), 227–232.
Anethum graveolens extracts reduced seizures in mice. From: Rostampour, M., Ghaffari, A., Salehi, P., & Saadat, F. (2014). Effects of Hydro-alcoholic Extract of Anethum Graveolens Seed on Pentylenetetrazol-induced Seizure in Adult Male Mice. Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, 5(3), 199–204.