Treatment with our amino-acid preparations effectively supplements classic medicamentous anti-epileptic therapy. In many cases it brings a reduction of the frequency of epileptic seizures by up to 50-75%, and in some cases epileptic seizures are eliminated completely. It also produces a change in the character of epileptic seizures – from generalised seizures they become partial and/or are only short-term.
Treatment with amino-acid preparations is also effective for children in whom epilepsy is accompanied by disorders of psychomotor development. Amino-acids directly stimulate intellectual development, speech development, significantly improve gross and fine motor skills, as well as balance and co-ordination of movements. Improvement of speech development, cognitive functions and motor development takes place also in children with resistant forms of epilepsy, in which the patient does not respond or responds only minimally to treatment with anti-epileptic drugs.
In younger and older with epilepsy the overall psychological condition improves upon treatment with our amino-acid preparations, as well as concentration and memory, and the intensity of complaints after the subsidence of an epileptic seizure is reduced – drowsiness, fatigue, headache. The overall adjustment of the organism is improved – dysphoria recedes, as do states of asthenia, physical condition and overall strength improve, intellectual activity, ability to inter-react and concentrate are increased.
Children with West's syndrome, who mostly do not respond to treatment with anti-epileptic drugs, are “revived” upon treatment with our amino-acid preparations. It is hard to imagine the relief of parents when instead of for example 65-70 seizures (infantile spasms) per day their children have only 5-7 seizures. Children become awakened, more lively, alert and begin to familiarise themselves with the world around them. The parents of our patients often say that they see their child smile for the first time.
Amino-acid preparations help harmonise excitation and inhibition processes in neurons in patients with epilepsy, thus bringing about a reduction of the epileptic activity of the brain. They also support neurogenesis, thus producing a positive effect also in children with disorders of psychomotor development.
In many cases children with epilepsy have speech and mental development problems. All conventional anti-seizure medications have some side effects and may further inhibit (suppress) speech and mental development in this group of epileptic children. Amino acid treatment in this group of children could improve their speech and mental abilities and in many cases, this treatment could also gradually reduce epilepsy manifestations. Even if a child has a resistant form of epilepsy in which conventional anti- seizure medications do not provide a reduction in seizures and neither amino acids treatment helps, amino acids improve the child’s speech and mental development. The important thing is to take care of the psychological condition of the patient. Signs of dysphoria and asthenia are considerably reduced, while the physical and intellectual activity and realization control are increased; control of perception and the ability of interactions and reactivity are improved. A positive effect was found also during the EEG monitoring. In most patients, a qualitative and quantitative minimization of the epileptic complexes and reactivity of the brain cortex is manifested and the reactivity of the brain cortex in the event of functional load is reduced.
The term “epilepsy” comes from the Greek meaning “to take hold of” to describe its effects. Epilepsy could be described as a disorder that disrupts the transmission of electrical signals inside the brain. Although one may assume that epilepsy causes episodes of uncontrolled movements and loss of consciousness, the condition is actually quite variable. Symptoms known as seizures are often subtle, causing strange sensations, emotions and behavior.
Seizures can affect any process of brain coordination. A seizure can produce temporary confusion, complete loss of consciousness, a staring spell, or uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs. Symptoms vary depending to the type of seizure. In many cases, a person with epilepsy tends to have the same type of seizure each time, so the symptoms are very similar from episode to episode. Doctors classify seizures as either partial or generalized, based on how the abnormal brain activity begins. When seizures appear to result from abnormal activity in just one part of the brain, they're called partial or focal seizures. Seizures that seem to involve all of the brain are called generalized seizures.
Many years of experience of administration of amino acids for treatment of epilepsy in children shows well pronounced results in improving their speech and mental abilities. In many cases amino acid treatment could also gradually reduce epilepsy manifestations.