Meditation and epilepsy: A still hung jury

Erik K. St. Louis, Ephraim Philip Lansky

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Meditation has been advocated as a treatment for several medical problems, including epilepsy. Conversely, concern has been raised that meditation may aggravate or even precipitate epilepsy. We present a case of new onset mesial temporal lobe epilepsy in a young woman meditator lacking other apparent risk factors for epilepsy as a springboard for a balanced discussion concerning the potential relationship between meditation and epilepsy, and a criticism of the current literature in this field. Prospective clinical studies of meditators with video-electroencephalography and clinical trials of meditation in refractory epilepsy patients are needed to resolve current controversies concerning meditation and epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-250
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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