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Brighton, UK, November 2015 – 1 in 100 people have epilepsy. This means that there are 50 million people in the world who suffer from this debilitating neurological disorder. 30% of these patients, a total of 15 million sufferers, cannot be treated with medication, as they suffer from a variety of drug resistant epilepsy disorders. Extensive research shows that more than 80% of patients with epilepsy consider stress and anxiety to be a major factor in triggering their seizures. It is, therefore, very important to understand the mechanisms that govern the interactions between the mind, brain and body, and to focus on drug-free treatments options.
Our thoughts and emotions are closely linked to our bodily responses and behaviour. Events in our daily lives trigger thoughts that in turn give rise to emotions that change both our bodily stress responses and behaviour. Based on these concepts, Dr. Yoko Nagai began her research on how these mechanisms work in patients with epilepsy.
Dr. Yoko Nagai began her research in electrodermal biofeedback therapy for epilepsy in 1997. This research has since attracted significant amounts of scientific research funding that has enabled clinical trials and a deeper understanding of the brain mechanisms by which the therapy can reduce the occurrence of epileptic seizures. With her extensive research, she developed the Autonomic Cognitive Rehabituation Training (ACRT). At her Biofeedback Clinic, opened in 2005, she treated patients on a private basis. There are many advantages to face-to-face therapy, but only a few people can be treated at a time and the costs of private therapy sessions can be staggering. These are frustrating facts that epilepsy patients face when seeking different, drug-free therapy options. Dr Nagai is now seeking to share her expertise and treatment with people globally who are in need for this effective, non-drug therapy.
The project is currently looking for supporters and contributors through Indiegogo. With your support, ACRT will become available worldwide to people with epilepsy who are in search of non-invasive, side-effect free and affordable behavioural therapy for control of seizures. The therapy can be undertaken in the comfort of one’s home, yet it will be accessible on digital platforms in any other location.
Check out the project on Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-therapy-for-epilepsy-effective-and-affordable#/