The therapy, which until now Dr Yoko Nagai has been carrying out ‘in person’ with patients who are resistant to drugs, teaches them to train their brains to be more ‘alert’. More than half of patients taking part in a clinical trial to test this personal therapy reported a reduction in seizure frequency by 50% or more.
Dr Nagai said: "Although I have been helping people with epilepsy face-to-face over the last 15 years, my frustration was only a few people can be treated at a time. I am very motivated to be able to disseminate my therapy to many more patients who can benefit from this non-invasive, effective, accessible and affordable therapy.”
Epilepsy is a neurological condition with which patients suffer from recurrent epileptic seizures. One in 100 people suffer from epilepsy worldwide, making it a common condition. Although the response to medication is relatively good, 30 per cent of patients suffer from drug-resistant epilepsy and there currently are very few alternative treatment options available. Current major non-pharmacological treatments include surgery, deep brain stimulation and vagus nerve stimulation, all of which involves invasive and a high cost surgical procedure. In addition, these are available only to a limited number of patients.