Ayurvedic Treatment for Epilepsy

Epilepsy

UNDERSTANDING EPILEPSY:

Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders characterized by epileptic seizures. It refers to a disorder in which the person has a tendency to have seizures or fits due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is a chronic condition of the brain which is characterized by transient loss of consciousness found for certain period of time which may last from few seconds to few minutes. It is caused due to abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain.

Epileptic seizures are episodes that can vary from brief and nearly undetectable to long periods of vigorous shaking. These episodes can result in physical injuries including occasionally broken bones. In epilepsy, seizures tend to recur and as a rule, have no immediate underlying cause. People with epilepsy in some areas of the world experience stigma due to the condition. Symptoms may include Sudden jerks in arms, Sudden blackout & fainting, Stiffness in muscles, Twitching or trembling of muscles, Anxiety, Headache, Sleepiness Etc.

The causes may include hereditary influences, Prenatal injuries, Developmental disorders like Autism and Neurofibromatosis, Serious shock or injury to brain or nervous system, Infectious diseases, such as meningitis, AIDS and viral encephalitis, Allergic reaction to certain food substances, Circulatory disorders, Chronic alcoholism, Lead poisoning, Mental conflict, Deficient mineral assimilation etc.

EPILEPSY IN AYURVEDA:

Epilepsy is referred to as `Apasmara' in Ayurveda. As per the Doshic differentiation in Ayurveda, it categorizes epilepsy into four types; depending upon which particular Dosha is vitiated. Accordingly seizures are classified as Vataj, Pittaj, Kaphaj & Sannipataj in Ayurveda. These kinds of epilepsy have a very common line of treatment when it comes to treatments of all such patients.

Types of Seizures:

  • Vataj seizures (caused mainly by vitiation of Vayu) last relatively for shorter time, increases respiratory rate, causes more secretion of foam from mouth and abnormal body movements during fits.
  • Pittaj seizures(caused mainly by vitiation of Pitta) causes yellowish or reddish tint on the body along with sweating, the foam coming from mouth is also yellowish, patients experiences hotness in body and severe thirst after the seizure.
  • Kaphaj seizures (caused mainly by vitiation of Kapha) last for relatively longer time, the foam is whitish in color while patient experiences heaviness in body.
  • Sannipatik seizures are caused by vitiation of all three Doshas and therefore have mixed characteristics.

OUR TREATMENT:

Ayurvedic line of Treatment, fortunately offers effective support to epilepsy patients. Ayurveda has a gamut of medication available for people who suffer from epilepsy. Ayurveda believes that the root cause of epilepsy is improper use of senses and consumption of inappropriate food. Ayurvedic Medicine treatment protocols are determined on the basis of full length study of patients, their medical parameters, individual details, etc. Our medication aims to balance the vitiated doshas and cure epilepsy.

Ayurvedic treatment helps in bringing about the coordination of right and left brain with the help of Ayurvedic herbs, minerals and in some extreme cases, Ayurvedic metallic preparations. Our herbal medication helps in reducing the spike frequency and especially the effect of photic stimulation in EEG. When these medications are given to the patients, the spikes which are otherwise very much evident in the EEG are significantly reduced in majority of the patients even after the first month of the medication. It also helps in increasing the frequency of alpha bundles in the occipital parietal region of brain which indicates reduced excitability and hence causes stabilization of the electrical activity of the brain by cleansing the vitiated Manas Strotas (Micro channels) of brain.

Ayurvedic treatment helps in bringing about the coordination of right and left brain with the help of Ayurvedic herbs, minerals and in some extreme cases, Akshepashaman medications are one category of medications that are called in allopathy as anti convulsants. Apart from the anti epileptic medicines, medhya rasayana varga and sangya sthapan varga of ayurveda is very good for epilepsy patients. When these medications are given to the patients in a proper dosage for a specified time period, the patient is able to come out of this disease in a very nice way. In case of Apasmara, four prime medications have been mentioned in the Ayurvedic texts by Aacharya charak. There is very nice shloka given in charak samhita for such patient's i.e.

The above shaloka provides the guidelines for medicated healing for Apasmara. The shaloka dictates four main herbs that are very good medhya rasayanas, helpful for brain for improving the coordination of right and left brain. These medhya rasayans namely mandookparni (Centella asiatica) swaras, yastimadhu (mulethi churna) with milk, Guduchi (giloy) swaras and panchanga (all parts) of shankhpushpi are given in a specified dosage with akshepshaman medicines (anti epileptic medicines) the results are miraculous.

Many of antiepileptic medications are prepared in cow's ghee i.e. the ghee based medications while there are other medications which are categorized in Ayurveda as Akshepashaman (Anti-epileptic) medications. Medicated Ghrit is also used for the treatment of epilepsy because it works quickly by crossing the blood brain barrier.

Our Medicines act at the level of the nervous system and facilitate proper conduction of signal impulses from the nerves to the muscles. These internal medicines work wonders in conjunction with external therapies like Panchkarma and Physical therapies, the peripheral nervous system and circulation. Right from the usage of our medication, both the frequency and severity of the seizures reduces and in case of infrequent seizures, patient can get permanent solution from the seizures. Medicines can be administered to improve the state of Epilepsy, improve blood circulation, help control loss of power, improve power of muscles to some extent and improve overall health of the patient.

Whenever the treatment is started, both the severity as well as the frequency of seizures very quickly reduces in a patient even if the patient is having regular seizures and if the patient is having intermittent seizures then in many of such cases there is not even a single episode of seizures after the start of medications.

The best part of Ayurvedic treatment in epilepsy is that it can be given alone and it can also be given along with the normal therapy that is being given in allopath for epilepsy patients. So, right from the usage of our medication, both the frequency and severity of the seizures reduces and in case of infrequent seizures, patient can get permanent solution from the seizure that is the basic concept of how we can treat epilepsy patients with the help of Ayurveda

Other natural remedies

  • Kushmanda-Ash Gourd (petha) juice along with a pinch of mulethi powder can be used to decrease the frequency of epileptic seizures
  • Sesame oil or brahmi amla oil can be used to massage the head and the soles of the feet.
  • Garlic which is crushed and boiled in milk shows good results. Also ghee made of cow's milk should be given to the person with disability.
  • Acorus Calamus powder with honey is useful.

 
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