Epilepsy from the point of view of Ayurveda
Epilepsy is a neurological imbalance in which a person loses consciousness due to excessive electric discharge of cerebral neurons. Epileptic attacks can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Epilepsy is a fairly common neurological disorder that affects many people around the world. Anyone can develop epilepsy, but it’s more common it is in young children and older adults. It occurs slightly more in males than in females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages. Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal - causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. There are different types of epilepsy and seizures. Seizures, abnormal movements or behavior due to unusual electrical activity in the brain, are a symptom of epilepsy. But not all people who appear to have seizures have epilepsy. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures. A seizure is a sudden rush of electrical activity in the brain. Possible causes include - traumatic brain injury, serious illness or very high fever, stroke, other vascular diseases, lack of oxygen to the brain, brain tumor or cyst, Alzheimer’s disease, maternal drug use, prenatal injury, lack of oxygen at birth, infectious diseases such as AIDS and meningitis, genetic or developmental disorders or neurological diseases.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Epilepsy
Ayurveda calls epilepsy Apasmara .. It is a chronic condition, which often needs a long-term management plan of diet and lifestyle adjustments, ayurvedic treatments, and herbal medications. Ayurveda categorizes epilepsy into four types, depending upon which dosha is most out of balance:
Sannipatik seizures caused by corruption of all three doshas
Ayurvedic management of epilepsy strengthens the brain and restores the proper function of the nervous system. Ayurvedic medication are prescribed along with diet and lifestyle adjustments. An epilepsy management plan in Ayurveda include:
Panchakarma therapies (ayurvedic detox) . Ayurvedic detox works to unclog the channels of mind and body that are blocked due to imbalanced doshas. Ayurvedic therapy includes therapeutic oil massage (abhyanga), steam bath (swedana), therapeutic purgation (virechana), therapeutic enemas (vasti), nasal medication (nasya), and nervous system treatment (shirodhara) Ayurvedic doctors create a customised detox program for your epilepsy conditions and symptoms during concultation. Doctor precribe specific herbal formulations to strengthen the body and mind. Herbal prescription under the supervision of an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner is important. These are some of the herbs which a practitioner may include in your treatment – Vacha-Acorus calamus Linn, Shankhapushpi-Convolvulus pluricaulis chosis, Yastimadhu-Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn, Jatamamsi-Nardostachys jatamansi Dc., Tagara-Valeriana jatamansi Jones.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Epilepsy:
reduce intake of sweet, oily, fatty and heavy foods
Avoid totaly alcohol,
Avoid fish products,
Reduce spicy food and dont eat non fresh food
Reduce stimulating food and drink such as coffee
Avoid stress and mental and emotional tension.
avoid poor sleep
avoid working, studying or using computers and phones late into the night,
Enjoy ayurvedic rituals like self oil massage, nasya