Epilepsy is a condition which means “seizures”. Seizures are sudden blackouts due to unprecedented activity in the brain tissues. Brain cells, neurons, work on an electrical impulse and when this current changes, this leads to the sudden onset of seizures.
Seizure is a condition of blackout. At the time of the seizures body starts moving without any control and certain symptoms appear in this duration. And patient cannot remember what exactly happened in the duration of the seizure. Ayurveda treats this condition of epilepsy with great success and you can get rid of the problem of epilepsy through Ayurvedic treatment.
This is noticed that patient keeps on taking the medicines regularly, dosages of these medicines keeps on increasing and similarly the frequency of seizures keeps on increasing. Ayurveda is promising in resolving the issue of the epilepsy. With Ayurveda treatment you can not only get rid of the problem of the epilepsy but also can get back to normal life too. Here are details about the epilepsy and its Ayurveda treatment.
The main symptom of epilepsy is seizures.
The symptoms depend upon the type of seizures and from person to person.
Simple partial seizures – A partial seizure does not involve the loss of consciousness.
Other symptoms include:
Complex partial seizures – It involves following symptoms:
Generalized seizure affects to the whole brain. It of 6 types:
Some patients suffer from asymptomatic phase before the onset of epileptic fits. The signs of asymptomatic phase include:
In about 6 out of 10 people who have epilepsy, the cause remains unknown.
Possible causes include:
Identify the situation and things that can trigger epileptic seizures are:
Identification of triggers is not easy. Any single incidence that follows a fit is not a trigger. Combination of several factors trigger seizures.
It is advised to maintain a diary or journal and note the points discussed below after each seizure:
Also, note down what you felt just before and after the epileptic fits and it any side effects. It is advised to bring the journal with you whenever you visit your doctor to explore treatment.
Epileptic seizures occur due to changes in the brain that cause it to get too excited or irritated. As a result, the brain cells or neurones in the brain starts sending abnormal signals.
Neurones send electrochemical impulses that act on other neurones, muscles and glands to produce human actions, feelings and thoughts. In epilepsy, the regular neuro activity gets disturbed that lead to unpredictable and repeated seizures. It causes changes in attention such as muscles twitching, lack of concentration or loss of consciousness.
During an epileptic seizure, a neurone may fire as many as five hundred times a second faster than in normal.
Ayurveda describes the condition of epilepsy in great detail. There is a condition described as Apsmar, which we are talking as Epilepsy here. While discussing the basic nature of the disease, Charaka Samhita quotes-
अपस्मारं पुनः स्मृतिबुद्धिसत्त्वसम्प्लवाद्बीभत्सचेष्टमावस्थिकं तमः प्रवेशमाचक्षते ||
The verse means- There are disturbances of the three aspects of the body- Smriti (memory), Budhi (intellect) and Sattva (psychic). Because of loss of these three patient’s body starts behaving weirdly and he loses all his memory associated with the whole event.
The second definition is a also complete for this condition-
स्मृतेरपगमं प्राहुरपस्मारं भिषग्विदः| तमःप्रवेशं बीभत्सचेष्टं धीसत्त्वसम्प्लवात्||
Here Punarvasu Atreya talks about different things-
These all things happens because intellect and psychic are not working in coordination.
As per Ayurveda there are different types of the Apasmara. This classification of the Apasmara is according to the involvement of the different doshas. Therefore this condition is of four types- three directly according to doshas and fourth one is where all the doshas are involved. Here are these-
The symptoms of Vataja Apasmara are-
This is the most detailed and comprehensive description of the epilepsy. Modern medicine doesn’t have this much of clarity about the different signs and symptoms of the Epilepsy.
With all these details, it is easy to diagnose the condition properly. Right diagnosis is the key for the right treatment.
तैरावृतानां हृत्स्रोतोमनसां सम्प्रबोधनम्| तीक्ष्णैरादौ भिषक् कुर्यात् कर्मभिर्वमनादिभिः||
Because the Doshas occlude the heart-mind and brain triad. Therefore to remove this covering (aavaran) from these, quick acting and strong activities of Panchakarma are important. And as per the Doshas these are done differently.
Here are the details about the different panchakarma procedures according to involvement of the doshas.
These procedures are mentioned and indicated in case of the treatment of epilepsy.
In case of the seizures Nasya is advised as the treatment. Because Nasya ensures the quick disposal of medicines to the nervous system. And brings back the senses immediately. So you need to discuss with your Ayurveda physician about the right medicine for Nasya.
If all the guideline of the treatment are obeyed properly, Ayurveda treatment can help you to bring off the medicines.
The main problem with conventional medicines is they leave a lot of marks on the body and mind. These medicines cause dullness and clumsiness of the body and mind, therefore complicates the things. But Ayurvedic medicines doesn’t bring any such changes in the body. Patient feels more energetic and more oriented. Therefore this is always a better option to go for Ayurvedic medicines for epilepsy.
Here are few commonly asked questions regarding the Ayurveda treatment of epilepsy at Sukhayu Ayurved. We are summarising all known questions. But you can drop an email for any further query.
No. In case of epilepsy, you need to come to Jaipur for a proper Ayurvedic consultation with Vaidya Pardeep and Vaidya Neetu. In more than 90% cases of epilepsy we only give medicines to patients. So you need to continue the medicines back at home.
Medicines remain continue for 18 to 24 months.
Patient need to travel to Jaipur only once in 6 months. But in severe cases our Vaidyas may ask you to come in short spans too. This is decided after the first consultation only. Therefore, we don’t have any generalised rules for this.
We only prescribe the Ayurvedic medicines to our patients. Most of these medicines are – herbal and are prepared at Sukhayu only, under guidance of Vaidya Pardeep Sharma.