Epilepsy treatment in Ayurveda- Epilepsy is a brain disorder identify by convulsive seizures or loss of consciousness or can both. Convulsion or convulsive seizures- Convulsion refers to uncontrolled involuntary muscular contractions. Convulsive seizures mean the sudden attack of uncontrolled involuntary muscular contractions. It occurs due to the paroxysmal uncontrolled discharge of impulses from neurons of the brain, particularly cerebral cortex.
- Generalized epilepsy
- localized epilepsy
Generalized epilepsy- It is the type of epilepsy that occurs due to excessive discharge of impulses from all parts of the brain. It is also called General onset seizures.
It is Subdivided into three types.
- Grand mal epilepsy
- Petit mal epilepsy
- Psychomotor epilepsy
Grand mal epilepsy- It is Characterized by sudden loss of consciousness, followed by convulsion.
Convulsion occurs in two stages:
Tonic- Seizures is characterized by tonic contractions of muscle leading to spasm.
Clonic- It develops after the tonic stage. This stage is Characterized by violent jerk movement of limbs and face due to alternate severe contraction and relaxation of muscles.
Causes of grand mal epilepsy- Cause of grand mal epilepsy is the excess neural activity in all part of a brain.
A Factor which accelerates the neural activity in grand mal epilepsy are:
- Uncontrolled high fever
- Loud noises of bright light
- Traumatic lesions in any part of the brain
- Effects of some drugs
Petit mal epilepsy- In this type of epilepsy becomes conscious suddenly without any warning. The unconsciousness lasts for a concise time of 3 to 30seconds.
Causes of petit mal are not known. It occurs in conditions like head injury, brain stroke, tumor, and brain infections.
Psychomotor epilepsy- It is indicated by emotional out Bursts such as abnormal stage sudden anxiety fear or discomfort. There is amnesia or a confused mental state for some period.
Causes of psychomotor are the abnormalities in temporal lobe and tumor in the hypothalamus and other regions of a limbic system like amygdala and hippocampus.
Localized epilepsy- localized epilepsy that occurs because of excessive discharge of impulses from one part of the brain is called localized epilepsy or local seizure.
It involves only a Localized area of the cerebral cortex or the deeper parts of the cerebral, which are affected by the tumor abscess of vascular defects.
A Symptom of epilepsy:
- Sudden jerks in arms.
- headache & Sleepness
- Stiffness in muscles
- Sudden blackout and fainting
Causes of epilepsy
- Prenatal injury
- Hereditary influences
- Big shock or injury to the brain or nervous system
- Infections diseases such as meningitis, AIDS, and viral encephalitis.
- lead poisoning
- Chronic alcoholism
- Use of cocaine
- Circulatory disorder
- Allergic reaction certain food substances
Accordingly, seizures are classified as vataj, pittaj, kaphaj, sanni pataj in Ayurveda.
Vataj seizures last relatively for a shorter time increase respiratory rate cause more secretion of foam from a mouth and abnormal body movement during fits.
Pitta seizures cause yellowish, reddish tint on the body along with sweating the foam coming from the mouth is yellowish experience hotness in the body and severe thirst after the seizure.
Kaphaj seizures last for the relatively long time the foam is whitish color while patient experience heaviness in a body.
Natural home remedies for Epilepsy treatment in Ayurveda are:
- Kushmanda juice along with a pinch of licorice (mulethi )powder can be used to decrease the frequency of epileptic seizures.
- Seasam oil or Brahmi Amla oil can be used to massage the head and soles of the feet.
- Acorus Calamus powder with honey is useful
- garlic which is crushed and boiled in milk shows good result.
Diet and Life Style in epilepsy
- The patient should take proper rest
- Should avoid drugging or alcohol
- Should take Proper rest
- Doing yoga & meditation on regularly, have a Positive effect on the nervous system and help to cure epilepsy along with treatment.
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