Everything You Need to Know About Epilepsy and it's Treatment
- Epilepsy is a non-communicable disease of neurological origin. Around 50 million people suffer from this disease worldwide. It is a disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of strange behaviour, sensations, and awareness loss.
- The disease shows episodes of involuntary movements in the body, losing consciousness, and losing bowel or bladder function control. Both males and females of all races, backgrounds, and ages suffer from Epilepsy.
- Head trauma, certain brain conditions like brain tumors or stroke, high-grade fever, infectious diseases such as tubercular or viral meningitis, and brain swellings are the leading causes of epilepsy. Prenatal injuries, an infection to the mother, poor brain nutrition, or lack of oxygen supply can be significant causes of epilepsy in children.
- The symptoms of epilepsy may range widely. They are as listed below.
- Temporary confusion.
- Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs.
- Loss of consciousness or awareness.
- Psychic symptoms, such as fear, anxiety.
- The seizure lasts more than five minutes.
- High-grade fever.
- Heat exhaustion.
- Apasmara is the term used for epilepsy in Ayurveda texts. The symptoms are classified into three major categories based on the dosha involved, i.e., Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
- All types of epilepsy are curable with Ayurvedic treatment, a disciplined lifestyle, and diet changes. Ayurveda treatment for epilepsy can manage to a large extent of being able to lead a typical day to day life. The main points of differentiation for Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy, according to dosha involved, are as follows.
- Vata Dosha: Lack of sleep, constipation, overexertion, and mental stress aggravate Vata dosha. Vata is calmed with the help of medicated Abhyanga, Shirodhara, and Vasti treatment.
- Pitta dosha: Inflammatory conditions increase the Pitta levels that ultimately lead to increased heat in the head. This condition is corrected by Virechan therapy.
- Kapha Dosha: This is often due to a blockage of the nervous system. The vital sign of Kapha epilepsy is excessive secretion of saliva. Vaman and Nasya are the main procedures for detoxification in this type.
- An epilepsy patient should avoid spicy, fried food, fast food, excessive sugar intake, strong tea & coffee, alcoholic beverages, pickles.
- A patient of epilepsy should keep engaged in positive activities to help relax and strengthen the mind.
- Adequate prenatal care can reduce new cases of epilepsy caused by birth injury.
Signs and Symptoms of Epilepsy
Uncontrollable Movement of Hands and Legs
Psychic Symptoms: Fear or Anxiety
Our Approach To Epilepsy Treatment
Our Ayurveda doctor examines the patient’s clinical history, daily routine, and mental state. Dosha dominance is found from the symptoms. Accordingly, the doctor prepares the treatment plan. Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy includes herbal medicines, diet and lifestyle suggestions, and Panchakarma therapies. The primary Panchakarma therapies include Vaman, Virechan, Vasti, Nasya, and Shirodhara. The one course of Panchakarma treatment may vary from 2-3 weeks. The total treatment duration for the complete cure of epilepsy can be from 1 year to 2 years. The patient can consult with our Ayurveda experts either in the hospital or by online video consultation.
Why To Choose Ayurveda?
Looks for the Root Cause
The ayurvedic approach of disease looks for the root cause and not merely the symptoms. Ayurveda offers two ways of treatment; One is Shodhan, and the other is Shaman. Shodhan is complete detoxification of the body by Panchakarma therapies. Shaman is balancing the doshas by Ayurveda medicines, diet, and lifestyle changes. Ayurveda medicines always work better in a patient detoxified with Panchakarma.
Ayurveda medicines are processed most naturally and not in the synthetic and chemical form. For this reason, the herbs are soft on the body, and there is no risk of side effects even if the patient requires to take them for longer durations. The complete eradication of the root cause ensures the cure and prevents future health complications.
Ayurveda is not merely a medical science. Instead, it is a philosophical science too. The basic principles of Ayurveda consider an individual human a specific identity and hence his treatment. Ayurveda gives importance to the treatment of the patient rather than the treatment of the disease. Two patients of the same disease can have different treatments because of the difference in their body constitution.