Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is chronic. It is characterized by seizures, and these seizures can vary from brief to long periods of vigorous shaking. Occasionally, such seizures can cause physical injuries too. Patients experiencing seizures or fits, as commonly called, usually lose their consciousness. This happens due to an abnormal electric activity of the brain. There are no fixed time periods after which a fit can happen. It can happen multiple times in a day or may not occur even in years.
Causes and Symptoms
The exact causes of epilepsy are not known in most of the cases. Sometimes, it can occur due to some brain injury, strokes, or tumors, or congenital disabilities, or infections in the brain. Genetic mutations can also be a reason.
Regardless of the original cause, the seizures or fits occur when the brain discharge a certain amount of electrical energy suddenly. A fit can also happen when there is a delay in delivering oxygen to the brain or when the brain is receiving insufficient oxygen. Congenital disabilities include injury to the brain at the time of delivery. Tuberculosis and parasites in the brain can also lead to sudden fits or seizures.
There is no fixed age as when a seizure can occur. In most cases, it starts before the person becomes an adult.
What Happens During a Seizure?
The attack is sudden in most of the cases. One or both the limbs of the patients move, and there may or may not be the loss of consciousness. Some of the times, patients lose control over stool and urine as well.
Contractions in the body are common, and the head usually turns to one side. Patients often cry or shout but are unaware of the same. Pulse rate is very high during this time, and the eyes roll widely. Saliva in the form of forth might come out of the mouth. In severe cases, the froth is mixed with blood.
Ayurveda is one of the trusted forms of managing the symptoms of epilepsy. Some of the medicines that are prescribed to epileptic patients and their doses are:
- Saraswatarishta: Patients need to take 30 ml of this medicine twice daily after meals.
- JatamansiChurna, VachaChurna, Smritisagara Rasa: 1 mg each of the first two medicines is to be mixed with 100 g of the third medicine and taken twice daily along with honey.
- Apasmarantaka Rasa: Patients need to mix 100 g of this with honey and consume the mixture twice daily.
- MahakalyanakaGhrita: 10 gm of this with cow’s milk and sugar needs to be taken twice daily.
There are many herbs those are considered to be useful in treating the symptoms of Epilepsy. Some of them are:
- Vacha: The powdered version of the root of this herb is to be mixed with honey and consumed thrice daily.
- Brahmi: Only one teaspoon of Brahmi juice can create magic
- Jyotishmati: This powerful brain and nerve tonic, stimulates intellect and sharpens memory.
- BrihatVataKulantaka Rasa: This rasa (juice) contains golden dust and particularly beneficial in bringing effective results, it needs to be mixed with honey and given to the patient thrice daily.
Mandukaparni: It treats epilepsy and is highly beneficial for treating insanity and mental retardation as well.
- Shankhapushpi: This herb is too used to treat insanity and epilepsy and is one of the most potent brain tonics out there
Crushed garlic boiled in milk is a very trusted remedy. Cow milk ghee is also known to be good for epileptic patients. Massaging Brahmi-Amla and sesame oil on the head and feat is also recommended.