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AYURVEDIC TREATMENT for EPILEPSY
Epilepsy refers to a disorder in which the person has a tendency to have seizures or fits due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is a neurological disorder that affects central nervous system in which activity of nerve cell in brain is disturbed. In this disorder seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness or occurrence of fit is occurred. A seizure is a disturbance in the normal regulation of brain Or disturbance of electrical activity in brain. It occurs when nerve cells or neuron send wrong message to brain. The symptoms of seizures can vary from person to person. The common feature is spreading wave of uncontrolled electrical activity.


Causes

  • The clear cause of epilepsy is not known. Some of the main causes of epilepsy include:
  • Low oxygen during birth.
  • Brain tumors.
  • Infections such as meningitis and encephalitis.
  • Stroke
  • Any type of brain damage.
  • Genetic conditions those results in brain injury such as tuberculosis.
  • Prenatal injury
Symptoms
  • Sudden jerks in arms
  • Strange feeling
  • Sudden blackout & fainting
  • Stiffness in muscles
  • Twitching or trembling of muscles
Ayurvedic view of Treatment

Ayurveda categorizes epilepsy into four types, depending upon which particular Dosha is vitiated. ccordingly seizures are classified as Vataj, Pittaj, Kaphaj & Sannipatik in Ayurveda. . Vataj seizures (caused mainly by vitiated Vayu) last relatively for shorter time, increase respiratory rate, cause more secretion of foam from mouth and abnormal body movements during fits. Pittaj seizures (caused mainly by vitiated Pitta) cause yellowish or reddish tint on body, lot of sweating, the foam coming from mouth is also yellowish, patients experiences hotness in body and severe thirst after the seizure. Kaphaj seizures (caused mainly by vitiated Kapha) last for relatively longer time, the foam is whitish in colour while patient experiences heaviness in body. Sannipatik seizures are caused by vitiation of all three Doshas and therefore have mixed characteristics.In Ayurvedic treatment main focus is to strengthen the brain and restore the proper function of the nervous system. Nourishing herbs with a tonic effect are prescribed along with diet and lifestyle adjustments that emphasize a light easily digestible diet and avoidance of mental strain. Meditation and other relaxation techniques should be used regularly to ensure that stress does not disturb the electric activities in brain.In Ayurveda ,proper diet and medication is suggested inorder to bring back balance of the brain and the body .

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