Epilepsy is a disorder of the central nervous system that causes neurological imbalance. The affected individual may lose consciousness as a result of excessive electric discharge from cerebral neurons. The condition is characterized by abnormal brain activity that causes seizures or spans of unusual behaviour, loss of awareness, and sensations. Epilepsy attacks may affect the sufferers from a few seconds to a few minutes. Anyone can suffer from this condition, and it can affect both females and males of all age groups. Every year, International Epilepsy Day is celebrated on the 2nd Monday of February to raise awareness about epilepsy, its treatment, and what is required to provide treatment to all individuals who need it. This year, International Epilepsy Day is celebrated on 13th February 2023 emphasizing the theme of “stigma” to raise awareness about epilepsy and to dispel various myths and misconceptions related to it. It focuses on minimizing the stigma and discrimination that people experience while living with epilepsy and making sure that they get access to the same right and opportunities as the rest of the people. While consulting healthcare experts for managing epilepsy, Ayurveda can also help manage the condition effectively and naturally.
Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy is not only natural and effective but also safe and affordable. Ayurvedic management for epilepsy strengthens the brain and restores the smooth functioning of the nervous system. Ayurvedic experts prescribe nourishing, effective herbs offering a tonic impact along with the appropriate lifestyle and dietary modifications.
In Ayurveda, epilepsy is called apasmara. The epilepsy episodes or convulsions are called akshepaka. This chronic health condition often calls for long-term management that needs diet modifications, herbal medication, Ayurvedic treatment, and lifestyle measures. Epilepsy management with Ayurveda focuses on:
- Panchakarma (which is Ayurvedic detox)
- Ashwasana (which is psychological assurance/ assistance)
- Specific herbal formulations to strengthen the mind and body
- Rasayan (which is rejuvenation therapy)
Panchakarma for Epilepsy:
Ayurvedic detox (i.e. panchakarma) functions to unclog the channels of the body and mind that are clogged due to imbalanced doshas. It comprises therapeutic oil massage, therapeutic enemas, therapeutic purgation, nervous system treatment, and nasal medication.
5 Best Herbs for Epilepsy:
Ayurvedic herbs strengthen the systems in our bodies. The Ayurvedic experts first diagnose your condition accurately before developing a treatment plan. Dried extracts and herbal teas are some of the ways Ayurvedic herbs can be used to address a condition. Several herbs are effective in managing seizures with their sedative effect for epilepsy sufferers. They may interact with other herbs, prescribed medicines, and supplements. So, you must go for these herbs only under the supervision of a certified doctor and Ayurvedic expert. Do not attempt to have these herbs on your own. A certified health expert will recommend effective yet safe herbs and monitor their effects. Some of the herbs that have been traditionally used to treat seizures in epilepsy patients include:
One of the well-known and effective Ayurvedic herbs for epilepsy is Brahmi. The entire Brahmi plant is utilized to manage nervous system disorders and circulatory disorders. One may take it by mixing it with ghrita or oil or in the form of decoction. Brahmi, when taken as an oral formulation, can cause shamana (pacification) and potentiates the action of shodhana (purification) therapy. This Ayurvedic herb is effective in improving memory. Brahmi offers an excellent relaxing effect to epilepsy patients by reducing the severity, frequency, and duration of the attack. Consuming a teaspoon of honey with Brahmi juice can help alleviate epilepsy symptoms.
One of the prominent Ayurvedic nervine herbs to manage epilepsy is Shankhapushpi which helps soothe the nerves. The entire plant of this herb is helpful for therapeutic effects, usually in the form of powder, juice, paste, and decoction. This Ayurvedic herb offers positive effects, such as calmness, promotes sound sleep, and peace, and relieves tension and anxiety, by restoring the balance of tridoshas. This herb relieves most of the discomforting symptoms of epilepsy, such as insanity, memory loss, and nervousness.
This is another effective herb in alleviating the symptoms of epilepsy. It is known for its rejuvenating effect on the nervous system. The rhizomes of Vacha are used in treating various nervous system disorders. Vacha powder can be either used as a churna via the oral route or used as an oil via nasya karma. Also, it is a constituent of several Ayurvedic formulations. This herb is a memory enhancer, improves blood circulation in the brain, and acts as a brain rejuvenator. You need to balance it with other pungent herbs, such as ginger, or else it may increase congestion. Consulting a certified Ayurvedic practitioner will help you use this herb for managing epilepsy properly.
The roots of this medicinal plant are utilized in the treatment of epilepsy patients either as a decoction in oil or granules. This herb pacifies vata, pitta, and kapha doshas. It also manages the convulsive movement that is prominently dominated by vata dosha. When you are prescribed to take granules of this herb, you may take it with milk. The decoction of this herb in oil is used in nasya karma for treating epilepsy patients. Shatavari helps eliminate tamas, which block the mind.
Another effective Ayurvedic herb is the root of asparagus. The wild root of this herb when taken in powdered form with milk makes it an effective solution for managing epilepsy disease.
Diet and Lifestyle Tips as per Ayurveda that Epilepsy Patients Should Follow:
- Make sure that you get adequate sleep.
- Eat foods abundant in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids.
- You may eat wheat and old shali rice.
- Practice relaxing techniques, such as meditation, pranayama, and yoga that offer positive effects on your nervous system, and brain chemistry and support healing.
- Consume green gram, milk, black gram, and ghrita.
- Have a tsp of the old pure desi ghee for at least six months to manage epilepsy.
- Avoid or reduce stress and anxiety.
- Do not eat vata-increasing foods, such as kalaya, chillies, and potatoes.
- Avoid the consumption of alcohol.
- Do not consume stale food.
- Avoid eating incompatible foods, such as milk and fish, in a meal.
- Do not suppress any natural urge, such as bladder or bowel movements.
- Avoid risky activities, such as standing on a cliff or going deep into the water.
- Say no to red meat.
So, let’s spread the word this International Epilepsy Day to help and motivate epilepsy sufferers to lead a better life and experience relief from the symptoms naturally. Consulting health experts, such as Ayurvedic experts, at Health Total can help you receive the right herbal solutions, homeopathic medicines, and dietary, and lifestyle modifications tailored to your specific needs. Our integrated treatment plan comprising diet, Ayurveda, and homeopathy not only helps you experience relief from your epilepsy symptoms but also boosts your immunity, manages your weight, eliminates nutritional deficiencies, and improves your overall health. So, think no further, get in touch with us at Health Total, and take a step forward to improve your relief and quality of life naturally with our personalized treatment plan.
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