Epilepsy is known as Apasmara according to Ayurveda, where in the aggravated body doshas get accumulated in the brain and produce the symptoms based on the predominant dosha. Based on the doshic predominance, it is classified into vataja, pittaja, kaphaja and sannipataja.
Line of management would be to give medicines to strengthen the body and mind (to prevent recurrence of attack and reduce severity of symptoms), rejuvinatory therapies, drastic panchakarma procedures like vamana, virechana and nasya etc to eliminate the body toxins, murdhni tailas (head oleation therapies), anointing the head with medicated herbal pastes. Treatments may vary depending upon the doshas involved. Counselling sessions are also done to give reassurance to the patient.
Mantras,hymns are also recommended if the epilepsy is caused due to some extrinsic factors.
Avoid suppression of natural urges like thirst and appetite.
Avoid insulting teachers and elders. Unethical activities, sleeplessness, excessive physical activities, stress are also some of the triggering factors.
Practice pranayama (breathing exercises) and also meditation. Getting a proper sleep is also essential.
Consume more of cow’s ghee, cow’s milk, green gram soup, drumstick, grapes, figs, pomegranate, gooseberry etc.
Spicy, deep fried food items, canned-processed food items should be avoided.
Some beneficial home remedies:
- Take a mixture of ½ cup of ash gourd juice, chunk of sugar and 3-6 grams of liquorice root powder twice a day. Ash gourd juice taken singly is also beneficial.
- Rasonaksheerapaka-can be made by crushing 3-4 cloves of garlic and boiling it in a mixture of ½ cup milk and ½ cup water. Heat it till half the solution evaporated. Strain the mixture and have it once during the day.
- You may also have a spoon of brahmi rasayana twice daily.
Specific group of drugs which act specifically on the mind are selected for the treatment of epilepsy. This helps to normalize the disturbed psychological factors. These medicines provide mental stability and relaxation.
Sankhapushpi, vacha, yastimadhu, jatamamsi, brahmi, tagara, amalaki, lashuna, kooshmanafda, vacha are some of the Ayurvedic herbs beneficial in the management of epilepsy.
- Mahakalyanaka kashayam
- Dhanadanayanadi kashayam
- Kasturyadi gulika
- Smritisagara rasa
- Mahakalyanaka ghrita
- Mahapanchagavya ghrita