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Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Types Of Seizures | 0 comments

Epilepsy And Ayurveda To Control Seizures


In Sanskrit epilepsy is called apasmaara and is being faced by approximately 50-55 million people around the world at the moment. Epilepsy is an illness of the brain. Fits and seizures are the characteristic attacks that take place anywhere and anytime in an epileptic person.

Epilepsy is an illness of the nervous system, where the brain functions are changeable without any grounds. This abnormal behavior in the brain triggers seizures. Due to this stage the normal functioning of the brain is affected.

The seizure attack lasts for some time and after that the person returns back to normal. The rigorousness of seizure ranges from a placid dizzy feeling to a total blackout that can last for several minutes.

As the person gets older the occurrence of epilepsy gets worsened, which is longer and more anesthetizing and is called a status epilepticus or it is almost termed as ‘brain-dead’ state. This condition needs emergency hospitalization and care.

Causes of brain epilepsy are still unknown to medical science. However, the reasons are divided into Symptomatic causes or known reasons and Idiopathic causes or unknown reasons.

Some of the Symptomatic known reasons are:

· Damage to the head

· Complications to the fetus during pregnancy or childbirth

· Slipups during neurosurgical operations

· Stroke

· Infections due to certain parasites, bacteria and virus

· Genetic disorders like ring chromosome and tuberous sclerosis 

· Excessive intake of alcohol and drugs

Several Idiopathic reasons are that epilepsy can begin from the age between 5-20 years without any apparent neurobiological reasons. These conditions can be prevalent among those people having genetic tendency for epilepsy.

Epilepsy and Ayurveda states that it is due to vata dosh.  Vata means air and is liable for a healthy respiration process of the body. Therefore, if there is an imbalance in vata, especially in prana vata that is responsible for the regular performance of the nervous system and the brain, it can result in epilepsy.

Vata related apasmaara is originated, when the person is in a besieged state or under heavy excitation. Thus, in both extreme grief and extreme happiness seizures can be triggered.

Pitta related apamaara is initiated because of extreme environmental conditions including humidity, heat, cloudiness, dryness and more. Excessive mental stress and workouts can lead to seizures.

Kapha related apasmaara is due to congestion of the normal brain functions. A sedentary lifestyle along with food that is very spicy and oily can be the cause of kapha epilepsy.

According to epilepsy and ayurveda, the symptoms differ from one person to another depending on the severity of seizures. Epilepsy symptoms are classified into two categories.

· Petit Mal Symptoms are blinking of eye, staring look, recurring seizures and no interest in any kind of activities.

· Grand Mal Symptoms are extreme convulsions in the entire body, spasms of the muscles, severe flashing of the eyes, biting of tongue, stiffness and rigidity of the whole body, urine leakage and pauses in breathing.

Epilepsy and ayurveda treatment ensures to control the frequency and quality of these fits. Ayurvedic herbal medicines used in treating epilepsy are Brahmi or Bacopa Monnieri, Kushmanda or Benincase hispida, Lahsum or Allium sativum, Mulathi or Glycyrrhiza glabra, Vacha or Acorus calamus. Ayurveda is a safe way to control epilepsy without any side effects.


Sree Narayana Institute of Ayurvedic Studies and Research was established in the year 2004 by Sree Narayana Health Care Society. It is a registered charitable society constituted by a group of social workers, educationalists and devotees of Sree Narayana Guru. Sree Narayana Guru, a well respected and devoted figure was a saint, social reformer and educationalist. Above all, he was an Ayurvedic physician. The objective of the society is to impart high quality education, research and treatment in Ayurveda, traditional system of medicine and treatment. More information please visit –

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