Epilepsy is a psychic syndrome. It is known as Apasmara in Ayurvedic terminology.
Ayurvedic divisions of apasmara (Epilepsy)
There are five divisions of this condition. One of them is a typical syndrome of many women. It is commonly known as ‘Hysteria’. The Ayurvedic nomenclature for this condition is Yoshapasmara. In this condition, the heart and the mind (which are interlinked) of the patient are primarily affected.
On the other hand, Apasmara or Epilepsy is divided into four other types according to the predominance of the three doshas (Kapha, Pitta, and Vata) and their combination.
Causes of Yoshapasmara (Hysteria)
Different psychic stresses are the common causes of Yoshapasmara or hysteria. The factors that may precipitate or aggravate the condition are physical like indigestion, flatulence (wind accumulation in the tummy) and constipation. Mentionably, these factors can also lead to Apasmara or Epilepsy.
The patient should regularly consume ghee prepared from cow’s milk. Such patients should never take pungent items.
The patient should deeply inhale only through the nostrils cow’s ghee.
Other important points
Daily massage the soles and had of the patient with til (black sesame) oil.
The patient should be kept busy with light physical work and interesting mental puzzles. This obviates any possibility of the patient brooding over any subject.
Above all, ensure that the patient does not have any mental strain.
The Ayurvedic treatment for patients suffering from this condition has a two-fold strategy: While rectifying the nervous system, it significantly works for strengthening the heart.
There are several Ayurvedic medications. The commonly prescribed effective medicines are the following three. These are: Brihat-vata-kulantaka rasa, Vacha, and Brahmi.
Brihat-vata-kulantaka rasa is a compound preparation. Its main ingredient is gold dust (bhasma) prepared in the Ayurvedic purification methodology. Brihat-vata-kulantaka rasa brings about fast results.
Brihat-vata-kulantaka rasa does not have any astringent or unpleasant taste or smell as the other medications (prescribed in this condition) possess.
The dose: The patient should consume 125 gram of Brihat-vata-kulantaka rasa mixed with honey thrice daily.
Vacha is prepared from the plant that goes by the same name. It grows in the marshy places. One can find the natural growth of this species near streams and rivulets.
The medication is prepared from the rhizome (root) of Vacha.
Preparation procedure: The root or rhizome is dried in shade. Then it is grinded into a powdery form.
The dose : One teaspoonful of Vacha is to be mixed with half-a-teaspoon of honey to take care of the acrid smell and make it palatable.
The medication — Brahmi is prepared from the juice of the entire plant that goes by the same name. The Brahmi plant also grows like Vacha in the marshy areas.
The reason why the juice and not the root of Brahmi is used for preparing the medication is that the leaves and stems of the Brahmi plant do not get dried easily.
The Brahmi medication has a slight bitter taste. Hence, honey should be added to make it palatable for the patient.
The dose: One teaspoon of Brahmi juice needs to be mixed with one teaspoonful of honey and given to the patient thrice daily.