Referred to as `Apasmara‘ in Ayurveda, epilepsy, more popularly known as the falling disease, is a serious disorder of the central nervous system that affects both children and adults alike. Afflicting infants and early teenagers the most, it is categorised into two main types – Petit Mal & Grand Mal. Depending on the dominance of the three doshas and their combined effect it can come in four types – a fifth type, called Yoshapasmara, denotes hysteria which is more prevalent among women.
- Petit Mal results from a strained nervous condition.
- Grand Mal is due to hereditary influences, serious shock or injury to brain or nervous system and diseases like meningitis and typhoid.
- Allergic reaction to certain food substances.
- Circulatory disorders.
- Chronic alcoholism.
- Lead poisoning.
- Use of cocaine.
- Mental conflict.
- Deficient mineral assimilation.
- In case of petit mal, there is momentary loss of consciousness with no convulsions except a slight rigidity. In this case, the attack stops within a few seconds.
- Grand mal, on the other hand, has a dramatic effect. Violent convulsions accompanied by a sudden loss of consciousness, twitching of the muscles, biting of the tongue, distorted fixation of limbs, rotation of the head and deviation of the eyes continues for much longer.
- Brahmi (Bacopa monniera)
- Shankha Pushpi (Evolvulus alsinoides)
- Malkagni (Celastrus paniculatus)
- Jatamansi (Nardastachys jatamansi)
- Brahmi Bati(S.M.Yu)
- Sarswat Churna
- Brahmi Ghrita