Epilepsy (also known as Mirgi in Hindi) is a central nervous system disorder which causes seizures and unusual behaviour in the brain.
Ayurveda defines Apasmaar as “Apagta Smritiriti Apasmaarah” i.e. deformity of memory power results in Apasmaar.
Apasmaar is of two types – Minor Apasmaar is known as Petitmal while Strong Apasmaar as Grandmal. Apasmaar is similar to Unmaad, both are mental diseases, The difference is that Unmaad is a permanent disease, while Apasmaar fits are intermittent. During fits, the patient loses Consciousness (Chetna) and memory.
Symptoms of Epilepsy
General symptoms include seizure and shaking vigorously etc. and may vary from person to person.
Causes – Exact causes of epilepsy may vary from patient to patient. Epilepsy may be genetic or acquired. It may be the result of some neurological disorders, injury of some part of brain or brain disease, after-effects of some drugs or some unknown mutations of the brain.
Remedies of Epilepsy
Following two home remedies are found very helpful in curing Epilepsy. Any of these may be applied:
- Take Vach(Acorus calamus) 20 gms. grind & make fine powder, store in a small glass bottle. Take 1 gm. of this powder mixed with honey, empty stomach daily. Further, apply 5-6 drops of Aak ( Akauaa – Calotropis Gigantea) milk on feet sole and massage for half an hour before sleeping. Don’t let soles wet with water. While bathing, ensure to cover feet with a plastic sheet or thick towel to avoid water drops falling on feet. This massage should continue for one & half month. This remedy will minimize Apasmaar fits and finally stop the fits.
- Take Kooth(Saussurea costus), Sendha salt, Safed jeera(White Cumin seeds), Peepal(Ficus religiosa), Patha(Cissampelos pareira), Asgandha (Withania somnifera), Sonth (Dried Ginger), Ajmod (Celery or Apium graveolens), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Black Pepper; all 10 gms. each.
Grind & make fine powder and mix 100 grams of Vach (Acorus calamus) powder.
Mix vigorously & filter in cloth to make a homogenous mixture. Now boil 1 Kg. of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) in 2 litres of water, when water remains half a litre, allow to cool down, mash & filter the water. Mix the powder in it and keep in sunlight to make dry. When dried up, grind again & store in a glass bottle. Take half teaspoonful of this powder mixed with honey or cow ghee twice a day.
This mixture has been found to be very effective and will not only cure Epilepsy but improve mental weakness, memory and nervous system too.