Homeopathy Approach to Epilepsy
many time patients walk in our clinic and ask about FIT OR Mirgii .Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which a person has repeated seizures (convulsions) over time. Seizures are episodes of disturbed brain activity that cause changes in attention or behavior.
Causes of Epilepsy:
- Family history of Seizures.
- Congenital brain deformity due to prenatal injury if pregnant mother is malnourished, has an infection, abuses drugs, tobacco or alcohol.
- Low oxygen levels to the brain as in stroke, drowning, heart attack, etc.
- Structural brain impairment from head injury, stroke, brain disease, tumor, intracranial hemorrhage, etc.
- Alzheimer’s disease, Liver disease, Autism, Cerebral palsy, Developmental and Metabolic disorders.
- Infections like Encephalitis, Syphilis, Abscess, Meningitis etc.
- Exposure to environmental toxins like lead, carbon monoxide, etc.
- Abuse or withdrawal of certain drugs like anti depressants, alcohol, etc.
Epileptic seizures vary in intensity and symptoms depending on what part of the brain is involved. In partial seizures, the most common form of seizure in adults, only one area of the brain is involved. Partial seizures are classified as simple partial, complex partial (also known as psychomotor), and absence (also known as myoclonic or petit mal) seizures.
Focal (Partial Seizure): When the seizures occur due to involvement of one area of brain, they are known as Focal Seizures. These are of two types: Simple Partial and Complex Partial. In Simple Partial cases, the person remains conscious, has a sudden emotional experience (feeling of joy, sadness, fear, sexual arousal), has hallucinations of hearing, taste, smell or vision, and there may also be an involuntary jerking of body parts. In Complex Partial Seizure, the person’s consciousness is altered or lost. The symptoms include staring, automatism (repeated rhythmic, purposeless movements) like eye blinking, hand rubbing, walking in circle, mouth movements, smacking movement of lips, picking at bed clothes. After a few minutes, consciousness is regained and the drowsy feeling may remain
Tonic Clonic (Grand Mal Seizures): The symptoms are loss of consciousness, and stiffness or rigidity of body with falling down. Respiration arrest and blueness of body also occur. This is followed by relaxation resulting in jerking of body. The jerking is followed by regaining of consciousness but confusion, impaired memory, headache and sleepiness. Loss of bladder control and tongue biting are common in these types of seizures. Aura precedes the attack. Aura is a subjective feeling experienced by a patient whereby he or she becomes aware that an attack is about to begin.
Tonic seizures: In these seizures, muscle stiffness mainly of back, arms and legs occurs.
Clonic seizures: These seizures cause muscle jerking.
Absence (Petit Mal/Minor Seizure): The symptoms are minor like mainly staring or just a slight tilt in head, and brief alteration of consciousness usually for seconds. There is no fall or muscle contraction. A person may have more than 20 episodes per day. It is common in childhood. The person gets normal without any confusion when the seizure is over.Absence seizures, rare in adults, are characterized by a sudden, momentary loss or impairment of consciousness. Overt symptoms are often as slight as an upward staring of the eyes, a staggering gait, or a twitching of the facial muscles. No aura occurs and the person often resumes activity without realizing that the seizure has occurred.
In a second type of epilepsy, known as generalized seizure, tonic clonic, grand mal, or convulsion, the whole brain is involved. This type of seizure is often signaled by an involuntary scream, caused by contraction of the muscles that control breathing. As loss of consciousness sets in, the entire body is gripped by a jerking muscular contraction. The face reddens, breathing stops, and the back arches. Subsequently, alternate contractions and relaxations of the muscles throw the body into sometimes violent agitation such that the person may be subject to serious injury. After the convulsion subsides, the person is exhausted and may sleep heavily. Confusion, nausea, and sore muscles are often experienced upon awakening, and the individual may have no memory of the seizure. Attacks occur at varying intervals, in some people as seldom as once a year and in others as frequently as several times a day. About 8 percent of those subject to generalized seizures may have status epilepticus, in which seizures occur successively with no intervening periods of consciousness. These attacks may be fatal unless treated promptly with the drug diazepam.
- Behavioral changes, aura or visual hallucinations before a seizure attack.
- Wild, monotonous bodily movements.
- Blackouts, disorientation and periods of unresponsiveness.
- Sudden fear.
- Tongue biting.
- Speech arrest.
- Loss of consciousness.
- Loss of bladder and rectum control.
- Aspiration Pneumonia.
- Headache, muscular pains and temporary weakness post seizure.
- Difficulty learning.
- Poor self esteem, depression and suicidal thoughts.
• Obtaining authentic history from the patient and the witness
• Establishment of the cause
• Past medical history or family history
• Blood glucose both fasting and post-food
• Calcium and phosphorus levels
• Imaging: CT scan, and MRI (also MRI angiography) is indicated to evaluate the structural changes in brain
• Electroencephalogram (EEG) is suggested for non conclusive status.
Homeopathy is a favorable supportive line of modus operandi for Epilepsy, along with conventional treatment. Homeopathic approach stabilizes the Central nervous system after taking into account the physical symptoms, emotional and genetic make up that individualizes a person, together with focussing on the electrical activity of their brain. Homeopathic constitutional treatment will vitalize the patient and release their jitteriness, heal any emotional or physical trauma, detoxify the patient from the effects of toxins and drugs, work on any existing ailments, and prevent relapses. The holistic modus operandi of Homeopathy manages the various manifestations of Epilepsy impressively in adults and children with natural, safe, potent, non-addictive and inexpensive remedies. Early intervention with Homeopathy can assist in preventing further progress of the disease.Below, I have noted some Homeopathic remedies that are commonly used in the treatment of Epilepsy. These are just a few of the commonly used Homeopathic remedies and are mentioned only to create awareness about the effectiveness of Homeopathic medicines in Epilepsy, It is not advisable to resort to self medication for any disease.
Artemisia Vulgaris: This is a reputable remedy for Petit Mal Epilepsy in young adults from fright, mental emotions and masturbation. The Epileptic attack transpires rapidly with patient losing consciousness for a few seconds and then resuming work as if nothing had happened. These patients wake up at night to work, then remember nothing in the morning. Their mouth is drawn to the left, head is drawn back by spasmodic twitchings, and sweat smells like garlic.
Camphora: This is another superb remedy for Epilepsy, where the patient collapses with a weak pulse, icy coldness of the whole body, sudden sinking of strength, violent convulsions with hysterical excitement. Eyes look fixed, staring with dilated pupils and all objects seem too bright and glittering. In spite of icy coldness of the body, patient does not like to be covered.
- Relax mentally and physically.
- If you are acquainted with your aura preceding each episode, ease yourself to the floor, loosen your clothing and avoid putting anything in your mouth.
- Exercise regularly and take plenty of rest.
- Always carry your medical identification about your seizure disorder, so in case of emergency people around you can help you.
- Avoid potential danger and stressful situations.
- Avoid being alone.