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Epilepsy & Ayurveda


Epilepsy 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. About 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, and nearly 80% of epilepsy occurs in developing countries and western countries,infants and early teenagers the most.It is categorised into two main types – Petit Mal & Grand Mal. According to Ayurveda depending on the dominance of the three doshas and their combined effect it can come in four types and a fifth type, called Yoshapasmara, denotes hysteria which is more prevalent among women.

Root Causes

  • 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.
  • Circulatory disorders.
  • Chronic alcoholism.
  • Lead poisoning.
  • Use of cocaine.
  • Mental conflict.
  • Deficient mineral assimilation.
  • Complication in fetus either during pregnancy or during childbirth
  • Injury to head.
  • Mental stress.


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.other symptoms including insomnia and depression.

Complications Causes due to Epilepsy(Apasmaara)

Epilepsy is a serious disease in itself but can cause to several complication,as following
  • The most serious complication of an epilepsy is the potencial injury or accident the person may suffer during the seizure ,there could be a fall on a hard or glass surface or there could be accidental fire or electric shock.
  • The heacan heavy breathing during seizure can cause the person to inhale fluid within lungs causing a type of PNEUMONIA.
  • The tongue and jaw muscles undergo severe convulsions during epileptic fits ,a person may accidentally bite his or her tongue severely
  • If a person has a epileptic seizure while operating heavy machinery or while driving ,it could be fatal.
  • A shower rather than a bathtub is considered to be the safest option for people with epilepsy.
  • Both gas and electric cookers can be hazardous in the event of a seizure.
  • A microwave oven may be a safer alternative.
  • Avoid very hard and irregular surfaces, which may cause injury during a seizure. For those who have frequent and unpredictable seizures, stairs can be a major hazard.
  • Accidents caused by broken glass can be avoided by the use of safety glass or by covering ordinary glass with a safety film.
  • A bed placed against a wall or with protective cushions around it can help to minimise injury, which could be caused by falling out of bed.
  • Sharp objects such as bedside tables or cabinets should be kept away from the bed.


As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways.Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. This article is intended only for information.It is not a substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician Dr. Gaurav Dave.