Ayurvedic Management of Epilepsy: A Single Case Study
Ganesh R and Roshni Anirudhan
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Apasmara is duschikitya and is mentioned as one of the ashtamahagada by Acharya Charaka. Even today, treating apasmara is considered as a daunting task by many ayurvedic physicians. Apasmara can be managed through the principals of treatment told in our classical texts. A 7 year old boy was admitted in the inpatient of Kaumarabhrithya department. He had complaints of seizure episodes associated with flickering of eye lids and slanting of neck towards right side since two years. EEG revealed intermittent epileptiform discharges from B/L parietooccipital region and was prescribed Syp. Trioptal (Oxcarbazepine) and T. Clonotril (Clonazepam) which they are continuing till now. He was having 1-2 seizure episodes/day lasting 10s-1 minute with lateral oscillatory movements of eyes, flickering of eye lids, impaired vision in the left eye, sweating, increased temperature and rightward slanting of neck. No loss of consciousness was present. The case was diagnosed as Vathapitha Apasmara and a treatment protocol was designed which comprised of both shodhana and samana. Duration of the seizures reduced considerably after the IP treatment. After the follow up period of 2 months the frequency of seizures also reduced. Now there are no clinical seizures. Ayurvedic intervention in the above said case reveals the true potential and efficacy of our science. Apasmara can be managed through Ayurveda by accurate dosha identification and a structured protocol.