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Epilepsy is neurological condition that affects the brain and nerves and is usually characterised by frequent seizures. The seizures may not have an identifiable cause in most cases. Epilepsy is not a sign of mental retardation. It is not contagious in nature. It has been seen that about 50% of children outgrow their epilepsy by the time they become adults. Seizures that an individual experiences during epilepsy could either be generalised seizures (which include generalised absence seizures and generalised tonic-clonic seizures) or focal seizures.

Generalised absence seizures usually begin in childhood but can occur in adults as well. These seizures last for a short duration and have symptoms such as staring, lack of expression, unresponsiveness and suddenly stopping activity. The person recovers from the seizure quickly without having any memory of the seizure. Generalised tonic-clonic seizures tend to begin with sudden loss of consciousness along with stiffness of muscles followed by jerking movements. Other symptoms such as the skin turning red or blue, tongue biting, loss of bladder control and confusion are also common during generalised tonic-clonic seizures. A focal seizure, also known as a partial seizure, affects certain parts of the brain and produces symptoms such as unusual movements, feelings or behaviours. 

In most cases, the cause of epilepsy remains unknown and undetermined. However, a few factors such as head injury, infections or tumour in the brain, stroke, substance abuse and hereditary factors have been implicated as probable causes.

In order to diagnose epilepsy, a doctor will take a detailed medical history and inquire about the symptoms associated with the episode of seizures. Examination of the nervous system will also be done. Electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are useful tools for diagnosing epilepsy by monitoring the brain’s activity and obtaining detailed images of the brain.

There are several homeopathic remedies which are known to be helpful in treating epilepsy. Some of these include belladonna, agaricus and nux vomica.

 
  1. Homeopathic medicines for epilepsy
  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes for epilepsy patient as per homeopathy
  3. How effective are homeopathic medicines and treatments for epilepsy
  4. Side effects and risks of homeopathic medicine and treatments for epilepsy
  5. Takeaway
  6. Doctors for Homeopathic medicine, treatment and remedies for Epilepsy
  • Artemisia Vulgaris
    Common name:
    Mugwort
    Symptoms: The following symptoms are noted in a patient requiring artemisia vulgaris:
    • Frightfulness
    • Extreme excitement before epilepsy
    • Irritability and convulsions
    • Restlessness
    • Lockjaw during seizures
    • Biting of tongue during spasms
    • Froth at the mouth during convulsions
    • Unintelligible speech
    • Grinding of teeth
    • Involuntary urination during convulsions
    • Chest palpitations
    • Clenching of thumbs
    • Convulsions on the right side of extremities with paralysis on the left side
    • Jerking of extremities
    • Twitching on one side of extremities with paralysis on the other side
    • Convulsions during the night
    • Shocks while convulsing
  • Agaricus Muscaris
    Common name:
    Amanita
    Symptoms: The following symptoms can be noted in patients requiring this remedy:
    • Falling backwards during the seizure as if having a weight in the back of the head
    • Pain in the head as if pierced by icy needles
    • Stiffness in extremities
    • Paralysis of lower limbs
    • Spasms in arms
    • Numbness in legs on crossing them
    • Paralytic pain in left arm
    • Trembling and jerking motion in lower limbs
    • Heaviness and tiredness of legs
    • Frequent jumping of muscles in different parts of body
    • Feeling as if the limbs do not belong to them
    • Violent muscular twitching
    • Involuntary muscle movements while awake
    • Trembling of the whole body
    • Symptoms get worse in the mornings or after exposure to the sun
  • Bufo Rana
    Common name:
    Poison of the toad
    Symptoms: Bufo rana can be used for treating the following symptoms in a person with epilepsy:
    • Epileptic attacks ushered in by a jerk in the nape of the neck
    • Contraction of fingers
    • Arms go to sleep very easily
    • Lapping movement of the tongue before an epileptic attack
    • Epileptic attacks that usually occur during the night or at the time of periods
    • Weakness in lower limbs
    • Swelling of body during an epileptic attack
    • Burning pain in arms
    • Tendency to draw the thumbs into pelvis before an epileptic attack
    • Symptoms get worse in a warm environment and get better by putting feet in cold water or being in cold surroundings
  • Belladonna
    Common name:
    Deadly nightshade
    Symptoms: Belladonna can be used for treating the following symptoms:
    • Numbness and pain in arms
    • Constant inclination to stretch arms
    • Heaviness in arms
    • Burning pain in legs
    • Stiffness in the pelvic region
    • Involuntary limping
    • Swelling of feet
    • Heaviness and paralysis of feet
    • Jerking motion in limbs with muscular palpitations and shocks in tendons
    • Epileptic convulsions with drawing back of thumbs
    • Attacks of immobility and spasmodic stiffness
    • Spasms in a single limb
    • Spasmodic attacks with involuntary laughter
    • Paralysis of limbs
    • Formication (crawling sensation) in limbs
    • Epileptic attacks that may be renewed by a slight touch
    • Trembling in the body with weakness
    • Symptoms get worse due to touch or excessive noise and on lying down
    • Symptoms tend to get better on sitting in a semi-erect position
  • Cicuta Virosa
    Common name:
    Cowbane
    Symptoms: The following symptoms may be noted in an individual with epilepsy requiring cicuta virosa:
    • Great weakness in limbs even after slight exertion
    • Trembling in limbs
    • Fearful jerking of limbs
    • Deadness of fingers
    • Involuntary jerking and twitching of limbs
    • Fits of epilepsy with paleness of face and pressing together of jaws
    • Drawing pain in limbs
    • Shocks in the head, arms and legs
    • Tearing pain in the back
  • Chamomilla
    Common name:
    German chamomile
    Symptoms: This remedy is suitable for treating the  following symptoms:
    • Convulsions in the back along with throwing backwards of the head
    • Stiffness in neck muscles
    • Cracking pain in joints
    • Convulsive jerks in limbs
    • Numbness and stiffness in arms
    • Pain in arms at night with paralytic weakness
    • Retraction of thumbs
    • Convulsive movements in fingers
    • A sensation of numbness in toes
    • Paralytic and drawing pain in the hip and the thighs which gets worse at night
    • Generalised weakness and inclination to fall
    • Epileptic attacks with cold extremities and half-closed eyes
    • Epileptic convulsions with foam at the mouth followed by lethargy
    • Convulsive movements in eyes, eyelids and muscles of the face
    • Symptoms get worse on exposure to heat, on getting angry and during the night
    • Symptoms usually get better from being carried or in warm and wet weather
  • Conium Maculatum
    Common name:
    Poison hemlock
    Symptoms: The following symptoms may be seen in individuals requiring conium Maculatum as a remedy for epilepsy:
    • Trembling of hands
    • Paralysis in extremities
    • Weakness in muscles
    • Difficulty in using limbs
    • Inability to walk
    • Trembling of the right thigh while walking
    • Feeling sick and fainting early in the morning
    • Symptoms get worse when lying down, turning or rising in the bed or from mental exertion
    • Symptoms are likely to get better by letting limbs hang down or by application of pressure
  • Hyoscyamus Niger
    Common name:
    Henbane
    Symptoms: The following symptoms can be seen in a patient requiring henbane:
    • Trembling of arms in evenings and with movement
    • Numbness and stiffness in hands accompanied by pain
    • Swelling of hands
    • Paralysis of hands
    • Painful cramps in thighs with sensations of muscles contractions
    • Contraction of toes when walking or rising
    • Dull pulling in limbs and joints
    • Jerking of hands and feet
    • Spasms and convulsions accompanied by watery diarrhoea
    • Convulsions in the whole body
    • Epileptic convulsions with congestion in head
    • Profound sleep after an episode of epileptic convulsions
    • Blueish discolouration and swelling of face during an epileptic fit
    • Foaming at mouth during a fit
    • Drawing back of thumbs and grinding of teeth during an epileptic fit
    • Fainting spells
    • Symptoms get worse at night, after eating and when lying down
  • Nux Vomica
    Common name:
    Poison nut
    Symptoms: This remedy is known to be useful for addressing the following symptoms:
    • Hands and legs frequently go to sleep
    • Shocks in legs
    • Jerking of extremities
    • Paralysed feeling in limbs
    • A sensation of sudden loss of strength in  arms and legs in the morning
    • Symptoms get worse in the morning or due to mental exertion
    • Symptoms get better on taking rest and in damp and wet weather
  • Plumbum Metallicum
    Common name:
    Lead
    Symptoms: Lead can be a helpful remedy for the treatment of the following symptoms:
    • Convulsions in hands and arms with pain in joints
    • Drawing pain in joints
    • Difficulty in moving fingers
    • Paralysis in thighs and feet
    • Numbness in feet
    • Distortion of toes
    • Tearing pain in limbs, which gets worse at night
    • Contractive pain in limbs
    • Convulsive jerking of limbs
    • Epileptic fits without consciousness
    • Great fatigue with trembling of limbs
    • Swelling in joints
    • Symptoms get worse at night or due to motion
  • Stramonium
    Common name:
    Thorn apple
    Symptoms: The following symptoms are noted in a patient requiring stramonium:
    • Twitching of hands and feet
    • Trembling of limbs, which fall asleep frequently
    • Convulsive movements in limbs
    • Distortion of hands and clenching of fists while convulsing
    • Numbness in fingers
    • Epileptic convulsions without loss of consciousness
    • Profuse sweating during convulsions followed by profound sleep
    • Symptoms may get worse on being left alone or after sleep
    • Symptoms get better when the person is in a company and in warm environment

Homeopathic medications are carefully provided keeping in mind the daily life activities and routine of the individual. However, there are certain measures that one can take in order to make ensure the efficiency of treatment.

Do’s

  • Engage in physical exercise like jogging or yoga on a daily basis
  • Maintain personal hygiene and cleanliness of surroundings
  • Wear comfortable and airy clothes
  • Maintain a good posture

Don’ts

  • Avoid eating spicy and processed foods
  • Use of stimulating food items such as onions, garlic and asafoetida must be limited
  • Avoid the intake of stimulating beverages such as coffee and tea  
  • Do not consume alcohol
  • Do not to use any artificial scents such as perfumes and room fresheners
  • Avoid wearing uncomfortable and snug fitting clothes

Epilepsy typically affects the nerve cells of brain and triggers abnormal electrical signals, which seem like shocks and bring about convulsions. This condition affects both children and adults alike. Conventional medications that are used to treat epilepsy tend to produce side effects such as forgetfulness, restlessness and sometimes lethargy. In contrast, homeopathic medications used for treating epilepsy focus on the clinical history of the individual and produce minimum side effects. These drugs are prescribed keeping in mind the triggers which bring about epileptic episodes. Hence, they also help prevent recurrence of epilepsy.

Homeopathic medications are quite safe to use as they are derived from natural substances and very carefully administered in highly diluted doses. Before deciding the appropriate remedy for an individual, a doctor carefully assesses their various physical and psychological symptoms. This also reduces the chances of an allergic reaction or side effects. So, it is best to check in with an experienced doctor to know the right remedy and its dosage for you instead of self-medicating with a remedy. 

Epilepsy can have a severe impact on one’s life due to the symptoms it produces and the substantially low level of awareness that people have about this condition. The unpredictability of attacks makes it extremely hard for the individual to relax in social settings. Along with physical health care, psychological support is also considered to be very helpful in the treatment of epilepsy. Being a holistic model of treatment, homeopathy is an excellent option for epilepsy treatment. Homeopathic remedies are prepared from natural substances, and they do not pose any risk of side effects. They also help reduces the dependence on conventional medicines.

However, epilepsy is a complicated condition and requires expert care and supervision. Consult a certified professional before taking any remedy at home.

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