Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that affects 1 to 2 percent of the population. The people affected have recurring and spontaneous seizures. There are different types of seizures but they are always because of bursts of electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy can be caused by severe head injury, stroke, birth trauma, brain tumor, toxins, brain infection, brain diseases, genetic condition or drug abuse. In many cases the cause is unknown.
Seizures normally happen in the brain and anything that is controlled by the brain could be affected like consciousness, behavior, movement etc. The neurologist will generally look at your medical history, circumstances that caused the seizure to happen or some other explanation for the seizure. One of the main diagnostic aids is to find out what happens during the seizure which will go a long way in telling them about the attack and deciding whether to diagnose epilepsy or not.
The word seizure would define a sudden change in behavior and or awareness. A person with diabetes will be prone to diabetic seizures, a person with a heart problem is at risk for a seizure related to that problem and then there are seizures which happen due to psychological reasons. These are also termed as non-epileptic seizures.
Persons suffering from epilepsy are usually treated with anti-epileptic drugs, however it has been observed that patients taking anti-epileptic drugs continue to suffer from seizures and worst, the drugs have many negative side effects that only make the patients suffer more. Thus, more and more epileptic patients have resorted to alternative therapies hoping to find a cure to their conditions, and acupuncture was one of the traditional medicines that those patients have found relief from.
Causes and Symptoms:
It is very important to keep in mind that epilepsy may be the only and the first symptom of brain tumors, which may even continue for several years, before other manifestations of brain tumor appear. This usually happens when the tumor is a slow-growing one/benign in nature. Hence, whenever epilepsy occurs for the first time in an adult/middle-aged/ elderly person, a tumor of the brain must be suspected, and the case should be thoroughly investigated so that the treatment is not delayed. An early diagnosed and treated brain tumor has a very high prognosis.
Another cause of epilepsy could be either a recent or an old injury of the head, which also needs a thorough check-up. Also, trauma induced by an injury to the head of a newly-born during delivery (i.e. birth injury/injuries) is an important cause of epilepsy, and again, even in such cases of birth injuries, epilepsy may occur after many/several years of birth.
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Further, epilepsy may occur when the brain function is disturbed due to the various other lesions in the brain called space-occupying lesions (brain tumors are also one of the space-occupying lesions), like an abscess, tuberculoma as a result of tuberculosis, infarction, and cysticercosis. Focal epilepsy following ‘tuberculoma’ in the brain is also seen. Heredity also plays a significant role in some of the cases of epilepsy.
Other important causes of epilepsy are fever, withdrawal of drugs or alcohol, toxaemia, etc. which are likely to precipitate an attack of epilepsy. Epilepsy sometimes also occurs in a case of renal/kidney failure. Irrespective of the cause of epilepsy, and including the cases of idiopathic epilepsy, where no reason for an attack of epilepsy has been detected, the nature or clinical manifestations of the attack of epilepsy remain the same.
Home Remedies to Treat Epilepsy:
Coconut Water: Drinking coconut water helps you stay hydrated and assists in smooth body functioning. Coconut water is highly effective in treating dehydration resulting due to epilepsy.
Epsom Salt: Epsom salt is rich in magnesium which regulates electrical signals coming out of the brain of affected individual. Also, magnesium minimizes the risk of seizures resulting due to epilepsy.
Ash Gourd Juice: Ash gourd, a green vegetable, is one of the highly effective remedy to treat epilepsy. You can cook and eat it. Also, you can prepare its juice and have it. All you need to do is crush a fresh ash gourd, extract its juice, and powder of liquorice. Mix it well and have this remedial juice once every day to treat seizures.
Milk: Calcium is an effective, natural electrolyte, which your body needs for its normal functioning of muscles, blood coagulation, and conduction of the nerves. Milk is rich in calcium. So make it a habit to drink one or two glasses of milk every day to cure epilepsy.
Garlic Tea: Garlic is a remedial herb to cure a number of health conditions, and epilepsy is no exception for it. You can prepare and drink garlic tea daily to cure epilepsy effectively. Also, you can boil water and milk, crush fresh garlic cloves, and add the crushed garlic cloves to it. Drink this remedial solution once daily to minimize seizures.