Series 7: Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a neurological condition resulting from disorganized electrical activity of the brain. The common characteristics of this disorder are nervous spasms and convulsive fits or seizures.
There are two types of epilepsy. In the first type, scientifically known as symptomatic epilepsy, the convulsions may be traced to one of several definite causes. These include structural disorders of the brain, such as a tumor or abscess, which causes pressure on sensitive brain tissue, disease of the blood vessels of the brain, poisoning by drugs, or injury to the brain. Children very often experience fits during infections in which there is a high fever. The second type, which is more common, is called idiopathic epilepsy, in which abnormal brain cell activity arises for no apparent reason. It is this second condition that most people think of, as epilepsy.
Warning signs may be noticed, such as headache, drowsiness, giddiness and yawning. These are followed by the aura, which is really the beginning of the seizure. There may be tingling sensations in the limbs, with disturbances of taste and smell.
As consciousness is lost, the patient falls forward. There is gnashing of teeth. Sometimes, the patient bites his tongue, with foaming of saliva in the mouth. The eyes roll up and become fixed, and then the muscles start to jerk violently. The patient may look pale until the convulsion passes and normal breathing is resumed.
As the fit passes off, the patient may fall into a deep sleep or may go into a trance-like state. It is important that epileptics are not left face-downward or in a position where they could swallow their own vomit.
Many people are able to lead fully normal lives with their epilepsy controlled by natural remedies. Epilepsy is not thought to be inherited, although there is sometimes a tendency for it to run in families. However, because of the general ignorance of the condition, epilepsy still has not lost its stigma. In fact, it is a disease like any other; epileptics are otherwise as normal as people with high blood pressure or diabetes.
In Holistic Lifecare, it is strongly advised that if an epileptic patient feels the un-natural sensations, he (or she) should not wait until he/she falls down, but should lie down immediately. If, say, on the road, he/she should quickly get to a nearby building and sit down, resting on a wall.
If the patient has gone to convulsive fits, it is important to get him/her to lie down and allow fresh air into the room. It may be necessary to place a piece of rubber or wood between the teeth where there is a danger of biting the tongue. The use of metal (such as a spoon) is common, but this can sometimes injure the patient.
The Holistic natural remedy being recommended for epilepsy consists of natural extracts of Viscum album, Hyssopus officinalis, Allium sativum and Verbena hastata.