Herbal Remedies for Epilepsy, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder. It is also known as falling sickness. This nervous disorder is characterized by a fit in which there is loss of consciousness. Normally the brain sends electrical impulses which control the muscle movements. In this disorder, excessive electrical impulses are sent out by the brain which leads to the stiffening of the muscles that causes jerking reactions. This tendency of having fits is due to some abnormal electrical activity of the brain. A fit may appear at any age but mostly it starts before adult life.


The following are the causes of epilepsy:

  • Lead poisoning
  • Excessive use of cocaine
  • Due to any mental conflict
  • Allergy to particular substances
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Long term grief, anger, hatred and fear
  • Due to strained nervous condition
  • Hereditary influences
  • Shock or injury to brain
  • Excess fluid and infections in the brain, tumors, tuberculosis and parasites in the brain
  • Certain diseases like meningitis and typhoid may also cause epilepsy


  • Loss of consciousness with or without convulsions
  • Twitching of the muscles
  • Biting of the tongue
  • Stiffening of the muscles
  • Mild or vigorous shaking of the arms
  • Vomiting
  • Foam mixed with blood may come out of the mouth
  • Loss of memory
  • Uncontrolled urine and stool
  • Pulse is very fast
  • Patient becomes unaware of place and time


According to Ayurveda, Epilepsy is termed as Apasmara. Apasmara is caused due to vitiation of all the three doshas namely vata, pitta and kapha.

Four types of Apasmara have been described in Ayurveda:

  1. Vatika Apasmara – Seizures caused due to the vitiation of the vata dosha lasts for a short period of time. Patient experiences increased respiratory rate with increased secretion of foam from the mouth.
  2. Paitika Apasmara – Seizures caused due to the vitiation of pitta dosha cause yellowish colouration of the patient’s body. There is a lot of sweating, hotness in the body and severe thirst.
  3. Kaphaja Apasmara – Seizures caused due to the vitiated kapha lasts for very short interval of time. There is heaviness in the body and whitish foam is released from the mouth of the patient.
  4. Sannipatika Apasmara – Seizures are caused due to vitiation of all the three doshas.

Ayurvedic treatment in case of epilepsy aims at stimulating the intellect and sharpening the memory by recommending strong shodhan treatments like:

  • Vaman
  • Virechan
  • Vasti
  • Nasya

Ayurvedic Panchkarma procedures useful in an epileptic patient are:

  • Shirodhara
  • Patra Pinda Sweda
  • Shaali Shashtika Pinda Sweda
  • Sarvanga Abhyanga
  • Vasti

Single herbs useful in this disease are:

  • Brahmi
  • Vacha
  • Mandukparni
  • Jyotishmati
  • Shankhpushpi
  • Jatamansi
  • Kooshmanda
  • Amalaki

Ayurvedic formulations useful in epilepsy are:

  • Brahma Rasayan
  • Smriti Sagar Rasa
  • Saraswatarishta
  • Brahmi Ghrit
  • Kalyanak Ghrit
  • Panchgavya Ghrit
  • Mahapanchgavya Ghrit
  • Brahmi Vati
  • Yashtimadhu Churna


  • Have milk in your diet
  • Take in light and easily digested food.
  • Fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet
  • Avoid taking pungent food items.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol intake.
  • Daily cold bath and light exercise is advisable.
  • Avoid taking mental and physical stress.
  • Maintain proper food timings
  • Fruits like oranges, grapes, grapefruits, peaches, pears, pineapples and melons are beneficial in the case of epilepsy.
  • Eat less spicy, less oily and fresh food
  • Meditation and other relaxation techniques should be used regularly to ensure that the stressful conditions do not disturb the activities of the brain
  • Do yoga and pranayama regularly.
  • Put few drops of warm cow’s ghee in both the nostrils to prevent the recurrence of the fits.


  • Take one bowl of crushed ash gourd. Press it on a sieve and extract its juice. To this add three teaspoons of licourice powder. Mix well and drink this once a day.
  • Take 100 ml milk and add 100 ml water to it. Pour this in a vessel. Allow the mixture to boil for 10-15 minutes. Extract the juice of 4-5 garlic cloves and add it to the milk mixture. Mix well and drink once a day.
  • Sesame or Brahmi amla oil is useful in this disease. Use the oil for massaging the head and soles of the feet.