Epilepsy and Ayurveda

Abundant references to all aspects of epilepsy can be found in the Ayurvedic literature, including symptomology, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment. The eighth chapter of Nidanasthana (diagnosis) and tenth chapter of Chikitsasthana (treatment) of the Caraka Samhita are devoted exclusively to epilepsy (2). In Ayurvedic literature, the diseases of the head, nervous system, and mental afflictions are well classified and their treatment is given in detail. Convulsions (akshepaka), apoplectic fits (apatantraka), and hysterical fits (daruna apatantraka) are a few of the important nervous system disorders mentioned (1). The discussion of epilepsy in Ayurvedic literature is summarized below.

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