A Complete Ayurvedic Diet Guide For Managing Epilepsy
Learn about the causes, symptoms, and Ayurvedic diet for epilepsy to improve your quality of life.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent seizures or convulsions, which can cause physical and emotional distress, affect daily activities, and impair overall health. While there is no known cure for epilepsy, there are several natural remedies that can help manage the condition and improve the quality of life. In this blog, we will discuss the causes and symptoms of epilepsy and explore Ayurvedic treatment options that can help reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures.
Signs and Symptoms of Epilepsy:
Some common signs and symptoms of epilepsy include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Convulsions or muscle jerking
- Temporary confusion or disorientation
- Sudden mood changes or behavioural changes
- Staring spells or rapid eye blinking
- Uncontrolled movements or sensations
Causes and Symptoms of Epilepsy:
Epilepsy can have various causes, including genetics, brain injury, infections, and developmental disorders. Some common triggers of seizures include stress, lack of sleep, alcohol, and drugs. The symptoms of epilepsy can vary depending on the type and severity of seizures.
Managing Epilepsy with Ayurveda Diet:
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine that focuses on restoring the balance of the body, mind, and spirit. It offers a holistic approach to treating epilepsy that addresses the root cause of the condition and promotes overall wellness. Here are some Ayurvedic remedies that can help manage epilepsy:
Ayurvedic Diet for Epilepsy:
A balanced diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can provide the nutrients necessary for healthy brain function. Avoiding alcohol, drugs, and processed foods can also help reduce the risk of seizures.
Foods to Enjoy:
- Eat cooked vegetables such as spinach, kale, cabbage, asparagus, bell pepper and bitter gourd
- Pulses like mung and split mung beans, tur dal and red lentils
- Grains including rice, oat, rye, maize, millet, amaranth, quinoa, kamut, spelt, polenta; basically everything other than wheat
- All sweet fruits are good to take. They should be avoided while having a cough, cold, flu or mucus accumulation in the respiratory tract
- Include Soaked seeds and nuts in your daily diet
- Of all dairy products ghee(clarified butter) is the best; normal butter is also good and definitely better then margarines and other such processed spreads!
- Good alternatives to cow‘s milk are soya milk, rice milk, almond milk, oats milk or coconut milk
- Sweeteners: Jaggery (solidified sugar cane juice), raw cane sugar, date sugar, molasses, rice syrup or honey.
- Drinks: Black tea , Ginger Tea and CCF Tea
- Most essential is the use of various spices: the best for all Doshas arecumin,black pepper, turmeric, carrom seeds, coriander, fennel and saffron
Foods to Avoid:
- Wheat, meat (esp. red meat) and refined sugar
- Sour foods such as tomatoes, all sour fruits, vinegars and hot spices like chillies.
- Milk and dairy products (Except Ghee)
- Hard, old chesses. But Fresh cheeses such as quark, mozzarella, feta and ricotta are easier to digest and are also less mucus producing
- Fermented or fermentation increasing foods such as yogurt, alcohol, cheese (esp. old and hard ones) and yeast containing foods such as marmite, vegetarian pâtes, soya sauce and beer.
- Raw vegetables, sprouted beans and salads
- Ice cold foods and- drinks
- Ready made, tinned and microwaved foods
Regular practice of yoga and meditation can help reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and promote relaxation, which can prevent seizures.
- Have positive thinking.
- Always remember to “forgive and forget”
- Create interest for living life & create enthusiasm
- Do yoga and meditation
- Avoid suppressing the natural urges
- Avoid negative thoughts
- Avoid over stress, tension, and anxiety, anger, worries
- Don’t think excessively, keep a cool mind
- Avoid alcoholic drinks
Managing epilepsy can be challenging, but with the right treatment and lifestyle modifications, it is possible to reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures and improve overall health and wellness. Ayurveda offers a natural, holistic approach to treating epilepsy that can address the root cause of the condition and promote overall well-being.
If you or a loved one is struggling with epilepsy, consider consulting with an Ayurvedic practitioner to explore natural treatment options.
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Author of the Blog: DR.ROHIT MORE
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd