Epileptic encephalopathy is a group of medical conditions that are characteristic of hair that are difficult to treat and are usually progressive in nature. This group includes eight age-related syndromes ranging from early myoclonic encephalopathy, Ohthara syndrome, West syndrome, Drewet syndrome, non-progressive encephalopathies in myoclonic conditions, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Landou-Knew syndrome. For relapses against anti-epileptic drugs in general, these conditions lead to progressive brain dysfunction and related physical, mental and cognitive disabilities. These conditions are commonly seen in early childhood and it is believed that during the maturation phase of the brain, the brain was damaged due to excessive bursts of electrical impulses. This type of condition can lead to serious cognitive, behavioral and neurological defects, which can lead to early death. Affected individuals who survive to their teens show a reduction in epilepsy symptoms; However, residual neurological and cognitive defects are significant.
Most of the syndromes contained in epileptic encephalopathy need to be treated aggressively with a combination of new anti-epileptic drugs. This partially controls seizures: however, the overall prognosis remains extremely weak in most affected individuals. In such circumstances, ayurvedic herbal medicines can be used to justify reversible seizures and / or cognitive, behavioral and neurological deficits and related symptoms and as a supportive therapy for long-term survival. Although traditionally resistant to standard treatments, adjuvant and additional herbal medicines, given in combination and over long doses – often for many years – can significantly improve and maintain a beneficial effect.
Useful herbal medicines in these conditions need to play a role in reducing excessive electrical discharge into brain cells, preventing brain damage, as well as preserving and improving the structural and functional capacity of the brain as much as possible. Herbal medicines useful in the treatment of this condition are Ashwagandha, (Vithania sonifera), Brahmi (Bakopa monieri), Shankapushpi (Convolvulus pleuric ulis), Vacha (Acorus kalamus), Jatamanasi (Nardostachis jatamanasi), Niazipas , Bala (Sida cordifolia), Yashtimadhuk (Glyceriza glabra), and Haridra (Curcuma longa).
Other herbal and herbal mineral blends useful in the treatment of these disorders include Bruhat Vat Chintamani Raas, Maha Vat Vidhvans Raas, Vat Gajankush Raas, Brahmi Vati, Sarpagandha Ghati, Dashmullarishtha, Ashwagandharishtha, Shankhapuspati, Sarpaspadha, Sarpagdhav
Whole body massage through steam therapy of Ayurvedic Punchkarma procedures such as Shiro-Basti, Shiro-Dhara, Nasya, Basti and body herbal decoctions can also be useful in the treatment of epileptic encephalopathies. Medications such as Nirgundi (Vitex Negundo) and Dashmul (Ten Herbal Roots) are especially useful in these procedures. Shiro-Basti involves maintaining ated herbal oils on the scalp, while Basti involves the use of ated herbal enemas using oils or decoctions. Some courses of this procedure may be required in patients who are resistant to other treatments.
Ayurvedic herbal medicines can play an additional as well as supportive role in significantly controlling the symptoms, improving the quality of life and in the overall lifespan of the affected persons suffering from these conditions. Thus Ayurvedic herbal remedies play an important role in the management and treatment of epileptic encephalopathies.