Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures.
The cells in the brain, known as neurons, conduct electrical signals and communicate with each other in the brain using chemical messengers. During a seizure, there are abnormal bursts of neurons firing off electrical impulses, which can cause the brain and body to behave strangely.
The severity of seizures can differ from person to person. Some people simply experience an odd feeling with no loss of awareness, or may have a “trance-like” state for a few seconds or minutes, while others lose consciousness and have convulsions (uncontrollable shaking of the body).
Some people may only have a single seizure at some point during their life. If they do not have a high risk of having further seizures, they would not be regarded as having epilepsy.
The main symptoms of epilepsy are repeated seizures. There are many different types of seizure, depending on the area of the brain affected.
People with epilepsy can experience any type of seizure, although most people have a consistent pattern of symptoms.
Seizures can occur when you are awake or asleep.
Medical professionals classify seizures by how much of the brain is affected. There are:
Some seizures do not fit into these categories and are known as unclassified seizures.
There are two main types of partial seizures.
Simple partial seizures are where you remain fully conscious throughout.
Symptoms of a simple partial seizure can include:
These seizures are sometimes known as “warnings” or “auras” because they can be a sign that another type of seizure is on its way. This can give you time to warn people around you and make sure you are in a safe place.
Complex partial seizures
Complex partial seizures are when you lose your sense of awareness and can’t remember what happened after the seizure has passed.
The symptoms of a complex partial seizure normally involve strange and random bodily behavior, such as:
During a complex partial seizure, you will not be able to respond to anyone else, and you will have no memory of the event.
There are six main types of generalised seizures.
Absence seizures, which used to be called petit mal, mainly affect children, but they also occur in adults. They cause the person to lose awareness of their surroundings, usually for up to 15 seconds. The person will seem to stare vacantly into space, although some people will flutter their eyes or smack their lips. The person will have no memory of the seizure.
Absences can occur several times a day. They may affect a child’s performance at school and can be dangerous if they occur at a critical time, such as crossing a busy road.
These types of seizures cause your arms, legs, or upper body to jerk or -twitch as if you have received an electric shock. They often only last for a fraction of a second, and you will normally remain conscious during this time.
Myoclonic jerks often happen in the first few hours after waking up and can occur in combination with other types of generalised seizures.
These cause the same sort of twitching as myoclonic jerks, except the symptoms will last longer, normally up to two minutes. Loss of consciousness may also occur.
Atonic seizures cause all your muscles to suddenly relax, so there is a chance you may fall to the ground and there is a risk you could injure yourself.
Tonic seizures cause all your muscles to suddenly become stiff, which can mean you lose balance and fall over. Like atonic seizures, there is a risk of injury.
Tonic-clonic seizures or convulsions, which used to be known as grand mal, have two stages. Your body will initially become stiff and then your arms and legs will begin twitching. You will lose consciousness and some people will wet themselves. The seizure normally lasts a few minutes, but can last longer.
This type of seizure is what most people think of as an epileptic fit.
Treat the central nervous system with both Nerve Restore Blend (in the evening) and Cell Rejuvenation (in the morning); topically apply 15 drops, over the spine. If you experience any reaction from the cell rejuvenation blend due to the hot oil (cinnamon), apply only every second day.
In addition, you may apply 4-8 squirts of the Epilepsy Tincture orally, three times a day, 30 minutes before a meal.