Friday, January 7, 2011

Epilepsy Seizure

Seizure is the effect of Epilepsy due to brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain sometimes signal abnormally.

First, lets get to know our brain. The first is that the brain works on electricity. Normally, the brain continuously generates tiny electrical impulses in an orderly pattern. These impulses travel along the network of nerve cells, called neurons, in the brain and throughout the whole body via chemical messengers called neurotransmit.

Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers of the brain. These substances are released at the end of the cell and cross the synapse, a tiny space between the walls of one cell's axon and the dendrite of the next nerve cell, to bind to receptors located on that dendrite.

There are many kinds of neurotransmitters, but each individual nerve cell produces only one major type. Some of the neurotransmitters are carried a long distance within the nervous system. Others, however, have local effects; that is, they are produced by and released onto cells that are close to each other.

Neurotransmitters are important in diseases of the nervous system. In Parkinson's disease, for example, cells that manufacture dopamine, an important neurotransmitter that regulates movement, are lost. Loss of nerve cells may contribute to the development of epilepsy in some cases. For example, prolonged lack of oxygen may cause a selective loss of cells in the hippocampus, which may lead to epilepsy.

Some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain shut off or decrease brain electrical activity. They cause nerve cells to stop firing. These neurotransmitters are called "inhibitory" because they inhibit the activity of the cells. A neurotransmitter called GABA is the best-known example of this type.

Other neurotransmitters stimulate or increase brain electrical activity. That is, they cause nerve cells to fire. These are described as "excitatory." Glutamate is an example of this type.

According to one theory, epilepsy is caused by an imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters. If the inhibitory neurotransmitters in your brain are not active enough, or if the excitatory ones are too active, you are more likely to have seizures.

Many of the new medicines being developed to treat epilepsy try to influence these neurotransmitters. They try to increase the activity of the inhibitory ones, which turn cells off, or reduce the activity of the excitatory ones, which turn cells on. Either way, the idea is to have less uncontrolled electrical activity in your brain, and therefore fewer seizures.ters. A seizure occurs when the brain's nerve cells misfire and generate a sudden, uncontrolled surge of electrical activity in the brain.

Partial seizures start in one part of the brain. The electrical disturbances may then move to other parts of the brain or they may stay in one area until the seizure is over. A person having a partial seizure may lose consciousness. There may be twitching of a finger or several fingers, a hand or arm, or a leg or foot. Certain facial muscles might twitch. Speech might become slurred, unclear, or unusual during the seizure. The person's vision might be affected temporarily. He or she might feel tingling throughout one side of the body. It all depends on where in the brain the abnormal electrical activity is taking place.

Generalized seizures involve electrical disturbances that occur all over the brain at the same time. The person may appear to be daydreaming, may stare off into space, or may pass out. The muscles may stiffen and the person might make sudden jerking motions, such as flinging the arms outward. He or she may suddenly go limp and slump down or fall over.

Most seizures last only a few seconds or minutes. After a seizure is over, the person might feel sleepy or confused for a few minutes or even an hour or more. People who've had seizures may not remember the seizure or what happened immediately before the event. They may be alert and ready to resume whatever they were doing before the seizure happened. It varies from person to person.

Qigong has been proven to help control this disease. This ancient healing practice is taught differently all around the world, but the basic fundamentals always remain the same and have been practiced for thousands of years among many different cultures.

1. Stand with your feet spread about shoulder-width apart. In Qigong, preparation is traditionally done with the person's back towards the sun. Position your feet facing towards each other and slightly bend your knees.

2. Take a few deep breaths. Instead of allowing your chest to rise, transfer this motion to your stomach. This aims the energy you are using to the "center" of your body.
3. Speak your affirmation. This can be traditional or anything that works for you. The affirmation is a spoken phrase that tells yourself and the universe that you are united with it. You can speak it aloud or think it, though speaking aloud is recommended. Repeat this step.
4. Move one hand up to your chest and the other lower toward your stomach or the "center." Exchange hand positions often. By doing this, you are "mixing" the energies from your chest and naval. The movement should be a continuous action with no pauses. All the while, keep repeating the affirmation.

5. Visualize the energy flowing within your body--up and down your arms, legs and chest. This can be seen as any colored light or thin ropes. Picture it coming from your hands and moving up and down your body. Repeat the affirmation. The routine should last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

Please refer to my previous article for the afirmation. Do this Qigong each day as part of your epilepsy treatment.

1 comment:

Qigong Healing said...

Hi Kurt:

A neutral standing posture usually has the feet parallel, not facing towards each other. However, the toes can go slightly inward, to one's comfort level, to help open up the lower back.

It is inspiring that you practice qigong for epilepsy. I would like to know more about your practice or anyone else who practices qigong for this condition.

Also, if you have time, check out my recent blogspot entry on qigonghealing. It concludes my series on principles of qigong and T'ai Chi. And please join my blog.

Randy M. (Qigong Healing)