Focal Seizuresaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Seizure and Epileptic Disorders

Parent symptom: Seizures

What are Focal Seizures?

Focal seizures, as understood in conventional medicine, are seizures originating in and affecting just one part of the brain. They can cause both physical and sensory effects and can vary widely in their presentation.

While some may result in involuntary jerking movements or altered sensations like taste or smell, others may not be as easily perceptible, displaying more subtle symptoms such as confusion, loss of awareness, or even déjà vu experiences.

How does TCM view Focal Seizures

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a 'pattern' denotes a complex of symptoms and signs reflecting a disharmony or imbalance within the body's functional systems. Recognizing the specific pattern of a condition like focal seizures is crucial because TCM tailors treatment to the individual's unique pattern of disharmony.

This holistic approach considers not just the symptoms but also the patient's constitution, environment, and emotions. Thus, understanding the pattern is the first step toward restoring balance and health, whether through acupuncture, herbs, or other TCM modalities. It is this nuanced understanding that allows for a highly personalized and effective treatment plan.

Causes of Focal Seizures According to TCM

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, focal seizures are understood through the lens of energetic imbalances within the body's meridians and organ systems. Among the various patterns that may lead to such conditions, Blood Stagnation is of particular note.

It's said to occur when the vital energy, or Qi, and Blood do not flow harmoniously through the body, potentially leading to seizures that manifest in localized areas. The Blood Stagnation pattern is often characterized by a fixed, sharp pain, a purplish tongue, and may be accompanied by varicose veins or the presence of petechiae. Addressing this pattern involves reinvigorating the flow of Qi and blood to restore equilibrium and prevent the recurrence of seizures.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Focal Seizures

To treat patterns of Blood Stagnation that may lead to focal seizures, TCM turns to warming the meridians and dispersing cold. One formula traditionally used for this purpose is Huang Qi Gui Zhi Wu Wu Tang.

This formula employs Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) as a key ingredient, valued for its sweet, warm properties that are believed to invigorate Qi and Blood circulation. This, in turn, helps to dissipate the stagnation that can cause seizures, aligning with the TCM principle of using warmth to counteract cold and stagnation within the body's internal pathways.

See more details below about Huang Qi Gui Zhi Wu Wu Tang, a herbal formula used to address focal seizures.

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  • Formulas that warm the meridians and disperse cold

TCM Herbs for Focal Seizures

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address focal seizures, organized by herb category.

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  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior