Herbal Medicines for West syndrome – Natural Treatment


West syndrome in the very first phase of disease is a combination of axial spasms, hypsarrhythmia and psychomotor. Variations may occur in the symptoms depending on the patient’s age and aetiology of disease. 10-20% cases are due to unknown reasons. Another term for west syndrome nowadays refers to infantile spasms syndrome.It typically affects infant age more than 2 years.Increasing no of genes and signal pathways is very crucial in pathogenesis. Hormonal therapy is used in the treatment with other pharmaceutical drugs. As per ayurveda this condition can be correlated with the Apasmara along with the delaying development of mental state. 


West syndrome is the uncommon rare type of epileptic syndrome that is mostly seen in children of age 2years. It is named after the English physician William James West which describes the infantile spasm firstly. West described the typical symptom is the bowing and relaxing alternatively in intervals of a few seconds and repeated 10-20 times each time. The type of seizures depend on the involvement of the muscle group. Most of the children suffering from this disease face learning disabilities which may be mild, moderate and severe.

West syndrome


West described triad of symptoms which most of the patient represent

  • Interictal electroencephalogram
  • Hypsarrhythmia
  • Mental retardation


It is classified into prenatal, perinatal and postnatal groups.

  • Prenatal disorders : Hydranencephaly, migrational disorders,  congenital central nervous system infection
  • Perinatal : hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, meningitis, trauma, intracranial haemorrhage.
  • Postnatal: hyperglycemia, phenylketonuria, biotinidase, lysosomal disorder etc.

Additional Causal factors

  • Structural brain disorder
  • Genetic mutations
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Brain injury
  • Complex malformations syndromes
  • Williams beuren syndrome


Based on some theories it is believed that corticotropin releasing hormone (neurotransmitter) acts on the pituitary to release ACTH(adrenocorticotropic hormone)  in high amounts. ACTH and glucocorticoids give a feedback mechanism to the CRH that causes neuronal excitability and seizures.


Brain activity can be measured from different devices some of the following are

  • EEG(Electroencephalography)
  • Computed tomography(CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI)


West syndrome may sometimes mimic the symptom of

  1. Benign spasm of infancy
  2. Myoclonic epilepsy of infancy


It is considered to be the age dependent factor which affects the brain and causes damage to it with time. In most of the patients in infantile spasm development of mental growth is delayed. It is correlated with the disease Apsamara in which involvement of vata dosha can be seen. West syndrome is considered to be vataj apasmara because of frequent attacks of seizure.

In apasmara it is stated that the dosha are stated in leena avastha in hrudya, Manovahstrotas and Indriya and buddhi when they are exposed to causes like kama(desires), krodha(anger), bhaya(fear). In diseases like apasamra where balakshmata (immunocompromised) can be seen. If proper treatment is not taken then there is a chance of the relapsing of disease which is not benefitted to the patient. Ayurvedic medicines treat patients in that way so that these doshas cannot get vitiated and also proper recommendations of diet were given only in Ayurveda.


Planet Ayurveda is one of the best providers for ayurvedic treatment. The medicines which are used here are generally ISO certified and no additives are added to them. They are benefitting the patient for their disease and disorders. They are totally safe for use and show no side effects. For west syndrome they are providing herbal medications: kumar kalyan ras, anu oil and brahmi grit etc.

Herbal Supplements for West syndrome


It contains two ingredients Brahmi(Bacopa monnieri std. ext) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) which are very useful in Treatment of  Apasmara. Brahmi is very useful in enhancing brain activity. It helps in improving memory, attention and the ability  to process visual information. Ashagabndha also helps in increasing acetylcholine levels which in results improve brain memory.

Dosage: 2 tsp twice daily with plain water after meals.


It had many contents, some of them are as follows:Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Harad (Terminalia chebula) etc. This formulation is used as a brain memory enhancer and sleep related disorder it is a herbo mineralo, hydro alcoholic preparation. It is much benefitted for brain

Dosage: 5 ml of this arishta can be taken twice daily after meal with plain water


This formulation consists of : Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus) etc. This syrup is a very good brain tonic and it also maintains good nerve health and endocrine health.

Dosage: 2 tsp twice daily with plain water after meals.


It is typically given to children to enhance immunity, resist respiratory infections, also helps in jwara , kasha and swasha etc. This formulation consists of the following ingredients such as: Ras sindoor, Moti pishti, Swarna makshik bhasma etc. This formulation consists of purified metal components so it contains good values. It can be used as immunostimulatory because it helps to develop nonspecific immunity and its rasayana effect improves memory.  This formulation is beneficial in various organs like: liver, lungs and brains etc.

Dosage: 1 tablet daily to be chewed with plain water


It is considered to be beneficial in the Treatment of Brain Diseases. It is seen when we use Brahmi(Bacopa monnieri) for prolonged time it causes elevation of glutamic acid and also increases gamma aminobutyric acid which is helpful in the process of learning.

Dosage: 3 drops twice daily , if the child is above 7 years then half teaspoon twice with warm milk.


It contains 29 ingredients some of them are listed:til tail, devadar, ushir, Daruharidra, Bala etc. It  is very beneficial for the prevention of many diseases such as: baldness, facial palsy, loss of memory, nose congestion etc. Therefore it can be used and patients benefit from it in their disease.

Dosage: Children above 7 years can take two drops daily in each nostril.

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West syndrome is difficult to treat when compared to other epileptic diseases. If delayed in diagnosis it can cause intellectual disability and even fatal in some cases. Therefore diagnosis should be done as soon as possible.  In western medicine treatment can be done but sometimes it can’t control seizures and it has side effects. For avoiding these side effects patients can choose ayurvedic medicine and benefit. Ayurvedic drugs are not like synthetic drugs they can treat well.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is a Globally Renowned Ayurveda Physician with Expertise of more than 25 Years. He is the CEO & Founder of Planet Ayurveda Private Limited, a leading Ayurveda Brand, Manufacturing, and Export Company with a Chain of Clinics and Branches in the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and other parts of the World. He is also an Ayurveda Author who has written Books on Ayurveda, translated into Many European Languages. One of his Books is "Ayurveda – God’s Manual for Healing". He is on a Mission to Spread Ayurveda All Over the Planet through all the Possible Mediums. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of the Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com