Old Remedies for Epilepsy: Avicenna’s Medicine

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Ali Asadipouya 1 , * , AR Nikseresht 2 , E Yaghoubi 3

1 Associate Professor of Epileptology, Department of Neurology, and 1Research Center for Traditional Medicine and History of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Department of Neurology, and Immunology Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Department of Neurology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

How to Cite: Asadipouya A, Nikseresht A, Yaghoubi E. Old Remedies for Epilepsy: Avicenna’s Medicine, Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2012 ; 14(3):e95951.

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Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 14 (3); e95951
Published Online: March 31, 2012
Article Type: Rapid Communication
Received: July 03, 2019
Accepted: March 31, 2012

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Abstract

Background: The history of epilepsy and its treatments dates back to at least 4 millennia. Avicenna, c. 980 AD in Bukhara, Khorasan – 1037 in Hamedan was a Persian-speaking Iranian physician, who has many recommendations and suggested various therapies for epilepsy in his book, The Canon of Medicine.

 

Methods: We first reviewed the most important ancient treatments for epilepsy mentioned by Avicenna and considered those as the key words for our next step. Then, we made a literature search (medline and scopus) with those key words to find out new scientific findings in modern medicine about the Avicenna’s suggestions.

 

Results: Among the Avicenna’s recommended therapies for epilepsy, only Rue has been tested for anticonvulsant activities in modern medicine. Interestingly, it had a dose dependent anticonvulsant effect.

 

Conclusion: It is worthwhile to consider the Avicenna’s recommended therapies for epilepsy and to design future scientific studies based on his suggestions.

Keywords

Avicenna Epilepsy Treatment

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