Peritoneum as an origin of epilepsy from the viewpoint of Avicenna
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There are studies that show that the concepts of epilepsy have been rooted in Persian medicine; Avicenna “Ibn-e-Sina”—one of the great Persian physicians in the Islamic golden age (9th–12th century AD)—has considered some types of epilepsy with the association of the stomach, the spleen, the “Maraqq,” and the whole body which has not been reviewed properly. These organs influence on the brain and can cause epilepsy. This article presents concept of Maraqq-related epilepsy; according to Avicenna’s view, “Maraqq” is a membranous structure which is located in the abdomen (equivalent of parietal peritoneum in current nomenclature). We discuss his viewpoint about the diagnosis and treatment of Maraqq-related epilepsy with focus on herbal remedies. The concept of a relationship between the “Maraqq” and the brain is well discussed in the old Persian medicine texts; however, it seems that further studies in this area are required to clarify Avicenna’s view about the pathophysiological mechanisms, clinical manifestations, and treatment strategies.
KeywordsEpilepsy Persian medicine Maraqq-related epilepsy Avicenna Maraqq
The authors wish to thank Bahare Dadmehr for assistance in editing the manuscript. This paper is part of a PhD thesis by Dr. M. Dadmehr.
This work was financially supported by Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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