Peritoneum as an origin of epilepsy from the viewpoint of Avicenna

Majid Dadmehr, Farshad Amini-Behbahani, Behzad Eftekhar, Bagher Minaei, Mohsen Bahrami*

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1121-1124
Number of pages4
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Avicenna
  • Epilepsy
  • Maraqq
  • Maraqq-related epilepsy
  • Persian medicine

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    Dadmehr, M., Amini-Behbahani, F., Eftekhar, B., Minaei, B., & Bahrami, M. (2018). Peritoneum as an origin of epilepsy from the viewpoint of Avicenna. Neurological Sciences, 39(6), 1121-1124. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-018-3342-1