Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), also known as the Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome, is a rare disorder affecting the nervous system. This condition causes a difficulty in making movements such as walking, and even creates problems in maintain balance. The movements of the eyes are also affected due to this disorder. Patients diagnosed with this condition definitely should seek progressive supranuclear palsy ayurvedic treatment to derive relief from the symptoms and to slow down this disease pathogenesis in a safe and effective manner.
Progressive supranuclear palsy occurs due to the deterioration and degeneration of the cells in regions of the brain that control the thinking processes and the body movements.
Some other symptoms of this condition include a progressive loss of muscle and joint coordination, and stiffness of the muscles in the neck and back. It may also result in slow movements, and cognitive dysfunctions.
Patients also have a higher risk of falling and injuring themselves due to the loss of muscle coordination and an inability to maintain the balance and posture.
The symptoms of this condition tend to worsen over a period of time and even result in life-threatening complications including pneumonia. Ayurvedic doctors can prescribe natural herbs for the management of this illness. These herbs have the potential to control the symptoms of this disease and prevent its complications.
The exact cause of Progressive supranuclear palsy is not known. However, it is believed to occur due to the loss of or damage to the myelin sheath, a covering of the nerve cells, which helps in the conduction of the nerve impulses.
The involvement of the nerves and the loss of myelin sheath can trigger complications such as a difficulty in swallowing, tremors, difficulty in bending forward or backward the neck up and jaw jerks.
Some patients also experience an inability to focus the eyes due to which they have a double vision or blurring of vision. They may also have a difficulty in looking downward. As a result, they often face embarrassing situations like spilling the food or falling of objects from the hands.
The lack of proper eye movements may also cause them to appear disinterested in the conversation. These symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy can affect the personal and professional life of the patients and even affect their self-esteem and self-confidence.
Hence, patients are advised to contact any qualified and experienced ayurvedic doctor who can recommend a holistic approach for the management of this disorder. The doctor may prescribe medicinal herbs and recommend yoga asana to improve the muscle movements. The treatment may also include meditation and breathing exercises aimed at restoring your self-esteem and self-confidence.
If not managed properly, progressive supranuclear palsy can cause sleep disturbances due to which the patients experience immense mental stress. They often develop a loss of interest in routine activities and exhibit impulsive behavior, which may involve laughing and crying for no apparent reason.
Over time, the condition can worsen resulting in the loss of memory, logical reasoning skills, and the problem-solving abilities. These complications can increase the risk of anxiety and depression. A regular ayurvedic treatment may help to cure PSP or control its progress thereby improving the quality of life and reducing the risk of dangerous consequences like depression.
Currently, the modern medical system does not offer any cure for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. The allopathic treatments for the management of this disorder are aimed at controlling the signs and symptoms. On the other side, the progressive supranuclear palsy Natural treatment using ayurvedic herbs can offer great benefits by controlling the symptoms while also preventing the worsening of the condition.
The allopathic drugs commonly prescribed for the patients with progressive supranuclear palsy also known to cause serious side effects.
That is why; the use of ayurvedic herbs is highly recommended for the management of this illness. The herbs can provide a significant relief from the symptoms and do not cause any serious side effects.
Progressive supranuclear palsy treatment in Ayurveda includes the use of herbs in combination with other therapies aimed at supporting the movements of the patients and improving the quality of life. These herbs have been carefully chosen depending on their natural medicinal potential to inhibit the damage to the brain and nerves and restore the muscle power and movements.
Bala (Sida cordifolia): Ayurveda, The system of Indian medicine, advises the use of Bala for improving muscle movements and supporting the brain functions. This herb acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It prevents damage to the brain cells and nerve sheaths thereby slowing down the progress of PSP.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): The alternative treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy include the use of Ashwagandha. This herb is known for its rejuvenative properties. It can prevent degenerative changes in the brain and nerves thereby slowing down the progression of PSP.
A research conducted by Singh N., and Bhalla M. at and published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine in 2011 has shown that Ashwagandha can also improve the energy levels and mental stress. This can help to restore the ability of the patients to carry on with the routine activities with better ease. It can also reduce the risk of depression and loss of memory by acting as an adaptogen and preventing brain damage. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22754076]
Kaunch Beej (Mucuna pruriens): Kaunch Beej can be used as an effective natural remedy for controlling the symptoms of PSP. It can lower the risk of complications of this disease by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri ): Brahmi is highly revered as a memory-boosting herb. Patients suffering from PSP can benefit from the use of this herb as it can prevent the memory loss to a great extent. A research conducted by Roodenrys S., and Booth D. and published in the Neuropsychopharmacology in 2002 has shown that Brahmi can also improve the other cognitive skills like logical reasoning analytical and problem-solving skills. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12093601]
Ayurveda offers a safe and effective approach to the management of PSP neuro disease. The treatment is aimed at restoring the normal functions of the affected part of the brain. Ayurveda recommends holistic treatment to enhance the nerve functions and muscle movements.
The ayurvedic doctor may also advise an ayurvedic diet, which includes herbs that prevent brain damage and improve memory and over cognitive function. The diet may also include a rich content of proteins to support the muscle growth. Ayurvedic treatments based on the concept of tridosha or the three humors can also correct the underlying imbalance of the humors thereby restoring health.
Patients diagnosed with PSP are advised to seek any ayurvedic clinic or centre to restore the functions of the brain, nerves, and the muscles. The doctors at Panchakarma wellness centre may also advise panchakarma therapy to speed up the recovery.
Panchakarma is a natural detoxification therapy that can help to relieve the symptoms of PSP by removing toxins that can cause damage to the brain and nerves. The faster elimination of these toxic substances from the body can help to restore the natural functions of the vital organs in a shorter duration.
Ayurvedic naturopath can offer an integrated approach to the PSP management by prescribing herbs, and a balanced diet as well as including yoga asanas and massage therapies in the treatment plan.
A combination of these therapies as recommended by the doctors at the Melbourne natural medicine clinic, Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic, which can provide a long-term relief to the patients with PSP and help them perform routine activities with ease thereby improving their confidence.
Dr. Gurnam Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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