Category: Brain / Memory Health

Alternative Treatment of Progressive Supranuclear palsy


Progressive Supranuclear palsy is a rare neurological disorder that is degenerative in nature and causes gradual loss of balance and impaired walking. Eyes movement, muscle tone, and speech are also affected. Difficulty in eating and swallowing is frequently present in cases of Progressive supranuclear palsy or PSP. People affected with PSP usually have damaged cognitive and personality traits. Sign and symptoms are usually seen after 60 years of age, however, in some cases, the manifestation can be earlier as well. However, in this article, we will be going to learn all about PSP, its causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and herbal management by Planet Ayurveda.


Progressive Supranuclear palsy is an uncommon neurodegenerative disease that affects the elderly people usually and causes troubles in balancing, vision, movement, speaking, and swallowing. The progressive degeneration of the brain cells leads to PSP. Usually, the people above the age of 60 are affected. PSP is many times confused with similar conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease, corticobasal degeneration, and some other similar conditions. The other name of the PSP is Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome. With all the passing times this neurodegenerative disease tends to become worse and even can cause life-threatening conditions like difficulty in swallowing and pneumonia. No cure is yet been found for this condition and treatment completely depends upon the management of the disease and preventing the complications.

Progressive Supranuclear palsy

CAUSES of Progressive Supranuclear palsy

An abnormal building up of a protein called Tau leads to damage and degeneration of the cells of the brain leading to impairment of the functions, that particular is responsible for. Tau is a normal protein that is formed in the brain but is broken down and does not reach the higher points in the brain but in PSP this protein does not get properly broken down and hence starts to accumulate on brain cells and damage them eventually. This protein may accumulate in various places and also its amount may vary, hence the signs and symptoms may also vary in the different patients. Genetic changes can also result in this disease but having been passed these genes from a family is a very rare condition and hence the family history is found very rarely. However, the exact cause behind this protein being accumulated and not being broken down properly is still not known.


In the initial stages, the signs and symptoms are similar to various other neurodegenerative diseases which lead to misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of PSP. The symptoms get worse with passing time and include:

  • Difficulty in balancing, walking, and the patient might fall frequently
  • Muscle tone is lost and stiffness is seen in muscles
  • Certain changes in the behavior are seen like increased irritability and indifference to the things one used to enjoy earlier
  • Difficulty in eye movement. The patient cannot focus on certain object and inability to control looking up and down movements
  • Slurred and slow speech
  • Swallowing becomes difficult
  • Memory troubles and slowness of the thoughts
  • Disturbed sleep and anxiety


No single test can be used to diagnose Progressive supranuclear palsy and proper clinical history, family history and certain diagnostic tests are used to confirm the diagnosis. Initially, certain other neurodegenerative diseases are to be ruled out. Progressive worsening of the symptoms usually makes a doctor suspect PSP and hence further steps are taken accordingly. Tests are done to analyze the memory, concentration, and other cognitive functions. Further, a brain scan is used to confirm a diagnosis. A neurologist will be best to confirm a PSP before starting any kind of treatment.

Treatment of Progressive Supranuclear palsy

PSP is a neurodegenerative disease and there is no cure found for this disease yet. The Treatment of Progressive Supranuclear palsyis based on managing the complaints and preventing complications. Different medications are given to control the symptoms like difficulty in balancing, walking, speech, and swallowing. Physiotherapy is also used for helping with balancing and walking issues. Feeding tubes are used to manage dysphagia.

However, in this chronic and complex disease, Ayurveda can prove to be a light on the other side of the tunnel as with the help of herbal medicines patients can manage the signs and symptoms, prevent complications and get a better quality of life. All these can be attained without causing any damage to the other body parts as the modes of treatment are from nature itself which is heals without any further damage to the body.


Planet Ayurveda is a big name now in the herbal pharmaceuticals from which patients worldwide are being benefitted. Here all the medicines and supplements produced are purely herbal, natural and vegetarian. No type of chemicals, additives, preservatives, dye, fillers or colors are added in them which increases their efficacy and safety.

For PSP also Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal medicines that can help in managing the disease naturally and improving the life quality of the patient.

  1. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
  2. Musli Strength
  3. Yograj Guggul
  4. Ashwagandha Capsule
  5. Brahmi Capsule
  6. Nourish Maxx

Progressive Supranuclear palsy treatment

Treatment of Progressive Supranuclear palsy


1. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

Vrihat vat chintamani ras are the Ayurvedic tablets used to pacify the Vata dosha as the name suggests and treat the condition arising from its vitiation like paralysis, hemiplegia, tremors, facial palsy, insomnia, etc. It is a wonderful remedy to treat neuropathies, anxiety, depression, dementia, neuritis and hence can be the best medicine to manage the PSP. It is composed of Parada (Purified and processed mercury), Abhraka bhasma (Calx of mica), Gandhaka (Purified and processed sulphur), Loha bhasma (Calx of iron), Mukta bhasma (Calx of pearl), Swarna bhasma (Calx of gold), Rajata bhasma (Calx of silver), etc

Dosage– Take 1 tablet twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Musli Strength

Musli strength capsules are the combination of a standardized extract of Safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) and Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris). These herbal capsules help in maintaining healthy blood circulation, enhances stamina, strength, removes weakness, and improve the overall health of a person. Hence these capsules can help in providing good strength and stamina to a PSP patient and improve overall health.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

3. Yograj Guggul

Several amazing herbs like Shuddh guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Pippali, (Piper longum), etc are used to make these amazing herbal tablets. Yograj guggul tablets in PSP help in treating stiffness of muscles and joints, clear accumulated toxins from the body, relieves inflammation and pain of joints especially.

Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Ashwagandha Capsule

Withania somnifera in a standardized form is used in the composition of these capsules. These capsules can help PSP patient a lot by removing muscle weakness and fatigue, relieving tiredness and joint pains, help in getting sound sleep, and provide good muscle stamina and power.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Brahmi Capsule

Brahmi capsules are prepared from standardaized extract of Bacopa monnieri which is well known as a brain tonic. Brahmi capsule is one of the main remedies for PSP as it prevents age-related brain degeneration and treats symptoms related to it. It promotes brain health and helps in treating the degeneration of the neurons naturally.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

6. Nourish Maxx

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum), Ashwgandha (Withania somnifera) and Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) are the herbs whose standardized extract are used to prepare this amazing herbal supplement. As the name suggests this herbal powder helps PSP patients by nourishing both brain and body. It helps in treating the muscle weakness and stiffness, inability to walk properly and enhances brain function.

Dosage– Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water


PSP is a chronic degenerative disease that affects the overall health of a person very badly and can be even deadly if not treated timely. However herbal medicines by Planet Ayurveda can help in giving PSP patients a healthy and better life by managing the complaints and preventing complications.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Epileptic Encephalopathy


Epileptic Encephalopathy is an epileptic condition. It is associated with progressive dysfunction of the cerebral. An Epileptic Encephalopathy is a group of age-related disorders. In this condition multi-form of seizures happens to the patient.

We have discussed important points in this article like; different types of seizures, 8 types of epileptic encephalopathy syndrome, common cause, and symptoms with some effective home and herbal remedies for which will be very useful in this condition.


Epileptic encephalopathy is a severe brain disorder. It is referring to a group of disorders in which continuous epileptic activity plays a part in progressive cerebral dysfunction. It is a specific age-related brain reaction of excessive neocortical excitability to different pathological conditions, which are focal or diffuse, of symptomatic or idiopathic cause.

Epileptic Encephalopathy

Epileptic encephalopathy is characterized by

  • seizures that are in multi-form,
  • electrographic EEG activity that is often aggressive
  • Cognitive, neurological, and behavioral defects.
  • Often early death

The Ayurvedic aspect of Epileptic Encephalopathy:

Ayurveda is an ancient and traditional form of medicine. The Ayurveda word means knowledge of life. Ayurveda believes in the balance between mind, body, and soul. This balance helps in maintaining health because Ayurveda’s ultimate goal is to provide health to a healthy person and alleviate diseased person disorders. The balance between the mind, body, and soul is maintained by the balance between body and mind Dosha. Body Dosha is of three types Vata, Pitta, and Kapha each dosha had its dominating factors like Vata have Air dominating factor Pitta had a fire and Kapha had water.  The balance between these Dosha helps in maintaining health and the imbalance causes various problems. Mind Dosha are also of three types Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas each dosha has its properties like Sattva having intelligence, wisdom, Rajas having movement, passing and ability to act, and Tamas is responsible for darkness, sleep, slowness. The imbalance of any dosha can harm the body.

According to Ayurveda epilepsy is known as ‘Apsmara’. Due to stress, depression, anger, and unhealthy food, the mind and body Dosha suppresses the Sattva Dosha, and Rajas and Tama dosha increase and get accumulated in the heart. This accumulation of Dosha blocks the Sanjanvaha Srotus and can lead to damage to memory and intellect and finally results in Apasmara.

Seizures commonly occurring in Epileptic Encephalopathies:

  • Myoclonic seizure or myoclonus: it is a shock-like jerk of a muscle or group of muscles. It is usually not more than one or two sec.
  • Astatic seizure: A loss of straight posture that results from an atonic, myoclonic, or tonic mechanism.
  • Epileptic spasm: An epileptic spasm is a sudden flexion, an extension of predominantly the proximal and truncal muscles that is usually more sustained than myoclonic movements. It usually occurs on wakening.
  • Atonic seizure:  a sudden loss of muscle tone that is caused by a temporary alteration in the brain. It is usually less fifteen seconds.
  • Clonic seizures: during clonic seizures, jerking of the body are the main symptom. It involves the same muscle group.
  • Myoclonic-atonic seizures: it is symmetrical myoclonic jerks of arms and irregular twitching of the face lead to more or less loss of tone.
  • Negative Myoclonic seizures: interruption of tonic muscular activity for less than 500 ms. it is associated with the high voltage slow wave.
  • Tonic seizure: increased muscle contraction lasting a few minutes.

Syndromes of epileptic encephalopathy will appear in the neonatal period, infancy, and early childhood:

  1. Early myoclonic encephalopathy
  2. Ohtahara syndrome
  3. West syndrome
  4. Dravet syndrome
  5. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
  6. Landau-Kleffner syndrome
  7. Epilepsy with continuous spike-waves during slow-wave sleep
  8. Myoclonic status in nonprogressive encephalopathies

1. Early myoclonic encephalopathy

It is a rare epilepsy syndrome mostly seen in neonates and infants that’s why it is also known as neonatal myoclonic encephalopathy. It is diagnosed before 2 or 3 months of age. The first seizure could be felt towards the last trimester or mostly seen during the first 10 days of life. Motor and cognitive problems can be seen in infants and can get progressively worse. Early myoclonic encephalopathy affects both boys and girls equally.

Seizures :
Various types of seizures may occur but Myoclonic seizures (brief, sing or repetitive, very frequent, and nearly continuous body jerks). Some may have tonic, motor, focal seizures, which appear later.

Cause: in some cases cause for EME is not found, a possible cause may include metabolic causes are common like non-ketotic hyperglycinemia, urea cycle disorders, Menke syndrome, and many others, Gene mutation, or rarely brain mutation.

2. Ohtahara syndrome

It is mostly seen in infants and also known as early epileptic encephalopathy or early infantile epileptic encephalopathy with burst suppression pattern. Infants show severe developmental challenges and abnormal neurological examinations, even before the start of a seizure. Seizures begin before 3 months of age. Motor and cognitive problems can get worse with increased seizures. This syndrome has affected both boys and girls equally.

Seizures :
various other seizures may occur but Tonic seizure (stiffening of the arms or legs) is seen more often. This seizure lasts for a few seconds may occur alone or in clusters, they one side of the body more prominently, it is seen when the baby sleep or awake. Infants with ohtahara syndrome may develop infantile spasm.

Cause :
most cases of this syndrome are caused by brain malformations or gene mutation, metabolic causes are less likely.

3. West syndrome

West syndrome is also known as an infantile spasm or epileptic spasm. Spasms may be flexor, extensor, lightning, or nods, but commonly they are mixed. It occurs between the age of 4 and 7 months and always occurs before the age of 1 year. Boys are most commonly affected by this syndrome. Various other types of seizures may occur but Myoclonic seizures (brief, sing or repetitive, very frequent, and nearly continuous body jerks.

Seizures :
Various other types of seizures may occur but Myoclonic seizures (brief, sing or repetitive, very frequent, and nearly continuous body jerks) are seen more often. The spasm is often motionless and diminishes responsiveness lasting up to 90s. A cry or laughter often follows the end of the attack.

Cause :
Most cases of this syndrome are caused by metabolic disorders or structural damage in the brain, the cause for many cases cannot be determined. Most infants with this syndrome show some significant underdevelopment of part or all of the cerebral hemispheres.

4. Dravet syndrome

It is a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy (dysfunction of the brain). It begins in the first year of life in healthy infants and is life-long. Most children develop some developmental disability.

Seizures: Many seizures can occur but myoclonic, tonic-clonic seizure is common. The first seizure is associated with fever. Seizures can be lasting more than 10 mints, seizures occurring on one side of the body.

Cause:  The gene mutation is the common cause of this syndrome.

5. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

The Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) causes multiple different types of seizures. Their seizures are difficult to control and they will need lifelong treatment. The intellectual and behavioral problems add to the complexity of this syndrome.

Seizures: many seizures can occur like a tonic (stiffening) and atonic (drop) seizures.

Cause: cause of this syndrome is not known in 1 out of 4 children.

6. Landau-Kleffner syndrome

Verbal auditory agnosia was the language disturbance but some patients may expressive aphasia (deprived oxygen in the body) early in the course. In some cases the disorder progress to the point where the child can even recognize sounds, so total auditory agnosis develops. Only 70% of patients have seizures. The seizures usually begin in children between 5 to 10 years of age. After age 10, only a few patients have seizures. Most patients have behavioral and psychomotor disturbances that may suggest autism.

Seizures:  various types of seizures occur but tonic, clonic seizures occur more often.

Cause: in some cases, Landau-Kleffner syndrome is caused by a gene mutation.

7. Epilepsy with continuous spike-waves during slow-wave sleep

CSWS may start in children 2 and 12 years of age, more often between 4 to 5 years. Boys are seen as more affected than girls. This syndrome is characterized by spike-wave complexes that occur most continuously during slow or non-rapid eye movement sleep.

Seizures: common seizure type seen in this syndrome is a focal motor seizure. Other seizures are atonic seizures, atypical absence.

Cause: a family history of these seizures or epilepsy is not usually seen. Genetic mutation is the cause is involved for this syndrome.

8. Myoclonic status in non-progressive encephalopathy:

This type of syndrome is seen in the children of day 1 to 5 years of age, mostly at 12 months. The myoclonic jerks involve eyelids, face or limbs are mostly straight and asynchronous, become more rhythmic and synchronous during the absences. It is mostly co-related with recurring motor, cognitive, or behavioral disturbances.

Seizures: myoclonic seizures most occur in this syndrome

Cause: genetic defect, brain malformation is the main cause of this syndrome.

Causes for epileptic encephalopathy

There are several causes for epileptic encephalopathy:

  1. Single gene mutation
  2. Neuronal injury
  3. Early life events such as fever, infection, or stress
  4. Cortical brain malformations
  5. Metabolic disorders- Nonketotic hyperglycinemia, organic acidemias, Zellweger syndrome, molybdenum cofactor deficiency
  6. Mitochondrial disorders
  7. Severe prenatal hypoxic-ischemic injury


Some common Symptoms of Epileptic encephalopathy in infants:

  • Stiffening of the body
  • Staring
  • Jerking movements of the arms and legs
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Periods of rapid eye blinking
  • Not responding to noise or words for brief periods
  • Appearing confused or in a haze

Some common symptoms of epileptic encephalopathy in adults:

  • Short blackout
  • Sudden stiffness
  • Sudden falling
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Fearfulness for no reason
  • Pain or anger
  • Jerking arms, legs, or body

Herbal remedies for Epileptic encephalopathy by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda provides treatment according to Ayurvedic principles. They provide herbal remedies which are derived from natural herbs. These herbal remedies are prepared according to the Ayurvedic principle. These Herbal Remedies for Epileptic Encephalopathy are 100% safe and secure. These herbal remedies have no side effects on the patient’s health.

For epileptic encephalopathy Planet Ayurveda provides herbal remedies:


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1. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is one of the oldest and powerful brain tonics in Ayurveda. The active compound bacosides works impressively on brain health. Brahmi is known as neurological tonic bacosides A & B is a chemical compound that is present in Brahmi which improves neurotransmission among brain cells which helps in treating epilepsy, hysteria, etc. it is also known as a stress buster and helps in Improving the Concentration.

Dosage: 1-2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) contains anti-oxidant properties which help in boosting the immune system. It helps in improving strength and stamina in the body. It is also known as a nervine tonic. It helps in boosting the nervous system and helps in managing stress, anxiety, insomnia, etc.

Dosage: 1-2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Stress Support Capsules

It is a combination of brain tonic herbs like Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Tagar. These herbs help in boosting the nervous system and helps in managing problems like stress, anxiety, and depression. It helps in improving mental and physical performance.

Dosage: 1-2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

Home remedies

Home remedies in epileptic encephalopathy

  • Mulethi: mulethi is used as a brain tonic. One can have a pinch of mulethi powder with a glass of water or can add a pinch of mulethi powder in ghee and have it.
  • Pumpkin juice: pumpkin promotes brain health. One can have a glass of pumpkin juice.
  • Almonds: Almonds are high in brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and brain-protecting Vitamin E. one can have soaked almonds every morning.
  • Green leafy vegetables: these leafy vegetables are rich in B-Vitamins, Vitamin E, and magnesium which are important for the nervous system. One can have green leafy juice.

Lifestyle modification:

  • Noise: try to use earplugs in noisy or crowded places. Listen relaxing music
  • Bright, flashing lights: use tinted glasses, use natural lighting indoors, avoid discos, strobe lights, or flashing blubs.
  • Sleep: try to regulate sleeping habits and get enough sleep.
  • Exercise: it is good for thinking, memory, and helps in improvements in attention, memory. A Relaxing exercise, deep breath, yoga will help in relaxing the mind


Epileptic encephalopathy is a brain disorder that can be healed by home and herbal remedies. Herbal remedies from Planet Ayurveda provide proper strengthening to the brain and help in healing from this disorder.