Ayurvedic Treatment of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)


Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a rare disorder of the brain. This disorder is characterized by serious problems with walking (gait), coordination of eye movements (visual disturbances) and body balance (inability to balance the body properly while standing or walking).

People affected by Progressive Supranuclear Palsy experience serious and permanent problems with control of gait and balance, and are also unable to coordinate the movement of their eyes. This uncommon brain disorder also known as Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome generally gets worse with time (it is a progressive disorder), and can lead to life-threatening complications, like pneumonia and difficulties in swallowing. The disorder mostly affects people aged 60 years or more.

The exact cause of the occurrence of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy is not known. However, it is believed that the disorder apparently results from damage to or deterioration of the brain’s parts above the ‘nuclei’ nerve cell clusters (that is, the supranuclear parts of the brain). The nuclei affected in this disorder mainly control the body movements, eye movements, and thinking/reasoning ability.

Symptoms of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

There are two characteristic symptoms of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy :-

  • Inability to balance the body while walking (mostly a tendency to fall backwards)
  • Inability to focus the eyes properly (especially difficulty in looking up or down, and blurry vision).

Besides these two main symptoms, some of the other common signs of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy are :-

  • Swallowing problems (Dysphagia)
  • Speech problems (Dysarthria)
  • Slow and stiff body movements (similar to those noticed in people affected by Parkinson’s disease)
  • Rigidity of facial muscles (immobile, mask-like face)
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Crying/laughing without reason for prolonged periods
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Frequent falls and injuries
  • Constipation
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Difficulty in taking decisions
  • Lack of problem-solving and reasoning capabilities
  • Poor memory and lack of concentration
  • Lack of interest in day-to-day activities, even pleasurable activities.

Treatment of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)

There is presently no effective cure for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Hence, the line of treatment for this condition basically involves the use of various methods which can be helpful in managing the symptoms like stiffness, slowness and balance problems faced by some patients, or the vision, speech and swallowing difficulties faced by other patients.

There are some excellent herbal formulations offered by renowned herbal manufacturing company Planet Ayurveda for effectively managing the symptoms of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. These formulations are prepared under the guidance of expert Ayurveda practitioners. For the preparation of these formulations, 100% pure and natural herbs are used.

The herbal remedies for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy offered by Planet Ayurveda are Boswellia Curcumin Capsules, Ashwagandha Capsules, Shilajit Capsules, Giloy Capsules and Hakam Churna.

1. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

The preparation of these amazing capsules involves the use of two potent, widely known herbs Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). Both the herbs together have proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The herbs have immense medicinal value due to the presence of Boswellic acid in Shallaki and Curcuminoids in Curcumin. These ingredients are extremely helpful in managing the potential complications associated with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

The use of Boswellia Curcumin capsules is beneficial in boosting the immune system, supporting healthy functioning of joints, increasing blood supply to joint tissue, enhancing the biochemical structure of cartilage, and keeping the cardiovascular system healthy.

Dosage :- 2 capsules with plain water, two times a day, after meals.

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2. Ashwagandha Capsules

The standardized extract of the Ashwagandha herb (Withania somnifera) is used for preparing these capsules. The herb has several medicinal benefits and is especially known for its anti-inflammatory action.

People suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy can benefit from the use of Ashwagandha capsules because these capsules can enhance the functioning of the brain, treat inflammation, support the nervous system, keep the heart healthy, reduce metabolic imbalances, make the muscles strong, maintain a balance between mind and body, reduce hypertension, improve overall mental health, and balance the Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas of the body.

Dosage :- 2 capsules, two times a day, with plain water, after meals.

3. Shilajit Capsules

For preparing these capsules, the standardized extract of ‘Shilajit herb (Asphaltum) is used. Shilajit herb has a lot of medicinal value and is considered an excellent adaptogen, restorative, rejuvenative and ‘rasayana’. This herb can also prevent a number of diseases and is a remarkable natural anti-aging supplement.

Shilajit capsules are made from pure and natural Shilajit. These capsules are extremely beneficial in maintaining a healthy mind and a healthy body, rejuvenating brain cells, relieving mental and physical stress, increasing stamina, relaxing the mind, improving the body metabolism, eliminating toxins from the body, strengthening the muscles, treating chronic allergies, enhancing memory and concentration, supporting the immune system, keeping the skin healthy, and purifying the blood.

Dosage :– 1-2 capsules, once or twice a day.

4. Giloy Capsules

These capsules are prepared from the standardized extracts of the Giloy herb (Tinospora cordifolia) which is widely known for its pharmaceutical properties including anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antipyretic, anti-cancer, analgesic, blood-purifying, and immune-modulator properties.

The use of Giloy capsules is helpful in treating various infections, managing inflammation, treating chronic fever, managing gout and cardiac weakness, curing several skin disorders, treating anaemia, managing jaundice, and treating leprosy and different types of cancers.

Dosage :– 1-2 capsules with plain water, two times a day.

5. Hakam Churna

This churna is an amazing herbal powder prepared from a combination of some extremely potent herbs which are widely used in Ayurvedic formulations. The herbs from which this churna is prepared include: Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalonji (Nigella sativaa), Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), and Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum).

The use of Hakam churna can benefit the patients of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy because of the ability of its herbal components to relieve pain and fatigue, manage inflammatory and painful disorders, enhance the functioning of the liver, support the digestive system, manage painful joints, treat Cervical spondylitis, balance the body’s Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas.

Dosage :- 3-5 gm of churna with hot water, twice a day.


The use of Planet Ayurveda’s herbal formulations can provide relief to people suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy in a safe and natural manner. These formulations are completely vegetarian products, and are free from chemicals, fillers, preservatives, starch, additives, colours, yeast, or binders.