In today's Briskly growing world, problems like Progressive supranuclear palsy emerge as a social dilemma.  We can see some people in the society tend to mistreat senile people with a harsh attitude, at some houses they even send their diseased family member to the "old age home"At this stage of life it is very difficult for a deceript person to deal with such disorders along with the mal-treatment towards them by their own kids. In this article we will study about progressive supranuclear palsy, it is an old age related disorder leading to various serious problems such as difficulty  in walking, body balance and eye movements and later on with swallowing.

What exactly is PSP?

It is an uncommon nervous system disorder that results from deterioration of nerve cells(neurons) particularly  from the brain centers controlling body  movements , coordination, thinking, and other important functions. Our brain contains various centers that control bodily functions:

  • Cerebellum: the back of the brain that controls balance, coordination and fine muscle control. In disease like progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) mainly the functioning of this part is affected.
  • PSP is also known as " steele richardson-olszewski syndrome"
  • It worsens over time and can lead to various life threatening complications such as aspiration pneumonia and swallowing problems.

As per ayurveda we can correlate it with "वार्धक्य जन्य विकार (वृद्धावस्था जन्य विकार)"as it's usual duration of onset is above 60 years of age.


Exact cause of the disease is not known, but we can consider that due to disruption in signal transferring from one neuron to another, there may be some struggle in regulating body functions. As our body only works if the message [via neurotransmitters is sent from brain to related target organ.


Following are the ymptoms of PSP

  • Loss of balance while walking and moving- a person may experience a frequent tendency to fall backward.
  • Difficulty in aiming your eyes properly at a fixed spot- Patients might face problems in looking downward, and experience blurred vision.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Loss of interest in joyous activities.
  • Experience difficulty with memory, problem solving and decision making.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Always have a petrified expression due to unyielding facial muscles.


The only probable risk factor for the disease is ongoing old age. It quintessentially affects people above the age of 60 years and is quite unfamiliar to youngsters. Hereditary- also can be considered as a risk factor for the disease.


It may include the following Complications

  • Sudden fall may lead to serious head injuries, fracture and other deformities.
  • Patients may experience problems with sleep due to that "sleep –wakeup" cycle getting altered, giving rise to other mental health issues such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorders.
  • Due to difficulty in swallowing, it can lead to inhaling food or liquid into the airway tract further to "aspiration pneumonia".


It is made by clinical diagnosis- by observing the signs and symptoms of the patient or through MRI( magnetic resonance imaging) or CT(computed tomography) scan- it shows signs of atrophy in the brain.


Progressive supranuclear palsy is sometimes misdiagnosed with parkinson's disease as both the ailments are old-age onset disorders having problems with body posture and movements.

In this

  1. There is a lack of tremors.
  2. Difficulty moving eyes downward

Treatment of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

1. Lifestyle Modifications

Avoid climbing stairs.

Always opt for a support like a stick, while walking as it will prevent you from dwindling.

Try to maintain a strong bond with your family members, discuss your daily activities, it will give you a reimbursement and lower your mental distress.

Using spectacles with a bifocal lens, will help you with your eyesight problems.

2. Herbal Formulations For Psp By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a leading name in the field of medicine curing people worldwide with its 100% herbal, organic products. It has a team of ayurveda experts under their supervision who are manufacturing such authentic herbal medicines.

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that purvey with maintenance of balance between tridoshas (वात, पित, कफ) and dushya's ( 7 dhatu in our body- (रस, रक्त, मांस, मेद, अस्थि, मज्जा, शुक्र).

Some listed herbal formulations are as follows:

1. Vrihat vatchintamani ras

It is a herbal formulation that is made using Swarna Bhasma, Rajata Bhasma, Abhrak Bhasma, Loha Bhasma, Pravala Bhasma, Mukta Bhasma and Suta Bhasma. It helps to maintain a healthy nervous system. Balance the vitiated vata and pitta doshas in the body.

Dosage: 1-2 tab twice daily.

2. Musli strength

It is a polyherbal formulation and contains safed musli( chlorophytum borivilianum) and gokshura( tribulus terrestris). It keeps nerves functioning properly & maintains a healthy mindset.

Dosage: 1-2capsule twice daily.

3. Yograj guggul

It contains: Shuddha guggulu (commiphora mukul), chitrak(plumbago zeylanica),pipali (piper longum) jeeraka (cuminum cyminum), devdaru (cedrus deodara), ela (elettaria cardamomum), amalaki(embalica officinalis), haritaki( terminalia chebula), etc.It is used in joint disorders, making joints and muscles healthy.

Dosage: 1-2tablet twice daily.

4. Ashwagandha capsule

It contains ashwagandha (withania somnifera) ,it is a Balya( increases overall strength of the body), Breehaniya( helps in increasing body weight).

Dosage: 1-2 caps twice daily.

5. Nourish max

It contains- shatavari( asparagus racemosus), safed musli (chlorophytum borivilianum), ashwagandha (withania somnifera), gokshura (tribulus terrestris). All the ingredients present in this are used to provide nourishment to the body tissues and keep the body nourished.

Dosage: 1 teaspoonful twice daily, or you can boil - 1 tbsp in 400ml water, keep it boiling until it remains 50ml. Strain it. Drink the water, leave the residue.

6. Brahmi capsule

It has brahmi (bacopa monnieri) in it which is a great medicine, increases the functioning of the nervous system, and provides support to the nerve cells of the body. It also possesses an anti-cancer property in nature and increases antioxidant count in the body.

Dosage: 1-2 caps twice daily.


As it is a senescence disorder, we need to treat diseases of a senile person like we are dealing with a small child because OLDAGE is alike CHILDHOOD. This is also mentioned in ayurveda,that we need to use मृदु औषधी( not very hard in action) for them, strong medicine will have certain complications on them.dosage of medicine must also decreased after the age of 60 yrs and should gave same as we give in a child. So you can choose "PLANET AYURVEDA" for this. It is a leading manufacturing unit serving mankind with its holistic approach.It has a team of ayurveda experts who are giving their best to serve mankind through traditional approaches. Our services are available through website,email queries or online video consultation or you can approach us by visiting our clinic.

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