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Progressive supranuclear palsy

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Progressive supranuclear palsy

Progressive supranuclear palsy is a disorder of the brain, which has a serious impact on the balance of the body, eye movements, gait and walking. This disorder is also dubbed as the Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome. It leads to cellular deterioration in the areas of the brain controlling the thinking power and body movement of the individuals. This situation may worsen over time.

It may also give rise to life threatening problems like swallowing complications, pneumonia and many others. Though, there's no particular cure for this syndrome, yet, there are treatments for the symptoms of the disorder. An individual may be affected with this disorder irrespective of gender, geographical locations and race. It is an uncommon degenerative disorder. And, the damage that occurs is also progressive in nature.

Causes Of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

The cause of this disorder is yet to be known. Generally, there is the deterioration of the cells in various areas of the brain, especially the frontal lobe and the mid brain. Heredity or family history isn't generally a cause of this disorder. That is, this disorder isn't inherited.

Characteristic Symptoms Of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy


  • Difficulty in balancing the body while movement

  • Difficulty in having proper eye movement like looking downward or upward

  • Unable to focus properly

  • Swallowing difficulty

  • Unclear speech

  • Falling down frequently due to problem in balancing and vision

  • Body stiffness

  • Collision with objects frequently

  • Enhanced sensitivity on being exposed to light

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Disturbances while sleeping

  • Muscular rigidity of the facial muscles

  • Constipation

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Problem in decision making and problem solving

  • Unable to keep good memory

  • Impulsive behaviour

  • Lack of interest even in pleasurable activities

Risk Factors

  • The only risk factor of the disorder is the age. People with age above 60 is likely to be affected with this disorder. Certain complications may arise due to hindered muscular movements. These are listed below:-

  • Fractures

  • Unable to focus the eyes

  • Unable to have a proper sound sleep

  • Disturbance, when being exposed to bright light

  • Difficulty in swallowing

  • Head injuries

  • Impulsive behaviour

Ayurvedic Aspect Of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Ayurveda, the science of healing makes use of the Panchmahabhoot, Water, Earth, Air, Space and Fire to heal several complications easily. These help in leading a healthy and fit life. This disease is due to aggravation of vata dosha particularly praan vata.The holistic science, Ayurveda provides the knowledge about the human beings and to fight away the various complications of several diseases to a huge extent. It helps to fight away the dangerous disease at ease. Rehabilitation is very effective for patients suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy. Thus, several Ayurvedic herbal medicines and treatment become extremely important for maintaining a healthy life of the individuals.

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