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Managing Progressive Supranuclear Palsy with Homeopathy

homeopathy for Progressive supranuclear palsy

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare brain disorder that causes problems with balance, walking, eye movements, speech, and swallowing. It is also called Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome. Homeopathy for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy can help manage the symptoms, but is limited in its scope and should not be the only course of treatment for this disorder.

The exact cause of progressive supranuclear palsy isn’t known yet. The symptoms of PSP arise due to the deterioration of brain cells in the region of the brain stem. It has been found that destruction of brain cells is linked with an abnormal amount of protein (called tau that forms clumps in brain cells) hinder their functioning resulting in the death of brain cells. The condition affects people who are over the age of 60 years. 

Signs and Symptoms

The main signs and symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy include unsteady gait, loss of balance while walking resulting in frequent falls (mostly backward) and an inability to control eye movement. There may be difficulty focussing the eye on objects or looking upward/downward. Blurred vision, double vision, sensitivity to light, involuntary closing of eyes (blepharospasm) may also be felt. Inability to maintain eye contact during conversation is other vision complaints. These signs and symptoms tend to worsen over time, the rate of its progression varies from person to person. Other symptoms include stiffness, difficulty swallowing, slow / slurred speech, sleep disturbances, change in behaviour (like irritability, mood swings, impulsive behaviour, laughing / weeping without reason, loss of interest in pleasurable activities), depression, anxiety, slowness of thought, memory problems, forgetfulness, difficult reasoning and decision making ability, monotone speech and a mask-like facial expression.

Homeopathy for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Homeopathy plays a supportive role in managing the symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy. These medicines can be taken along with conventional treatment to give symptomatic relief to the patient and improve the quality of life. Homeopathy medicines are indicative to manage gait issues, vision problems, speech / swallowing difficulties and attending memory issues, sleep problems, behavioral problems, depression, and anxiety. Homeopathy medicines are selected individually for every case of progressive supranuclear palsy as per the characteristic symptoms. The top homeopathic medicines for supportive help to manage progressive supranuclear palsy include Alumina, Agaricus, Causticum, Phosphorus and Baryta Carb.

1. Alumina – For Unsteady Gait/loss of Balance while Walking

Alumina is well indicated to manage unsteady gait/loss of balance while walking in progressive supranuclear palsy. Staggering and tottering while walking is present where Alumina is used. There is a need to sit frequently while walking. Thighs and legs feel tensed, stiff like a cramp with gait problems.

2. Agaricus – For Loss of Balance while Walking with Tendency to Fall Forward

Agaricus is a prominent medicine for managing the loss of balance while walking in cases of progressive supranuclear palsy. In such cases gait is unsteady. Person reels and totters while walking. There is a tendency to fall forward. Legs may feel heavy and weak while walking.

3. Causticum – For Loss of Balance while walking with Tendency to Fall Backward

Causticum next medicine to manage complaint of loss of balance while walking in persons having progressive supranuclear palsy. It is most indicated for cases where a person have unsteady gait with a tendency to fall backward. Legs may feel tensed and cramped with the above features.

4. Phosphorus – For Visual Complaints

Phosphorus is a significant medicine for supportive help to manage visual complaints in progressive supranuclear palsy. Blurred and double vision indicates its use. It is also useful when sensitivity to light (photophobia) is an attending complaint.

5. Baryta Carb – For Mental Dullness, Forgetfulness

Baryta Carb is prominent medicine for managing mental dullness and forgetfulness in progressive supranuclear palsy. Persons needing Baryta Carb forgets familiar words. They are also forgetful while conversing with others. They forget what they have said in a conversation. They have slowness of thought. Reasoning and understanding ability is also diminished in them.

6. Anacardium – For Memory Problems, Forgetfulness, Weak Memory

Anacardium is prepared from the layer of nut between shell and kernel of a plant Anacardium Orientale having common name marking nut. The natural order of this plant is Anacardiaceae. Anacardium offers help to manage memory problems and forgetfulness in cases of progressive supranuclear palsy. Persons needing Anacardium suffer from marked forgetfulness and they don’t remember anything. Their mind gets extremely weak and dull. They forget the names of close persons and unable to recognize familiar faces. Sadness and high irritability may appear in them.

7. Belladonna – For Difficult Swallowing

Belladonna is prepared from a plant named deadly nightshade. The natural order of this plant is Solanaceae. Belladonna helps to manage swallowing difficulties in cases of progressive supranuclear palsy. Persons needing Belladonna have difficulty to swallow food. They have to drink liquid frequently while eating solid food to move it down. Swallowing is also painful. There is a fear of choking with food while eating. Throat feels very dry.

8. Lachesis – For Slow, Difficult Speech

Lachesis is indicated to manage slow, difficult speech in cases of progressive supranuclear palsy. In such cases, it may be difficult to pronounce words. The tongue feels heavy and moves with difficulty. Stammering may also be present.

9. Coffea Cruda – For Sleep Disturbances

Coffea Cruda is very beneficial for managing sleep disturbances in progressive supranuclear palsy. There is difficulty falling asleep where Coffea Cruda is indicated. The person remains wide awake at night though feeling drowsy. Tossing and turning from side to side in bed is there. If sleep appears then there is difficulty maintaining sleep. Coffea Cruda is also indicated for restless sleep with frequent waking.

10. Ignatia – For Behaviour Changes (irritability, mood swings) and Depression

Ignatia is prepared from seeds of plant Ignatia Amara. This plant belongs to natural order Loganiaceae. Ignatia is very useful to manage behavior changes and depression in case of progressive supranuclear palsy. Persons needing Ignatia have marked irritability and mood swings. They become sad with weeping one moment suddenly followed by happiness and laughing. Fatigue both on the mental and physical plane is also marked. Ignatia is also indicated for managing depression in persons having progressive supranuclear palsy. They remain sad with frequent weeping spells. They are joyless. They prefer to be alone and isolated. An aversion to talking also prevails in them. They don’t want to do any work either mental or physical. They become absent-minded. Their memory becomes weak with difficult thinking and forgetfulness. They become mentally dull. They also start losing interest in pleasurable activities.

11. Aconite – For Anxiety Issues

Aconite is prepared from a plant Aconitum Napellus commonly known by the name of monkshood. The natural order of this plant is Ranunculaceae. Aconite is highly suitable for treating anxiety issues in persons having progressive supranuclear palsy. Such persons have high anxiety attended with restlessness. They have intense palpitations, cold sweat with trembling during anxiety phase. They fear to go out where there is a crowd and have a fear of death.

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  1. CK Gandhi says:

    Respected Dr. Sharmaji

    Good afternoon,

    I am CK Gandhi from Whitefield Bangalore. I got your details from Youtube video on PSP.

    My wife NEETA GANDHI, Age 60 yrs. Wt. 70 kg. is suffering from Right sided Hemidystonia as diagnosed by tests. This is causing severe problems with movement and coordination of right arm and leg causing frequent imbalance and falls. Her condition has worsened over the last 12 months and now she requires someone’s constant support for walking. She spends most of the time lying on bed and only gets up when absolutely essential.

    Apart from above she has developed speech disorder with slurred speech. Also not having proper control over urination.

    Right foot is gradually became curved, turned inwards which causes pain and not able to walk and keep balance.

    We have already tried Neurologist, Physiotherapist, Ayurvedic, Accupuncture, REKI etc in last 2 yrs.

    Neurologist call it PSP.

    Her energy level is down and she gets tired very quickly.

    As suggested in Video , I want to know your opinion and suggestions about treatment for this case.

    Other details…….
    Sleep hardly 3-4 hrs
    Motion Hard / normal clear.
    Hunger normal.
    Water intake normal.
    Energy level very low getting tired soon.
    Diet vegetarian.
    She is having good physical strength but very low energy.

    As per MRI brain and spine and x-ray…no blockage or hemorrhage or injury. Left side of frontal lobe is getting less blood supply due to shrinkage of vanes and capillaries causing internal swelling/ cell damage.

    What kind of treatment you are recommending for her problem?

    Please inform details of medicine with potency, dose, frequency and duration etc.

    Thanks and regards

    CK Gandhi
    886 144 7788

  2. rochelle barreras says:

    Hi Dr. my name is Rochelle and my mom was just diagnosed with PSP. Her symptoms are quickly progressing and this is honestly the first website that I have found that have some sort of remedies to help all of her symptoms.

    I would love to have more insight on this. PLEASE HELP!

  3. Attie Williams says:

    Hi Dr Where can i purchase these medication for PSP?


    Dr Sharma

    My BIL has been diagnosed with PSP. He is 71 years old. Currently we are aware there is no cure, but trying to seek help to see what options we have. Appreciate your help.


  5. Sapna kumari says:

    Mam please suggest me where I can find Aconite ignatia.

  6. Pushpa Babu says:

    My husband Colonel Suresh Babu is a retd Army Officer, aged 78yrs was perfectly fit even 3 years ago. In the last 3 years, there has definitely been a slide in his condition, and the the progressive deterioration of his condition has been alarmingly rapid. From a condition where he could climb mountains without breaking into a sweat, it is depressing to watch him struggle with issues like balance. He has fallen everytime that he is on his own. Apart from the current condition (PSP), he is surprisingly clear on all other tests conducted-no heart issues, no diabetes, no high-BP, nothing at all! We have gone for all kinds of allopathic treatment, but apart from the medicines all Docs have put up their hands. How can you help me Dr Sharma??

  7. Satya pal arya says:

    Dr sharma, good day.My wife is dignosed of PSP almost 2 years back. She walks very slow with the support, feels difficulty in talking& drinking liquids, not able to move her eyes towards below always see upwards, swallowing problem, kindly guide. I am ready to pay your consultation fees. Thanks with regards.

  8. Habeeb Ansari says:

    Glad to meet you Dr Sharma
    Habeeb Ansari born on 20th March 1943 diagnosed with PSP in 2017 in USA
    Difficulty getting up from chair
    walks well
    short attention span
    needs help bathing etc
    messy around food

  9. Hello sir
    My father of age 70 years suffers with progressive supranuclear palsy,having problem of cough,swallowing, backward falling,sugar,high BP,slow eye movement,change in behavior so please suggest me about treatment

  10. anne vishnu says:

    my sister is suffering p s p for the past 3 years.most of the time she is lying.speech is clear.sir, can you help.?r
    with best regards

    • Tony Stango says:

      Thank you for the list of homeopathic medicines for treatment of PSP symptoms. Can you recommend dosages and where these products could be obtained. My father in law in Brazil was diagnosed with PSP . Currently, he has an unsteady gait, has a tendancy to fall forward, speaks very soft and slowly and becomes very irritable and depressed and at times experiences all of the symptoms noted in your article. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated

  11. Irina Vasilyeva says:

    how to take these homeopathic treatment?

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