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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54-58

Efficacy of Āyurvedictreatment using Pañcakarma combined with balance exercises for disability and balance in progressive supranuclear palsy

1 Department of Panchakarma, Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College and Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Panchakarma, Government Ayurveda College and Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
3 Physiotherapy, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Nitin Jindal
Department of Panchakarma, Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College and Hospital, Karol Bagh, New Delhi - 110 005
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.113793

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A 55-year-old female presented at Department of Pañcakarma with diagnosis of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). For assessing disability, progressive supranuclear palsy rating scale (PSPRS) was used and balance was assessed by using Tetrax Interactive Balance System (IBS) posturography. Āyurvedic treatment was given along with Pañcakarma and balance exercises for 3 months. As part of Āyurvedic treatment, first Virecana karma was done with classical method and then Mātrā basti, Śirobasti, and other palliative treatment was given for 3 months. Amanatidine was not continued during Virecana karma but started thereafter. On comparison with pre-intervention scores, there was a significant improvement in the patient post-treatment. The features which mainly showed improvement were: Eye movements, spontaneous episodes of laughing, dysphagia, dysarthria, double vision, and neck rigidity. Balance showed significant improvement and there was a remarkable decrease in the postural sway. This case study may present new possibilities for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases by Āyurveda.

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