Herbal Remedies for Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis


Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is a rare, chronic, progressive and even actually fatal neurological condition disease caused by the measles virus, presumably as a result of an inability of the nervous system to eradicate the virus.  It occurs in children and adolescents, usually many years after the primary virus infection.  The onset of this condition is insidious with intellectual deterioration, apathy and clumsiness followed by myoclonic jerks, rigidity and dementia. The CSF may show a mild lymphocytic pleocytosis and the electroencephalogram is distinctive with periodic bursts of triphasic waves. Although there is persistent measles specific IgG in serum and CSF, antiviral therapy is ineffective and death ensues within years. Further, Let’s discuss it in detail.


The condition is also named as Dawson’s disease or Dawson’s encephalitis. It is very common in countries that lack standard immunization programs. The countries where young children regularly receive the measles vaccination,  incidence is less than 10 per year. Most of the people who develop measles never get subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. According to many studies it is stated that this reaction to measles virus is due to abnormal immune response or can be due to the mutated forms of virus. This condition generally affects male adolescents as compared to females.


SSPE is a condition that is caused by slow measles virus. These viruses may stay dormant in humans for a long period of time and then no one why they become reactive. The role of genes in such cases is often not understood well. The reactivation of viruses causes many symptoms in the human body. The causative agent is rubeola and generally the inappropriate response of the immune system to rubeola virus is understood as the reason for the onset of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. In a few cases it can be associated with animal contact. The affected individuals have contact with monkeys, dogs or kittens that later died due to the same illness.

Symptoms of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis

Signs and Symptoms

The Sign and Symptoms in This Condition Are Divided According To Stages

Early Stage: This usually includes behavioral changes such as failing school, memory loss, laziness and irritability.

Middle stage: With the sign and symptoms of early stage patients will show involuntary muscle movement (myoclonic jerks) followed by seizures. This condition is also accompanied by personality changes, outbursts of temper, lack of sleep, stupor, spasticity and disorientation.

Advance stages: The advance stage includes loss of previously acquired intellectual skills, poor memory and being judgmental (dementia). This stage also includes general neurological deterioration. Blindness can develop if the lesion is present in the vision center of the brain that is called as cortical blindness and optic atrophy (wasting of nerves of eye) can also be seen.

If the condition is not given attention at the correct time then patients can develop muscle rigidity, elevated body temperature (hyperthermia), respiration abnormalities, abnormal respiration, heart rate and blood pressure can also be noticed. Even hypothalamus gland, which is situated very deep inside the brain can also get affected which indicates altered bodily functions.


The subacute sclerosing panencephalitis can result in pneumonia if there is involvement of a respiration system. It can also induce coma or can result in life threatening conditions.

Affected Populations

In India, the incidence is estimated to be around 20 cases per year per million of population and generally males are commonly affected even in children and in adults too.

Related Disorders

Disease like progressive rubella panencephalitis is also a slowly progressing disease and resembles SSPE. It is caused by rubella virus and usually develops due to congenital rubella syndrome or childhood rubella infection.

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is a condition that usually occurs in patients with a certain form of cancer, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and also in those who are using immunosuppressant drugs.


The cerebrospinal fluid and blood test report will show rise in anti measles antibody values. In CSF it is equal to or greater than 1:4 and in blood it is generally greater than 1:4. In MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) brain abnormalities are easily seen.

Treatment of  Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis

There is no cure for this condition. The progression of disease can be delayed by prescribing some antiviral drugs and prescription of some anticonvulsant drugs. Most of the people die due to SSPE in one to three years.

Herbal Remedies for Subacute sclerosing Panencephalitis

Treatment of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis

Herbal Remedies for Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis

Planet Ayurveda is a leading herbal manufacturing unit that deals with the manufacturing of herbal formulations. The herbal preparations made are totally herbal and have no side effects. The products manufactured are classical ayurvedic formulation or are the formulations which are prepared under the guidance of expert doctors. The whole manufacturing unit works under the supervision of expert doctors so as to avoid any kind of compromise in the quality of products. The formulations that can be used in the management of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis are as follows:

  1. Brahmi capsules
  2. Giloy capsules
  3. Curcumin capsule
  4. Neuroplan syrup
  5. Punarnava mandoor

1. Brahmi Capsules

The Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is very famous for its memory-enhancing properties. It helps in increasing coordination in between brain neurons. The capsules are made from the standardized extract of the brahmi herb. It helps in increasing neuron function and improves retention ability. It also behaves as an antioxidant and reduces levels of anxiety and stress.

Dose: Two capsules twice a day after meals.

2. Giloy Capsules

These capsules are made from the quality extract of Tinospora cordifolia. Giloy is a wonderful herb that has anti-inflammatory properties, builds a strong immune system and helps in managing infectious conditions. It also acts as an immunity booster.

Dose: Two capsules twice a day after meals.

3. Curcumin Capsule

These capsules are made from the standardized extract of Curcumin longa. Curcumin capsules have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help in eradicating free radicals from the body and also help in reducing swelling and infections. It also has an antibiotic effect and works as an analgesic. It is a blood purifier also.

Dose: Two capsules twice a day after meals.

4. Neuroplan Syrup

This syrup is a combination of 10 herbs. These herbs include in this are brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), shankhpushpi (Convolvulus prostratus) etc. These ten herbs work very wonderfully and help in managing conditions like dementia, brain degenerative diseases and many more. It helps in fighting with the weakness and boosts neuron functioning.

5. Punarnava Mandoor

It is a very effective formulation that helps in the fighting infections, detoxifies blood. It behaves like an antioxidant and also has analgesic properties. This formulation is mentioned in classics and is very useful in body detoxification as it helps in removing toxins and extra fluid from the body. It also balances the serum hemoglobin and platelet levels.

Dose: Two tablets twice a day after meals.

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The conditions like subacute sclerosing panencephalitis are very rare and affect a very small number of the population. The management of this condition can be very difficult if not diagnosed properly or is misunderstood with other conditions closely related to it. If the condition is ignored for long term then the results will be fatal. SSPE is not a curable disease but is manageable with Planet Ayurveda herbal formulations. The products offered by Planet Ayurveda have a very good result in this condition and these formulations do not contain any fillers, dyes, additives, colors, etc. In case of any query kindly visit www.planetayurveda.com

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.