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Ptosis

Alleviating ptosis with homoeopathy

Ptosis is the drooping or falling of the upper or lower eyelid. This disorder occurs when the muscles that raise the eyelid are not strong enough to do so properly. Ptosis can be congenital, that is to say, contracted from birth. It may may also appear later on for a serious of causes including accidents or old age. Moreover, ptosis can affect visual function if the drooping eyelid starts to to hide the pupil. In general, treating ptosis requires a surgery of which the purpose is to allow the patient to have a better vision. Furthermore, this surgical procedure also has an aesthetic purpose. However, several homoeopathic remedies can act on certain causes of ptosis to help reinvigorate the levator muscles or simply to relieve the symptoms.

Symptoms and classification of ptosis

Ptosis is an easily identifiable pathology since the patient is subject to a drooping or falling of the upper eyelid. This fall in the upper eyelid entails neither irritation nor trace, and usually only one of the eyelids. Besides congenital ptosis, the disease has other origins that are classified into 4 categories. Myogenic ptosis results from a failure of neuromuscular transmission, or the muscles’ progressive atrophy. This type of ptosis may be caused by a venomous bite and should be treated without delay. As for the neurogenic ptosis, it refers to a failure in the transmission of nerve impulses to the levator palpebrae muscle. Aponeurotic ptosis usually appears with ageing, while mechanical ptosis occurs due to a tumour or swelling on the upper eyelid. This last category also includes conditions that are caused by a trauma resulting from an accident.

Homoeopathic remedies to relieve ptosis

Gelsemium Sempervirens is one of the recommended homoeopathic remedies for relieving ptosis. With a preparation based on yellow jasmine, this remedy acts on the nervous system to relieve the ptosis. It is thus advised to take 5 granules of Gelsemium Sempervirens 15 CH when the levator eyelid muscle becomes impaired. Syphilinum is also an excellent remedy against the harmful effects of ptosis. Obtained from the serum of a syphilitic chancre, this remedy is very effective in case of neurogenic and myogenic ptosis. Furthermore, it is a chronic remedy that needs to be taken for a time period lasting from 30 to 50 days. Conium maculatum is also included among the array of homoeopathic remedies that may be taken in order to relieve the ptosis. It is an extract of hemlock and effectively relieves paralysis of the upper eyelids. The recommended dosage consists of 5 granules of Conium maculatum 9 CH, to be taken in the morning and evening over the course of 3 weeks.

When should you consult a doctor?

Given that several types of ptosis exist, it is recommended to consult a physician to determine the best treatment depending on the patient’s specific symptoms. Moreover, homoeopathy is intended to relieve the adverse effects of ptosis. Thus, for a long-term treatment, surgery remains the best solution. When ptosis is congenital, the operation must be performed at a very early age, around 3 years old, so the child’s eye can learn to see properly. For other categories of ptosis, such as those caused by an accident or due to the subject’s advanced age, it may be required to undergo a surgical procedure if the dropping of the eyelid starts to obstruct the vision.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “ptosis”

Associated treatments

  • Causticum
  • Curare

Associated pathologies

  • Facial paralysis

Good to know: Apart from ptosis, homoeopathy provides a series of remedies to relieve and treat eye disorders. These remedies are also effective against a number of skin conditions.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.