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Ptosis is the downward displacement of an organ or part, as in the paralytic prolapse of the eyelid.


Most problems with the uterus are linked to the demands of childbirth.

A drooping eyelid, however, would be congenital if it is present at birth, or may also develop in response to a disease process, such as: myasthenia gravis.

Signs & Symptoms

In cases of the eyelid, or a severe prolapse of the uterus, the condition is visible with the naked eye.

Other visceral ptosis disorders may only be visible on x-ray after ingesting a barium solution, for example.

An intervertebral disc might be injected with a similar, radiopaque substance, in order to visualize its prolapse, or herniation.

The location of some other organs may be palpable to an experienced examiner e.g. the kidneys, liver or spleen.

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Women's Health

General Supplements

Amino Acid Complex (Branched Chain)*
Beta Carotene*
Calcium1,500 mg
L-Carnitine500 mg bid
Magnesium1,000 mg
Vitamin C5,000 mg
Zinc50 mg

*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Depending upon the organ and the state of the viscera, generally, oxygenation of the tissues, bowel motion and weight loss may all contribute something.

Antioxidant foods include fruits and vegetables, which also provide fiber and assist weight loss.

Homeopathic Remedy

Anus & rectusIgnatia amara
Aquilegia Vulgaris
Calcarea fluorica tinct.
Helonias Dioica tinct.
Lilium tigrinum

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.

Murphy, R. : Lotus Materia Medica. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995.

Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.

Herbal Approaches



Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.


So far as uterine prolapse is concerned, progesterone replacement may be more beneficial than estrogen therapy. Herbal sources of Progestin are as follows:


        Verbena (Vervain)
        Red clover


Zava, DT: Estrogen and progestin bioactivity of foods, herbs and spices. Proc. Soc. Exp. Biol. Med. 1998, 217:369-378.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

The prolapsed uterus is the most commonly recognized condition, for which, the following essential oils are often recommended:

Lemon Essence,Nutmeg Essence,
Rosemary Essence.

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