Vertigo: Symptoms and Remedies

Vertigo is that feeling of dizziness some people get by just looking down from a great height.

Vertigo - looking down a tall stairway or ladder

Vertigo often is caused by an inner ear disorder. A change in the fluid and pressure may cause symptoms of vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loss of balance

RISK FACTORS OR CAUSES

  • Migraines
  • Labrinthitis (infection)
  • Vestibular neuronitis (inflammation of the nerve)
  • Benign Paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)—an inner ear disorder

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

BPPV may occur when calcium builds up in the inner ear canals. Vertigo also can originate in the brain. Treatment may be medications coupled with special movements of the head.

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against infection and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Anti-inflammatory foods (see Inflammation post)
  • Foods rich in Vitamins C and B6
  • Lemons

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE

  • Alcohol (especially if you have neuronitis)
  • Excessive salt
  • Experiment with possible triggers like chocolate, tobacco or caffeine.
  • MSG
  • Smoking restricts blood flow to the inner ear.

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Apple Cider Vinegar may relieve dizziness
  • Ginger juice and honey
  • Green tea

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Basil
  • Coriander seeds
  • Feverfew for nausea
  • Garlic
  • Ginkgo biloba

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own. The following oils will not cure your vertigo but may relieve some of the symptoms of distress and discomfort. Prolonged use of oils may cause mild side effects, including vertigo and dizziness, so take it easy.

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Lemon balm
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • B vitamins, esp. B6
  • Blessed thistle
  • Calcium
  • Di-vertigo
  • Ginkgo as a supplement
  • Ginseng
  • Gotu Kola
  • Hawthorn
  • Inner-Ear Balance by Healthy Sense
  • Lipoflavonoids
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Vertigo BM241 by Bestmade Natural Products
  • Vitamin C

HYDRATION

Dehydration can cause vertigo. Drink cold water if you feel dizzy. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Thee are specific exercises you can do that may help ease or correct your condition. One is the Epley maneuver:

You might also try the Brant-Daroff exercises:

For right posterior canal BPPV, do the Liberatory Semont maneuver:

SLEEP

Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies (important if you have an infection). If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health and may make your vertigo symptoms worse. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Avoid bending over
  • Avoid neck extension
  • Avoid quick head movements
  • Epley maneuver
  • Have your hearing checked
  • Rise slowly from a horizontal position
  • Sleep with your head slightly raised

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep

 

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