Vertigo

Vertigo is a condition that causes feelings of being off-balance due to a sensation that the individual is moving around in space or the room and objects in it are moving around the individual.

Symptoms
Attacks of vertigo usually come on suddenly and are accompanied by difficulty in walking steadily and feeling dizzy or faint. Other symptoms can include nausea, a generally ill sensation, and pallor (losing color, turning white).

Types
There are two types of vertigo

  • Subjective Vertigo, which is characterized by a feeling that the person is moving around in space
  • Objective Vertigo, in which rooms and objects appear to be swirling around the person.

Causes
Vertigo is caused by disturbances within the equilibratory system (ears, inner ear canals, the cranial nerves servicing the ears, the associated brain parts, and the eyes) due to mild disturbances on the cranial nerves, middle ear infections, shingles, inflammation of the ear canals, obstruction in an ear tube, a tumor, or a nerve inflammation. All of these factors must be screened for and addressed before lasting relief from vertigo symptoms can be achieved.

Note
Vertigo can be an indication of a variety of other health problems. Prolonged or severe attacks of vertigo require immediate medical attention.

Natural Cures

Diet
Avoid caffeine, chocolates, salt, fried foods, nicotine, drugs and alcohol, and aspartame (NutraSweet).

Flower Essences
Rescue Remedy is useful for calming accompanying stress. Scleranthus can also be helpful.

Herbs
Ginkgo biloba and ginger can be helpful. Take one 40 mg tablet of ginkgo or two capsules of ginger three times a day.

Homeopathy
Useful homeopathic remedies include Gelsemium, Phosphorus, Cocculus, Aconite, Nat. mur., Sulfur, Silicea, Lycopodium, and Belladonna.

Lifestyle
Stay still during vertigo attacks. Avoid rapid body movements, especially of the head, and reduce stress and get adequate sleep.

Nutritional Supplementation
Recommened nutrients include Vitamin B complex, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6, vitamin C plus bioflavonoids and rutin, vitamin E, calcium, choline, and adrenal glandulars.

Caution

If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional.

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