Vertigo (derived from vertese which means to turn) is the sensation of whirling motion affecting the natural balance and equilibrium of body. A person suffering from vertigo experiences several symptoms like unsteadiness, light-headedness, nausea, vomiting, loss of balance and sweating.
Causes: There are several causes of vertigo, most related to the inner ear which is the main balancing organ of the body. Problems with inner ear include Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo (BPPV), Labyrinthits and Meniere’s disease. Other causes include stress, ear infection, fluctuating levels of sugar and blood pressure, electrolyte imbalance, ringing of ears (tinnitus), decrease blood flow to the brain, neck injury, migraine, arteriosclerosis and reduced bone mineral density (Osteopenia).
Treatment: It is extremely important to identify and address the cause of vertigo. While doctors often prescribe several medicines, there are many herbs which can help manage vertigo.
Gingko biloba is rich in vitamins, carotenoids and antioxidants. An extract obtained from this herb improves blood circulation and makes oxygen available even to tiny vessels in the inner ear.
A tea made by boiling ginger with water helps circulation of blood. It can also help reducing fever.
Feverfew (Tanacetum partheneum) extract reduces inflammation, increases the availability of oxygen to the inner ear and maintains balance.
Periwinkle plant is a brain stimulant; it protects the brain from damage caused by toxins, thus reduces symptoms of vertigo.
Peppermint decreases symptoms of motion sickness and is helpful in stomach disorders which can cause vertigo.
Intake of fish oil (rich in Omega 3 fatty acids) reduces inflammation and improves blood circulation.
Butcher’s broom improves blood circulation, and can be used to treat dizziness caused by low blood pressure vertigo and tinnitus.
Basil contains beta-carotene, estrzole and vitamin C. Due to its anti-spasmodic properties, it is used to treat problems related to the head like migraine, headache and vertigo.
Among other herbs are lavender, liquorice, fennel and cloves are especially helpful.
Get ample bed rest.
Use prescribed dosage of medicines
Perform vestibular rehabilitation exercises
Drink adequate amount of water
Maintain right level of sugar and blood pressure
Last and most important is reduce stress level keep yourself calm.
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