Our eyes and ears are like football referees: when they are performing or doing their jobs correctly, we barely even notice or think about them. But in the case of our eyes and ears, we can’t help but notice when’s it’s a health problem that suddenly registers as a top priority in need of care and repair. And for our ears, in particular, they’re always out there as potential trouble spots in disrepair when we are experiencing vertigo, a condition that can be quite uncomfortable and debilitating.
What Is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness that can make it feel like the world is spinning around you. It can be experienced whether you’re not moving or are in motion such as walking, and whether you are on your feet or sitting or lying down. Various factors – such as a cold, a head or neck injury, vestibular neuritis, or Meniere’s disease (a rare condition that affects hearing in one ear), per medicalnewstoday.com – can cause vertigo. What they all have in common is some sort of issue within your ear’s vestibular labyrinth. Other symptoms, can include the following:
- Abnormal eye movements
- Ringing in the ear
- Loss of hearing
- Double vision
- Loss of physical coordination
- Weakness in the arms or legs
Vertigo is often accompanied by nausea, creating an effect similar to what you might experience when you first get off a fast ride moving in a circular motion at a fairground. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few minutes to several days, or longer in extreme cases. In cases that persist for more than a few hours, medical attention should be sought. The most common type of vertigo is what’s known as benign positional paroxysmal vertigo, or BPPV, which is caused by a buildup of crystal-like deposits in the middle ear, per effectiveremedies.com.
Possible Remedies for Vertigo
Vertigo can be treated with assorted supplements and nutrients as well as various prescribed physical movements such as moving your head in various prescribed directions, which are designed to “retrain” the brain. If you are experiencing a case of vertigo, be sure to contact your family physician before attempting any manner of self-treatment or self-medicating. Here are six possible remedies to consider when you have vertigo:
- Gingko biloba. This popular herb has its medical treatment roots in traditional Chinese medicine and is known to enhance blood flow to the brain. That has proven to be an effective means of decreasing the dizziness from vertigo, per effectiveremedies.com.
- Valerian root. It has been shown capable of reducing anxiety and insomnia, which have been pegged among the conditions with the potential for producing vertigo, per effectiveremedies.com.
- Acupressure. Similar to acupuncture, but without the needles. Acupressure’s aim is to induce wellness and relaxation in the body, and it can help manage vertigo by stimulating pressure points throughout the body, per medicalnewstoday.com.
- Ginger root. Munching on a slice of ginger or sipping ginger tea can help reduce vertigo’s symptoms by relieving nausea and dizziness, per facty.com. Ginger in capsule form is handy when traveling on trips by providing an antidote to travel sickness, which is also a cause of vertigo.
- Epley maneuver. This is one of several exercises used to treat vertigo, and it can achieve noticeable relief in just 15 minutes, with the help of a doctor or physician’s assistant. It involves manipulating the head in different directions to induce vertigo-causing debris to move elsewhere in the ear, where it won’t continue to cause problems.
- Essential oils. These natural, inexpensive oils can be applied topically or inhaled and have been shown effective in easing the symptoms of vertigo, to include nausea, headaches, and dizziness. Among the essential oils useful in this regard are peppermint, ginger, lavender, and lemon, per medicalnewstoday.com.