Herbal Relief for Vertigo: Using Ginger and Other Remedies

Updated on October 30, 2018
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What Is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a fairly common problem that affects the natural balance and equilibrium of the body. With vertigo, your head may spin or you may think your surroundings are moving. You may feel dizzy, nauseated and light-headed.

Vertigo is not a disease but a sensation brought about by some medical conditions. While vertigo is generally not a serious condition, persistent vertigo (recurring episodes or chronic) can be debilitating and may affect your lifestyle. For instance, driving can be an issue. You may become more susceptible to falls as your balance goes out of sync. Your productivity at work may be compromised. All of these issues are very common amongst sufferers. Although surgery can take care of serious cases, there are many herbal remedies that can effectively offer relief.

Vertigo makes the world go 'round.
Vertigo makes the world go 'round.

What Causes Vertigo?

Although there are many factors that can lead to this condition like alcohol, epilepsy, diabetes, kidney failure, head trauma, shock, poisoning and stroke, Mayo Clinic lists the three main causes of vertigo:

Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo (BPPV)

As the name applies, specific changes to the position of your head can bring about mild to intense dizziness—from moving your head in a certain direction to sitting up in the morning. Why? Benign paroxysmal position vertigo is caused by disturbances in the inner ear. For example, a small piece of bone-like calcium can break free and float in the fluid of the inner ear. This sends confusing messages about your body’s position to your brain, resulting in disequilibrium.

Labyrinthitis

This happens after a bout of cold or flu or viral infection of the inner ear.

Meniere’s Disease

Another cause of inner ear problems, this disease not only causes vertigo but also loss of balance and ringing in the ears.

Note

Always consult your doctor or a certified herbal practitioner before taking any of these herbs especially if pregnant, breastfeeding or on medications.

Gingko Biloba
Gingko Biloba | Source

Proven Herbal Remedies for Vertigo

Now that we have the basics covered, let’s consider some proven herbal remedies for vertigo.

Gingko Biloba

This traditional Chinese herb is famous for remedying many medical ailments from poor memory to circulatory system disorders. Gingko biloba is able to flex its healing powers due to its high levels of vitamin C, carotenoids and antioxidants. A report from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee found that gingko biloba is effective in treating vertigo and inner ear disturbances.

How to Take Gingko Biloba

Gingko works best when taken as a daily supplement.

More than zing! Ginger helps to reduce vertigo.
More than zing! Ginger helps to reduce vertigo. | Source

Ginger

Ginger may make delicious cookies and tea and good Chinese food, but this knobby rhizome can do more. It is reported that ginger is far better at reducing vertigo than acupuncture, according to the March 2006 issue of The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The National Institutes of Health further validates the claim that powdered ginger root significantly reduces vertigo in a double-blind crossover placebo trial.

How to Take Ginger

Ginger is a great culinary spice. Simply add sliced ginger to stir-fry or add grated ginger to desserts, cookies, soups or marinades. Make ginger tea by steeping freshly sliced ginger in hot, boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes, then add honey. Alternatively, ginger supplements can be taken.

Butcher's broom enhances blood flow.
Butcher's broom enhances blood flow. | Source

Butcher’s Broom

If the name doesn’t sound familiar, you’re in good company. Butcher's broom is also called by a variety of other names, such as Jew’s myrtle, knee holly, kneeholm, pettigree and sweet broom—some of which you may have heard. Butcher’s broom is part of the lily family and is quite similar to the everyday asparagus plant. The plant is reportedly high in flavonoids such as rutin and steroidal saponins, which is believed to be responsible for its medicinal effects. Butcher’s broom has been used to improve circulation, relieve constipation and relieve water- retention discomfort. It also helps to enhance blood flow to brain and hands.

Butcher’s broom is often used to treat dizziness associated with low blood pressure by promoting blood circulation. It is also commonly used to treat vertigo and ringing in the ears (tinnitus) associated with Meniere’s Disease.

How to Take Butcher's Broom

Generally taken in supplement or pill form. Oils and creams are also available.

Wild indigo boosts immunity.
Wild indigo boosts immunity.

Wild Indigo

A native herb of the Midwest United States, the blue wild indigo plant is synonymous to the blue indigo dye used by the Cherokees to dye fabric. Its roots also boast medicinal properties and have been used to relieve upper respiratory infections, lymphatic disorders and viral infections. It has also been used as a mouthwash to reduce canker sores, gum disease and sore throats.

Although there is no clear scientific evidence to link vertigo relief to wild indigo, herbal practitioners believe that wild indigo’s immune-boosting (thanks to the active ingredients glycoproteins and polysaccharides) and antimicrobial properties can reduce underlying causes of vertigo such as cold, flu and viral infections of the ear.

How to Take Wild Indigo

According to some sources like Bayview Behavior Hospital, wild indigo is often used together with echinacea and white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) to boost immunity.

Basil
Basil | Source

Basil

If you enjoy adding basil to your food, you’re doing yourself a favor. Consider this string of accolades: In Africa, basil is often used for the removal of parasites. In the Far East, basil is used as a cough medicine and soothing salve for insect stings and bites; it is also touted as an aphrodisiac.

Basil is a rich source of beta-carotene, estragole, eugenol, borneol and vitamin C; this delicate herb has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, too. In addition, basil is antispasmodic and used to reduce headaches, migraines, vertigo and colicky kids.

How to Take Basil

Basil is an excellent herb that can serve many culinary purposes. Supplements and essential oils are also available for homeopathic uses.

Other Herbs Used to Reduce Vertigo

 
 
Chaparral
Dandelion Root
Chickweed
Fennel
Cloves
Hawthorne Berries
Peppermint
Wild Yam
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Licorice
Cayenne

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I suffer from vertigo. I found this hub quite interesting. I think I will try an herb or two here to see if it will help. Since I have a persistent ringing in my ear and a loss of balance I suspect that I have Meniere's disease.

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      anglnwu 

      3 years ago

      Thanks, Risha Linda, for checking back.

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      Risha Linda Mateos 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Absolutely, will try it.

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      3 years ago

      Risha Linda, thanks for reading. Give ginger a try, it helps with motion-sickness.

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      Risha Linda Mateos 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the information on ginger. I have always used it for motion-sickness when I travel. Lately I have suffered with vertigo and hadn't considered ginger for that. Makes sense though.

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      4 years ago

      Iama, thanks for checking back. I wish the best. I hope you find something to cure the vertigo--it's very annoying. Let me know if the ginger tea works for you. Cheers.

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      lama tamang 

      4 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

      hi anglnwu ! thanks again for your great advised. although you are not certified physician i considered it may be recover me. i have been taking antibiotic but it is not working so am looking after alternative medicine.thanks for wish me.

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      4 years ago

      Hi Iama, thanks for reading. I'm not a certified physician but I will refer you to another website that recommends drinking 3 cups of 8 oz ginger tea (best to make it fresh with fresh ground ginger and hot water, a little honey). Just remember this is not meant as doctor's advice. If you've serious vertigo, you should see a doctor.

      http://www.livestrong.com/article/135992-heal-vert...

      I hope this helps and I wish you the best of health.

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      lama tamang 

      4 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

      First of all thanks altos anglnwu. Am very glad to see this information. because i am also have been suffering from vertigo and i have been searching of alternative medicine by 2 days .And finally i found it here. I suppose to using ginger to heal my vertigo.

      And in which time if i drank ginger tea it will better? how many cups per day?

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      7 years ago

      Thanks, Rtalloni, always good to see you. Glad you like it and thanks for voting it up.

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for putting this together! It is a super resource. Voted up and bookmarked.

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      7 years ago

      bernieadkins, I believe that nature has a way of taking care of us too--kind of like God's pharmacy. I appreciate your visits to my hubs and thank you for reading.

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      bernieadkins 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      My 90 year old grandmother has vertigo and told me about ginger as a treatment not to long ago. It seems to work for her.

      Great information on your hubs. I enjoy reading them. I am a registered nurse but believe nature has a way of taking care of us if we let it.

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      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, ImanAlipk, for dropping by.

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      ImanAlipk 

      8 years ago

      Its really really good.(:

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, prasetio, for dropping by. Ginger seems to be a favorite. It's very versatile too.

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information. I am concern about herbal remedies and I found here. I use ginger very often. Thanks

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Pamela dear, thanks for dropping by. Are you in the health contest too?

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      dohn, good to see you again. Butcher's broom-- i know--quite a strange name, though if you look at the picture--it looks good enough to double up as a broom--looks like our Asian version of spring-cleaning prop (we use bamboo, do you?. LOL on why you don't have vertigo--ginger gungho! I greatly appreciate your support and you know that!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Excellent hub with a lot of good information.

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Yes, I'm part of the group that has no idea what Butcher's Broom was! Was an interesting name! I use ginger in much of my cooking, especially in soups, curries, and marinades. The truth is, I can't seem to get enough of it. Wonderful hub, anglnwu. I really had no idea that ginger can relieve you of vertigo (which I probably why I don't have it!). Thanks for another helpful hub.

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Maita, you're fast. Thanks for your support and love your hub too!

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Ghost, you look fab in your new profile picture! Thanks for dropping by. Butcher's broom? Never heard of it too--I've heard of Jew's Myrtle, though.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi anglnwu, I like your images and so rich in information, very nice, Maita

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 

      8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      I try to keep up on herbs--I loved this hub. I had no idea and never heard of Butcher’s Broom. My circulation at times is so so...so this I may try!

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Mama Sez, I agree with you--vertigo can make life miserable. Thumbs up for ginger tea. Thanks for dropping by.

    • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, Putz Ballard, for dropping by. If you're wondering why there are so many herbal hubs today, check out the Heath Contest--it's health month. You may want to write too.

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      Mama Sez 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Vertigo is terrible! Now I know I should be drinking more ginger tea, thanks :)

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Great hub,seems a lot on hub pages are thinking herbal medicine today.

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