Herbal Relief for Vertigo: Using Ginger and Other Remedies
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.
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.
This happens after a bout of cold or flu or viral infection of the inner ear.
Another cause of inner ear problems, this disease not only causes vertigo but also loss of balance and ringing in the ears.
Always consult your doctor or a certified herbal practitioner before taking any of these herbs especially if pregnant, breastfeeding or on medications.
Proven Herbal Remedies for Vertigo
Now that we have the basics covered, let’s consider some proven herbal remedies for vertigo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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