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Safe Treatment and Remedies for Vertigo

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  • Vertigo is not a disease, but a symptom caused by either an inflammation in your inner ear (peripheral vertigo), a malfunction in your nervous system (central vertigo) or your neck (cervical vertigo)
  • Essential oils can induce a soothing effect that may help alleviate vertigo when they are inhaled or applied to your body

As discussed in the preceding pages, vertigo is not a disease, but a symptom caused by either an inflammation in your inner ear (peripheral vertigo), a malfunction in your nervous system (central vertigo) or your neck (cervical vertigo). There are several ways that you can get rid of vertigo, depending on what causes it.

Special Exercises That May Help With BPPV

Physical therapy for vertigo should be considered if you’re looking for a safe way to treat its symptoms. If you have BPPV for example, it can be treated with the help of a physical therapist. They can guide you through special exercises that can help dislodge the crystals floating around in your inner ear. The following methods are used to help treat BPPV:

  • Brandt-Daroff Exercise1 It’s said to have a 95% effectiveness rating in treating symptoms of vertigo.2
  • Semont Maneuver3 The goal of this movement is to help ease the symptoms by moving the crystal deposits in your inner ear to an area that is less sensitive.4
  • Epley Maneuver5 Also called the canalith repositioning maneuver, it works similarly to the Semont maneuver.6
  • Foster Maneuver7 Said to be easier than the Epley maneuver, doing this will not require you to lie in bed.8

The exercises above, you are best performed with the help of a physical therapist. For an overview on how each exercise is done, read the next page, Preventing Vertigo.

Simple Maneuvers for Labyrinthitis

Labyrinthitis may go away by itself over the course of several weeks, but there are some things you can do to alleviate the symptoms while you're healing. If you experience vertigo, lie still with your eyes closed until you feel better.9 The Brandt-Daroff exercise has also been described to help manage labyrinthitis.10

However, if you experience sudden hearing loss, it's important to visit a doctor right away. If you notice any other worsening symptoms like slurred speech and numbness, do not ignore these, either.11

Managing Meniere's Disease

If you experience vertigo induced by Meniere's disease, it's important that you find a comfortable place to stay still and close your eyes, or focus on one object right in front of you. If tinnitus also occurs, you may use sound therapy and relaxation techniques like yoga. Vestibular rehabilitation (VRT) is another approach to managing your vertigo.

The goal is to help your other senses compensate the problems in your vestibular system, which is often the cause of vertigo. There are various exercises employed in VRT, which should be performed with the help of a licensed physical therapist.12

In severe cases, surgery may be required to help you manage your condition better long-term. A doctor may insert grommets into your ear to help reduce the pressure caused Meniere's disease. If you already have some degree of hearing loss, a doctor may recommend surgery to your inner ear in an effort to restore balance and preserve hearing. Note that surgery is only advisable when all other methods fail, so exhaust all your options first.13

Dealing With Vertigo Brought on by Multiple Sclerosis

In cases of patients with multiple sclerosis, vertigo may appear in patterns. If you manage to figure out when your vertigo will most likely appear, it is best to complete important tasks ahead of time, so you can rest. Mobility problems may occur as well, which could necessitate the use of an assistive walking device such as a cane. It's also important that you get lots of rest, as multiple sclerosis typically causes fatigue that may exacerbate your vertigo further.14

Using Aromatherapy to Treat Vertigo

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for treating various conditions. When inhaled or applied to your body, the scent and unique compounds of essential oils can induce a soothing effect that can help cure vertigo. Here are the most effective essential oils you can use against vertigo:15

  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

Aside from being applied directly to the skin (in a diluted form), you can use essential oils in a variety of ways, such as adding them to your bathwater. You can also use a diffuser so you can inhale the essential oil and feel relaxed right away. Feel free to experiment which oil works best for you, and even combine different oils if you wish (be sure to consult a doctor before doing this).

These Herbal Remedies May Help Ease Vertigo Symptoms

Aside from the above tactics, you can use these remedies to help ease the dizziness that comes with vertigo:16

  • Ginger tea — Ginger, with its long history of use for motion sickness and nausea, may also help relieve vertigo.
  • Ginger moxibustion — This involves putting a thin slice of raw ginger on your skin, on the Tinggong (SI 19) acupuncture point, and then placing a burning piece of moxa on top. It’s better to visit a qualified acupuncturist to do this procedure, though. One study found that ginger-partitioned moxibustion is more efficient in easing vertigo symptoms compared to particle repositioning procedures alone.17
  • Ginkgo biloba — One study notes that this Chinese herbal remedy is just as effective as the drug betahistine. Like ginger, ginkgo biloba has a long history of medicinal use, as it helps regulate blood flow to your brain.18

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