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Vertigo - Causes and Home remedies

by: Dr Arya Krishna Published on06-07-16 10:38 PM

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a sensation of spinning or swaying. If you have these dizzy spells,  you might feel like you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning.

Associated symptoms –
Nausea (sensation for vomiting)
Difficulty in walking

Vertigo is often triggered by change in position of head. 

What causes Vertigo?

Vertigo is often caused due to an inner ear problem.

Less often vertigo may be caused due to migraine, Insomnia, Head/Neck injury, certain medications, Brain tumors or stroke. 

In Ayurveda, Vertigo is referred to as “Brahma”, wherein vitiated Pitta, combines with vitiated Vata, to cause a spinning like sensation.

Lifestyle Tips for Vertigo

  • Sleep for at least 8 hours at night, avoiding pillows to increase blood circulation to brain.
  • Control high blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Do exercise regularly.
  • Practice yoga and meditation regularly.
  • Take breaks from computers.

Diet tips

  • Drink celery juice daily.
  • Include salads in diet.
  • Whenever feeling dizzy, eat something for dizziness may occur due to low blood sugar.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Limit salt intake and try to avoid caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee. 
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.

Home Remedies

  • Steep 1 teaspoon each of dried amla (Indian goose berry) powder and coriander seeds in water overnight. Strain and add sugar if required, and drink next morning. Repeat over the next few days.
  • Mix ½ teaspoon each of finely powdered cardamom and cinnamom in warm sesame oil (2 spoons) and apply on the crown of the head
  • Lemon juice with sugar
  • Mix 1 teaspoon each of ginger juice and honey and have it, once or twice a day, after food for 1 month time. This also improves digestion and metabolism.
  • Ripe strawberries mixed in yoghurt
  • Warm coconut oil drops into the ears

In many cases, vertigo goes away without any treatment.
Treatment of vertigo depends on the underlying cause.

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