Dizziness refers to a loss of balance or unsteadiness that can often be accompanied by a sensation of faintness and/or lightheadedness.
More severe symptoms of dizziness are often defined as vertigo. There are two types of vertigo: subjective vertigo, in which the individual has impression he or she is spinning, and objective vertigo, in which it appears that objects are spinning around the individual.
Note: True vertigo is caused by a problem somewhere within the middle ear, eighth (acoustic) cranial nerve, the brain (brain stem), or the eyes. Unlike dizziness, vertigo is usually associated with nausea, vomiting, and severe sweating, and is mainly caused by viral infection in the canals of inner ear or Meniere`s disease, which is characterized by bouts of severe nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and dizziness that can persist for days and weeks.
Dizziness is usually caused by a sudden drop of blood pressure in the brain as a result of standing up too quickly (postural hypotension), fatigue, stress, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), temporary blockage of blood to the brain as in a transient ischemic attack, low blood oxygenation (anemia), low blood iron, and/or certain drugs.
Lightheadedness, giddiness, and fear of losing one`s balance may be a sign of depression or anxiety.
Some cases of dizziness can also be due to mercury poisoning from dental amalgams. If you have such fillings in your teeth, consider having them replaced by a holistic dentist trained in their proper removal (see Holistic Dentistry).
If dizziness is caused by standing after sitting or lying down, this can be an indication of adrenal exhaustion. The individual should take action to restore adrenal health by stopping the use of stimulants (caffeine, tobacco, alcohol) and via rest and normalization of lifestyle and nutritional balance.
Caution: Severe or prolonged dizziness needs to be evaluated by health professional and may require blood tests.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
What to do: At the first signs of an attack of dizziness, take a few deep breaths and sit down to rest. When you feel dizzy upon standing it helps if you can immediately squat down or cross your legs (strongly pressing them against each other), as this forces circulation back up from the lower body/limbs to the trunk and head.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. http://shoppingcartpurehealthysystems.com/?Click=4464
Eat an organic, whole foods diet. If you are hypoglycemic (suffering from low blood sugar), eat smaller meals throughout the day and eliminate your intake of refined sugars, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol. If you are anemic, consume more chicken, dark green vegetables, and raw seeds.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Vitamin B complex, niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin E, and iron (in cases of dizziness related to anemia) are helpful supplements for preventing and minimizing the effects of dizziness.
For dizziness related to adrenal exhaustion, also include vitamin C (3-5 grams daily), vitamin B5 (500-1000 mg daily), and adrenal glandulars as part of your daily supplement program.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
- A herbal mix of shatavari (500mg), kamadudha (200mg), ginger (100mg) and brahmi (300mg), genrally taken twice a day after lunch and dinner
- Brahmi ghee nasya
- Sesame oil mixed with small amounts of camphor, cardamom and cinnamon, which is applied to the head
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Acupuncture has been proven to be beneficial, along with the following:
Ginger – this will alleviate nausea and motion sickness as well as dizziness. Try 1 gram of powdered ginger to begin with. Alternative forms of ginger can include candied ginger root or ginger tea to stop your dizziness.
Gingko Biloba – also recommended for vertigo and its accompanying dizziness. Try a daily dosage of between 60 and 240mg.
Chinese Herbs – The Oregon-based Institute of Traditional Medicine cites Chinese herbs as an alternative option to stop dizziness, especially in people who have Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder that causes vertigo. A formula called Wuling San combines several traditional Chinese herbs, including cinnamon, hoelen, alisma and polyporus, to treat dizziness. Ginger may be added to the mixture if desired, and may be especially effective for treating nausea that can accompany feelings of dizziness. The ITM explains that if you take the Wuling San formula two to three times daily, you can expect to continue the treatment anywhere from 2 to 45 days in order for symptoms to subside.
- Peppermint – recognised for its healing properties which contain menthol, menthyl esters, and menthone. These components produce a cooling effect. When the scents reach the lymphatic system, it acts up on it to provide relief. Precaution: take note of proper dosage when using peppermint in aromatherapy as too much concentration can be dangerous. If possible, pregnant women or those with epilepsy, cardiac fibrillation, or fever must avoid using this oil.
- Basil – put a few drops on a cotton wool ball and inhale the scent to help relax the mind and body to eventually relieve the sensation of movement.
- Clary Sage – its nervine properties are responsible for treating or controlling symptoms of dizziness and vertigo by providing stability to the nerves. It also has calming, sedative properties which provide relief
- Myrtle – myrtle oil is also rich in nervine properties which help provide more stability when the dizzying sensation begins. Acting as a nervous system stabilizer, myrtle oil effectively treats dizziness, vertigo and any other similar conditions. Use myrtle for a gentle massage (mix with a carrier oil) or use it to make a hot compress for more effective and long-term relief.
Please note: Use proper precautionary methods in using essential oils to avoid harming yourself in the process. If you are going to apply the oil topically, then dilute it using a carrier oil first to avoid skin irritation.
NB: To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Gelsemium, Phosphorus, Cocculus, Convallaria, and Granatum can help address underlying causes of dizziness. You may also like to consider:
Lobelia inflate and Tabacum which have proven to be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of dizziness, weakness, fainting, fatigue, headaches and emotional upsets. Bryonia alba may be beneficial for headaches, and for individuals who perspire and where the slightest movement may be disturbing. Other recommended remedies include Phosphorus, Aconite, Nat. mur., Sulfur, Silicea, Lycopodium, and Belladonna. Homeopathic ingredients are safe and effective for pregnant women but consult your practitioner.
Ginger and ginkgo leaf extract can be very helpful.
Flower Essences: Take Rescue Remedy® for accompanying stress.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong –Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Lemon – Drink a hydrating mix of pepper, lemon juice and salt water. Nutmeg
Tai Chi – this can improve your sense of balance. This form of martial arts also reduces your likelihood of falling, according to the Vestibular Disorders Association. Tai Chi also helps postural sway and joint alignment, evenly distributes your body weight, improves your gait and promotes a greater awareness. Do a basic exercise called Hold the Ball. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Slightly bend your knees to arrive at a comfortable, centered position. Imagine a life force coming from the centre of your body. Shape your hands as if forming a circle around this life force, your chi. Your right palm will be facing down, while your left palm will be facing up, as if you are holding a ball. Breathe slowly during this exercise. Slowly move your body weight to your right side and take a step while holding this ball. Slowly transfer your weight to your left side as you move to your left.
Nutmeg – Beneficial in alleviating nausea and vomiting associated with vertigo. Try this home tincture: one freshly grated nutmeg macerated in a half pint 60 per cent alcohol (such as vodka, gin etc). Leave this for seven days then decant. Take between 5 and 10 drops daily.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of dizziness: Acupuncture, Acupressure, Bodywork (Alexander technique, massage, shiatsu), Chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Guided Imagery, Holistic Dentistry, Hypnotherapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Reflexology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Acupuncture and its benefits in treating vertigo: www.longmontacupuncture.net/vertigo.html
TCM and treating vertigo:www.pingminghealth.com/article/275/clinical-origins-and-treatment-of-vertigo/
Treating vertigo with ginger: www.peoplespharmacy.com/2007/10/18/ginger-to-treat/
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Home Ayurveda therapies for vertigo:www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2KuS4durSA
How to cure dizziness with yoga: www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0gpchMFbxE
Home remedies for vertigo: www.ehow.com/video_7489636_home-remedies-vertigo.html
Ayurvedic home remedies: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2KuS4durSA
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Treating vertigo at home: www.news-medical.net/news/2004/07/13/3279.aspx
Cell/mobile phone dangers and vertigo link: www.naturalnews.com/027232_cell_phone_use_radiation.html
Vertigo linked to inner ear “rock slides”: www.naturalnews.com/036848_vertigo_inner_ear_rock_slides.html
Further Information (links and books)
Natural Vertigo & Dizziness Relief [Kindle Edition]; The Book on Dizziness: Natural Solutions for Dizziness and Balance Disorders, Dr Mark A. Scott
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine