Vertigo and Acupuncture

Vertigo and Acupuncture


Traditional Five Element Acupuncture may be used to offer effective and lasting relief from dizziness and vertigo.

What is Vertogo – The sensation that you or your surroundings are moving or spinning. Vertigo is not a condition but a symptom associated with various body imbalances, infections, stress, or inflammation. Bouts of dizziness and vertigo may come on suddenly and subside within a few seconds, or they may persist for more extended periods and interfere with your ability to perform daily activities.

Understanding the Underlying Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo often stems from inner ear imbalances, but other conditions may cause vertigo as well. There are two primary types of vertigo: peripheral vertigo and central vertigo. Issues with the cerebellum or brainstem (i.e. Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis or brain tumours, etc.) can lead to central vertigo.

Peripheral vertigo is more common and often arises from imbalances in the mechanisms of the inner ear. Inner ear infections and inflammation, such as labyrinthitis or vestibular neuronitis, can lead to vertigo and dizziness. Head injuries, Meniere’s disease, Cervical Vertigo. Even certain medications can also cause vertigo.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a common cause of vertigo, occurs when specific bodily actions (standing up, bending over, or making certain head movements) trigger intense usually brief vertigo attacks. While the precise causes of BPPV remain unknown, the working hypothesis is that tiny calcium carbonite crystals that naturally separate from the inner ear lining send confusing messages to your brain when you make certain movements.

How Western Medicine Approaches Vertigo

For many people, vertigo passes quickly and may only require a brief moment of lying down or regrounding to recover. Other lifestyle changes, such as managing stress, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and sleeping with your head raised on two or more pillows, can help to reduce the number and severity of vertigo events. For individuals with intense vertigo.

Western doctors may prescribe medication, such as prochlorperazine and antihistamines. Unfortunately, these medications sometimes carry unwanted side effects, like tremors, involuntary facial movements, drowsiness, headaches, upset stomach, and more.

Acupuncture for Vertigo

Many patients come for treatment for Traditional Five Element Acupuncture for Vertigo, Labyrinthitis and dizziness.

Stress and Vertigo So very often these patients are under stresses in their life, these can either be stresses building over time or sudden changes in their life. Traditional Five Element  Acupuncture may be effective in helping this situations and helping the patient find balance again, with the acupuncture treatment and lifestyle suggestions and support.

Cervical Vertigo can cause neck pain, dizziness and nausea (sometimes called cervicogenic dizziness). Several different things can cause the condition, such as inflammation, joint issues and trauma. Traditional Five Element  Acupuncture may be effective in helping alleviate the symptoms and reduce inflammation, to ease the dizziness nausea and pain.

Labyrinthitis is an inner ear infection with inflammation of the labyrinth. The labyrinth is the inner ear system responsible for your hearing and sense of balance. When your labyrinth or one of the nerves inside your labyrinth is inflamed or irritated, hearing and balance can be affected. Althogh you will problably need antibootics Tradtional Five Element Acupuncture can help you with recovery.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – I find in my opractice is very often caused by stess as well as the physical prblems within the inner ear. Therefore the holistic model of Traditinal Five Element Acupuncture treats the whole system to aid recovery.

The way that Traditional Five Element  Acupuncture treats is by the focusing on the individual. We treat  you holistically , taking into account health history, lifestyle, stressors, environment, looking at your whole system to understand why you are feeling unwell.

It is always important  to check with your GP if there is any other underlying issues.


Some studies show how acupuncture can help vertigo

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