Homeopathy for Dizziness
To maintain balance, the human brain must synchronize information coming from the eyes, the inner ear, and the body's senses. If any part of this data flow is interrupted, the brain may not be able to compensate and maintain balance, resulting in dizziness. Problems in the inner ear are the most frequent cause of dizziness.
There are three types of dizziness: vertigo, syncope, and nonsyncope nonvertigo. All of these are related to the patient’s sense of balance, but each has a separate set of characteristic symptoms. Vertigo is the feeling one gets after getting off a merry-go-round or a spinning amusement park ride—the sense that either the person or everything outside the person is spinning. Syncope is fainting or dimmed vision with a feeling of being uncoordinated, confused and lightheaded. Those with nonsyncope nonvertigo dizziness feel they cannot keep their balance, a sensation that worsens with movement. One type of vertigo, Méniére's disease, involves sudden, intense attacks of vertigo along with nausea and vomiting, ringing in the ears and progressive deafness. Currently, the cause of Méniére's disease is unknown. Homeopathic treatment appears particularly beneficial for vertigo, perhaps because vertigo is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying issue.
In classical homeopathy, there are many possible treatments for dizziness, to be selected according to the individual symptoms of the patient. These treatments prevent unwanted side effects that might be caused by modern pharmaceuticals. Studies have shown that homeopathy for vertigo controls both the frequency and intensity of the attacks of vertigo and also alleviates anxiety. In addition, homeopathy improves the individual’s immune system and imparts more vitality to the patient.
Specific Homeopathic Treatments for Dizziness
A variety of homeopathic remedies are available for the treatment of dizziness. Each remedy is selected by an experienced homeopath after a thorough intake with the patient to determine the most appropriate choice.
- If the patient experiences vertigo due to trauma, Arnica montana can be helpful during the early stages of treatment. Symptoms include dizziness during quick movements, mild nausea and feeling better when lying quietly in a darkened room.
- If dizziness is caused by inadequate cerebral circulation, Baryta carbonica may be prescribed.
- If a person has Méniére's disease, and has vertigo that occurs with any sudden movement, Bryonia alba is helpful.
- A patient with ear disease and urinary disorders should use Causticum.
- Someone with Méniére's disease could benefit from Cinchona (China) officinalis, especially when dizziness is associated with nausea, fainting and tinnitus.
- If dizziness occurs when lying down or turning in bed and gets worse when moving the head slightly or turning to the left, Conium maculatum could help.
- When the head feels empty, the eyes are sunken and the pupils are dilated, combined with persistent dizziness with nausea and salivation, a homeopath might suggest Granatum.
- When the human voice is hard to hear and sounds echo, when dizziness occurs after rising, and the patient experiences burning pains and chronic head congestion, Phosphorus is a good remedy.
- Dizziness that starts from the back of the head, combined with a headache, which leads to double vision and imbalances while walking, would lead a homeopath to consider Gelsemium.
- If a patient experiences vertigo while rising from bed or traveling on a vehicle or boat, sometimes with nausea or vomiting; feels pain in the back of the head when not lying on his or her back; and feels weakness from lack of sleep, Cocculus may be used. Other symptoms include feeling worse from eating or drinking, rising up from bed, or exposure to bright light, but when lying down the person usually feels better.
- A patient who feels dizzy from looking up and experiences a sensation of falling forward, with a headache felt from the back of neck to the top of head, a homeopath might consider Silicea as an option. The patient probably has a nervous temperament and sweats profusely from the palms and soles.
- A Méniére's disease patient who experiences increased dizziness while raising the head and has noises in the ears may benefit from Natrum Salicylicum.
Causes of Dizziness
The inner ear, called the vestibular system, contains fluid that helps refine the information the brain receives from the eyes and the body regarding balance. When the volume or pressure of the fluid in one inner ear changes, the information about balance is altered. Conflicting messages about balance are sent to the brain and dizziness results.
Other causes of dizziness include fatigue, stress, fever, low blood sugar, anemia, head injury, heart problems or circulation problems. When the cause of dizziness cannot be determined, constitutional homeopathy may be helpful. Homeopathy helps the body rebalance itself so healing can take place.
What Will Happen During a Visit with a Homeopathy Practitioner?
A homeopath must first determine the cause of the dizziness. A careful case history that tracks all symptoms can help clarify the cause. Then homeopathic remedies can hone in on the root issue to rebalance the body and restore health without the side effects of conventional medicine. When the symptoms of vertigo create anxiety, which worsens the episodes, the homeopath can use a remedy to help alleviate the anxiety, which might decrease the symptoms. Homeopathy seeks to treat the whole person, using infinitesimal amounts of materials that, when taken in large quantities, would produce the symptoms that the patient experiences. This practice is based on the theory that “like cures like,” which is the basis of homeopathy.
Vertigo has a wide variety of causes; therefore, persistent episodes should be investigated by a physician. Underlying problems may be benign and easily treated, or they could be dangerous and require intensive therapy. Causes may include disorders of the inner ear, vestibular nerve, brainstem or cerebellum; some medications or environmental chemicals; alcohol; head injury; migraines; cardiovascular disorders or multiple sclerosis. Not all cases of dizziness can be linked to a specific cause.
While dizziness can become chronic, it generally disappears either after treatment of the underlying problem or without treatment at all. More than 40 percent of Americans will seek medical assistance for dizziness at some point during their lives. Experiences with dizziness increase with age. Among people aged 75 or older, dizziness is the most common reason for visiting a doctor.
Discourse on the causes of dizziness from Health A to Z.
Information on treating vertigo with homeopathy.
“Homeopathy and vertigo” by Dr. Rajesh Shah.