Dizziness is the sensation that you are spinning or that your surroundings are spinning around you. Sometimes the sensation is mild and passes quickly, but it can also be so intense or prolonged that you may lose your balance and fall. Understandably, dizziness frequently produces nausea and vomiting.
Dizziness is not a disease in itself. Like pain, it's a symptom of an underlying problem, and any course of treatment for dizziness must begin with an investigation into the possible causes. Because the body keeps its balance through a complicated interplay of several organs, including the ears, the eyes, the nerves, and the muscles, finding the source of dizziness is not always easy.
Fortunately, dizziness often has its roots in a relatively minor cause. We've all experi9enced a spinning sensation when standing up too quickly after sitting or lying down for a long period of time; it may happen in airplanes, where there's less oxygen than most of us are used to. Occasional episodes of this kind are nothing to worry about. (If you experience it frequently, however, see a doctor.) Dizziness may also be the result of a fever, motion sickness, hyperventilation, a buildup of a wax in the ear canal, or a reaction to alcohol or drugs - factors that are either easily treated or temporary.
Sometimes, however, the underlying cause takes more effort to address. High blood pressure, anxiety, arteriosclerosis, food allergies, anemia, low blood sugar, hypothyroidism, and diabetes can all lead to dizziness. If nausea, vomiting, and a loss of hearing accompany the dizziness, you may have Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear. In rare cases, dizziness is a warning sign of neurological disease or brain cancer.
If you experience dizziness, first rule out the obvious causes: motion sickness, fever and infection, and drug or alcohol use. In the case of motion sickness or fever, the dizziness will pass when travel or the illness ends. If your problem is related to alcohol or street drugs, stop using them. For dizziness related to prescription medications, contact your doctor about alternatives.
If you can't immediately determine the cause on your own, see your doctor. He or she will take a thorough medical history to determine the most likely causes and will probably run a battery of tests. As you and your doctor search for the proper diagnosis, you can use the complementary therapies described further on to relieve your symptoms and reduce your chances of triggering an episode. In some cases, these therapies may resolve the problem altogether.
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler
Super Prescription #1 Ginkgo Biloba - LifeSource Products
Take 120 mg two to three times daily. Ginkgo improves circulation through the inner ear.
Super Prescription #2 Ginger Root - LifeSource Products
Take 300 to 500 mg or 2 to 3 ml three times daily. This ancient remedy is used for nausea and dizziness.
Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Combo Dizziness & Nausea Formula
Super Prescription #4 Ashwaganda - LifeSource Product
Take 1,000 mg twice daily. If dizzy spells are related to nervous exhaustion or overwork, this tonic herb soothes and strengthens the frazzled mind.
Super Prescription #5 Panax Ginseng – Korean
Ginseng - LifeSource Product
Take 100 mg two to three times daily of a product standardized to between 4 and 7 percent ginsenosides. This herb strengthens the adrenal glands. A low adrenal function may be the root problem, resulting in low blood pressure and the accompanying dizziness.
Super Prescription # 6 Vitamin B Complex - LifeSource Products – See All of our Vitamin B
Take a 50 mg complex twice daily. It combats the effects of stress that may be associated with dizziness.
Super Prescription #7 Multivitamin – High
Potency – LifeSource Products - See All of our Multivitamin
Take as directed on the container. If you are anemic, choose a formula that contains iron. It provides a base of nutritional support.
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Loss of hearing
Nausea and vomiting
Dozens of disorders and
conditions can cause dizziness. Following are some of the most
Returning to a standing position after a long period of sitting or lying down.
Medications, street drugs, or alcohol
Wax build-up in the ear canal
A disorder of the inner ear
Low blood sugar
Circulatory disorders, such as high blood pressure or arteriosclerosis
Allergies (environmental and food)
Nutritional deficiencies can
cause dizziness, and they can also cause some conditions that lead to
dizziness. Eat meals that are based on a wide variety of basic, whole
foods that you have prepared yourself. Keep your blood-sugar levels even
by planning several small meals throughout the day, rather than three large
ones. If you're nauseated, you may find that this strategy helps relieve
Some cases of dizziness have
been linked to a deficiency of B vitamins, so add brewer's yeast to your
meals. Other good sources of B vitamins are brown rice and leafy green
vegetables. These vitamins will also help relieve anxiety.
Dizziness is sometimes
caused by impaired circulation to the brain. Improve your blood flow by
adding garlic, onions, and cayenne to your meals.
Food to Avoid
A response to a food
allergen can cause dizziness. Even if your symptoms are not directly
related to alcohol, avoid it. Alcohol can upset the inner ear and can
aggravate other conditions that cause dizziness.
Excess sodium seems to
affect the inner ear. Restrict your intake by avoiding processed, canned,
or packaged foods, and don't use table salt to season your meals.
Avoid candy, cakes, cookies,
and other sweets. These products will cause your blood-sugar levels to
spike and then plummet, with dizziness as a possible result.
It's possible that chemicals
added to food affect the intricate system that produces our sense of
equilibrium. Avoid processed and junk food, along with any food made with
When you feel dizzy, sit down and focus your gaze on a fixed object until the
sensation passes. This technique will shorten the duration of the
dizziness and reduce nausea. Obviously, it will also prevent you from
losing your balance and falling.
Smoking inhibits circulation and can lead to dizziness. If you smoke,
quit. Even if you don't smoke, you must avoid exposure to smoky rooms or
If you are prone to dizziness, avoid sudden changes in your posture. If
you've been lying down or sitting for a long time, don't jump to your
feet. Get up slowly.
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