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Balance and Dizziness: How Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture and dizziness

Herbs Can Help Too

Practitioners of Chinese medicine attribute vertigo to various causes, including depression or anger. Extended illness, anxiety, stress and improper nutrition and exercise can, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), also be significant causes of vertigo. One of the most commonly used herbs to help combat the feeling of vertigo is gingko biloba — widely known for its ability to increase blood flow to the brain. Antioxidants, vitamin B6 and ginger have also been found to be helpful in reducing vertigo caused by an impairment of the vestibular system. Studies show that vitamin B6 and ginger in particular can greatly reduce nausea, and some even reported a shorter recovery time from vertigo and motion sickness alike.  

Balance and Dizziness: How Acupuncture Can Help

In their lifetime, an estimated 40 percent or more of Americans will experience dizziness that is serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. Many treatments for dizziness take time and can be costly. Thankfully, acupuncture and certain Chinese herbal formulas offer successful treatments alternatives for many causes of dizziness.

Dizziness

In Western medicine, dizziness can be used to describe a variety of sensations. Most people use dizziness to describe lightheadedness, or the sensation you feel when you are about to fall over or pass out. You may feel nauseated and a little out of breath; however, lying down can frequently resolve lightheadedness. Allergies, illnesses, fever, dehydration, anxiety, rapid breathing, bleeding and some medications can cause dizziness.

Vertigo

However, not all forms of dizziness are created equally. People with vertigo experience dizzy spells, or the feeling that you or the room around you is spinning quickly, along with body swaying, tilting or generally feeling unbalanced. When the nerves of the inner ear are not functioning properly, the brain’s capacity to accurately perceive and process motion is impaired. Vertigo is a result of this.   Neck or head injuries, migraine headaches, brain injuries such as a stroke and certain medications can accompany sensations of vertigo..

How Acupuncture Can Help

Regular acupuncture treatments can help treat dizziness and vertigo. In Chinese medicine, practitioners assert that most symptoms and illnesses are caused by internal imbalances within the body. Acupuncture works to restore balance throughout the body. Acupuncturists treat dizziness and vertigo with a specific combination of acupuncture points that address and correct the specific type of imbalance causing the symptoms. Typically, acupuncture treatments for vertigo and dizziness center around increasing blood flow and removing water from the body. However, acupuncture is highly individualized, and no two people will receive the same treatment.

How Acupressure Can Help

Acupressure is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to encourage more rapid relief from vertigo and dizziness. Acupressure is the gentle manipulation of pressure points to encourage the body’s natural, self-healing abilities.. Depending on the true cause of your dizziness, there are different acupressure points you can focus on to relieve your symptoms. Some acupressure practitioners recommend working on the necessary pressure points twice a day, when you wake up in the morning and before you go to sleep at night.

Want to Know More?

If you have any additional questions about how acupuncture or certain homeopathic remedies can help relieve you of your dizziness or vertigo, contact us for help.