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What is vertigo?

Do you feel your head spinning around? If the feeling of dizziness or uncontrolled imbalance in the body is troubling you, you may be suffering from vertigo. Vertigo is a sensation of your head spinning, often triggered by moving too quickly. It makes one feel like your surroundings are moving when they are, in fact, not. It is common amongst adults, more so amongst older women. It is not uncommon for everyone to experience vertigo at least once in their lifetime.

An individual with vertigo may experience balance issues and lightheadedness. Vertigo is a feeling of spinning dizziness, like the area or surrounding environment is spinning in circles around the individual. Many people inaccurately describe vertigo as a fear of heights. Vertigo can happen when someone looks down from a great height, but it usually refers to any temporary or continuing spells of dizziness which occur because of problems in the inner ear or brain.

It's not an illness but a symptom. Many different conditions can lead to vertigo. An individual with vertigo will feel like their head or the space around them is turning or moving. Vertigo is a symptom, but it might lead to or occur along with other symptoms, too.

Vertigo symptoms may last from a few minutes to hours, depending upon the cause. Treatment of vertigo depends on the symptoms and causes. Certain medications can help treat the symptoms.  Someone suffering from vertigo feels helpless because of the loss of his body motion, and he or she becomes dependent on others while going through the procedure. The Ayurvedic approach is successful in treating vertigo through natural means.

Kinds of Vertigo

There are different kinds of vertigo, which vary in their origin.

- Peripheral vertigo: About 80 percent of cases are of the sort. Peripheral vertigo generally results from problems in the inner ear. Tiny inner ear organs respond to gravity and the individual's position by sending messages through nerve signals to the brain. This procedure enables individuals to keep their balance when they stand up. Changes to the system can produce vertigo. BPPV and inflammation are common triggers. Other causes may include Ménière's disease and acoustic neuroma.

- Central vertigo: Central vertigo relates to issues with the CNS. It usually originates from a problem in a region of the brain stem or cerebellum. Approximately 20% of cases are of the sort. Potential causes include vestibular migraine, demyelination, and tumors involving the affected CNS region or regions.

A problem with the cervical spine may result in vertigo.

Common symptoms of vertigo include –

• Dizziness

• Blurry eyesight

• Hearing loss in one ear

• Balance problem

• Ringing sound in ears

• Sweating

• Nausea/vomiting

See: 84 year old recovers from Vertigo with Miro 48 Acupuncture

Ayurvedic view of positional vertigo

The Ayurvedic view of Vertigo:

Ayurveda is a complementary medicine therapy that uses herbal medicine and minerals to free the body from the ' doshas' considered responsible for inducing distress when focusing on boosting the immunity power of their human body. Ayurveda provides effective home remedies that may adjust the 'dosha' or triggers trigger vertigo. Ayurveda also aims to deal with disease from its heart while boosting the body's ability to heal itself. Therefore, Ayurveda recommends various lifestyle and dietary changes made to avoid vertigo and to care for the condition.

Ayurveda is based on the idea of three kinds of energy which constitute and control the human body. These energies are collectively called Tridoshas and are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The Tridoshas exist in a unique balance in each person. This state of equilibrium is known as the person's Prakriti. An imbalance of Doshas is believed to be the reason behind different kinds of diseases. In Ayurveda, the nervous disease Vertigo is called Bhrama.

An imbalance of Pitta Dosha is due to excessive use of food items, which are oily, spicy, salty or fried, extra stress, etc.. Bhrama or Vertigo is caused by an imbalance of Vata and Pitta Doshas. Bhrama or vertigo isn't believed to be a chronic condition.

According to Ayurveda, Vertigo is due to an imbalance in two of those three vital energies -- Vata and Pitta. Together with Kapha, they execute the many processes within the body. Nature sets every one of those energies or Doshas in unique proportions. In this equilibrium, everything within the entire body functions optimally, and diseases do not occur.

Ayurveda defines Vertigo as Bhrama in Ayurveda. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are three energies of the body that determine body nature and the health condition of the body.

In Bhrama, Pitta dosha is involved. More consumption of fatty, fried, spicy, sour food products, and increased anxiety can lead to pitta dosha vitiation. When coupled with Vata dosha, it causes vertigo. It's connected with some of the symptoms listed above.

When a Dosha goes out of equilibrium, it causes disturbance in particular organs' functions, which results in diseases. Moreover, very often, this causes disturbances in the other two energies, and so the diseases become more pronounced. Ayurveda therapy includes the recovery of the Doshas' energy balance. The balance is achieved through appropriate nutrition, herbal remedies, natural oils, various procedures, and detox remedies, laxatives and cleansing treatments, yoga.

Vata is the vital energy whereby all motions of matter in the human body and energy flows are performed and include the following:

- Nerve impulses

- Blood flow

- Blinking

- Cardiac contraction

- Conditional reflexes 

It's directly associated with conditions like the so-called "objective" vertigo when everything in the environment seems rotating. Vata might be increased because of deviations in Pitta that have entered the nervous system. When there's an imbalance in Pitta, that's responsible for the transformations, and for the metabolism, there's a feeling that our body staggers, falls down, or elevates.

Normally the sources for the dizziness are both because of Vata and Pitta. An Ayurveda practitioner needs to carry out the diagnostics for the appropriate treatment to be prescribed. Generally, the food that's best to soothe Vata should be easily digested. It has to be warm and fluid, with salty, sweet, and sour tastes. To balance energy,  cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, dill, and ginger are utilized. The appropriate oils are ghee, coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil along with many others.

The appropriate foods for Pitta would be the cold, fluid, and refreshing ones. Bitter and astringent tastes are a fantastic choice. Widely utilized to balance Pitta are Triphala, Aloe, Katuka, and Neem.

See: Vata Dosha Balancing

Ayurvedic remedies for vertigo

Ayurvedic detox and herbal remedies for vertigo

Some Ayurvedic remedies to deal with managing vertigo include:

1. Using herbs such as Sariva, Giloy, Vacha, and Pitpapda can help control the problem.

2. Diet modifications: Making changes in the diet, such as:

- junk food

- Avoiding excessive use of salt

- Including more green vegetables and fruits

3. Practicing yoga on a daily basis- Hala and Dhanur asana under advice can be immensely beneficial.

4. Restricting alcohol consumption.

5. Panchkarma treatments can provide very best results in conjunction with Ayurvedic medicines. If the above-mentioned tips don't help and you continue to experience dizziness episodes, consult with an Ayurvedic Panchkarma specialist immediately.

Ayurveda provides effective holistic remedies combining dietary, herbal, detox, yoga, meditation, and other remedies for vertigo's natural treatment. These remedies are administered under the supervision of trained experts and the principles of Ayurveda.

Some other herbs and dietary supplements that are useful include:

1. Shilajit

Shilajit can be taken in capsule form and is prepared from the Shilajit (Asphaltum). It is a dark brown color, a stone-like substance present at high altitudes in the Himalayas. The pure form of this material capsules is free from additives, yeast, and color. Shilajit comprises a component of fulvic acid that has anti-inflammatory, anti tension, and anti-anxiety properties. Additionally, it functions as a nervine tonic.

2. Brahmi Chyawanprash

Brahmi Chyawanprash comes from a blend of herbs such as Amla (Emblica officianalis), Brahmi (Bacopa monieri), and several other herbs. It can help to strengthen the nervous system and very effective in dealing with vertigo.

3. Brahmi

 The pure Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) herb extract is used to make Brahmi capsules. This herb has great medicinal value in Ayurveda, and whole plant parts are used to create herbal products. Herbal remedies for vertigo reveal satisfactory results from the patients. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) has excellent medicinal value in Ayurveda. It pacifies the pitta and Kapha dosha that is the source of vertigo. It helps to offer relief from vertigo symptoms such as stress, anxiety, headache, and brain complications. Brahmi helps provide relief from vertigo symptoms such as anxiety, anxiety, headache, and mental complications. 

4. Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) - Shankhpushpi helps deal with anxiety disorders, vertigo, migraine, and depression.

5. Vacha (Acorus calamus) additionally has the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties.

6. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) helps to offer the relief in tension and anxiety since it functions on adrenal glands.

7. Ginger, Coriander, and Lemongrass help to treat nausea and dizziness, effective in vertigo. Herbal tea prepared with lemongrass is beneficial. It will alleviate the symptoms within a few minutes of the beginning.

8. Cayenne contains a compound called capsaicin that helps enhance blood circulation in your brain. Boil some cayenne in a cup of water with and take it if you're feeling lightheaded.

9. Gingko Biloba: its herbal tea is effective in vertigo if taken daily.

10. Use mustard greens (Brassica juncea) and Butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus).

See: Panchakarma

Ayurvedic home remedies for vertigo

Vertigo Ayurvedic home remedies

It is best to get a consultation from your doctor and an Ayurveda practitioner prior to taking any home remedies. Ayurvedic therapy and home remedies for vertigo include:

- Ginger: Drink ginger tea or eat a piece of raw ginger.

- Basil: Chew a few leaves or beverage basil tea.

- Mix apple cider vinegar (ACV) and honey in a glass of hot or cold water. 

- Triphala Churna -- 1 teaspoon ought to be blended with Sarpagandha powder (Rauwolfia serpentine). Mix with hot water or honey as recommended by your physician. This remedy is helpful when vertigo is preceded by headache.

- Coriander seeds Soak one teaspoonful coriander seeds in water with one teaspoon gooseberry powder at night. Strain it in the morning, add 1/2 tsp sugar and drink it.

- Almond milk: Drink a few almonds in water overnight. Create a paste in the morning and combine well in a glass of milk and drink it.

- Strawberry: Mash ripe and fresh strawberries in yogurt 

- Ginkgo Biloba powder with water or beverage its juice vinegar 

- Powder of Shankapushpi 1-2 g mixed in a cup of night, after meals.

- A decoction of Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) 30 minutes before meals.

- Amrita churna (powder of Tinospora cordifolia)  half a gram together with some honey.

- Aragwadha or Haritaki powder decoction  or powder of Aragwadha blended in decoction at night 

- Ashwagandha powder (Withania somnifera) with a cup of milk is administered for one month.

- Powder of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) with milk

- Arjuna Ksheerapaka -- Milk processed with powder Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) undefined.

- Kapikacchu powder (Mucuna pruriens)  with milk,

- Ashwagandha Ksheerapaka -- Milk processed with powder

- Bala Ksheerapaka -- Milk processed with powder roots of Bala (Sida cordifolia) undefined

- Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis) powder -- half a teaspoon with a spoonful of honey, once or twice per day.Mix 1/2 teaspoon each of finely powdered cardamom and cinnamon in warm sesame oil (2 strands ) and employ on the crown of the head

- Raisins: Dip 8-10 crushed raisins in water immediately. Crush them in some water the next morning and take it on an empty stomach.

- Mix equal amounts of powders of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and a quarter component of Vacha (Acorus calamus) and keep it in an airtight container. 

- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) juice with honey

- Mukta bhasma (ash of pearl) with honey or ghee

See: Haritaki Benefits, Side Effects, & Preparations

Summary

Vertigo Ayurvedic treatment focuses on preserving and enhancing mental health. This therapy includes a simple healthy diet, daily relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation, and herbs after doctor consultation.

Ayurveda has identified herbs that are required to strengthen and enhance the mind related functions. Brahmi. Shilajit. ShankhaPushpi, Other herbs that can be obtained are Ashwagandha, Amalaki, Haritaki, Yavasa, Vacha, Sariva, Giloy and Pitpapda. Proper sleep and Shirodhara (part of Panchakarma treatment ) are indicated for rapid advancement. Ayurveda provides a natural way of treating vertigo and promotes overall good health. There are lots of potential causes of vertigo. It's crucial to find a physician. Generally speaking, vertigo is because of an imbalance of Sadhaka Pitta, which regulates the emotions and their impact on heart functions.

See: Shilajit Benefits, Side Effects, and Preparations

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See: Brahmi - Bacopa Monnieri - Ayurveda remedy for mental health

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