Acupuncture and Homeopathy for VertigoStruggling with random dizzy spells is one thing but if you are challenged by vertigo your symptoms could be difficult to endure. Vertigo is not a disease but rather a condition that makes one feel as if their surroundings are moving while they are standing still. Any number of off-balance sensations can occur which include dizziness, spinning, whirling, tilting or falling.

For some sufferers it can get so bad they feel nauseous and sometimes throw up. Conventional medicine chooses from a long list of drugs to treat vertigo however, like many medications, they often concentrate on the symptoms rather than the source. Acupuncture and homeopathy for vertigo may be able to delve deeper into the possible root cause and offer potentially effective remedies for relief or in some cases an eradication of this condition altogether.

Moving the Energy Through
Acupuncture attempts to target specific points along pathways (meridians) that may be able to open up stuck energy. Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) approaches vertigo as excessive wind in the system. In literal terms it can be actually that, where wind enters the body through vulnerable points such as the ears and back of the neck creating phlegm that disturbs homeostasis (optimal health). Symbolically wind can be viewed as the “stirring up” of deep emotions that have long been tamped down only to emerge as a physical manifestation which, in this case, would be various symptoms of imbalance.

By gently, safely, and often painlessly needling specific locations throughout the “energy map” of the body, acupuncture attempts to “break up the rocks that are impeding the flow of the river”. When a river is unable to naturally flow it pools up, rises, overflows and can drown whatever is beyond its perimeter. It can also forge another path leaving the original to dry up and wither away. Thinking of this scenario in terms of the body’s energy, circulation, nerve stimulation and overall biomechanics can generally explain the possible success of such a practice for vertigo as well as many other conditions and/or diseases.

Two acupuncture points that are commonly used for various vertigo related symptoms including dizziness are Liver (LV) 3 and Stomach (ST) 9.

LV3 – The Liver 3 point is located on the top (dorsum) of the foot about four finger widths back toward the ankle between the big toe and the second toe. It is called Taichong in Chinese which translated means Great Surge. Its purpose is to move Qi (life energy) and blood throughout the body.

ST9 – Renying is the Chinese word for the Stomach 9 point which translated means Man’s Welcome and is located on either side of the Adam’s Apple in the neck. It concentrates on relieving apoplexy which includes imbalance such as that from a stroke; hemiplegia or limb weakness which is certainly associated with vertigo); and regulates Qi and blood.

Although symptomatic relief is often the result, what acupuncture peripherally attempts is to move the embedded energy that may be causing vertigo in the hopes that it will not return.

The Vibration of Nature for A Balanced Remedy
Homeopathy relies on the science of using plant, animal or mineral sources that when experienced in their natural state (via ingestion, transdermally or otherwise) create similar symptoms of a particular condition or disease. The science part is in the succession or high dilution of the source where only the vibration remains. Some claim it is not science however any homeopath will tell you it surely is. Do not attempt taking a homeopathic remedy without the guidance of a professional homeopath. Some sources of homeopathic remedies for vertigo include:

• Cocculus indicus – A climbing plant that contains picrotoxin a powerful convulsive poison (although the remedy itself is NOT poison due to its excessive dilution).
• Lobelia inflata – A smelly herb sometimes called Indian Tobacco or Pukeweed.
• Gelsemium – A woody, twining stem with colorful flowers and a sweet fragrance.
• Theridion – Arachnoid species known as the happy face spider.
• Natrum salicylicum – Derived from sodium.
• Argentum nitricum – Silver nitrate.
• Causticum – Potassium hydrate.
• Phosphorous – A mineral.
• Rhus toxicodendron – Poison ivy.
• Iodine – A mineral.

Research by German scientists titled ‘Homeopathic vs Conventional Treatment of Vertigo: A Randomized Double-blind Controlled Clinical Study’ published by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) concluded that the use of homeopathic remedies for vertigo “reduced the frequency, duration, and intensity of vertigo attacks during a 6-week treatment period. Also, vertigo-specific complaints were significantly reduced”.

By working with a naturopathic doctor who is also a professional homeopath and acupuncturist specific protocols for remedying vertigo can be put into place for potential success. It is being able to ‘listen’ to what the body is saying rather than prescribe a random synthetic medicine that simply attempts to tamp down symptoms. Acupuncture and homeopathy for vertigo offers a combination of natural healing remedies for the body to embrace.

At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you. In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health. To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or CLICK HERE to schedule an online appointment.

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