Let’s burst some myths first. Vertigo does not mean a fear of heights. That’s pet peeve of mine. I happen to know a thing or two about vertigo, having suffered from it for years. Vertigo is a condition that causes sudden, intense dizziness and nausea. One moment you are all happy and suddenly the world around you start spinning violently. Sounds like fun, huh? This sudden change in perception often leads to loss of balance, unconsciousness, vomiting and fatigue. People under an attack of vertigo are unsteady on their feet for some time even after the attack passes. In extreme cases, the patient is unable to get to his or her feet, and experiences severe dizziness for at least half and hour. While vertigo attacks are very similar to giddiness or dizziness, the two conditions are different. Dizziness is, in fact, a symptom of vertigo.
Causes of Vertigo:
Vertigo is triggered by a few conditions that can bring on frequent attacks. Outlined are the common causes of vertigo. To cure vertigo, you must first address these causes.
- Low or high blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Hardening of the arterial walls
- Brain tumour
- Motion sickness
- Injuries to the head or neck
- Inflammation of the inner ear
- Calcium carbonate deposits in the ear
Top 10 Home Remedies for Vertigo:
Since vertigo causes sudden sharp dizziness and nausea, you cannot prepare these home remedies under a giddy spell. Patients diagnosed with vertigo would do well to have these remedies handy, near a side table or the foot of your bed. As far as possible, prepare the cure when you are lucid, so you can reach for it quickly when vertigo attacks. If you suffer from severe cases of vertigo causing intense dizziness and nausea, it is strongly recommended that you see your doctor immediately.
1. Sitting or Lying Down:
Light-headedness or giddiness usually hits the patient when he or she is standing up. If you begin to experience the symptoms of vertigo, sit down or lie down immediately. This will give you temporary relief while you administer your medication and prevent the spinning sensation from overwhelming you. If you are sitting down, try to put your head between your legs, this will help to increase the flow of blood to your brain. Lying down also helps to direct more blood to your brain. Sitting or lying down also ensures that you do not lose your balance and fall, preventing you from injuring yourself further.
2. Amla Juice:
Amla is a good remedy for vertigo. To help you cope with a dizzy and nauseous spell, soak a teaspoon of amla powder in a glass of water. Add a teaspoon of coriander seeds and leave overnight. Strain the juice, add about a half teaspoon of sugar, and drink. This will help to ease the symptoms of vertigo to quite an extent.
3. Celery Juice:
Blend celery in a blender or a mixer to extract the juice, and refrigerate it. When you are experiencing giddiness or feel weak, drink about half a glass of celery juice to relieve the sensation. Celery juice helps to relieve the symptoms of giddiness brought on by low blood pressure in the body.
4. Pepper and Lemon:
Vertigo begins with a headache and nausea. This could lead to a full-blown vertigo attack if you are not careful. As soon as you experience the first symptoms of giddiness, headaches or queasiness, add a pinch of salt and pepper to a warm glass of water, squeeze a lemon into the mixture and drink to prevent a bout of vertigo.
Ginger is an excellent remedy for dizziness and nausea. Ginger is backed by scientific studies and is extremely effective in treating vertigo. Ginger candy, juice or even raw ginger can relieve dizziness by stimulating blood flow to the brain, as giddiness is caused by inhibited blood flow to the head. If you have frequent bouts of vertigo, consider taking ginger supplements in the form of capsules or tablets.
Patients experiencing dizziness can also chew on a small piece of raw ginger or ginger candy. If you experience the symptoms of vertigo frequently, it is a good idea to make ginger tea and stock it up in a container so you can quickly drink it when you are faced with a bout of vertigo. To make ginger tea, slice a ginger root into small pieces and add about two or three slices to a cup of boiling water.
6. Ginko Bilboa:
The Ginko Bilboa tree has many medicinal uses that help to ease the symptoms of dizziness, nausea, and headache. Gingko Bilboa boosts the circulation of blood within the inner ear and to the brain, helping the body fight giddiness. For patients looking for a more convenient packaging, Ginko Bilboa is available in tablet and liquid form too.
7. Sesame Oil:
Heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and add half a teaspoon each of finely powdered cardamom and cinnamon. Apply this oil to your head and sit down for about ten minutes. The mixture helps to boost blood circulation to the brain and eases the wave of dizziness and nausea associated with vertigo.
To cure fatigue and weakness caused by vertigo, mix half a teaspoon of almond powder in a glass of warm milk and drink. This is a pick-me-up for patients suffering from vertigo symptoms and helps to pep you up instantly after a giddiness attack. A very good home remedy for vertigo!
9. Focus On An Object:
If you are experiencing nausea and dizziness, try to focus completely on a stationary object in front of you. Keep your eyes fixed on the object for two minutes until the dizziness wave passes. This prevents you from fainting and helps to restore balance after a vertigo attack.
Drink about 3 glasses of ice cold water at the onset of a vertigo attack. Water is among the top 10 remedies for vertigo and helps to control an attack quickly and effectively, preventing nausea, dizziness and exhaustion from overwhelming you.
Vertigo is an invisible disease. People around you cannot see it, but you experience it so you know how it feels. Don’t let yourself go through the hell that’s vertigo. With these simple home remedies and tips, you can now kick vertigo out of your life. For Good!