What is Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s disease is a disease of the inner ear. In meniere’s disease, hearing and balance are affected. A triad of symptoms including vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss arise leading to the condition.
Causes of Meniere’s disease
The exact cause of Meniere’s disease is not yet known, but it is believed that excessive build-up of endolymph in the inner ear – endolymphatic hydrops, leads to this condition. The membranous labyrinth (maze of membranes) in the inner ear contains a fluid named endolymph. Endolymph has a specific composition and volume which must be maintained for hearing and coordination of balance in the ear to be normal. If for any reason the volume of endolymph increases, it results in raised pressure and fullness of the ear. As a result, the hearing and balance coordination gets disturbed. Three factors can contribute to an increase in the volume of endolymph in the ear – Increased production of endolymph, decreased absorption of endolymph and the third, improper drainage of endolymph due to an obstruction. Some factors that can raise the risk of acquiring Meniere’s disease include viral infections, allergies, head injury, family history of Meniere’s disease and autoimmune diseases.
Symptoms of Meniere’s disease
The symptoms of meniere’s disease are vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus (noises in ear), fullness and pressure in the ear. Nausea and vomiting may also arise along with these symptoms.
Homeopathic Treatment of Meniere’s disease
Homeopathic medicines have great scope in treating problems relating to the ear, including meniere’s disease. Homeopathic medicines are made from natural substances and work by strengthening the body’s own restorative processes. They have shown remarkable results in treating meniere’s disease, even in its severest form. Depending upon the severity of the disease, a well selected Homeopathic medicine can control or even reduce to bare minimum the intensity and frequency of the symptoms. Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease that I have found especially effective are Chininum Sulph, Salicylic Acid, Gelsemium, Conium, Natrum Salicylicum, Tabacum, China and Bryonia.
Homeopathic Medicines for Meniere’s Disease
Chininum Sulph and Salicylic Acid – Top grade Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease
I would rank Chininum Sulph and Salicylic Acid as top grade Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease. They have shown the most encouraging results in my clinical practice. The most easily identified symptoms for use of these Homeopathic medicines are noises in the ear, vertigo and hearing loss. The noises may be ringing, buzzing or roaring in nature. Chininum Sulph is one of the most effective Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease where the symptoms, in addition to those mentioned above, include tinnitus with a whirling sensation in the head, vertigo spells on stooping, giddiness and vertigo with a throbbing headache. Salicylic Acid is best prescribed among Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease where the common symptoms, apart from the ones it shares with Homeopathic medicine Chininum Sulph, include deafness with noises in the ear and vertigo, with a tendency to fall to the left side.
Gelsemium and Conium – Best Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease with intense vertigo
Natural medicines Gelsemium and Conium are two other Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease that have shown highly satisfactory results. These Homeopathic medicines work wonderfully well where the person complains of intense vertigo along with hearing loss and tinnitus. The guiding symptoms for Gelsemium as one of the best prescriptions among Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease are intense vertigo, dizziness with tinnitus, dizziness with blurred vision, double vision and vertigo which worsens from sudden movement of the head and walking. Conium is the most reliable of Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease where symptoms are vertigo on turning the eyes, vertigo on turning the head sideways and vertigo which gets worse with noise.
Natrum Salicylicum – Ideal among Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease where vertigo reduces when lying down
Natrum Salicylicum is one of the top rated Homeopathic medicines for Meniere`s disease and has shown excellent results in cases where vertigo attacks from meniere’s disease get better with lying down. Sitting up and raising the head brings on attacks of vertigo in this condition where Salicylicum is one of the ideal Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease to prescribe. Along with vertigo, tinnitus of low tone is experienced in such cases. The person may also complain of giddiness, along with noises in the ear and deafness in cases which merit use of this Homeopathic medicine.
Tabacum – Best among Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease with intense nausea
In my practice, I have found Tabacum as the most useful among Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease cases which are attended with extremely severe nausea. Vertigo spells are mostly present along with the nausea. Other warning signs to look out for prescription of this Homeopathic medicine for meniere’s disease are vomiting after episodes of vertigo and a feeling that the ear is blocked or closed. If the vertigo and nausea get better in the open air, then Tabacum is surely the Homeopathic medicine to look out for.
China – Most effective among Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease with weakness, fainting spells
Natural medicine China is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease with a pronounced feeling of weakness and a tendency to feel faint. Basic symptoms of meniere’s disease such as, noises in the ear and vertigo are present. The noises may vary in nature from humming, roaring, and tickling to ringing sounds. Along with noises in the ear, the person who will need prescription of China may complain of vertigo headaches. During vertigo, the patient may fear falling backwards. Where these symptoms are accompanied by a sensation of heat in the head, China is the most effective of Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease.
Bryonia – One of the top rated Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease where motion worsens vertigo
Bryonia is one of the most reliable Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s disease where a person has vertigo spells that get worse with the slightest motion. Here the person feels like all the objects around him are revolving. Vertigo may also be felt on turning the head. The person would also hear noises in the ear when vertigo arises in such cases that merit prescription of Homeopathic medicine Bryonia. The noises could be roaring, humming or ringing in nature. Some patients say they hear the chirping of birds. Bryonia is the most effective among Homeopathic medicines for meniere’s diseases in cases that show these symptoms.