Vertigo is a sensation where a person feels as if he is spinning or the objects or surroundings are moving. It is a condition directly related to the inner ear, which is a complex structure. Sound waves pass through the outer ear canal to reach the eardrum inside the ear. From there, the sound gets converted into vibrations that are transmitted through the inner ear. This transmission happens with the help of three small bones – incus, malleus, and stapes that connect to the cochlea and the vestibular nerve. This nerve carries the signal to the brain. There is also a collection of semicircular canals inside the ear. These are positioned at right angles to each other and have sensitive cells that help the body navigate the surroundings, like a gyroscope. This arrangement of canals with the sensitivity of the hair cells provides the brain with instantaneous feedback about the body’s position in space. Homeopathic medicines for vertigo help the body maintain balance and also treat the problem from the root cause.
Causes of Vertigo
Vertigo is most commonly related to inner ear problems. The inner ear problems that lead to vertigo include BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), Meniere’s disease and labyrinthitis. Other less common causes of vertigo are a head injury, migraine, cervical spondylosis, alcohol intake, certain medicines including aspirin.
Symptoms of Vertigo
The person having vertigo feels as if he is revolving, spinning, swaying or the surroundings are revolving. Other symptoms that may accompany dizziness are nausea, vomiting, noises in the ear, hearing loss, and blurring of vision. In BPPV the vertigo episodes arise from head movement. In Meniere’s disease vertigo appear in addition to tinnitus and hearing loss.
Homeopathic Treatment of Vertigo
Homeopathic mode of treatment offers long-term treatment for vertigo. In Homeopathy, a vast list of therapeutics is present for the treatment of vertigo. Homeopathic medicines work well to treat acute as well as chronic vertigo. The homeopathic prescription in every case varies as per the cause and the characteristic features found in the individual case. Conium, Gelsemium, Chininum Sulph and Cocculus Indicus are the top homeopathic medicines used to treat vertigo and balance problems.
Homeopathic Medicines for Vertigo
Conium and Gelsemium – Top Homeopathic Medicines for Vertigo
Conium and Gelsemium are two homeopathic medicines for balance that have proved their efficacy in clinical practice.
Conium is best suited when the vertigo spells get worse from the motion of head or eyes. Conium also works well in cases where vertigo is worse while turning in bed.
Gelsemium is helpful when vertigo gets worse while walking. Along with vertigo, blurring of vision may also be noted. Other accompanying symptoms for using Gelsemium in vertigo are a headache and heaviness of eyelids.
Bryonia and Conium – Homeopathic Medicines for Vertigo – BPPV
Bryonia and Conium are the top-rated homeopathic medicines used to treat BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). Bryonia is considered in cases where vertigo on least movement or turning of head appears. It is also indicated for vertigo appearing upon stooping. The person needing Bryonia has a sensation as if the objects in the surrounding are revolving. Conium is suitable in cases when vertigo gets worse from turning in bed, from slight movement of head or eyes. Keeping the head still relieves the sensation.
Chininum Sulph and Salicylicum Acidum – Homeopathic Medicines for Vertigo with Meniere’s disease
The well-indicated homeopathic medicines for vertigo related to Meniere’s disease are Chininum Sulph and Salicylicum Acidum.
The guiding symptom for using Chininum Sulph is vertigo attended with noises in ear and deafness. The noises in the ear may vary from ringing, buzzing to a roaring character. Along with these symptoms, a throbbing headache may also arise. A tendency to fall may also be present, along with vertigo.
Salicylicum Acidum is the medicine for vertigo from Meniere’s disease where there is tinnitus attended with intense nausea.
Cocculus Indicus and Tabacum – Homeopathic Medicines for Vertigo with Nausea
For vertigo accompanied with marked nausea, homeopathic medicines Cocculus Indicus and Tabacum work well.
Cocculus Indicus works well for vertigo accompanied with troublesome nausea or vomiting. Apart from this, Cocculus Indicus is also useful for vertigo experienced while traveling in a car or train, or vertigo induced from loss of sleep.
For vertigo with intense nausea, Tabacum works well. A peculiar symptom for using Tabacum is vertigo with nausea that gets worse on opening the eyes. Vertigo that is most troublesome indoors and gets better in the open air can also be treated with Tabacum. In addition to this, Tabacum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for vertigo associated with seasickness.
Other Important Homeopathic Medicines for Vertigo
Other homeopathic medicines that work well for vertigo are Belladonna, Phosphorus, and Ambra Grisea.
The symptoms associated with the use of Belladonna are vertigo that gets worse while stooping (bending from the waist) or while rising from a stooped position. The person needing Belladonna may have a tendency to fall with vertigo.
Phosphorus as a homeopathic medicine for vertigo is applicable in cases of vertigo that gets worse from the exertion of eyes. Vertigo attended with fainting is also treated with Phosphorus.
Ambra Grisea is the most suitable homeopathic medicine for vertigo arising in elderly people.