Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acid Reflux Medication Link
- Colloidal Silver
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Changes, Biofeedback
- Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners
- Eliminate Caffeine
- Fenugreek and Thyme
- Fluorescent Lighting Link, Supplements Which Help
- Garlic, Mustard Oil
- General Feedback
- Ginger Root
- Gingko Biloba
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Meniere's Disease Clinics
- Meniere's Disease Remedies
- Migraine Link to Vertigo
- Oil Pulling
- OTC Antihistamine
- Remedies Needed
- Rule Out Ehs First
- Salt-Free Diet
- Sea Salt
- Spinning Yoga Exercise
- Stop Drinking Caffeine
- Swedish Bitters
- Ted's Remedies
- Tmd Diagnosis
- Valium or Atarax
- Water, No Caffeine and Salt, Eat Citrus Fruits
- Yoga and Balance Exercises
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a disturbance of the vestibular system that causes us to feel dizziness or as if we are spinning even while sitting or standing in place. These dizzy spells are the result of issues with your vestibular system (the inner ear, principally) and/or with your vision, and they can result in nausea, sweating, vomiting, and falls due to loss of balance. Vertigo is not the same as a fear of falling, but the disorder can be associated with a sense of falling or swaying in space.
In one specific form of the condition, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), moving your head in one direction or another can trigger these dizzy spells. Something called the Epley Maneuver may resolve your vertigo in this case by repositioning small "stones" called canaliths that are located within your inner ear. Head injury, migraine, infection, dehydration, and other conditions can also trigger vertigo.
How to Cure Vertigo with Holistic Treatment
If your dizzy spells are caused by an inner ear infection, natural treatment with colloidal silver is popular among Earth Clinic Community members. Proper hydration, therapeutic movement such as Tai Chi, acupuncture for vertigo, and other herbal remedies and alternative therapies may help relieve your vertigo symptoms.
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Acid Reflux Medication Link
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/01/2008: Scott from Atlanta, GA: "I have had acid reflux for several years now. I was on a prescription for Prilosec before it was OTC. Usually only took a pill when I felt the reflux coming on strong. Over time, it has gotten worse with many reflux attacks daily. Two months ago, I started taking Prilosec OTC every day to see if I could fend it off. It worked great and I rarely felt any reflux all day long. Then, I had three violent episodes of Vertigo....which is similar to being spun around while you are violently seasick and stays like that for about 5 hours. Turns out this is rare but known side-effect of Prilosec. Needless to say, I'm off it now. I am relying on Pepsid AC now which works great but only last for a few hours and gets expensive. I'm planning to try the ACV next."Replies
03/13/2009: Michele from Dallas, TX replies: "I have a GREAT cure for acid reflux. Believe it or not, you can simply take a teaspoon of vinegar -- just regular apple cider or white vinegar. It works immediately. You would think that it would only add to the acid upset but it actually rebalances it. You'll be amazed -- and save a ton of money."
12/13/2009: Charlene from Mccoll, Sc replies: "Just eat a small to medium size apple in the evening before bedtime, or after dinner. Better than vinegar, and tastes much better."
09/01/2010: Faisal from Carmel, Ca replies: "You have to try pomegranate skin powder, take one tblspoon every morning w/ a glass of water it is amazing and it works let me know."
09/02/2010: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "Where do you get this pomegranate skin powder?"
EC: Helps if you search for the product as "pomegranate powder"... http://www.google.com/products?q=pomegranate+powder&hl=en&aq=f
09/27/2011: Cindy from Paradise, Ca replies: "Eating about 10 almonds, I use raw, always stops heartburn immediately for me."
[YEA] 08/16/2013: Nicholas from Edison, Nj: "Many years ago I had a little vertigo. As I was lowering my head onto my bed pillow I experienced a little dizziness. As days went by the dizziness increased. I concluded I had a balance problem, that my inner ear wasn't working properly. I figured it might be an infection, so I made cayenne pepper tea. I boiled enough water for a cup of tea and placed into the cup as much cayenne powder as I could stand, heat-wise. I drank three cups a day. The problem was completely healed in less than a weak, never to return."
01/07/2011: Bill from Erie, Pa: "after 1 year of seeking help with ear specialists in Pittsburgh and Cleveland Clinic trying to rid my meniere's my local chiropractor found some anomalies in my neck and totally cured my disorder I can't EVER thank them enough for saving my life"Replies
[YEA] 03/06/2011: Jj from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "I have been suffering with tinnitus and symptoms of Meniere's disease such as vertigo and nausea. After visiting the ENT and taking megadoses of antibiotics I still did not receive any relief. At my wits end, I tried a Chiropracter in Florida while visiting the area; he helped me greatly. I was so ill the day of my visit, my daughter had to walk me into the office - when I left, I felt much better and was able to function again. Give this a try, I found this treatment more effective and quicker than all the perscriptions and weeks or months of agony."
03/08/2011: Surulere from Bloomfield, Nj, Usa replies: "JJ, please if you have the info for the Chiropractor, please send it to surulere(at)gmail(dot)com. That will be very helpful. I have suffered Tinnitus for months now."
05/03/2011: Emily from Jacksonville, Fl replies: "I live in Jacksonville FL and started going to a chiropractor specializing in atlas orthoganal (sp?) repositioning. It is not the typical "popping/cracking" chiro care. They take very specific x-rays, map out your center, and use this really cool machine - I believe it is using sound waves, you do not feel anything literally - and it's truly amazing. I have suffered vertigo for a year straight, it got worse and worse, went to the ENT, antibiotics, ear drops, garlic in the ear, you name it. My dr. has changed my life. The vertigo has lessened greatly and is manageable. He told me it will probably take about 6 months or so before I am back to normal. I had a concussion back in Nov. 2009. Dr. P said the way I hit my head jammed my atlas bone into the brain stem, which is basically your central supply of information that is dispersed through your body. The vertigo started happening around April 2010 (about 5 months after the concussion) and progressively got worse. I have always suffered ear/sinus issues, so I thought it was just a stubborn infection, but it wasn't. Anyway, the info - if anyone is interested in learning is about atlas repositioning. Hope this helps!"
05/19/2011: Krb214 from Erie, Pa, Usa replies: "Hello Bill from Erie, PA! Good to know someone with similar problems from the area. I live in Erie, PA too, and would love to go to the same Chiropractor to fix this issue. It seems hard to find a good honest doctor these days. Would you please message me back with the name of the Chiropractor and office? I would really be happy to have my life to be changed too. Thank you Bill!"
[YEA] 11/09/2007: Carolyn from Pittsburgh, PA: "re: Vertigo, hearing loss, Meniere's symptoms -- I suddenly lost my hearing in one ear, and shortly there after, started getting vertigo. I knew it was somehow related to an incident that caused very slight physical, but more mental trauma. After several doctor visits, taking steroids, seeing an Ear, nose and throat doctor, having an MRI done, seeing a neurologist, I still was not cured, and no one knew what the problem was. I also noticed that if I ate something very salty, that it might start an episode of vertigo. This comment is not about any item that helped me, it is about a particular type of doctor, and help me he did! I self referred to a chiropractor because I had heard a talk show about hearing and spinal misalignment. After starting my treatments, my vertigo gradually subsided, but took the hearing longer to come back. After months with no symptoms, I jarred my neck while horse back riding, a week later my vertigo and hearing loss came back with a vengeance! I went immediately to a chiropractor and this particular doctor had me up and running in less than two weeks, with my hearing restored. He explained that the misalignment in my neck was putting pressure on the cranial nerve that controls hearing and balance and also stated that certain foods can indeed aggravate the situation by causing dehydration, especially very salty foods, as was the case with me. This doctors regiment is not just spinal adjustment, but exercise, and nutritional advise. After being led to believe that I needed a hearing aid, or may have an incurable disease, I am so grateful that I was somehow led into the right direction and am totally symptom free. In my research I have found that thousands upon thousands of people are suffering from the same symptoms, and the cure is so simple, if the cause is the same as mine. I already had the misalignment problem, it was the mishaps that caused the further aggravation that set the vertigo and hearing loss in motion. I have noticed for years, a kind of pinched nerve feeling from my neck and into my shoulder. It does not take an accident to have neck problems, is what I am trying to relay. I hope this helps some fellow sufferers."Replies
02/09/2009: Cara Brown from Santa Monica, California replies: "i too have suffered vertigo. went to a dizzy specialist at ucla, westwood, california who showed me an excercise that anyone can do. you drop your head off the side of the bed while on your back. slowly turn your head from one direction all the way to the other direction. or perhaps it is lie on your side and do it....i am sure you can find a link and a video on line, my kaiser doctor friend sent it to me one time. the ucla doctor said it was hormonal in my case, the kaiser dr didn't think so. i have snapped my neck many times, boogie boarding, snow boarding, skiing etc. but i thought it had something to do with being dehydrated which is why someone on here saw a connection between caffeine and vertigo, caffiein being a diuretic. my own theory is that the dehydration dries up the liquid in the ear and somehow these particles get in the wrong place. moving your head when you feel ilke throwing up and cannot move is HARD!!!! and i had to do it more than once but it worked and i spaced it out cause i was sooo sick. the doctors agree that moving the head, and thus the ear relocates the loose particles in the ear. i know this is a great discovery for many people but perhaps won't work for everyone. don't forget to always stay well hydrated!!"
[YEA] 01/24/2013: Sim from Calgary , Alberta, Canada: "I had ear ache and my ear were plugged and balance was quite off. I was skeptical about putting Colloidal Silver (CS) in my ear. But didn't want to take antibiotics either. So I put 3 drops of CS 10 ppm last night. My balance has been restored and my ear doesn't feel plugged up. I just couldn't believe how fast CS healed my ear. I will be using 3 drops for rest of the week and post my progress here! :)"
[YEA] 05/06/2009: Andrea from Ventnor City, NJ: "Quite recently I was suffering from a bout of Vertigo. I tried cleansing my ears with peroxide but that did not do the trick. I was out of the Colloidal Silver so went to my local health food store and picked it up. When I got home I took the first dose as recommended on the bottle... 2 tsp. on an empty stomach... and within 1/2 of an hour I could feel the pressure in my ears start to equalize. My ears started popping and slowly my Vertigo started to subside.
I have also used Colloidal Silver for sore throats... the recommended dose on the bottle... as some brands have different recommended doses depending on the suspension. It works very well."
[YEA] 01/31/2011: Jeanenne from Prescott, Az replies: "Colloidal silver is excellent for vertigo. Whether the problem is fungal, viral, bacterial or allergic, try Colloidal silver. My left ear kept feeling plugged up and it was causing vertigo and nausea. I did some research on the internet and was reminded how well colloidal silver works. I put three drops (only use 3) in my ear and by the second dose my ear completely opened up and all vertigo and nausea are gone. I feel better than I have in a long time. I also took some orally. Remember, with CS, less is more. Don't overdo it.
I tried Tad's recommendation of the lysine but it seemed to give me a headache and I didn't feel good about loading my body with so many pills (and they're giant sized and very difficult to swallow). Do yourself a favor and try colloidal silver first - mine is 15ppm."
[YEA] 06/06/2012: Joleneal from Phenix City, Al replies: "I tried 2 oz of CS last night in desperation to remove my vertigo/dizziness after 2 sugar crashes I missed because of it.
I woke this morning with no dizziness at all. Nothing came back all day. I took 2 more oz of CS this morning also. Lady at the nature store said "10 days only, then take a break". It says it on the bottle too.
I am going to try 3 drops in my ear tonight before going to bed to see if it will work on what is causing my ringing.
But not being dizzy all day has been great."
06/28/2013: Isis from Miami, Florida replies: "I'm having some vertigo episodes after an stomach flu, and yesterday I bought CS. Please let me know how you felt after putting the 3 drops in your ear. Also, for how long you did it and finally did you put them in both ears? Thanks a lot."
[YEA] 01/09/2009: Beaver from Frigid North, Alaska: "my mom had a severe case of vertigo and the doctor told her it was because of her blood pressure.we had it checked a number of times and it was always normal, but the dizziness kept coming back. One day i was reading an article that said that vertigo was not an ailment, but a symptom, most likely of an inner ear infection, and they recommended colloidal silver.i went straight to the store and bought a bottle of 10ppm (parts per million) and had her take the recommended dosage on the bottle(i think it was a teaspoon).her vertigo was gone the next day!i hope this can help someone because i have seen how terrible the effects of vertigo can be, especially the not knowing of the cause.great website! keep up the good work! beaver"
12/02/2012: Kater from Waterloo, Ontario: "I have meniere's disease and cannot have salt-(it induces vertigo). Could you please suggest a salt-free leavening agent for baking? Any ideas about a salt-free diet would also be greatly appreciated."Replies
01/01/2013: Karen from Clarkston, Mi replies: "I do not know if this will help... But regular table salt that we buy at the store is detrimental to your health. It is the sodium in sea salt or Himalayan sat that our bodies need. We have been on sea salt for over 2 years now. Try using that.. But I strongly suggest you try Himalayan salt. Make sure you buy from a reputable source. I hope this helps you."
01/02/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "I can attest that after having dropped the traditional processed salt and using both Himalayan and Sea Salt, food never tasted better. For the well informed, the old age of processed salt and white flower bread is.............. D E A D."
Dietary Changes, Biofeedback
[YEA] 07/30/2013: Mia from Berkley, Mi, Usa: "I have had Meniere's for 12 years. The area surrounding my right ear is intermittentantly numb, I have tinnitus 24/7, and have experienced severe 'spin-outs" to the point of vomitting, and then need to sleep for 18 hours. When I first sought an answer to what I had, I was told I could possibly have otitus media, a brain tumor or very off chance, Meniere's Disease. I was given antibiotics and steroids. I happened upon a Meniere's specialist of world renown in the Rochester, Michigan area, by overhearing a conversation, who diagnosed classic Meniere's. I can tell you from experience that diet is the key.
CATS =No Caffeine, No Alcohol, No Tobacco, No Salt
With that in mind; eliminate processed foods, condiments, think organic, no hormone, no antibiotic treated foods. No sugar substitutes.
To stop a "spin-out" in the process I was taught to Focus! (Bio-feedback) Focus your eyes on an object, do not close your eyes, you will feel your eyes bouncing in your head, but the vertigo will stop. The more you use this technique, the faster you will be able to stop the spinning."
Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners
06/25/2011: Susan from Sarnia, Ontario: "Eliminate artificial sweeteners. The slightest amount of aspartame will cause me to spend the next full day with such a severe vertigo attack that I cannot get out of bed without walking into the walls and very severe nausea . It did not take me long to make the connection as I do not use aspartame on a regular basis. A friend told me about aspartame poisoning. Some people just cannot metabolize this chemical."
[YEA] 03/04/2010: Ga_bass from Atlanta, Ga: "Vertigo
Eliminate Aspartame and sugar free foods and drinks. I realized after reading a article regarding aspartame on EC was linked to lupus and other aliments. I came to the conclusion it caused my Vertigo. I was overdosing on the stuff daily without being aware of it. I began drinking coffee at work with artificial sweetners 1-2 cups daily, had a diet soda with my lunch, then would drink energy drinks, chewing sugar free gum. ALLLLLL contained aspartame. Once I took that out of my diet and started paying more attention to the labels on the products I consume. Its one year later still no signs of vertigo."
EC: Thank you, Ga_bass. Your feedback has been cross-posted to the aspartame side effects page: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/aspartame.html
[YEA] 12/29/2011: Ga_bass from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I am glad and thankful to report as of 12/29/2011 going into a new year 2012. Not one sign of vertigo, not one symptom of dizziness, not one trip to the doctor re: dizziness since I have eliminated aspartame from my diet. The companies are aware that the consumers are now aware of aspartame, so now they have changed the name of aspartame. Please, Please read the link provided, please please update yourself on all the names used for aspartame and artificial sweetners. I urge you to tell all you can."
05/01/2013: Ga_bass from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Reporting I cured myself from vertigo in 2010 it's now 2013. Simply eliminating aspartame. Still not one episode. HOWEVER, IF THIS DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU there lies a bigger problem, ask your doctor to check for Gliosis. Scarred brain tissue and early signs of MS. A friend was recently diagnosed."
[YEA] 10/29/2008: Alain Boutin from Derry, NH: "I start suffering mild vertigo 15 yrs ago. I was heavily drinking coffee (huuumm, good coffee...) at that time and did not know the link with vertigo.
I am very prone to motion sickness. I cannot dive either because I cannot clear the pressure in my ear. I often has mild dizziness when changing position in my youth. But the vertigo started at the age of 35 and it was something much worse. I sometimes had to lean against a wall in order to not fall when standing up or just turning the head. It I was suffering a genetic problem common in my family.
It is by change that I stopped drinking coffee, just because there were no coffee shop in my new neighborhood. The vertigo stopped. I started coffee and coca-cola and the vertigo came back.
I repeated that cycle a good dozen times, and it reconfirmed every time the link between vertigo with cafeine
I saw 2 specialist (one was Otorhinolaryngology) who sweared there were no link between cafeine and vertigo. The Otorhinolaryngology said it was some loose crystals in the ear and not much could be done except some exercises like rotating the head.
Some web site call this similar dizziness BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) syndrome and can be cure by the Epley maneuver. I never tested it though.
Now that I stopped definitively coffee and coca-cola, I seldom have vertigo and when I do have them, they are very mild."
Fenugreek and Thyme
[YEA] 11/19/2007: Tara from Provo, Utah: "All throughout my childhood I had bouts of vertigo. Fluid would get into my ears, cross the ear drum and get stuck around the eustation tube. Recently, I had a severe bout that lasted almost a month. Decongestants and Meclizine would help but it would just come right back. I spoke with a good friend who is extremely knowledgable about herbs and she said she has had a similar problem. She uses a mix of Fenugreek and Thyme. She said its also good to use Pcynogenol as well. I have only been using the Fenugreek and Thyme mix but I have noticed a huge improvement. The mix of herbs is also good for general sinus clearing. Drink lots of water though because this will pull the fluid out of your body. Hope this helps!"Replies
07/07/2009: Shiningstar from Gainesvile, FL replies: "Please state how much you took of each, how many times a day and does it have to be done forever? Thanks"
Fluorescent Lighting Link, Supplements Which Help
[YEA] 03/16/2008: Ester from Garden Grove, CA: "Vertigo caused by energy saving and fluorescent lighting: I have suffered from vertigo for the last year. I have found out that my vertigo is triggered by fluorescent or energy savings bulbs. I've read that the use of this lighting is questioned in Europe because it causes many health problems. Avoidance of these types of lights and supplementing with calcium (1000 mg), (500 mg) magnesium, and B 100 complex really has helped me. I have also switched to full spectrum lighting (great light!). I am now researching the possibility that I need to add zinc to my diet. Hope this helps somebody. I know how debilitating vertigo is."
Garlic, Mustard Oil
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/18/2012: Lug from Calgary, Alberta, Canada: "I read somewhere on internet that vertigo could be because of some bacteria or infection in your ear. So u can treat it like this, take two garlic cloves, smash it, then take 2, 3 tblsp of mustard oil, heat it and roast the garlic in it. Remove it from heat. Let it get cool. Then put 2/3 drops in your affected ear at night. I did it 4 two nights and I felt pretty good. Well my vertigo is still there but not that annoying. Hopefully it will get cured if I do it continuously."Replies
01/01/2013: Karen from Clarkston, Mi replies: "You should NOT put any type of oil down in the ear canal."
01/01/2013: Ken from Milwaukee, Wisc replies: "sorry, but you are very wrong on this one. Lots of people use garlic oil and hydrogen peroxide in their ears. Garlic kills the germs in a ear infection"
01/01/2013: Cheri from Downriver, Michigan, Usa replies: "Also, people have been using sweet oil (olive oil) for years."