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Dizziness

Dizziness

Description

Dizziness, a sense of being dazed, disoriented, and unsteady, accompanied by a spinning sensation. It is an uncomfortable and distorted perception of the environment.

Recurrent episodes of dizziness are related to other disorders, particularly of the eye, ear or nervous system. Recurrent dizziness should be reported to a doctor.

Dizziness should be distinguished from vertigo, a disturbance in which an individual has a subjective impression of movement in space or of objects moving around him or her, normally accompanied by a loss of equilibrium.

For occasional dizziness, treatment includes eating a balanced diet, getting adequate rest, standing up slowly and avoiding hot places such as overheated rooms.

Causes

Primary Factors
The primary cause of dizziness is disturbance to any balance control organ, especially the eyes, ears and brain.

Predisposing Factors

Injury to headStroke
Ear infectionMeniere's disease
MigraineCervical spondylosis
OverheatingTumor
Excessive tirednessSubdural hemorrhage
NervousnessHematoma
Standing too quicklyLabrynthitis



Signs & Symptoms

Sensation of "light-headedness"
Sensation of faintness
Unsteadiness
Swaying
Weakness
Nausea
Vomiting

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function:
        Circulatory Support &
        Immune System Support


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General Supplements
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B Complex*
Choline600 mg tid
Germanium*
Glutamine500 mg
Vitamin C5,000 mg



Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Discussion:

However, ginkgo biloba may reduce the incidence of dizziness, if this is a frequent problem, by improving blood flow in the brain.

One specific fiber is glucomannan. It is worth emphasizing that fiber should be taken with plenty of fluids.

Dietary Considerations

Dizziness can result from ingestion of large amounts of copper over a prolonged period of time. Copper toxicity will occur at doses greater than 250 milligrams per day.

Strenuous exercise in hot weather can cause an excessive loss of sodium from the body. Dizziness, fainting and muscle cramps could result. Treatment consists of adding small amounts of salt to drinking water in an effort to replenish the lost electrolytes.

Dizziness, in the apparent absence of an underlying condition, can be a symptom of food allergy. Other symptoms of food sensitivity are: asthma, dermatitis, diarrhea and vomiting. The Elimination Diet should be used to identify the offending substance or substances. The allergen can then be excluded from the diet.

Homeopathic Remedy

Dizziness (vertigo) persistant

1.* Granatum3C -15C
2.* Cocculus indicus15C - 30C
3.* Tarantula hispanola30C
4. Oleander



Vertigo

1.* Zingiber officinale6X to 30C distorted equilibrium
2. Salicidum acidum1M



Also Borage

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.

Legend

X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency

Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.

References
Boericke, D.E., 1988. Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.

Kent, J.T., 1989. Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Koehler, G., 1989. Handbook of Homeopathy.

Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.

Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.

Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.

Tissue Salts

Ferr. Phos.dizziness when rising from being stooped over, throbbing pain, flushed face;
Kali Phos.nervous dispopsition, worse when rising or looking upward;
Nat. Phos.dizziness due to acidosis;
Nat. Sulf.vertigo due to bilious derangements;



4 tablets every hour.

Herbal Approaches

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Herbs
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Cayenne
Damiana
Ginger
Ginseng
Lemongrass
St. John's wort

Vertigo (German Commission E)

Ginkgo biloba leaf extract

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

References:

Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.


Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Basil EssenceClove Essence
Chamomile EssenceLavender Essence


Related Health Conditions

Cervical spondylosisHeadache
HemorrhageInfection
InflammationLabrynthitis
Meniere's diseaseStroke
TumorVertigo
Vomiting



Abstracts

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