Acupuncture for vertigo
Vertigo is the most common type of dizziness. Vertigo is when things around you feel they are moving or spinning.
Symptoms of vertigo vary from person to person and can include:
- A sensation of disorientation or motion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abnormal eye movements
- Hearing loss
- A ringing sensation in the ears
- Visual disturbances
- Difficulty speaking
- A decreased level of consciousness
- Difficulty walking
In traditional Chinese medicine it can be caused by intense anger or a chronic lack of blood. The causes of vertigo are numerous and include sudden head movements, inflammation within the inner ear, viral or bacterial inner ear infection, ménière disease, vestibular neuritis, tumours, decreased blood flow to the base of the brain, multiple sclerosis, head trauma, neck injury, migraine and headaches and complications from diabetes.
Treatment of dizziness
A popular complementary and alternative medicine treatment for vertigo is acupuncture. Research has shown that acupuncture is able to help relieve symptoms of vertigo.
Acupuncture may help to relieve vertigo by:
- Activating the left superior frontal gyrus, anterior cingulate gyrus, and dorsomedial nucleus of the thalamus
- Increasing blood flow velocity in the vertebrobasilar artery
- Increasing endorphins and neuropeptide Y levels, which can help to combat negative affective states
- Stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues
- Reducing inflammation
- Increasing local microcirculation, which aids dispersal of swelling
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