Dizziness, also known as vertigo, is that feeling of lightheadedness where the universe is spinning, and you are in the middle of it. Pardon my wacko description, but that’s about how it’s like when you’re dizzy.
Not to talk too much, I will share the best natural remedies to use when next you or your loved ones feel dizzy, before you seek medical advice.
Before we plunge deep in this article, please note that dizziness may not be a disease itself. Mostly, it’s a symptom of another underlying health condition. So, while we’ll share natural remedies with you, it’s perfectly okay to see a doctor.
Let’s get started already…
What is Dizziness?
Dizziness occurs when your brain transmits the wrong information to your senses that there is a movement.
If it happens once or rarely, it may be a minor issue. However, if it occurs repeatedly, you may have an underlying health condition. In any case, the first thing to do when you feel dizzy is to sit.
What Causes Dizziness?
The most common causes of dizziness include the following:
- BPPV (Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo), which is caused by the buildup of deposits in your ear, making you feel off-balance
- Meniere’s disease
- Vestibular neuritis
- Neck injuries
- Motion sickness
- Drop in blood pressure
- Poor blood circulation
Other causes of dizziness include the effects of neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, side effects of using antidepressants and tranquilizer, anxiety disorder, hypoglycemia, anemia, inhalation of toxic materials, and unusually high temperature.
What Are the Symptoms of Dizziness?
The symptoms of dizziness can last anytime from a few minutes to every day, depending on your health status.
Sometimes, it is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, double vision, fast heartbeat, or headache, but the most common symptoms are as follows:
- A sense of spinning or movement that is false
These symptoms are worsened when you stand, walk, or tip your head upside down. Notwithstanding, it is advisable to rest the moment you feel dizzy.
If you are experiencing severe, prolonged, recurring, or sudden dizziness accompanied by the following symptoms, you should immediately see a doctor. Underlying health conditions may cause it. These symptoms are:
- Chest pain
- sudden and severe headache
- Blurry vision
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty walking
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
Natural Remedies for Dizziness
You can treat dizziness medically, but you can also use home-made cures that work for you perfectly. Below is a list of natural remedies that can relieve you of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
1. Epley Maneuver
The Epley Maneuver, also known as the Canalith, is an effective method for treating dizziness, and many people commonly use it. Research showed that the Epley Maneuver is a natural remedy that is highly effective for people with BPPV.
According to a report from the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, of every 100 people who implement the Epley Maneuver Procedure, 52 people are relieved from dizziness symptoms.
How It Works
- First, sit upright on the bed resting on a pillow, stretch your legs out straight, and turn your head 45 degrees to the left.
- Lay down quickly on the bed, rest your head on the pillow, and face upwards at an angle of 45 degrees.
- Stay in that position for 30 minutes.
- Turn your head and whole body to the right side and look downward for 30 minutes.
- Sit up slowly to your original position from the beginning and remain seated for a few minutes.
You can repeat these steps three consecutive times. With each movement you make, you may still feel dizzy, but you will soon be fine. Follow this procedure if the dizziness occurred from the left side, but if it is from the right side, follow the steps in the reverse direction.
This technique works better if someone is assisting you in taking the necessary steps correctly.
2. Brandt-Daroff Exercise
Brandt-Daroff exercise is straightforward and does not need supervision. Look for a safe space to perform the exercise. What’s more, make sure you won’t be driving the period you engage in this exercise, and that’s because it will make you dizzy for a while.
How It Works
- Sit on a flat surface and ensure your legs are dangling as if on a chair.
- Turn your head to the left side entirely, lay your head and torso down with the weight on your right side, ensure your legs are immobile and stay in that position for 30 seconds minimum.
- Sit up straight and turn your head to the center position.
- Repeat the exercise in the third step in a reverse manner
You can perform this exercise three times a day or twice a week.
3. Ginger Tea
Why it works
According to research published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science, ginger root is more effective for reducing dizziness than using techniques like the Epley Maneuver.
How to use
Add ginger root in a cup of boiling water and leave for five minutes before drinking. You can take this mixture twice a day for more effective results. Besides alleviating dizziness, it helps to stop nausea and other symptoms of dizziness. Ginger is considered a food spice in some parts of the world.
Dehydration is one of the leading causes of dizziness. Taking a lot of water may help keep the body constantly hydrated, mostly if you stay in extremely hot regions.
It’s vital to note that sodium or carbonated drinks don’t keep the body hydrated. On the contrary, it causes more harm than good and a leading cause of severe health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and more.
5. Yoga and Tai Chi
Why It Works
The first time I ever got to know about Tai Chi was in Jet Li’s Twins Warrior, but I had no idea it could also influence health. Yoga and Tai Chi help to reduce stress and increasing strength, flexibility, and balance.
How It Works
Yoga and Tai Chi therapy train your brain to master stability. Practicing simple yoga poses such as child’s pose and corpse pose in your home can help whenever you feel dizzy. However, you should avoid poses that require you to bend forward not to worsen the situation. Also, ensure that you practice this exercise in a safe space.
On a Final Note
Other natural remedies like having enough sleep, consuming enough vitamin D, stress management, ginkgo Biloba, Semont-Toupet maneuver, almonds, lemon, ginger, lavender and peppermint essential oils, apple cider vinegar and honey, and acupressure can also help you control dizziness effectively. What is sure that anything that keeps you healthy will also help your antibodies to rise up to the occasion.