Dizziness is characterized by feelings of giddiness, unsteadiness, light-headedness or faintness. In some cases it is a normal reaction to a change in atmosphere, such as the reduced amount of oxygen at higher altitudes. It can also indicate constipation, menstrual problems, high or low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, anaemia, diabetes, arteriosclerosis or temporary lack of circulation to the brain. Vertigo is the medical term for the sensation of spinning or falling, or of standing still while the surrounding objects seem to be moving. Often it goes hand in hand with nausea, vomiting, perspiration and headache. It invariably originates in the inner ear, the body’s equilibrium centre (sense of balance). Occasionally brain tumours are responsible for the problem, but more often it is a result of an ear infection or head injury.
It is first necessary to determine if dizziness is merely a symptom of another problem in order to find and rectify the cause. In a multitude of situations simple constipation is the cause, especially if headaches are also present and relief from the dizzy sensation can be obtained by the use of stimulant herbs. In a true case of vertigo, the cause must again be determined and steps taken to relieve any accompanying nausea and vomiting. Nervine herbs can help to restore function of the inner ear. Every night before retiring put a few drops of garlic oil in each ear; follow this with a few drops of ear and nerve drops (B and B Tincture). A three-day cleansing fast or D-Tox can also be helpful.
Single Herbs: Ginkgo, Cayenne, Peppermint, Dandelion root (for relief of dizziness).
Nutritional Supplements: B complex (50 mg ratio, twice daily), Vitamin B6 (150 mg, twice daily), Vitamin C (1,000 mg daily).