Vertigo is a manifestation of acrophobia. It's not just about being afraid of heights, but about developing anxiety that involves muscles, balance, heart, sweating .
The most frequent cause depends on pathologies affecting the ear labyrinth . Let's find out better.
Internal structure of the ear
The causes of vertigo may be different. They can be symptoms of specific pathologies; the most frequent are those in the labyrinth of the ear (the organ of balance) such as labyrinthitis and Ménière's syndrome.
Other causes of the disorder are cerebrovascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis, pressure disorders, inflammation of the inner ear, infections of the nasal or laryngeal mucosa, disorders of the cervical spine, migraine, epilepsy.
Symptoms of vertigo
Vertigo can give the sensation of fullness in the ear, momentary deafness, associated with the sensation of rotation of the surrounding environment ( objective vertigo ) or of rotation of the subject with respect to the environment ( subjective vertigo ). There may be a sense of suffocation, increased sweating, tachycardia.
It is always good to get to the bottom of the causes that can generate vertigo. Among these we list:
- Mèniére disease (liquid increase inside the ear in the area called labyrinth);
- Labyrintholiasis (formation of small stones in the labyrinth);
- Vestibular neuronitis (sudden unilateral reduction of a vestibular nerve);
To these are added causes that can relate to a specific moment of life that is being experienced and that generates particular muscular tensions, recurrent migraines, cardiovascular disorders.
We often speak of "cervical vertigo", as the symptoms are often linked to cervical lesions. In 1955 by Ryan and Cope they introduced this term and became, after cupulolithiasis, one of the first common causes of vertigo.
The diagnosis usually passes through the cochleo-vestibular examination through which the balance and the auditory function are analyzed.
The diagnostic examination also includes the detection of vertigo as a symptomatology that differs greatly from dizziness .
In the second case, in fact, we are faced with a disorder of metabolic or cardiac origin, while vertigo originates in problems of the ovary or neurological .
THE CARE FOR THE VERTEIGINI
Often, in the case of diagnosing labyrinthitis with vertigo, the otorhin can suggest a low-sodium diet. In general, we are with Valdo Vaccaro when, in response to one of the very useful letters he receives every day, he states that "salvation comes from the vitality of thought, air, sun and food". Specifically, the letter addressed to him focused on labyrinthitis and vertigo in relation to diet; we advise you to read it, because it is a nice personal report on the direct events of a person affected by vertigo and passed by otorino, endocrinologists, etc.
In particular, Vaccaro returns to highlight how anxiety, stress and dizziness are the source and result of great weakening given by food poisoning first of all.
We advise you to leave biscuits and coffee in the morning and replace with watery fruit. Limit exciting drinks, alcohol.
F away from meals (all fruits without exception). Raw vegetables to start the meal, be it winter chicory, lettuce, red and black radishes, spicy turnips, carrots, raw artichoke, raw fennel, raw cabbage. For pasta or white rice you prefer buckwheat, millet, quinoa, brown rice .
All accompanied by cooked vegetables of the finest qualities and varieties, given how rich we are in these precious gifts of nature: rocket, dandelion, sorrel, fennel, mint, artichoke, mallow, nettle, burdock, plantain, portulaca, root phytolaca.
You can learn more about the properties and benefits of cereals
Herbal remedies for vertigo
In the case of vertigo related to particular emotional states or accumulation of stress that goes to negatively affect the quality of life, plants with a calming and antidepressant action are needed . Such as melissa, which goes to give great support to the nervous system .
Lavender is a nerve and antispasmodic sedative widely used in the cause of dizziness, headaches and nervous headaches.
In the case of vertigo with origin linked to the compression of the vertebral area, plants with vasodilator effect come to the aid . Yes to hawthorn, nettle, horse chestnut.
Periwinkle is the healing herb par excellence in the treatment of vertigo.
The essential oil of lemon balm combined with cypress oil and horsetail powder, in capsules, can be useful in counteracting the onset of psychogenic dizziness.
Lavender essential oil is also excellent for psychogenic vertigo.
Bach flowers for vertigo
Among the Bach flowers it is very suitable:
- Rock Rose when vertigo is associated with tachycardia, constipation in the chest, anxiety and stress accumulated unconsciously;
- Scleranthus is the useful remedy to find inner balance.
If there is a strong attack of vertigo associated with panic better resort to Rescue Remedy .
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Energy decompensation is the basis of vertigo for Chinese medicine. If in mild form one goes to work with acupuncture on renal function and spleen, organs linked to the water system of the human body.
If, on the other hand, there are serious episodes of vertigo associated with other symptoms (tachycardia, panic attack, etc.), work is carried out on the retention of mucus in the abdominal region or on the disorders of the functional activity of the liver .
In addition to acupuncture, even with Chinese herbal medicine and Tui na massage you can move energy a lot and bring it back to its natural flow.
After the interpretation of the homeopath regarding the explanation of the symptoms and the observation of the patient, homeopathic remedies for vertigo are usually:
- Gelsemium 5 CH: vertigo that begins at the occiput and radiates to the head and eyelids; the subject has the sensation of falling and losing his balance, especially keeping his eyes closed. Dizziness from performance anxiety with panic disorder with tremor, paralysis, great weakness.
- Argentum nitricum 5 CH: dizziness associated with phobias in an anxious, hurried, stressed, hypochondriac individual with anticipatory anxiety, motor coordination disorders, asthenia, emotional diarrhea. Dizziness gets worse by looking upwards and looking at tall buildings.
- Vertigo associated with emptiness from which the subject is attracted and frightened at the same time.
- Bryonia 5 CH: vertigo associated with movement that occur in the morning. Violent dizziness that force one to bed accompanied by nausea, pain in the neck and head. The subject is irritable and short-tempered, often the vertigo is triggered by anger and digestive disorders.
- Cocculus 5 CH: used in vertigo associated with movement as in the case of malaise due to transport (for example: car sickness); in these cases it is useful to take the granules just before departure and as needed.
- The remedy is useful for violent dizziness triggered by vestibular crises that get worse by sitting, turning the gaze or observing moving objects. Crises triggered by prolonged nighttime vigils.
- Aconitum napellus 5 CH: dizziness that appears following fright, agitation, anger, hypertensive crisis. Remedy used in all acute states in subjects with anxiety neurosis and panic attacks.
- Borax 5 CH: vertigo from altitude phobia associated with the inclined position forward or the movement that is done to descend from a high point.
If there is diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, recurrent aphthae, herpes, extreme sensitivity to noise.
- Conium 5 CH: vertigo that worsens while lying down or moving with a feeling of rotation of objects and the surrounding space with photophobia and tearing.
- A lively person who is afraid to be alone but fears the company of people he does not know. It is very sensitive to physical effort and psychophysical fatigue. A key to the remedy is improvement when the patient lets his legs hang down.
- Alumina 5 CH: remedy indicated for neurosensory disorders with dizziness, weakened vision, mental confusion. Subject with hasty behavior but with a paradoxical slowness in movements; he is confused, indecisive and very impressionable.
Exercises and movement in the event of vertigo
If you suffer from it, always start with the breath, it is the key to start changing. The osteopath can perform, after cervical evaluation and having in hand any neurological tests, repositioning or liberating maneuvers.
It is good to rely on someone who is really expert, who may even have knowledge in the area of craniocral therapy. We work on the cerebrospinal fluid and on the "breath" between the flat bones of the skull.
Dizziness can be a nice message that our body sends us to reach a breathing that is deeper, more diaphragmatic and abdominal.
Stay in the sun whenever you can, be patient with your own life, air the room even at night if possible. Go ahead for yogic work on pranayama .