Vertigo is challenging problem because it relates to balance and our ability to hold ourselves upright. For anyone who has faced it or is facing it, it is impossible to convey to friends or family how it feels. It is described as the room spinning, head spinning, bed spins or rocking and swaying which implies a sense of movement that is reminiscent of flowing liquid - not sharp and sudden but more slow and contiuous . Vertigo can affect our sense of safety and independance. It can interrupt our lives in ways unimaginable.
Chinese medicine uses the term xuan yun to describe both dizziness and vertigo, with symptoms ranging from mild dizziness to severe loss of balance. Vertigo may or may not be initiated by movement of the head and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. It can even occur while lying in bed or upon waking. It often induces a sense of fear and causes people to remain immobile.
According to Chinese Medicine vertigo is either caused by too much pathological substance (think viruses, head injury creating inflammation, certain medications,drugs, caffeine or alcohol etc) or insufficent physiological substance (think anemia, ischemia, hormonal fluctuations during menopause). Please note here that pathological substances refers to substances that are not normally found in the body while physiological substances refer to substances that are typically found in the body.
Chinese medicine prescribes acupuncture and herbs in combination to reduce inflammation within the body and restore overall balance. If you or someone you knows suffers form vertigo and would like to pursue complementary health solutions for it it is worth considering Chinese medicine especially in chronic cases i.e. when symptoms don't alleviate or recur frequently.