Herbs for Vertigo?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: February 16, 2004

I have veritgo and when I have the attacks, I have to take man made medicine. I do not like the after effects of it. I take Meclinze. Is there an herb I can take that would not leave any side effects?

Vertigo, a balance disturbance resulting in a feeling of spinning, nausea and vomiting, may result from disease of the middle ear, brain or nervous system disorder, epilepsy, stress, high or low blood pressure, migraine, or from alcohol, drugs or other toxins in the blood stream. It must be treated in accordance with the cause.

Mistletoe (Viscum album) and ginkgo leaves are the main herbs used for vertigo generally. Ginkgo increases blood circulation to the brain, and can cause headache if taken for the wrong purposes. Mistletoe acts as a blood vessel dilator and tranquilizer. Mistletoe is often effective for vertigo, but can be dangerous due to its heart depressant activity, so must only be used by prescription from a herbal practitioner. Because you will need professional advice before using either of these herbs, I suggest that you visit a natural health practitioner, such as a medical herbalist or a naturopath, to assess the remedies that will be helpful in your particular case. There are many other herbs, without the possible side effects of ginkgo and mistletoe, that can help as relaxants to the nervous system and strengthening of blood vessels and blood circulation, depending on needs determined in your assessment.

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