Ayurvedic treatment for Dizziness

Dizziness

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  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Dizziness Ayurvedic treatment

WHAT IS DIZZINESS?

Dizziness is a feeling of being lightheaded, woozy, or unbalanced. It affects the sensory organs, specifically the eyes and ears, so it can sometimes cause fainting1

Frequent spells of dizziness have a significant effect on life. But dizziness is rarely associated with a life-threatening condition. The causes and symptoms of dizziness govern the course of its treatment. The treatment works most of the times; however, the condition may recur.2

Fainting and dizziness is caused by increased vata dosha along with excess pitta moving in the nervous system. The first type is called as objective dizziness where one feels that the objects in the environment are moving. This is primarily caused by aggravated vata. The second type is called subjective dizziness where one has the feeling of swinging or disequilibrium, or being subjectively in motion. This type of dizziness is caused primarily by excess pitta.3

Causes

Dizziness

DIZZINESS CAUSES

The most common causes of dizziness include:4

  • An inner ear infection called labyrinthitis - that causes a disturbance in your hearing and balance, and can lead to vertigo, a severe form of dizziness.
  • Dizziness associated with headache may be seen called as migraine. Dizziness may occur before or after the headache, or even without the headache
  • Stress or anxiety – especially if you tend to hyperventilate
  • Low blood sugar level associated with diabetes
  • Postural hypotension – a rapid fall in blood pressure when you sit or stand up suddenly and which goes away after lying down. This is more common in older people
  • Dehydration or heat exhaustion
  • Decreased blood flow in the back of the brain, which may be caused by the blood vessels that lead to the brain from the heart being blocked (known as atherosclerosis)

Symptoms

Dizziness

DIZZINESS SYMPTOMS

Dizziness presents as a number of sensations, such as:2

  • A false sense of being in motion or spinning
  • Light-headedness or feeling faint
  • Loss of balance or unsteadiness
  • A feeling of floating, giddiness or heavy-headedness

These feelings may be triggered or worsened by walking, standing up or moving your head.

Diagnosis

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DIZZINESS DIAGNOSIS

Your doctor will perform a physical examination and narrow down the cause of dizziness and any other symptoms. Your doctor may ask you questions about your dizziness, which include:1

  • The time it occurs
  • The situations that may trigger the symptoms
  • The severity of symptoms
  • Other symptoms that accompany dizziness

Your doctor may also perform a neurological physical exam, check your eyes and ears, observe your posture, and perform tests to check balance. An imaging test such as CT scan or MRI might be recommended depending on the suspected cause. In some cases, no cause for dizziness is determined.1

Management

Dizziness

DIZZINESS AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Ayurveda has a holistic approach in treating different conditions that include a combination of ahar (diet) and vihar (lifestyle regime) recommendations for effective management. These include:

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Eat something – Low blood sugar can cause dizziness, especially in patients with diabetes. So, try eating something high in carbohydrates or sugar like a chocolate bar or a banana when you get dizzy
  • Have a balanced, healthy diet.
  • Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Increase the intake of fresh and organic, seasonal fruits and vegetable juices
  • Increase the intake of salads
  • Drink green herbal tea
  • Eat foods including green leafy vegetables, salad and fruits that are rich in vitamins and protein
  • Consume wholesome food such as wholegrain bread, veggies, legumes, brown rice etc
  • Limit salt as this may help to minimize the amount of build-up in the ear
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages
  • Limit the intake of foods with high cholesterol like fried foods, whole dairy products and red meat
  • Limit the intake of oily and junk foods
  • Avoid refrigerated items and junks
  • Quit smoking and tobacco
  • Avoid alcohol

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Be aware of the possibility of losing your balance that may lead to serious falls and injuries
  • Try immediately sitting down when you feel dizzy
  • Make sure that you are using good lighting, if you get up at night,
  • Walk with a cane support, if you are at a risk of falling,
  • Avoid sudden jerky movements
  • Avoid keep your head tilted back for a long time
  • Avoid driving
  • Avoid operating heavy machines
  • Yoga and meditation is recommended
  • Sleep well, sleep at least for 8 hours
  • Sleeping without pillow provides better blood circulation to brain
  • Develop healthy lifestyle
  • Exercise regularly to stay active and avoid stress
  • Control high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol
  • Manage and control stress and anxiety by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, Yoga, or meditation
  • Practice eye exercises by looking from near to far, up and down or side to side.

FAQS

Dizziness
  1. What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the lining of the nose in response to an immune response given by body when it comes in contact with certain allergens (things causing allergy in a person). It simply means that immune system is overreacting to certain allergy causing substances such as pollen, dust mites, skin and saliva of furry animals such as cats, dogs, etc. Around 10 to 30 percent of population in the world may suffer from this condition. Allergic disorders in Ayurveda are widely elaborated under the concepts of Ama, Asatmya ahara vihar, Anurjta and viruddha aahara. Impaired digestion and metabolism causes Ama. It leads to the manifestation of Rhinitis or Pratishyaya by affecting Rasa and Rakta Dhatu.

  1. What causes allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis happens when your body releases histamine after coming in contact with an allergen. Histamine is a natural chemical that guards your body from the allergen. This chemical is responsible for the symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis, including a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes.

Other common causes in addition to pollen, include

  • Grass
  • Dust
  • Animal skin
  • Mites
  • Moulds

Some external factors that can trigger or aggravate this condition, include:

  • Dampness
  • Cold temperature
  • air pollution
  • chemicals in Hairspray/perfumes/colognes
  • Wood smoke
  • Fumes
  • Smoking
  1. What diet changes I can do to avoid ear infection in my child?

Here are few diet tips to avoid ear infection in your child:

Since ear problems are associated with an imbalance in the kapha dosha, a diet that does not vitiate the kapha dosha, should be followed. The following dietary guidelines must be followed: -

  1. Sour foods must be avoided as it impairs the kapha dosha. These include sour fruits and curds.
  2. Fruits like bananas, watermelons, oranges, papayas and cucumbers must be avoided since the increase the risk common cold. This would aggravate the ear problem. All refrigerated foods must also be avoided for the same reason.
  3. Onion, ginger and garlic should be preferred during ear problems.
  4. Turmeric is also very good remedy for infections, and must be used for spicing the meals
  5. Avoid processed and oily food
  6. Avoid water getting into ear during bath.
  1. What are the causes of nosebleeds?

Nose bleeds can be caused by a number of things, including:

  • Scratching the inside of your nose with a sharp fingernail
  • Forcefully blowing your nose
  • blow to your head, or a fall
  • A minor injury to your nose
  • Presence of cold or flu which causes a blocked or stuffy nose
  • Sinusitis
  • Very dry environment or places that have hot, dry weather
  • Hay fever or other allergies
  • High altitude
  • Abuse of nasal decongestants
  • A crooked nose that's either present from birth or the result of an injury.
  • broken nose
  • Recent nasal surgery
  • Hardened arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Medicines that cause you to bleed more easily, including aspirin
  1. What can I do to manage or avoid nosebleed?

Here are some tips to manage/avoid nosebleed:

  • Avoid mental pressure and stress.
  • Sound sleep for 7-8 hours is highly recommended.
  • Cold water is one of the best ways to stop nasal bleeding
  • Instillation of lemon juice should be dropped into nostrils provides excellent relief
  • Juice of fresh coriander leaves can be used as nasal drops
  • A cotton bud dipped in rosewater and kept inside the nostrils stops the bleeding
  • Tulsi juice mixed with honey will also help and provide extra strength to the body
  1. My husband snores a lot. What could be the reasons?

Snoring may be caused by a combination of factors which are as follows:

  • Sleeping on the back
  • Being overweight/obese
  • Congestion of the upper respiratory tract
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol in the evening prior to sleep
  • Use of sleeping pills and tranquilizers
  • Inadequate sleep
  • stress
  • Saggy and extra soft mattress
  • A pillow that is too low/high
  • History of smoking
  1. How is snoring treated in Ayurveda?

Ayurveda classifies sleep disorders as Kapha dominant disorders since they are highly associated with obesity as a main symptom, however, Vata and Pitta could have an impact on this disorder. Kapha dosha first accumulates, and aggravates in the digestive system, it then over-flows into the circulatory system, subsequently relocating into the Medas (Medovaha srota), then manifest and diversifies.2  Lekhana and Medohara (fat scraping/ reducing) ahara and vihar and Shodhana therapies may be beneficial.

Ayurveda has a holistic approach in treating different conditions that include a combination of ahar (diet) and vihar (lifestyle regime) recommendations for effective management.

  1. What are few tips to reduce snoring?

Here are few tips to reduce snoring:

  • Maintain a proper diet and exercise well to lose weight
  • Avoid alcohol consumption since it can increase sleep apnea
  • Prefer sleeping on the side (especially the left side as this promotes better digestion)
  • Avoid smoking
  • Ensure that you always get sufficient and a sound sleep
  • Sleep on a firm mattress
  • Use a pillow of an appropriate size and firmness
  • If possible, elevate the head end of the bed if possible
  • Use of nasal spray to relieves nasal congestion
  • Inhale steam with eucalyptus oil
  1. My child frequently gets chest infection, what diet can I give to improve his condition?

Following are the diet tips to improve/better manage chest infection:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet as it can help strengthen the immune system, makes you less susceptible to developing chest infections
  • Avoid milk products and other mucous forming foods like ice-cream, cold water, sugar salt refined flour, bread and fruit juices
  • Prefer hot food and drinks since they help in soothing the discomfort associated with cough
  • Preparations containing long pepper and dry ginger are helpful in treating cough
  • Ghee can be used to soothe the throat
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
  • Prepare a solution of a glass of hot water, half a lemon’s juice squeezed in it and a teaspoon of honey. Drink this mixture sip by sip
  • Avoid excessive consumption of tea, caffeinated and carbonated drinks 
  1. My child has crying spell and pulls his ear sometimes. Is he having ear pain?

The symptoms of ear pain in infants include:

  • Fever and irritability in babies
  • Pulling tugging or rubbing of ears in children
  • Babies do not feed well; loss of appetite in children
  • Sleep problems and restlessness at night
  • Coughing and runny nose

 

References

Dizziness
  1. What causes dizziness? Available at: http://www.healthline.com/symptom/dizziness. Accessed on: 22 Sep. 16.
  2. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/basics/definition/con-20023004. Accessed on: 22 Sep. 16.
  3. Lad V. The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies. Harmony; 1999.
  4. Dizziness (lightheadedness). Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dizziness/pages/introduction.aspx. Accessed on: 22 Sep. 16.
  5. Vertigo Causes, How To prevent, Ayurvedic Treatment. Available at: http://easyayurveda.com/2015/12/14/vertigo-causes-tips-to-prevent-ayurvedic-treatment/. Accessed on: 22 Sep. 16.

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