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Herbal Cures for Vertigo: Using Ginger and Other Remedies

Updated on December 30, 2014
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Vertigo is a fairly common problem that affects the natural balance and equilibrium of the body. Your head may spin or you may think the surroundings are moving. You feel dizzy, nauseous and light-headed. Vertigo is not a disease but a sensation brought about by some medical conditions. While vertigo is generally not a serious condition, persistent vertigo (recurring episodes or chronic) can be debilitating as it affects your lifestyle. For instance, driving can be an issue. You may become more susceptible to falls as your balance go out of syn. Your productivity at work may be compromised. Surgery can take care of serious vertigo but there many herbal remedies that can effectively bring relief to vertigo.

Vertigo makes the world go round.
Vertigo makes the world go round.

What Causes Vertigo?

Mayo clinic lists three main causes of vertigo:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo (BPPV).

As the name applies, specific changes to the position of your head can bring about mild to intense dizziness—from moving your head in a certain direction to sitting up in the morning. Why? Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo is caused by disturbances in the inner ear—for instance, a small piece of bone-like calcium can break free and float in the fluid of the inner ear. This sends confusing messages about your body’s position, resulting in disequilibrium.

  • Labyrinthitis

This happens after a bout of cold or flu or viral infection of the inner ear.

  • Meniere’s Disease

Another cause of inner ear problem, this disease not only causes vertigo, loss of balance but ringing in the ears.

Gingko Biloba www.gardeninggonewild.com/wp-content/uploads/
Gingko Biloba www.gardeninggonewild.com/wp-content/uploads/

These are the main culprits but many other conditions can cause vertigo. These include alcohol, epilepsy, diabetic complications, toxins due to kidney failure, trauma to head, shock, poisoning and stroke.

Now that we have the basics covered, let’s consider some proven herbal remedies to treat vertigo

  • Gingko Biloba

This traditional Chinese herb is famous for treating many medical ailments from poor memory to circulatory system disorders. This miracle herb is able to flex its healing powers due to its high levels of vitamin C, carotenoids and  antioxidants.  A report from the Vanderbilt University in Tennessee found that gingko biloba is effective in treating vertigo and inner ear disturbances. It is reported to decrease the intensity of vertigo spells and gingko works best when taken as a daily supplement.

  • Ginger

Ginger may make delicious cookies and tea and good Chinese food, but this knobby rhizome can do more. It is reported that ginger is a far better alternative in treating vertigo than acupuncture, according to the March 2006 issue of The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. National Institutes of Health further validates this claim—powdered ginger root significantly reduces vertigo in a double-blind crossover placebo trial.

Ginger is a great culinary spice—add sliced ginger to stir-fry, add grated ginger to desserts, cookies , soups or marinades. Make ginger tea by steeping freshly sliced ginger in hot boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes, then add honey and drink to quell vertigo. Alternatively, ginger supplements can be taken.

More than zing! Ginger heals vertigo. Courtesy of blog.seattlepi.com/.../Ginger_and_leaves.jpg
More than zing! Ginger heals vertigo. Courtesy of blog.seattlepi.com/.../Ginger_and_leaves.jpg
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Butcher's broom enhances blood flow. Courtesy of www.allstarhealth.com/.../11/butchers_broom1.jpg
  • Butcher’s Broom

If the name doesn’t sound familiar, you’re in good company. It is also called by a variety of other names—Jew’s Myrtle, Knee Holly, Kneeholm, Pettigree and Sweet Broom—some of which you may have heard. Butcher’s broom is part of the lily family and is quite similar to the everyday asparagus plant. Reportedly high in flavonoids such as rutin and in particular, its high concentration of steroidal saponins is believed to be responsible for its medicinal effects.  Butcher’s broom has been used to improve circulation, relieve constipation, relieve water retention discomfort. It also helps to enhance blood flow to brain, legs and hands.

Butcher’s broom is often used to treat dizziness associated with low blood pressure by promoting blood circulation.  It is also commonly used to treat vertigo and ringing in the ears (tinnitus) associated with Meniere’s Disease.

  • Wild Indigo

A native herb of Midwest United States, the blue wild indigo is synonymous to the indigo blue dye, used by the Cherokees to dye fabric. Its roots also boast medicinal properties and have been used to treat upper respiratory infections, lymphatic disorders, viral infections, as a mouthwash to treat canker sore, gum diseases and sore throats.

Although there is no clear scientific evidence to link vertigo cure with wild indigo, herbal practitioners believe that wild indigo’s immune-boosting (thanks to the active ingredients glycoproteins and polysaccharides) and antimicrobial properties can treat underlying causes that can cause vertigo, such as cold, flu and viral infection of the ear.

Currently, wild indigo is often used together with Echinacea and white cedar (Thuja occididentalis) to boost immunity.

Wild Indigo boosts immunity.
Wild Indigo boosts immunity.
  • Basil

If you enjoy adding basil to your food, you’re doing yourself a favor. Consider this string of accolades—In Africa, basil is often used in the removal of worms and in the Far East, as a cough medicine, it is also used as a soothing salve for insect stings and bites and it is touted as an aphrodisiac. A rich source of beta-carotene, estragole, eugenal, borneol and vitamin C, this delicate herb has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. In addition, it is also antispasmodic and is helpful in treating headaches, migraines, vertigo and yes…colicky kids.

Basil is an excellent herb that can serve many culinary purposes. Supplements and essential oils are also available for homeopathic treatments.

The above named herbs are not all there are…other herbs used to treat vertigo include cayenne, chaparral, chickweed, cloves, dandelion root, fennel, hawthorne berry, lavender, lemon balm, licorice, peppermint and wild yam. Always consult your doctor or a certified herbal practitioner before taking any of these herbs.

Copyright @ Angeline Oppenheimer

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    Putz Ballard 7 years ago

    Great hub,seems a lot on hub pages are thinking herbal medicine today.

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    Mama Sez 7 years ago from Canada

    Vertigo is terrible! Now I know I should be drinking more ginger tea, thanks :)

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, Putz Ballard, for dropping by. If you're wondering why there are so many herbal hubs today, check out the Heath Contest--it's health month. You may want to write too.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Mama Sez, I agree with you--vertigo can make life miserable. Thumbs up for ginger tea. Thanks for dropping by.

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    The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 7 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

    I try to keep up on herbs--I loved this hub. I had no idea and never heard of Butcher’s Broom. My circulation at times is so so...so this I may try!

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    Hi anglnwu, I like your images and so rich in information, very nice, Maita

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Ghost, you look fab in your new profile picture! Thanks for dropping by. Butcher's broom? Never heard of it too--I've heard of Jew's Myrtle, though.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Maita, you're fast. Thanks for your support and love your hub too!

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    dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    Yes, I'm part of the group that has no idea what Butcher's Broom was! Was an interesting name! I use ginger in much of my cooking, especially in soups, curries, and marinades. The truth is, I can't seem to get enough of it. Wonderful hub, anglnwu. I really had no idea that ginger can relieve you of vertigo (which I probably why I don't have it!). Thanks for another helpful hub.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Excellent hub with a lot of good information.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    dohn, good to see you again. Butcher's broom-- i know--quite a strange name, though if you look at the picture--it looks good enough to double up as a broom--looks like our Asian version of spring-cleaning prop (we use bamboo, do you?. LOL on why you don't have vertigo--ginger gungho! I greatly appreciate your support and you know that!

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Pamela dear, thanks for dropping by. Are you in the health contest too?

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    prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Nice information. I am concern about herbal remedies and I found here. I use ginger very often. Thanks

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, prasetio, for dropping by. Ginger seems to be a favorite. It's very versatile too.

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    ImanAlipk 6 years ago

    Its really really good.(:

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Thanks, ImanAlipk, for dropping by.

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    bernieadkins 6 years ago from Virginia

    My 90 year old grandmother has vertigo and told me about ginger as a treatment not to long ago. It seems to work for her.

    Great information on your hubs. I enjoy reading them. I am a registered nurse but believe nature has a way of taking care of us if we let it.

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    bernieadkins, I believe that nature has a way of taking care of us too--kind of like God's pharmacy. I appreciate your visits to my hubs and thank you for reading.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks so much for putting this together! It is a super resource. Voted up and bookmarked.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Thanks, Rtalloni, always good to see you. Glad you like it and thanks for voting it up.

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    lama tamang 2 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

    First of all thanks altos anglnwu. Am very glad to see this information. because i am also have been suffering from vertigo and i have been searching of alternative medicine by 2 days .And finally i found it here. I suppose to using ginger to heal my vertigo.

    And in which time if i drank ginger tea it will better? how many cups per day?

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    anglnwu 2 years ago

    Hi Iama, thanks for reading. I'm not a certified physician but I will refer you to another website that recommends drinking 3 cups of 8 oz ginger tea (best to make it fresh with fresh ground ginger and hot water, a little honey). Just remember this is not meant as doctor's advice. If you've serious vertigo, you should see a doctor.

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/135992-heal-vert...

    I hope this helps and I wish you the best of health.

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    lama tamang 2 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

    hi anglnwu ! thanks again for your great advised. although you are not certified physician i considered it may be recover me. i have been taking antibiotic but it is not working so am looking after alternative medicine.thanks for wish me.

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    anglnwu 2 years ago

    Iama, thanks for checking back. I wish the best. I hope you find something to cure the vertigo--it's very annoying. Let me know if the ginger tea works for you. Cheers.

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    Risha Linda Mateos 2 years ago from Florida

    Thanks for the information on ginger. I have always used it for motion-sickness when I travel. Lately I have suffered with vertigo and hadn't considered ginger for that. Makes sense though.

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    anglnwu 2 years ago

    Risha Linda, thanks for reading. Give ginger a try, it helps with motion-sickness.

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    Risha Linda Mateos 2 years ago from Florida

    Absolutely, will try it.

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    anglnwu 2 years ago

    Thanks, Risha Linda, for checking back.

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