Vertigo –characterized by chronic dizziness and nausea—can be helped by taking supplemental ginger, a study published in the journal “Otorhinolaryngol Related Specimens” found. In the study, a group of vertigo patients were given either ginger root extract or a placebo.
They found that ginger helped reduce symptoms of vertigo better than the placebo. While researchers are unsure of how ginger works, they hypothesize that ginger helps reduce inflammation in the area of the ears responsible for balance. It’s not yet clear whether eating ginger as an herb will have the same beneficial effects.
Vertigo can be a frustrating condition that requires dozens of tests and doctors’ appointments. However, a pair of research studies note the importance of reducing sodium intake to reduce one of the leading causes of vertigo, Meniere’s disease.
The first study, published in the Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, notes that limiting sodium-rich foods in the diet like canned and frozen foods is one of the most effective treatments yet discovered for this common vertigo cause. The second research review, published by a team of Spanish scientists, notes that aggressive treatment of Meniere’s disease –including sodium reduction—is effective in more than 8 out of ten cases.
Even more natural ways to relieve vertigo and chronic dizziness…
Regular use of cotton swabs to clean out your ears can contribute to vertigo and dizziness, new research conducted by Henry Ford Hospital concludes. The research, presented at last month’s Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting in Chicago, found a direct link between cotton swab usage and vertigo caused by ruptured ear drums.
The ear drum damage, known as tympanic membrane perforation (TMP) was found to be a more common underlying cause of vertigo than most ear, nose and throat doctors realize. Importantly, the researchers found that more than 95% of TMP cases healed naturally without any medical treatment. The study authors recommend that people suffering from vertigo discontinue the use of cotton swabs to clean their inner ears.
Not long ago a reader emailed me asking if I had heard about the comments that are coming out now regarding the ‘side effects’ of the clunky, inverted sole shoes that are gaining in popularity.
Shoes like these are marketed as fitness tools, with the presumption (supposedly backed by research) that they will tone the backside, thighs, back, and abdomen.
The theory is that by causing ‘natural instability’ the wearer must work harder to stay balanced, and the process to do this naturally tones leg, buttock, and abdominal muscles.