Vertigo is a nervous disorder that involves losing the control of physical movements, and the resulting imbalance causes a feeling of light-headedness or dizziness. A person suffering from Vertigo feels helplessness due to loss of his body movement, and he or she becomes dependent on others while going through the process. The Ayurvedic approach is effective in treating Vertigo through natural means.
Types of Vertigo
The nervous disorder Vertigo can be of following types
- Subjective Vertigo - It is the condition when the feeling of movement is felt by the body, or when the body seems to be moving, but the external environment is stationary.
- Objective Vertigo - It's the condition when the external environment seems to be moving, and the body is stationary
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV - It involves a short sensation of movement that may last between 15 seconds to a few minutes. It's the commonest type of Vertigo.
The symptoms of Vertigo
A person suffering from Vertigo may experience following symptoms
- A sense of movement focused on the body or the environment
- Inability to stand
- Vomiting or nausea
- Sweating and headache
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of balance
- Unidirectional movement
Vertigo - The Ayurvedic explanation
Ayurveda is based on the concept of three types of energy that constitute and control the human body. These energies are together known as Tridoshas and are listed below
The Tridoshas exist in a balance that is unique to every individual, and this state of balance in an individual is known as his or her Prakriti. An imbalance of Doshas is considered to be the cause of different types of diseases. In Ayurveda, the nervous disorder Vertigo is known as Bhrama.
An imbalance of Pitta Dosha is a result of an excessive consumption of food items that are oily, spicy, fried or sour, excess stress, etc. Bhrama or Vertigo is caused by an imbalance of Vata and Pitta Doshas. Bhrama or Vertigo is not considered as a chronic condition.
The Ayurvedic treatment of Vertigo
The Vertigo Ayurveda treatment focuses on maintaining and improving the brain health. This treatment includes the following:
- A simple, bland and light diet that is free of spices
- Fresh fruits, green vegetables, citrus fruits, poppy seeds, dates and raisins
- Daily relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga
- Avoid the pillow while sleeping to enhance blood circulation to the brain
- Avoiding junk foods, excess salts, consumption of tobacco, narcotic drugs and alcoholic beverages
The following herbs are taken to strengthen and improve the brain related functions
- Brahmi - It improves the memory, enhances the blood flow to the brain and it's an effective tonic for brain health.
- Shilajit - It's a blackish brown hard paste-like substance that's extracted from rocks. It's a rich source of vitamins, Phyto-nutrients, Fulvic acid and minerals in their ionic form. Shilajit helps in maintaining and promoting healthy digestion, metabolism, reproductive and urinary system.
- ShankhaPushpi - It's a brain tonic for rejuvenating properties. It improves the brain health and memory.
- Other herbs that can be taken are Ashwagandha, Amalaki, Haritaki, Yavasa, Vacha, Sariva, Giloy and Pitpapda
Proper sleep and Shirodhara (a part of Panchakarma therapy) are suggested for a speedy improvement. Ayurveda not only provides a natural method of treating Vertigo, but the practices employed in the treatment promote general good health.