Acupuncture for Vertigo – Houston, Texas

Vertigo, also known as Meniere’s disease, is an inner ear disorder that can have detrimental effects on balance and hearing. In the western world, prescription medications are commonly used to treat vertigo. However, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been used for thousands of years to effectively and safely eliminate vertigo on a permanent basis.

Symptoms and Causes of Vertigo

Contact Us Now About Acupuncture for VertigoVertigo is often experienced as occasional or regular episodes of dizziness, as well as tinnitus (defined as constant ringing in the ears). Progressive hearing loss unfortunately accompanies vertigo as well, although typically in only one year. Vertigo is thought to occur from an increase in pressure and volume of the endolymph, located in the inner ear. Other contributing factors include anxiety and tension, migraines, hormonal imbalances, allergies, high cholesterol and severe head injuries.

According to Chinese medicine and the principles of acupuncture, vertigo is often caused by dampness obstruction and phlegm, with symptoms including vomiting and nausea. Acupuncturists often diagnose vertigo as kidney yin deficiency, which causes liver wind to ascend.

Acupuncture Treatments for Vertigo

Your acupuncturist will work with you on an individualized basis to develop an acupuncture treatment plan to effectively eliminate or reduce vertigo. The plan will include the targeting of specific points located around the head and body which relate to the inner ears and other areas relevant to vertigo.

In addition, your treatment plan may include a series of dietary recommendations. Acupuncturists traditionally recommend that vertigo sufferers reduce their intake of fluids, especially alcohol, as well as salt and cholesterol. Eliminating your intake of cigarettes and coffee, which constrict blood vessels, is also often recommended. The reduction of salt in your diet is often considered most important, since salt tends to increase pressure within your inner ear as well as fluid retention.

Targeted Points for Acupuncture and Vertigo

Your acupuncturist will select a group of targeted body points based on your exact diagnosis, which will consider all of the factors related to vertigo. The targeted points for acupuncture and vertigo often exist around the ears and on the scalp, as well as other regions of the body. Some of these points include:

  • Kidney 3 (for deficiencies of kidney yin)
  • Ren 12, Stomach 35 and Pericardium 6 (for alleviating dampness, phlegm, vomiting and nausea)
  • San Jiao 17 and Small Intestine 19 (for restoring the circulation of Qi around ears)
  • Liver 3 and Gallbladder 20 (for balancing liver wind)

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