||What is Dizziness?
Dizziness is a symptom which has no medication for it in current use to established curative or prophylactic relief for short or long-term period. However, the Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has proved clinically to be effective in treating such condition. The main problem with dizziness is the functional disability and most sufferers fall because of their symptoms. However, some spontaneous remissions are occurred in few patients but the majority of them will have chronic symptoms that interfere with everyday functional tasks. Usually, the patient with dizziness experience psychological distress which creates a vicious cycle of fear
avoidance of symptom-provoking movements, and increased handicap, retarding recovery even further. The dizziness can be cause by peripheral vestibular disorders, central nervous system disorders, or combined lesions, as well as other conditions. The usual conventional western treatment consists of reassurance and anti-vertiginous and anti-emetic drugs to relieve symptoms but the real management of dizziness have concluded of no medication in current to establish curative or prophylactic relief for short or long-term.
The new clinical evidence on acupuncture development for over the last few decades indicated that acupuncture is one of the main treatment modalities of traditional Chinese medicine which is used successfully for both the prevention and treatment of chronic dizziness. Many studies, including clinical reports and systematic reviews, have investigated the benefits and success of acupuncture
||benefits and success of acupuncture in treating chronic dizziness.
Dizziness and Balance Disorders Dizziness can be caused by emotional disorders such as anxiety. Some patients with panic attacks or agoraphobia may experience dizziness. However, there are other physical causes of dizziness such as Meniere's syndrome, labyrinthitis, motion sickness, vestibular neuronitis, etc.
What are the types of Dizziness?
There are 3 main types of Dizziness:
1. Peripheral dizziness:
It is due to the vestibular organ in the ears which play crucial role in maintaining body balance by detecting horizontal, vertical and rotational motions This type of dizziness occur in Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) (Characterized by feeling severe vertigo as if the room is spinning and associated with vomiting, nausea and cold sweat), Meniere's disease (characterised by dizziness while experiencing loss of hearing, ringing noises and tight feeling in the ear) and vestibular neuritis (caused by vestibular organ viral infection (viral) with no damage to hearing but only feeling of dizziness with nausea andvomiting and nausea last for hours or longer ).
2. Central dizziness:
this type due to disorder in brain stem and the cerebellum which causes slow speech, motor disturbance and dysesthesia. It is a disorder which needs urgent attention with bad prognosis.
3. Psychological dizziness
: it is caused by stress from depression, panic disorder, restlessness or physical exhaustion.
||Acupuncture treatment of Dizziness
According to Chinese acupuncture theories, Dizziness can be resulted from different imbalances such as blood stagnation or an excess of phlegm. But the main cause of dizziness is due to exogenous pathogenic factor, impairment of an internal organ or trauma. Its mechanism may be summarized as wind, phlegm, asthenia, fire and blood stasis and the organ chiefly involved is the liver and also the spleen and kidneys. The chinese acupuncture treatment is concentrating on normalizing the functions within the vestibular organs and cerebellum by enhancing the Qi (vital energy) and blood flow in the head. So acupuncture can help most types of dizziness depending on the cause. In addition to acupuncture treatment, there are few points the patient with dizzines should consider:
1. The patient should check with his GP about his/her medications because some drugs can cause dizziness such as antihistamines, anti-hypertensive medications, sedatives and tranquilizers.
2. Dryness or successive exposure to heat can cause dizziness. So keep hydrated and drink normal requirement of water to prevent dehydration.
3. Cut the intake of coffee, tea (caffienated), alcohol and smoking.
4. Rising from sleeping in bed should slowly because rapid standing from sleeping position with cause psotural hypotension (low blood pressure on standing) which leads to dizziness.
5. During the attack of dizzines, the patient should sit and focus on one spot (e.g looking at a picture for more the 2 minutes) which could lower the severity of the attack.
6. Healthy life style (daily exercises) and healthy diet (such as eating enough daily protein, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits) and avoid bad food stuff (such as red meat, full fat food or dairy and most sugary food such as biscuits, cake, chocolates and refined sugars.
7. In any dizzines you have to consult your GP particularly in acute stages. Therefore your doctor would be able to exclude any serious causes of dizziness.
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