Vertigo is a condition where an individual often experiences a loss of balance, spinning sensation or a feeling that the world is swaying or moving around them when it is not. Other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and ringing in the ears may also be experienced. Patients will report aggravation of their vertigo with different body positions, such as: walking, going from sitting to standing, lying in bed or when moving their head.
It is estimated that vertigo and dizziness affect 20-30 percent of the general population, with the majority of the sufferers being older women. Modern medicine identifies two types of vertigo: Peripheral or Central vertigo depending on the location where the dysfunction is taking place. Peripheral vertigo is linked to problems of the inner ear while Central vertigo is associated with issues stemming from the balance centres of the brain.
Like modern medicine, Chinese Medicine identifies multiple causes of vertigo, and clinically we often see patients dealing with more than one cause at a time. The most common cause that we see at Poke Acupuncture is lifestyle related, referring to people with a poor diet and eating habits, combined with sustained periods of high stress. These patients usually have a medical diagnosis from their doctor of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Ménière's disease or vestibular neuritis.
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Ryan Samuels - Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist
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