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Vertigo (cont.)

Vertigo Treatment

There are a variety of treatments for vertigo including self-care remedies, medications, and physical therapy maneuvers.

Vertigo Home Remedies

Home therapy should only be undertaken if you have already been diagnosed with vertigo and are under the supervision of a doctor.

If your doctor approves, there are some natural home remedies that may help relieve the symptoms of your vertigo. Scientifc evidence supporting some remedies is often lacking.

  • A modified Epley maneuver is a type of physical therapy often prescribed that involves head and body movements done while sitting on a bed. Traditionally, it is performed in a doctor or physical therapist's office, but it may also be prescribed to do at home. Once a patient has received proper instruction, this maneuver can get rid of vertigo symptoms within a week for many patients.
  • Vitamin D supplementation may be beneficial for patients diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Your doctor can check to see if you have a vitamin D deficiency.
  • Herbal remedies such as ginger root, ginkgo biloba, and coriander may help reduce vertigo symptoms in some people. Consult your doctor before taking any natural remedies.
  • Acupuncture may provide relief for symptoms of some types of vertigo.
  • Avoid substances that can affect circulation, including caffeine, tobacco, or alcohol.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • There have been some claims that essential oils, including peppermint, ginger, lavender, and frankincense, may help relieve symptoms of vertigo. Read all instructions for use and consult your doctor before trying these natural remedies, as some can have side effects, especially if you have respiratory illness.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/12/2016

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