The feeling of dizziness is an unusual, uncomfortable, and at times can become scary. You may get this feeling for many reasons such as poor sleep, stress, fatigue, or hunger. But it can also be caused by more serious conditions like ear infection, head trauma, or from complications of diabetes. In the medical field, the word “dizziness” can describe a variety of sensations including loss of balance, faintness, and also the feeling of being in motion known as vertigo. Vertigo is a disorder of balance that causes dizziness. According the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ailments like vertigo is caused by imbalances in a person’s body. Acupuncture is an effective way to restore balance and lessen the symptoms, as cited by TCM practitioners.
Before understanding how acupuncture is used as treatment, what is vertigo and what does it do to the body?
Acupuncture is effective against a wide variety of illnesses, including vertigo. But before tackling the process by which it treats a certain condition, let us first understand what vertigo is and what are the symptoms that accompany it. Vertigo takes place when the inner ear and its nerves do not function properly and interrupts the ability of the brain to perceive motion accurately. Extreme cases of vertigo can be incapacitating and sometimes cause imbalance, nausea, and vomiting. Vertigo can result from several conditions, one of the most common cause are anxiety disorders. Those who are suffering from agoraphobia or panic attacks may feel dizziness as one of their symptoms. According to research, psychological issues can also play a major role in the occurrence of vertigo. Even though the early symptoms are caused by physical conditions, psychological disorders like anxiety may prolong the feeling of dizziness or vertigo.
Effectiveness of acupuncture as treatment for vertigo and other conditions
Based on several clinical studies, acupuncture is helpful in treating a number of illnesses. Acupuncture is a treatment modality that is part of the Tradition Chinese Medicine. It has been developed for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture is effective in managing vertigo and other conditions because it operates in the body in scientific ways like nerve conduction, improvement of blood flow, hormone production, lymph drainage, and so forth.
How can acupuncture treat vertigo?
When the so-called “meridians” or acupuncture channels in your body become impeded or blocked, the nodes become charged electrically. This charge can be responsible in causing painful physical conditions and is measurable using sensitive equipments. The nodes can be stimulated using needles to release their charge. By doing this, the energy will begin to flow again through the meridians and all the organs & muscles located adjacent to the meridian will become relaxed. This is also the process by which acupuncture treat vertigo as wells as other conditions. Depending on a practitioner’s assessment, the acupuncture points used to treat vertigo vary from person to person.
There are two common points used to treat the imbalance brought about by vertigo. They are the “LV 3” and “ST 9.” Also known as the Great Surge or Tai Chong, the LV 3 can be found at the top of the foot. Meanwhile, ST 9, also termed as “Man’s Prognosis” or Ren Ying in Chinese, is located near the Adam’s apple.