Vertigo and Dizziness

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Vertigo, which includes dizziness and nausea, is very disconcerting and can prevent many normal activities. Acupuncture can help many causes. Acupuncturists are trained to assess patients and refer them to doctors and specialists as needed. In other words, we may be an excellent stop in treating vertigo before more invasive techniques are used.

Vertigo can have many causes including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV, the most common cause),¬†Meniere’s disease,¬†vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis, stroke, tumor, migraines, reduced blood flow to a certain areas of the brain (vertebrobasilar ischemia), head or neck injury. Acupuncture may be able to help many of these conditions, though some better than others.¬†Here are some studies that support this:

Modulation of cerebellar activities by acupuncture stimulation: evidence from fMRI study
Penetrating needling on head points for vertigo caused by vertebral-basilar arterial blood-supply insufficiency
Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for dizziness and vertigo in emergency department: a pilot cohort study
Fifty Cases of Vertebrobasilar Ischemic Vertigo Treated by Acupuncture

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