BALANCE DISORDERS AND AYURVEDIC SOLUTIONS

By: Dr. Brahmananda Nayak

Balance

Life is all about balance. Our body is an amazing system that works in coordination of multiple organs and if any organ fails to perform its function as intended then things go hayway and the balance is disturbed thus leading to balance disorders.

Balance disorders mainly occur due to disruption in any of the neurological systems and may indicate a wide range of abnormalities like inner ear disorders, low blood pressure, brain tumors, and brain injury including stroke. Problems in the skeletal or visual systems, such as arthritis or eye muscle imbalance, may also cause balance problems.

Some of the major issues related to balance disorder are:

Disequilibrium

A sensation of being off balance and frequently falls in a specific direction.

Presyncope

A feeling of light-headedness or faintness usually caused by circulatory system deficiency, such as low blood pressure.

Vertigo

Vertigo is the most common and rampant balance disorder which may trigger nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, double vision or a racing heartbeat. Vertigo may be caused by a number of problems associated with the inner ear, brain, or sensory nerve pathway.

There are different types of vertigo, depending on the cause.

Peripheral vertigo – disturbance in the balance organs of the inner ear.

Central vertigo – disturbance in one or more parts of the brain.

Home Remedies

These remedies are very effective to treat the symptoms of dizziness and vertigo.

Gooseberry and Coriander

Acclaimed for their many medicinal benefits amla and coriander is also the best natural remedy for vertigo. Soak a teaspoon of gooseberry and coriander powder into a glass of water at night. Strain and drink it in next morning.

Ginger

Crowned as the king of spices, this herb benefits us in ways more than we can count.

Ginger is potent in treating dizziness and nausea. Feed yourself with a teaspoon ginger juice on an empty stomach or chew a small slice of fresh ginger to get effective results.

Ginkgo Biloba

A natural cure for vertigo this magical herb boosts blood flow to the brain and eliminates the symptoms of vertigo.

Lemon

Herbal tea prepared with lemongrass is highly effective or one can just go for lemon in a glass full of lukewarm water with a pinch of pepper powder, 1 pinch of salt. Lemon also helps to combat nausea and dizziness.

Cayenne

Cayenne contains a chemical called capsaicin which helps enhance blood flow in your brain.

Therapies for vertigo

  • Slow, deep and long breathing when you feel the dizziness or vertigo.
  • Head massage with essential oils – like lavender oil
  • Drink a glass of ice cold water and pour cold water on head and back of neck.
  • Sterno-cleido-mastoid muscle massage
  • Acupuncture and Acupressure
  • 8 to 10 glasses of water every day to stay hydrate.
  • Celery juice is also beneficial to treat vertigo.
  • Quitting tobacco, alcohol, and narcotic drugs.
  • Replacing coffee or tea with the benefits of green herbal tea.
  • Yoga poses and meditation aids in restoring balance.