This is a very common problem, either chronic persistent or intermittent, affecting many individuals.  Not uncommonly, patients undergo extensive workup with negative results and they get a diagnosis of Meniere’s disease.  Drug therapy with Meclizine (Antivert) or other antihistamines is usually not effective.  Many sufferers are unaware of any effective alternatives.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Vertigo / Dizziness

As an experienced Chinese medicine practitioner, I have treated many patients with vertigo and dizziness successfully with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  As a matter of fact, I had this problem myself years ago. It was a very frustrating experience as I could not help myself.  I then investigated this problem from many different perspectives and came to the conclusion that there are frequently different energy disharmony patterns underlying this problem.  Using myself as an example, I realized that stress played an important role in my dizziness and I have not had any more attacks since I started giving myself acupuncture a number of years ago.

A case report

The following is a good story: An elderly gentleman came recently with a 5-month history of persistent vertigo, dizziness, extreme fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and frequent nausea.  Extensive work-up failed to show any abnormalities.  On Chinese examination, he has kidney yin energy deficiency.  He noticed significant improvement after just three acupuncture treatments and some herbs.  The onset of his vertigo was three days after his cataract operation.  His wife had died three months earlier after a long battle with cancer.  I believe that prolonged mental and physical stress led to his energy imbalance and his vertigo, something that western medicine has not touched on at all.

Dr. Peter Sheng
Cincinnati Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, Integrative Medicine & Holistic Health Care