Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Dizziness (Vertigo)

What Is Dizziness (Vertigo)?

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Dizziness (Vertigo) - Basics

Dizziness, or vertigo, is the sensation of spinning or unsteadiness. This sensation can be mild and last for a few moments, or can be debilitating and the sign of a larger health issue.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for dizziness.

What Patterns Are Related To Dizziness (Vertigo)?

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Dizziness (Vertigo) - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of dizziness (vertigo) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of dizziness (vertigo):

Blood StagnationKidney Qi DeficiencyLiver FireLiver WindSpleen Qi Deficiency

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Which Acupuncture Point Protocols May Be Applied For Dizziness (Vertigo)?

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Dizziness (Vertigo) - Acupuncture Protocols

The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.

The following acupuncture treatment protocols may be used with dizziness (vertigo):

Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Dizziness (Vertigo)?

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Dizziness (Vertigo) - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for dizziness (vertigo) that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with dizziness (vertigo):

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The Following (11)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Dizziness (Vertigo)

Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan (Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination)

Clinical Usages

  • Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp with liver qi stagnation causing rebellious qi.
  • Dizziness, migraines, and vertigo from damp and liver wind rising.
  • Heavy or oppressed sensation of the chest.

    Clinical Categorization

    Cautions

      This formula should not be used to treat dizziness or vertigo due to liver yang rising patterns.

        Dang Gui Wan (Tangkuei Powder)

        Clinical Usages

        • For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident, similar in usage to ba zhen wan.
        • A range of menstrual issues when they arise from qi and blood deficiency - amenorrhea, menorrhagia, irregular cycles - also related fertility issues.
        • For pregnancy with the right diagnostic factors for habitual miscarriage, unstable pregnancy - as well as aiding with difficult labor and post-partum deficiencies such as weakness, anemia, and/or insufficient lactation.
        • Weakness and deficiencies from qi and blood deficiency generally - strong fatigue, orthostatic hypotension, anemia, floaters.
        • Any of the above issues may arise from malnutrition and/or eating disorder issues for which this formula may be supportive.
        • Vertigo/dizziness, possibly with anxiety and/or palpitations from blood deficiency.

          Clinical Categorization

          Er Chen Wan (Two Aged Herbs)

          Clinical Usages

          • The primary base formula to resolve phlegm damp, particularly in the lungs and GI system - cough (with white mucus), plugged ears, sinus blockage - along with GI symptoms of nausea, vomiting.
          • Upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD - when arising from phlegm damp.
          • Phlegm accumulation in the head symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia, meniere's disease, alcohol hangover.
          • Cysts from phlegm accumulation - fibroids, breast cyst, ovarian cyst, thryoid cysts, goiter. 

            Clinical Categorization

            Cautions

              • Avoid in patients with yin deficiency - i.e. cough from dryness.

                Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan (Coptis Clearance Pill)

                Clinical Usages

                • Dispels wind heat, clear toxic heat - generally used short-term for inflammatory conditions of the face, mouth, head - sore throat, conjunctivitis, acne, swollen gums.
                • Can be a supportive formula for liver fire conditions resulting in headache, tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo.
                • A range of yang ming heat issues - constipation, halitosis, gingivitis.

                  Clinical Categorization

                  Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia)

                  Clinical Usages

                  • Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidney and liver yin deficiency.
                  • Insomnia especially with night sweats, hot flashes, irritibility.
                  • Spontaneous/nocturnal emissions. 

                    Clinical Categorization

                    Cautions

                      • Use with caution in patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

                        Qi Xue Da Bu Wan (Nourish Qi & Blood Pills)

                        Clinical Usages

                        • Fatigue, lethargy, sensation of feeling heavy or cold.
                        • Low appetite, bloating, borborygmus, loose bowels.
                        • Impotence, infertility, low libedo.
                        • Insomnia, night sweats, vivid dreams, nightmares.

                          Clinical Categorization

                          Suan Zao Ren Wan (Sour Jujube Decoction)

                          Clinical Usages

                          • Shen related issues when arising from liver blood deficiency - anxiety, insomnia.
                          • Menopausal heat contributing to sleep and/or anxiety issues.
                          • Palpitations, night sweats, and general dryness.

                            Clinical Categorization

                            Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan (Gastrodia and Uncaria Formula)

                            Clinical Usages

                            • Headaches, vertigo, dizziness, tinnitis, floaters or blurry vision, insomnia as a result of liver yang rising. 
                            • Siezures, spasms, convulsions or other types of involuntary muscle activity due to liver wind.

                              Clinical Categorization

                              Cautions

                                • Use with caution with patients presenting with yin deficiency.

                                  Tong Qiao Huo Xue Wan (Unblock the Orifices and Invigorate the Blood Decoction)

                                  Clinical Usages

                                  • Blood stagnation particularly in the head - migraines and/or headaches with other sensory factors - auras, sound sensitivity, etc.
                                  • Dizziness, tinnitus, hair loss - with underlying blood stagnation signs.
                                  • Stroke, seizure disorder, post concussion headaches.
                                  • Rheumatoid arthritis.

                                    Clinical Categorization

                                    Cautions

                                    • Avoid during pregnancy.
                                    • Avoid with heavy menstrual bleeding.
                                    • Use only under direction if you are taking blood thinners.
                                    • Generally not for long term use.

                                      Wen Dan Wan (Warm the Gallbladder Formula)

                                      Clinical Usages

                                      • Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other shen disturbances caused by phlegm misting the mind.
                                      • Seizures, convulsions or other types of involuntary muscle contractions that are caused by phlegm and heat.
                                      • Nausea, vomitting, abdominal discomfort resulting from disharmony of the stomach and gallbladder/liver.
                                      • Vertigo, dizziness or light-headedness.

                                        Clinical Categorization

                                        Cautions

                                          • Use with caution with patients that present with yin or blood deficiency.

                                            Xue Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Blood Stasis Relief Pills)

                                            Clinical Usages

                                            • Qi and Blood stagnation - pain, cardiovascular issues, physical organ issues.
                                            • Coronary artery disease, angina and other cardiovascular issues.
                                            • Hepatitis and other liver function issues.
                                            • Migraines, headaches, neuralgia from most causes.
                                            • A range of menstrual issues including dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids - particularly with pain and/or bleeding.
                                            • Certain diagnostic types of psychological illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, chronic depression, etc.

                                              Clinical Categorization

                                              Cautions

                                              • Avoid during pregnancy.
                                              • Avoid with heavy menstrual bleeding.
                                              • Use only under direction if you are taking blood thinners.
                                              • Generally not for long term use.

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