Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Homeopathic Remedy Containing Ambra grisea, Conium , Petroleumm, and Cocculus
Vertigo is a kind of dizziness in which the world seems to spin around you. These symptoms commonly occur when you whirl around rapidly and then stop. Often, vertigo is accompanied by nausea and a loss of balance. Vertigo may pass quickly, or it may last for hours or even days.
There are many possible causes of vertigo, including motion sickness, infection in the inner ear, vision problems, head injury, insufficient blood supply to the brain, and brain tumors. A condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo involves attacks of vertigo triggered by certain head positions; its cause is believed to be deposits of calcium in the inner ear. Another condition, Meniere's disease, is characterized by sudden, intense attacks of vertigo often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, along with ringing in the ears and progressive deafness. Its cause is unknown.
Note: Because of its wide variety of causes, persistent episodes of vertigo should always be investigated by a physician.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Vertigo
One double-blind study found that a particular combination homeopathic remedy sold as Vertigoheel was just as effective as standard treatment for vertigo. 1 This study followed 105 people with acute or chronic vertigo of various causes, including Meniere’s disease and positional vertigo. The homeopathic treatment used contained Ambra grisea, Conium, Petroleumm, and Cocculus . The treatment was tested against betahistine hydrochloride, an antihistamine widely used in Europe for vertigo symptoms. To evaluate the success of the treatment, researchers recorded the frequency, duration, and self-reported intensity of participants’ vertigo attacks. The results showed that the homeopathic mixture was as effective as the antihistamine during the 6 weeks of the treatment period. Unfortunately, these results are not as meaningful as they sound; betahistine is at most modestly effective for vertigo, and since there was no placebo group in the study, it is quite possible