Remedies for Meniere’s Disease
Meniere’s disease is a problem of the inner ear. The disease causes ringing and pressure in the ears, vertigo and occasional loss of hearing.
People suffering from this illness have attacks that usually start with the feeling of fullness in one ear, and then progress to serious case of nausea, vomiting, vertigo and balance problems. Meniere’s attack can last for a brief moment or up to couple of hours. Sometimes, patients experience an unusual symptom, eye movement which cannot be controlled, what is known as nystagmus.
Conventional treatment often includes antihistamines, antiemetics and Antivertigo drugs. Some specialists recommend meditation, yoga and Tai chi, to ease the stress and anxiety.
Tablets or intravenous injections of dexamethasone help in Meniere’s treatment. The procedure of giving the patient the injection directly into the ear is still doubtfully helpful. Effects of this medication are usually worn off after 24 hours.
It is used as drops or injections. Most doctors agree that using histamine in Meniere’s disease has no effect. Serc (betahistine) is a histamine agonist, but its efficacy is also questionable. Sometimes, patients who don’t respond to conventional treatments try the serc therapy.
It is believed that acupuncture may relieve some of the symptoms of Meniere’s disease, especially if it is applied in the ear area.
This plant is known to possess certain immune boosting effects. The use of Echinacea in Meniere’s disease is not proven to have any effect.
Ginkgo is recommended to be used in patients suffering from ear ringing and vertigo. Some studies show that ginkgo products might be helpful in memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, headaches, depression, tinnitus, and sexual problems. This plant is also used as natural blood thinner and antioxidant.
Be cautious with ginkgo if you use blood thinners (such as aspririn, Plavix or warfarin) or trozodone and antiepileptics.
It you are allergic to cashews, mango or poison ivy, you should avoid ginkgo, too. Stop using ginkgo products at least 36 hours before you undergo any kind of surgery. The recommended dose of this plant varies from 120 to 240mg a day.
This natural amino acid is used in France to treat vertigo.
This is a device constructed to exert pressure through a tube in the ear, much like a ventilation tube. There are no proofs that this machine actually helps patients suffering from Meniere’s disorder.
Vertigo-heel is a homeopathic remedy, and efficiency-wise it belongs to the same category with serc.