Vertigo or Dizziness (the feeling that your environment is spinning) can happen when you get up too quickly or change the position of your head. It can be caused by sinusitis or by an infection in the inner ear, but there is a form called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Although it is not medically serious, this condition can cause discomfort and even falls. If you are worried about unexplained dizziness that comes back and last for more than a week or if you experience headaches, weakness, speech problems or chest pain, see a doctor to rule out a problem. However, for benign positional vertigo, you can try the ginger root. Traditionally used to cure motion sickness, some studies have been done where it was found that its effects reduce vertigo.
Take 1,000 mg of powdered ginger at the first sign of vertigo. According to the website of the National Library of Medicine of the United States, a controlled clinical study suggested that ginger root reduced vertigo in some participants. According to Dr. Weil's website, it is safe to take an additional 500 mg of powdered ginger every 4 hours, as needed.
Also, you can add a one-inch root (2, 5 cm) of grated ginger to two cups of boiling water to make a soothing tea that you can drink when necessary. Simmer the tea for at least five minutes and then strain it into a cup of tea. To combine the power of ginger with other herbs that fight dizziness, add a pinch of pumpkin seeds and celery powder.
Drink 3 8-ounce glasses (236 ml) of ginger ale per day to reduce vertigo. According to the Herbs 2000 website, ginger ale can be as effective as ginger powder or root, but you should check the label to make sure the drink is made with real ginger.
To avoid the possibility of having heartburn, you should always take the ginger extract capsules with food.
Avoid nicotine, alcohol and caffeine, and avoid excessive salt intake, as all these elements can make the vertigo worse.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil you should not take ginger (as it has anticoagulant effects) two weeks after undergoing surgery, if you are pregnant, and if you use it for nausea you should limit the dose to 1.000 mg per day.
Do not use ginger if you have gallstones.
Never start an herbal treatment or supplement without first consulting your doctor, as the herbs can have side effects and interfere with prescription medications.