Natural ways to get rid of vertigo

Updated February 21, 2017

Vertigo is a medical condition leading to sudden and intense episodes of dizziness. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common forms' it leads to a spinning sensation. BPPV is often triggered by sudden changes in head position, such as getting up from bed or turning your head quickly. Vertigo is generally not dangerous, unless it leads to falls or other accidents.


Ginger is perhaps the most widely studied natural remedy for vertigo and dizziness in general, including sea and motion sickness. Legend has it that fishermen used to chew on ginger root to avoid getting sick on a rocking ship. The Life Extension foundation notes that numerous scientific studies show ginger to be useful in treating vertigo. Some research papers have shown that this natural remedy can alleviate the symptoms as well as reduce recovery time from vertigo once it is induced.

The edible portion of the ginger is the root. One gram of dried, powdered root is an effective dose for the treatment of vertigo symptoms.

Ginko Biloba

Ginko Biloba is another herb scientifically demonstrated to reduce vertigo symptoms. According to a study conducted in Poland 120 mg of Ginko extract taken twice daily twice resulted in significantly fewer episodes of vertigo. Earlier studies, such including work conducted at the University of Sassari in Italy and cited by the Life Extension Foundation had shown that 160 mg of Ginkgo biloba extract per day, divided in two equal doses, was an effective treatment.

Natural Diet

Since Vertigo can be caused by a wide variety of nutritional deficiencies, following a diet rich in natural foods, supplying required vitamins and minerals, can help reduce or eliminate symptoms. Ensure that, within the limits of your caloric requirement, you include all major food groups in your diet, including fruits, vegetables, diary products, whole grains, as well as fibre, animal products such as meat fowl and fish. Supplements can help deal with nutritional deficiencies, especially if dietary restrictions such as allergies make it difficult to consume a varied diet. Talk to your doctor before starting a supplement program.

Movement Management

A simple yet effective way of getting rid of vertigo is to identify the movement patterns that result in vertigo symptoms and avoid those motions. Sudden changes in head movements, caused by rising from a seated position too quickly or getting out of bed too fast can trigger symptoms. Quick turns of your head, such as glancing over your shoulder when driving, could similarly lead to dizziness. The better you are aware of these patterns, the easier you can manage your vertigo.

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Hunkar Ozyasar is the former high-yield bond strategist for Deutsche Bank. He has been quoted in publications including "Financial Times" and the "Wall Street Journal." His book, "When Time Management Fails," is published in 12 countries while Ozyasar’s finance articles are featured on Nikkei, Japan’s premier financial news service. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School.