Vestibular Neuritis affects the inner ear
Vestibular Neuritis is a disorder caused by an infection of the vestibulo-cochlear nerve in the inner ear. The infection is usually viral but occasionally bacterial. In Vestibular Neuritis, the nerve is inflamed, resulting in vertigo and dizziness, but usually no hearing loss. The best homeopathic remedy for Vestibular Neuritis according to clinical research studies is the combination homeopathic product known as Vertigoheel.
A number of clinical studies have been done regarding homeopathic remedies in the treatment of Vestibular Neuritis, particularly regarding the symptom of vertigo. In 1998, a German study compared the homeopathic remedy Vertigoheel against a traditional prescription medication used to treat vertigo caused by different conditions. The double-blind controlled trial studied more than 100 patients; specific diagnoses were not given. The researchers found that homeopathic Vertigoheel did just as well at reducing the number, intensity and duration of vertigo attacks as the prescription medication betahistine did during the six-week term of the study.
This confirmed the results of a smaller study conducted in Poland in 1993. In that study, researchers studied 31 patients, four of whom were diagnosed with Vestibular Neuritis. Researchers in that study found that all patients showed fewer symptoms of vertigo while using Vertigoheel.
A German study in 2005 once again compared homeopathic Vertigoheel against conventional treatments for vertigo. This study was a meta-analysis that compiled results from four previous clinical trials. More than 1,300 patients were included. Homeopathic Vertigoheel was once again compared to betahistine, and also against Ginkgo biloba extract and dimenhydrinate, all commonly used to treat vertigo. The researchers concluded that Vertigoheel produced the same reduction in number, intensity and duration of vertigo episodes, and that it was well tolerated by the patients.
What Is Vertigoheel?
Vertigoheel is a commercial homeopathic remedy. According to its packaging it contains homeopathic Cocculus indicus (4X 210 mg), Conium Maculatum (3X 30 mg), Ambra grisea (6X 30 mg) and Petroleum (8X 30 mg). It can be difficult to find in some areas. Individually, the remedy Cocculus indicus is indicated for motion sickness, vertigo and headaches. Conium Maculatum (homeopathic hemlock) and Ambra grisea (homeopathic ambergris) both are indicated for vertigo. Homeopathic petroleum is indicated for vertigo and sea sickness. There are no studies that indicate whether it is the combination of these remedies which works, whether one particular remedy is responsible for the majority of the improvement, or how those questions are answered with specific regard to Vestibular Neuritis. (See Resources for more information on homeopathy.)
In areas where Vertigoheel is difficult to find, an alternative homeopathic product known as Cocculus Compositum is often used in its stead. The active ingredients, according to the package label, appear to be identical.
- Homeopathic Versus Conventional Treatment of Vertigo: A Randomized Double-blind Controlled Clinical Study. M. Weiser, W. Strosser and P. Klein. Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. August 1998, 124(8), 879-85.
- The Clinical Efficacy of Vertigoheel in the Treatment of Vertigo of Various Etiology. A. Morawiec-Bajda, M. Lukomski and B. Latkowski. Panminerva Medica, June 1993, 35(2), 101-4.
- Treatment of Vertigo With a Homeopathic Complex Remedy Compared With Usual Treatments: A Meta-analysis of Clinical Trials. B. Schneider, P. Klein and M. Weiser. Arzneimittle-Forschung, 2005, 55(1), 23-9.