What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture for Vertigo?

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Vertigo is a medical condition that causes dizziness without movement. A person with vertigo may experience the feeling of jolting head movements without actually moving his or her head. There are medications and physical maneuvers to help treat the condition. Acupuncture for vertigo can also have benefits for helping patients by alleviating anxiety and pain.

The placement of tiny pins into precise parts of the body can stimulate the immune system, increasing a person’s overall wellness. Practitioners say the body has a meridien system that consists of 14 energy ducts, which work as pathways to the internal organ system. This is how acupuncture has been known to help with gastrointestinal problems. There are over 1,000 acupoints within this system.

There are several benefits to acupuncture for vertigo that may relieve or stop symptoms. Vertigo may result from complications of the brain or ears. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used to treat a wide variety of complications including headaches, anxiety, sports injuries and other health problems.

Acupuncture for vertigo has been known to cure migraines and headaches, which are catalysts of the dizzying illness. It can give a person a new level of calmness. After the needles are placed into the body, the patient may experience an extremely relaxed state between sleep and wakefulness. It is usually recommended that patients being treated with acupuncture go two to three times per week.


Anxiety can also cause vertigo. Acupuncture for vertigo is a tremendous way to relieve anxiety. Any number of needles are placed on different points on the body depending on the illness. Once the needles are in place, the doctor or therapist leaves the room and tells the patient to relax. This is the moment when the patient can completely clear his or her mind and focus on every sensation in the body, relieving the pain.

A person can try traditional medications via mouth or patch before using acupuncture or vice versa. While acupuncture treatment can be extremely expensive in the United States, it is widely available and affordable in many Asian countries. Needles must always be sealed and sanitized before use and discarded after use.

It is important to note that some types of vertigo may require additional treatment. Bacteria infections require antibiotics and can be combined with acupuncture for vertigo. If the patient consults with both a Western medicine and alternative medicine doctor, he or she should be prepared for conflicting modes of relief.


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@SarahGen-- Acupuncture is also great for vertigo caused by anxiety. Acupuncture is very relaxing, it reduces stress and lifts mood. I've experienced it first hand. I didn't even know that my vertigo was due to anxiety until I went to an acupuncture practitioner to treat it. I noticed that as my anxiety lessened, so did the vertigo. It's crazy how an ailment of the mind can lead to physical issues like this.

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@turquoise-- There are many different causes of vertigo, so I can't generalize and say that acupuncture works for all vertigo. But it worked for me and my vertigo was due to chronic migraines. Acupuncture actually treated both.

So if you have headaches or migraines along with vertigo, I recommend giving acupuncture a try. You will probably get some relief after just one session, I did.

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I've heard of acupuncture being used for a variety of conditions, but I hadn't heard about it being used for vertigo before. Does it really work?

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