Vertigo is a common occurrence in people around the world. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a disorder caused by certain problems in the inner ear, the organ that is responsible for maintaining the body in balance. The symptoms of this condition include repeated episodes of vertigo. Changes in the position of the head are accompanied by spinning sensation that leads to dizziness.
BBPV is known as ‘ear crystals’ because the collection of calcium crystals in the inner ear is dislodged from their normal position during these episodes. So, when the head is moved, these crystals move and this leads to the abnormal displacement of fluid, leading to dizziness.
In Benign Vertigo, episodes of dizziness are triggered by tilting the head quickly, rolling over in bed, sudden head movement or looking in different directions in sudden movements. In BPPV, vertigo lasts only for a few seconds. Typically, dizziness is triggered only when there is change in position. While sight may be affected at the time of the attack, other symptoms like fainting and nausea are absent.
Benign Positional vertigo is not life threatening in itself. That is why it is called ‘benign’. It is called ‘Paroxysmal’ because the episodes are very brief and last for a few seconds only. However, these episodes are a major inconvenience and its constant occurrence can make it difficult for patients to lead a normal life. Some people suffer from this kind of vertigo for many years.
The Epley Maneuver is one of the most common techniques of dealing with this kind of vertigo. The aim is to change the position of the crystals to areas where they do not cause vertigo. Typically, the patient starts in a seated position. They are then made to lie down with the head hanging in a particular direction. Then, the head is rotated towards the other ear. Finally, the patient comes back to the normal position. In this way, the errant crystals are brought into a position where they are harmless. This maneuver must be practiced and learnt under the guidance of an experienced professional.
The Epley Maneuver has been considered to be very successful in treating BPPV. Treatments such as these may be combined with the intake of certain herbs in order to reduce episodes of dizziness and fainting.
Ginger and ginger extracts have been known to have beneficial effects on those who suffer from the symptoms of vertigo. Certain components in ginger help in regulating the messages received by the brain and this alleviates the severity of the condition. These are natural treatments for the condition which can be beneficial as an alternative to over the counter or prescribed medication.