Q: I am wondering if getting acupuncture for my
dizzy spells would be helpful.
Acupuncture is successful in treating dizziness and can be a great natural
alternative to relieving this unpleasant feeling.
Dizziness is an unsettling sensation of movement that
may be accompanied by blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, sweating and a
tendency to fall down. It is a feeling that we have all experienced at one
point or another, but when dizzy spells become more frequent, they can
really affect your quality of life.
Dizziness relates to your sense of balance. Your sense
of balance is maintained by a complex interaction of the inner ear, the
eyes, skin pressure receptor, muscle and joint sensory receptors and the
central nervous system. All of which monitor where the body is, what
position it is in and whether it is standing still or in motion. When there
is conflicting information given to the brain by any of these sensory
systems dizziness occurs.
Obtaining detailed information on the type, quality and
duration of dizzy spells is extremely important in determining the
diagnosis. Common questions that should be asked by your practitioner
- Differentiating simple dizziness from vertigo.
Simple dizziness is a sensation of lightheadedness. Vertigo is a
spinning sensation or the feeling that you or the room around you is
- Whether dizziness or vertigo occur with a change
in body position
- Duration of the dizzy/vertigo spells
- Whether there are other symptoms accompanying the
Dizziness according to Chinese medicine is a symptom
of an underlying disease. It is therefore very important for the
practitioner that will be treating you to take a full medical, lifestyle and
dietary history. This will allow the practitioner to diagnose according to
the root cause of the disease.
According to Chinese Medical Theory the symptom of
dizziness or vertigo may result from a number of root causes:
Deficiency of Qi and Blood
Symptoms of dizziness accompanied by fatigue, listlessness, poor
appetite, palpitation and pale complexion. The deficiency caused by an
insufficient amount of qi and blood reaching the brain resulting in
Deficiency of Kidney Essence
Dizziness accompanied by tinnitus (ringing of the ear), poor memory,
and low back pain. The kidney organ system in Chinese medicine is the
source of all yin and yang of the body. As you age this source gradually
declines, chronic illness as well as over indulgence in sexual
activities may also strain these resources, the brain is unable to be
nourished and dizziness results.
Hyperactivity of Liver Yang
Dizziness is accompanied by headache, irritability, ringing of the
ear(s) or soreness of the lower back. Yang is hot in nature and a
hyperactivity of liver yang rises up and attacks the brain resulting in
Stagnation of phlegm and dampness
Dizziness accompanied by a heavy sensation of the head, nausea and
anorexia. This can be due to over indulging in greasy food or improper
diet. Phlegm and dampness hinder the natural flow of qi and blood,
obstructing the flow of energy to the brain causing dizziness.
Acupuncture is successful in treating dizziness and
can help reinforce deficiencies, calm hyperactivity and resolve phlegm and
dampness. It is recommended that patients suffering from dizziness and
vertigo avoid greasy food as well as decreasing situations involving loud
noises. It is also important to consult your physician to ensure that there
are no physiological causes for the dizziness that need to be addressed
About our Doctors
Jasmine Sufi HBSc, BHSc, D.Ac
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioner, Toronto ON
Jasmine graduated from the University of Toronto with an
honours Biology and Neuroscience degree. She then completed a Bachelor of
Health Sciences and a Diploma of Acupuncture program from The Michener
Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Her clinical experience includes the
Acupuncture Clinic in the Wasser Pain Management Centre at Mount Sinai
Hospital, St. Johnís Rehabilitation Hospital as well as the Toronto Centre
Her passion towards alternative medicine began with her
interest in the study of pain and natural herbal medicine. Her enthusiasm
towards Chinese medicine has grown and shows in her quest to educate
individuals on the benefits of integrating eastern and western medical
philosophies to enhance the quality of life.
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