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Western Diagnosis

Dizziness or vertigo is the result of the central nervous system receiving conflicting messages from the eyes, inner ears, muscles and skin pressure receptors.

The body maintains a sense of balance through a complex system using both the inner ears and the eyes. Within the canals of the ears, are tiny calcium carbonate crystals (called otoliths) that apply pressure to the hairlike cells that line the inner membranes. Gravity causes the otoliths to shift in response to head movements. This bends the fiber cells, sending signals to the brain which then determine the position of the head. If other small particles gather in the inner ears, they too will apply pressure to the hair cells and false signals will be sent to the brain which could result in the feeling of unsteadiness.

Other possible causes of dizziness are many, but a partial list includes: high or low blood pressure, anemia, fever, ear infection, poor cerebral circulation, pinched blood vessels, stress, poor nutrition, aging, lack of oxygen to the brain, or brain tumor.

In addition, the sensation of dizziness can be experienced simply from rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position.

Eastern Diagnosis

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the most common cause of dizziness is stagnant liver qi which transforms into fire. This fire injures liver yin, creating excess liver yang which ascends to the head and causes the sensation of dizziness.

Dizziness from deficiency is most frequently caused by qi and blood deficiencies. The deficiency results in inadequate supplies of qi and blood nourishment to the brain.


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