How can acupuncture help treat vertigo and Meniere’s disease?

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Vertigo and Meniere’s disease are truly debilitating conditions that affect millions of individuals worldwide. While the exact mechanisms underlying these conditions are not fully understood, disruptions to the inner ear’s fluid balance and vestibular system are believed to play a significant role. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are a promising alternative treatment for managing symptoms associated with both vertigo and Meniere’s disease, offering relief and improving overall quality of life for those affected.

Is there evidence that it helps?

Yes, several studies have shown promising results. The research suggests acupuncture can help regulate the vestibular system and reduce inflammation in the inner ear, thus relieving vertigo and associated symptoms. Even more, acupuncture has been shown to be incredibly safe, making it a viable option for anyone seeking alternative therapies. While the evidence base for acupuncture as a treatment for Meniere’s disease and vertigo continues to evolve, existing evidence suggests that it holds promise as a complementary approach to conventional management strategies.

A few important notes…

> Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is not a one-size-fits-all solution or a quick fix. The number of treatments required will vary from person to person, and the benefits build over time.

> An acupuncturist does not need a clear Western medical diagnosis before beginning treatment, but especially in the case of more severe or chronic symptoms, your provider may make referrals to specialists for clarity and thorough care. 

> Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe and effective in tandem with prescription medications, and may improve the efficacy of those treatments.

If you or someone you know is struggling with vertigo, Meniere’s disease, or other inner ear problems, consider utilizing acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Betsy Gordon Acupuncture, Portland OR, treats a wide range of conditions. With a high standard of evidence-based care, she focuses each treatment on bringing relief. If you or someone you know is suffering with vertigo or Meniere’s, give us a call at (971) 341-9546, or schedule online.

Ding Dan, Deng Yuan, Wang Shifei, Effects on Patients’ Dizziness Level and Relapse Rate of Treating Meniere’s Disease with Acupuncture Combined with Mecobalamin and Betahistine Mesylate, Chinese Journal of Gerontology, Vol. 41, September 2021.

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