Vertigo symptoms traced to inner ear 'rock slides'

Saturday, August 18, 2012 by: Carolanne Wright
Tags: vertigo, inner ear, rock slides

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients, says advocate
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises

(NaturalNews) Small, displaced rocks within the ear have been found to cause dizziness, especially in those who are above the age of 50. Individuals who have experienced a head injury or viral infection are also at risk. Specialists who treat vertigo estimate around 20 percent of all cases are due to these loose crystals, sometimes referred to as 'ear rocks.' Instead of surgery, a specific type of physical therapy is recommended that shifts the rocks from the inner ear and allows the immune system to clear them away. Homeopathic and herbal remedies are also effective in reducing the symptoms of vertigo, including nausea and headache.

'Ear rocks' are the foundation for balance

A small pouch in the ear called the utricle houses approximately 1,000 tiny rocks made of calcium carbonate. Important for balance, the rocks trigger nerve cells that fire signals to the brain when the head is moved. This action governs our sense of up and down. When the rocks become dislodged and fall into the inner ear canal, confused messages are sent to the brain. These incorrect signals make the brain think the head is moving much more than it really is which results in benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

Non-invasive treatment options

An ear, nose and throat specialist can diagnose BPPV using the Dix-Hallpike maneuver. With this technique, the physician moves the body in a way that shifts the fluid of the inner ear. Vertigo is induced by the motion and the problematic ear is identified. Next, the Epley maneuver is practiced by the patient. From a seated posture, the patient quickly reclines into a position flat on their back. The head is then turned to a 90-degree angle which is held for about a minute. Lastly, the patient rolls over onto the non-symptomatic side for a moment before concluding the exercise. This maneuver helps relocate the rocks back to the area of the ear that is unaffected by their motion.

To help reduce the symptoms of vertigo, several natural remedies are available. Gingko biloba increases blood flow to the brain and may ease dizziness. Emily Kane, ND, LAc, recommends the following: "Start with 250 mg [of gingko] daily until the vertigo seems significantly diminished in severity and frequency, then reduce to a maintenance dose of 40-60 mg daily." Another helpful herb is Valerian--one teaspoon of the tincture once or twice daily. Homeopathic remedies for vertigo include: Apis, Baptisa, Belladonna, Bryonia, Cannabis, Cocculus, Conium, Digitalis, Ferrum metallicum, Gelsemium, Lycopodium, Phosphorus, Silica, Rhus-tox.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, vertigo is triggered by an excess of the 'wind' element which causes phlegm to accumulate in the ears. Avoid highly processed foods, dairy, sugar, eggs, animal fats and intoxicants. Helpful foods include basil, celery, chamomile, coconut, flax oil and pine nuts.

Sources for this article include:

"Vertigo natural treatment products and suggestions" Ray Sahelian, MD. Retrieved on August 14, 2012 from:

"Inner Ear 'Rock Slides' Lead to Vertigo" Allison Aubrey, NPR, April 27, 2009. Retrieved on August 14, 2012 from:

"Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)" Mayo Clinic Staff. Retrieved on August 14, 2012 from:

"Ear rocks" may cause vertigo" Thomas Sellner, D.O., Banner Health. Retrieved on August 14, 2012 from:

"Vertigo: Natural Treatments" Dr. Emily Kane, August 31, 2004. Retrieved on August 14, 2012 from:

About the author:
Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, wellness coach and natural foods chef, she has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of green living for over 13 years. Through her website she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.

Follow on Facebook:

For Pinterest fans:

Find at Google+:



and Twitter:

Read her other articles on Natural News here:

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.