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Dizziness is a painless head discomfort and also the sensation of instability. Often, dizziness is accompanied by other symptoms such as: Faintness ("lightheadedness") or actual fainting, Weakness or tiredness, headache or head pressure, chest pain or tightness nausea or vomiting.

Majorly the causes of dizziness include heart diseases (heart attack), blood pressure problems, brain diseases or conditions (stroke, dementia, and migraines), medications (blood pressure and pain medications, and antibiotics), metabolic disorders (hypoglycemia and dehydration), aging, psychiatric conditions (anxiety, stress and depression) pregnancy and other illnesses.

Western Medicine explains dizziness could be caused by problems with the ear, eighth cranial nerve or brain stem. Problems with the ear could include wax, otitis media, acute itis, Meniere’s disease and postural vertigo. Damage to the eighth nerve (from meningitis, trauma or tumors) can produce vertigo. The brain stem can be affected by encephalitis, meningitis, trauma, thrombosis of the posteroinferior cerebellar artery and multiple sclerosis (and as a result cause vertigo).

Dizziness in Chinese medicine is called Xuan Yun. Xuan means “blurred vision”, while Yun means “dizziness”. The symptoms may range from a very slight to very severe vertigo with loss of balance and feeling that everything around seems to be spinning. The causes fall into two categories: Deficiency and Excess. In the case of Deficiency, not enough Qi from the Kidney (Kidney Essence – the body’s essential energy) or blood reach the head. Excess conditions are caused by a buildup of Phlegm and pathogenic factors which prevent clear Yang (the body’s essential warm energy) from reaching the head. Acupuncture is great at treating the main factors affecting dizziness, namely Liver-Yang, Liver-Fire, Liver-Wind and Phlegm.

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