ginger root

Q. I had vertigo for 17 months, a very severe case. The doctor put me through tests, including an MRI, a test that put me in a black cabinet and spun me around while I answered questions and one that squirted water into my ear.

Then a friend suggested ginger capsules. I took the recommended two capsules four times a day.   The vertigo was nearly gone, but it gave me a terrible stomachache. I couldn’t eat or even sit up.

I now take one capsule a couple of times a day. The stomach pain is mostly gone, and so is the vertigo. I can walk up and down stairs without holding onto something and I can turn around to see something behind me without my head spinning. Will I need to take the ginger the rest of my life, or will the vertigo stop eventually? In other words, is this a cure or just treating the symptoms?

A. Chinese sailors have used ginger for centuries to ease or prevent symptoms of motion sickness so we’re not surprised it might help treat vertigo. In high doses ginger can cause heartburn or other digestive distress.

We cannot speculate about whether ginger will cure your vertigo completely or just relieve the symptoms. At some point you and your physician should evaluate your progress to see whether you can discontinue the ginger.

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  1. Sara

    Please look up epley maneuvers. Do twice a day. Eliminate caffeine. Ask your doctor for a referral to a physical therapist who specializes in vertigo. Many say ginkgo biloba and ginger are also helpful.

  2. befe
    Lagos Nigeria

    it all started with dizziness and vomiting. but now no more vomiting but it will come as if the chair I sat on is falling. it happen without given notice. I always fall if standing. I have also once fall from chair, after the fall the whole environment will be moving. the whole problem does not exceed five second. later I will feel hotness at the center of my head throughout the day as if one have ache.

  3. Bobby

    My wife suffers from vertigo and i make her fresh ginger juice in the morning and it helps her immensely. What you do is get fresh ginger grate about 1 inch piece in a glass then pour water in the glass put the glass in the microwave for about a minute, then strain the juice with a strainer into another glass add a tea spoon of honey and drink it should help you.

    • Bobby

      Hi doctors normally prescribe Stemetil 5mg tablets. Stemetil are used for treating balance problems ( vertigo ) also stops you feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting).
      Try changing you diet, potatoes are not very good for vertigo. Best to make fresh water made from fresh ginger and add turmeric powder in it have warm every day that will help a lot. There exercise on youtube that really good please have a look and do them.

  4. Tillz

    Just had my first episode of vertigo about 7days ago, vomited on the first day only but my right ear have been noisy and my environment have been spinning. I don’t know what to do. I’ve been to many clinics and taken some antibiotics all to no avail, I’ve only succeeded in reducing the spinning of my environment. I need help please…..

    • Ccc
      Kent UK

      Hi, Did you manage to cure your vertigo?

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