Vertigo is a sensation of spinning dizziness. It is not, as many people maintain, a fear of heights and often associated with looking down from a great height but can refer to any temporary or ongoing spells of dizziness caused by problems in the inner ear or brain.

Vertigo can happen at any age but it is more common in people aged 65 years and over. It can be temporary or long-term.

There are different types of Vertigo, depending on the cause.
Peripheral Vertigo

It occurs when there is a disturbance in the balance organ of the inner ear.
Central Vertigo
It occurs as a result of disturbance in one or more parts of the brain, know as sensory nerve pathways.

Affected age group
Age %
0-20 1
21-44 10.6
45-64 64.6
65 & older 23.8
Symptoms of Vertigo
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Feeling nauseated
  • Abnormal or jerking eye
Worse effects
  • Stroke
  • Migraine
  • Seizures (rarely)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tumors (cancerous or non-cancerous)
Vertigo can also be caused by or related to:
  • Stroke
  • Syphilis
  • Ear surgery
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • prolonged bed rest
  • Head injuries or trauma
  • Side effect of medication
  • Taking certain medication
  • Cerebellar or brain-stem disease
Diet tips for vertigo
  • Foods rich in vitamin C
  • Foods rich in vitamin B-6
  • Foods that help treat symptoms of vertigo include almond, cayenne pepper, gooseberry and coriander seeds, lemongrass, and strawberries.

To seek guidance on how to treat the disease through natural remedies, consult Dietitian Harpreet on 8728914242