Lightheadedness - A Review of a symptomby Dr. Jagdev Singh12-Sep-2013
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What is Light-headedness?
Lightheartedness is a very common and quite often an unpleasant sensation of dizziness or a feeling of near blackouts. Lightheadedness may be recurrent, occasionally chronic or simply due to tiredness. Sometimes, a person having light-headedness may feel no weight over his shoulders i.e. his head may feel weightless. Vertigo, a medical condition when an individual feels that everything around him is rotating is another case of light-headedness.
Causes of light-headedness:-
In most cases in day to day life, the primary reason behind light-headedness is stress, sleeping disorders, tiredness and excessive physical exercise, though sometimes dizziness might be the beginning of something serious as far as the functioning of your body is concerned.
- Low/High blood pressure
- Hypotension (either Postural or orthostatic)
- Diseases related to the endocrine glands
- Sometimes even heart condition or improper functioning of heart is the reason behind frequent occurrence of light-headedness.
- Panic attacks or anaemia.
- Viral attacks causing diarrhea, vomiting or high fever with the root problem being dehydrated.
- Excessive intake of substances such as cocaine and nicotine.
- Due to light-headedness, an individual might feel that he/she is about to pass out however, the symptoms are short-lived and are often associated with nausea, sweating, and blurred vision.
- In case of dizziness due to dehydration or excessive blood loss, cramps and numbness in muscles are also felt.
- If you are having an irregular heart rate along with light-headedness, it may be a signal associated with palpitations. Frequent, occurrence of such cases needs medical assessment.
- Vertigo is often the result of dizziness over a long period of time.
- If palpitation is combined with chest pain during dizziness, the symptom should not be taken lightly.
- Sometimes, altered mental status or thinking or mood swings may be symptoms of light-headedness causing confusion, vision changes, problems in speech, facial droop, headache and weakness on one side of the body.
Cure for light-headedness:-
Though light-headedness is very common and does not cause any major damage to the body, however, in some cases, dizziness is a warning of improper functioning of the body or due to any heart disease and therefore medical assessment is necessary if you have frequent attacks of dizziness. Consulting a doctor and taking medications is the best move forward in such cases.
Some natural herbs have also been found over the years which have proved to be highly efficient in treating light-headedness. Some of these herbs are:-
Black cohosh, scientifically called Cimicifuga racemosa, is a tall perennial plant with spiked white flowers. Herbalists have been using this plant and its roots to treat nervous disorders, and emotional stress. However, later studies have shown that black cohosh is a potential remedy against vertigo and other issues related to central nervous system. This herb may be equally useful for dizziness caused due to heart related issues, due to the same. However, it shouldn’t be used during pregnancy as it leads to contradictions.
Ginkgo, scientifically called or Ginkgo Biloba, is a tall tree natively found in China. It has been historically used as an important ingredient in herbs, during the ancient Chinese era. Herbal practitioners now days are using its leaves to treat cerebral insufficiency, dizziness (especially dizziness due to palpitation) and insomnia. Owing to its properties such as improving blood circulation and increasing the oxygen supply to the brain ginkgo qualifies as the herbs for lightheadedness due to heart diseases. Precautions should be taken while using ginkgo along with other medications.
Ginger, also known as Zingiber Officinale, is perennially used in cooking and herbal medicines all over the globe. It’s an ancient remedy against stomach problems, nausea, fever, coughs and diarrhoea. Studies and clinical tests have proved that, because of ginger’s properties of stimulating circulation, thereby reducing high blood pressure. It can be used as a herb against dizziness especially when heart problems are also involved. It is not advisable to combine ginger with anticoagulant drugs.
Passionflower scientifically known as ‘Passiflora incarnata’ is found in Europe and the southeast region of America. Due to its ancient use in treating anxiety and its related diseases, many have recommended passionflower for heart palpitations especially when it is accompanied by restlessness, exhaustion and dizziness. Passionflower should be used under the guidance of a medicine expert as it may have side effects when taken alongside other medications.
Honey, lemon and light exercises have proved highly effective to treat dizziness and its effects. Avoid the use of cocaine and other drugs and reduce your intake of caffeine. Pumpkin seeds are also effective against light-headedness.