Vertigo is called xuanyun in traditional Chinese medicine, since the blurred vision is called xuan and dizziness is called yun. In mild cases, the symptoms may disappear when the eyes are closed; in severe cases, patients may suffer from nausea, vomiting, sweating, difficulty standing, symptoms of motion sickness, and even syncope.
Auditory vertigo, cerebral vertigo, toxic vertigo and vertigo in patients with paroxysmal tachycardia, auriculoventricular blockage, anemia, cerebral injury, and neurasthenia can be treated by the following methods.
Applications of hand therapy:
Location: Guanchong (TE 1) and Zhongchong (PC 9) acu- points.
Method of manipulation: Pinching maneuver is applied at
Guanchong and Zhongchong acupoints by nail.
At regular and extra acupoints:
Location: Neiguan (PC 6) and Hegu (LI 4) acupoints.
Method of manipulation: The needles are vertically inserted for 3.3 cm and retained for 30 minutes.
At reflective areas:
Location: Head area in dorsal reflective areas and radial or ulnar reverse dorsal reflective areas.
Method of manipulation: The needles are shallowly inserted and immediately removed after twisting, lifting, and thrusting stimulation.
At special acupoints beside the second metacarpal bone:
Location: Head acupoint, and kidney acupoint in vertigo caused by kidney deficiency.
Method of manipulation: The needles are inserted for 1.6 cm and retained for 30 minutes.
Recipe: Wuzhuyu (Evodia) l0 g, Yejiaoteng (Caulis Polygoni Multiflori) 20 g, Muli (Concha Ostreae) 30 g, Luobuma (Herba Apocyni) 15 g, and Xijiancao (Herba Siegesbeckiae) l0 g.
Function: To suppress liver yang and tranquilize the mind.
Method of manipulation: A hot decoction of the above herbs is used to steam and then wash both hands for 20-30 minutes, two to three times a day to treat vertigo due to hypertension with an upward disturbance of liver yang.
Hand qigong: Kongjin exercise.
The hand is prone with palm facing downward and the fingers relaxed. The ring and little fingers are simultaneously flexed at the interphalangeal joint with finger tips pointing downward (Fig. 46) and the hands assuming the original ladder
pattern with the fingers relaxed and extended; the ring and little fingers are then flexed at the metacarpophalangeal joint (Fig. 47) and the hands resume the ladder pattern. This exercise is repeated six times and then ended after a pole-standing exercise in a riding posture for five minutes to treat vertigo due to hypertension (an upward disturbance of liver yang).