Meniere’s disease is characterized by deafness, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and nausea. Because the precise cause is unknown, most treatments are limited to treating symptoms.

Here’s a summary of CAM options from a review in The Internet Journal of Otorhinolaryngology.


  • Widely used
  • Support based on case reports and observational case series
  • Symptoms recur when acupuncture is stopped.


  • Recommended medicines: Salicylicum acidum, Natrum salicylicum, Nux vomica, and Chenopodium
  • Symptomatic relief of Meniere’s disease has been reported.
  • Homeopathic treatment (Vertigoheel; aka Ventigoheel) vs conventional treatment (betahistine) showed the therapeutic equivalence (more here) in patients with a mixture of Meniere’s and similar diseases.

Herbal medicine

  • Among other supplements, ginger root (Zingiber officinale) helps reduce nausea, which might be beneficial for Meniere’s patients.
  • But a recent systematic review on the effect of Ginkgo biloba on tinnitus also showed that it is not effective.

Other CAM options discussed in this article have little or no supporting evidence…

Not that this is much to write home about.

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3/12/07 20:41 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.