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Do Supplements help Meniere’s?

Do supplements help reduce the symptoms of Meniere’s?

Do supplements help Meniere’s? Read this case study below to see how supplements helped Malcom.

Malcolm, a high profile business leadership adviser from the UK……


I am doing well, feeling better and stronger generally. I am taking my tablets, staying off wine and bitter, if I do drink, I drink a good lager.
I have cut right back on salt, but still indulge in coffee. I feel least good when I am walking for some reason with my head fuzzy and I find it difficult to go in a straight line!

 Mar 28

I have been great for a couple of years now but have had a set back over the last few months.
I was worried about keeping on taking the supplements constantly so given that I felt ok i let things slide
and stopped taking the tablets. Needless to say within a week or so I had bad dizziness and hopeless hearing in my left
ear and I was back on the phone for more supplies and have been back on the pills for four weeks now.
I would say I am still a long way short of where i was before I stopped taking the pills. So, any more ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Malcolm Hewitt

Mike Spencer to Malcolm
show details Apr 4
Hi Malcom,

Good to hear from you. Sorry to hear you have had a setback……at least you know that the supplements can help you so you have that safety net……unlike many people who feel they have no hope with Menieres.

In addition the the supplements of course we always believe that taking great care with your diet, alcohol, lifestyle etc. keeping relatively fit and active and absolutely no smoking………if you would like some help with this just let me know.

How is your business??………are you managing ok with it?

Take Care and mail me anytime you like


Malcolm to me
show details Apr 23
Thanks Mike. The vertigo has go much better over the last few days.
Also being fitted with a hearing aid too 50% hearing loss now in my left ear.
Apart from that I am as fit as flea!

All the best,


Doing well thanks Michael. Had all my mercury fillings removed. Still taking what I would call a maintenance dose of the supplements and feeling great.


Do supplements help Meniere’s – what do you think?

Help other sufferers. What is your experience with Meniere’s disease and supplements? Did supplements help your reduce your symptoms?

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Natural Supplements for Meniere’s Disease – Mark’s case

Mark contacted me in the late last year regarding the natural supplements that help so many Meniere’s sufferers and after chatting back and forth in emails he very kindly agreed to be a real-time case study for us on this blog. There has been a delay getting it on here from my part….sorry. So big thanks to Mark. I hope this will help a lot of readers who are either considering trying supplements or have already started.


Mark to me
show details 11/8/10
Hi Mike,

Thanks for the reply.

I am due to start the supplements shortly (when they arrive)….will let you know how I go.

All the best



Currently on diuretics to reduce the “fullness” in my ears…which has worked quite well (tinnitus reduced also)…although has left me quite dizzy and unsteady. (Head pressure very high).

Would you encourage me to stop taking the diuretics when I start using the nutrients…conscious of mixing them with drugs ?.

Try to get to see my GP for advice…

Some background for you

I’m live in the Australia (Sydney). Believe my Menieres has been triggered in some way by a Sinus related Virus I had back in April. I have a history of sinus relates issues although for the 1st 14 months over here was really good. In April, caught a “virus” which had me sneezing constantly for over 4 weeks. I normally dont take anything for any sinus issues and let it run it’s course. But this one just wouldn’t go away. I finally after about 6 weeks went to the doctor who put me on nasal sprays and an anti-biotic. The sneezing stopped but I was left with this complete bunged up feeling in my head. It lasted for a number of weeks. I then woke up one morning with a blocked/ringing left ear. I had these before when I had sinus issues so expected it go away after a few days. After 3 weeks, it was still there (and worse)…went to the doctor who sent me to an ENT…and after loads of tests and head scratching…and fluctuating/deteriorating symptoms…..finally had an ear specialist confirm I have Menieres Disease.

Currently my hearing is still “good” although fluctuates when I get the ear pressure build-up. Mainly my left ear is impacted although I have tinnitus also and some low pain in my right ear….which perhaps suggests I’m bilateral.

Conscious to start “cleansing” my body with these nutrients as soon as possible to give it the chance to prevent further damage and harm. And of course get some sort of life back. Currently doing all the required things…low salt diet, plenty of exercise (when possible), no caffeine, no alcohol (aaagh)…but i’ve got to admit….I feel dreadful most of the time…

Appreciate yours and the teams offer of support.

Thanks again,


Mark – to me
show details 11/16/10
Hi Mike,

Thanks for the reply back….yes I have the doses.

Currently working my way into the supplement treatment (in the 1st week)….will let you know after a couple of weeks on the nutrients

One question for you…and this seems to come up a lot.

I mentioned below that I thought my Menieres was caused by Sinus related problems…still do…..but before it came on I had root canal work done for the first time…and I am still suffering from sporadic pain/discomfort in the specific tooth area (it’s on the same side as my bad ear). The dentist won’t fit a crown because she wants to check some TMJ issues (i mentioned my tinnitus) but she has recently had to clean up some infected gum related issues around the tooth area.

Is there a possible connection between the root canal work and the on-set of possible Menieres symptoms?. Aware you may not be the best person to ask…but if there’s someone I can contact…would be good to run this by them.

I also have a number of Amalgam fillings in my back molars which I’m considering getting removed.

Trying not to be too much of a hypo with all of this but I feel I must give myself the best chance for recovery.



Mike to Mark
show details 11/18/10
Hi Mark,

Without trying to sound like a doctor, which of course I am not, so you shouldn’t listen to me but I would personally consider the fact that this root canal work and amalgam fillings could be at least one of the root causes of your meniere’s. There is no way to prove this, but in our experience, many people have meniere’s symptoms after root canal work, and amalgam has long been suspected of being a culprit. You can get them removed, but be aware that removing them is also going to cause trauma in that area so symptoms may get worse before they get better. Here are two websites related to this:

Take Care and mail me anytime


Mark – to me
show details 12/2/10
Hi Mike,

Thanks again for your advice below.

Quick Update

– Teeth

I’m actually having a wisdom tooth out tomorrow…the specialist I saw confirmed the top one on my “dodgy” left side needs to be removed…so thats a start. He was very non committal about Amalgam fillings (it’s called sitting on the fence !) but I’m trying to get to see another dentist to have them checked…before moving forward on that front.

– Supplements.

: Now 2 weeks into using them. Head fog much better…ear pressure still up and down but not as severe as previously.

: In general feeling a lot more focused….which is what I need for work purposes

: Main issue I have is that I’m feeling very weak compared to before. I’ve lost a heck of a lot of weight as my system has been cleansed. I’ve tried to up my calorie (low salt) intake to try and compensate but this just leads to more bathroom stops 😉

Aware it’s early days…would be good to know if this is normal ?

Thanks again for your support,


Mark – to me
show details 12/22/10
Hi Mike,

Hope you are well ?

Quick Update: (around 6 weeks into the program)

– Seeing some really good signs !

: Head fog – Almost gone
: Tinnitus – Reduced
: Ear pressure – Reduced and currently free for 10 days (!!)
: Dizziness – None for 3 weeks
: Energy levels – Increased
: Lethargy – Almost gone

Only negative (it’s a small one !!!) is that I’m around 2/3 of a stone lighter than when I started. Was always a tall skinny bu$$er so it shows a bit….but I’ve increased my calorie intake along with my exercise regimes (just walking and some small weights at the moment due to a knee flare up)…so will see where this takes me.

Appreciate the support again

And all the best to you and your family for the festive period.



Mark – to me
show details 12/24/10
Hi Mike,

By all means post my story….they have really helped

I will hopefully be providing you with a full “blog” in a few months time…personally want to wait until then to make sure i’m fully in control of the MD symptoms with the use of this method

Thanks again for all your support


Mark to me
show details Feb 2
Hi Mike,

Update for you.

Continue to improve..

I did though have a “spin” last week…it lasted literally two seconds but it was enough to through me slightly and undermine my confidence a little. Thing is…I felt fine after it although I had some increased pain in my ear and some head pressure for a few days or so after…nothing serious. It was very hot (35 C in Sydney) and I was under a bit of pressure at work on the day and experienced it while straining to read some s/sheet data on the computer. Had felt a bit off that morning…had put it down to the recent (48hrs before) injection for the Dust mite desensitization program I am on. (Discovered after tests that i’m acutely allergic to them). I am aware this will/may provoke things for the next short period while I get on top of it.

Current status
: Brain fog – Sporadic…minimal when i have it…periods of clarity !!
: Tinnitus – Low level
: Ear pressure – Minimal….none at times
: Dizziness – None for 8 weeks
: Vertigo – a two second experience last week (1st for months)
: Energy levels – Increased
: Lethargy – Almost gone.

Some questions for you if I may

– I do get what I class as pain or niggle in my left ear more than right. Do you class this as pressure or not (just trying to sync with some of your comments on your site)? I have no Hydrops build up to speak of where my ear feels blocked

– I do get a lot of “bounce” from my ears when I have indigestion…the air rattling and vibrating off the ears. Did you experience this. A weird question but I find this very unsettling

– Been interested in some of the studies into large doses of Vit C and the impact it has on various illnesses. Have you done any investigations into this for MD ? Interested in what your thoughts are if so.

Thanks again for all your help


ps- After much deliberating and research…I do feel you are correct about root canal work and it’s impact on our well being…and am having my affected tooth pulled next week.

Mark to me
show details Mar 31
Hi Mike,

Hope you are well ?.

Quick update to confirm that the ear continues to improve.

The hearing part is excellent…still tinnitus and ear pressure…hoping these will continue to abate over time.

I am still finding it hard to take confidence from my ear improvement. I do have some depression/anxiety issues as a result of the “ordeal” I’ve been through…and am finding it hard to get into 2nd gear so to speak. Fatigue and some sleeping issues still exist.

Wondering if you have any tips to help me get going again ?. Know you went through this also per your blog on the web site

Thanks again for all your help,


Mark to me
show details Jun 29
Hi Mike,

Hope you are well ?

Quick update to confirm that I’m still free of the main Menieres symptoms…and have been for the last 6 months….which is just great news

Get the odd period of pressure and pain in the ear…but nothing more. Tinnitus still annoying but the least of my worries 😉

Have reduced some of the vitamins to a “maintenance” level…the Gingko and calcium… adverse impact

Take care,


On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM, Mark wrote:
Hi Mike

Sorry for not getting back to you yesterday.

More than happy with you adding my story to the web…the supplements help greatly….people need to know this.

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Chinese medicine for Meniere’s disease

Chinese medicine for Meniere’s disease – an overview with case studies

Chinese medicine tackles Meniere’s disease from a very different angle to. Western Medicine. In the west we treat the symptoms while in Chinese medicine they look for the cause and try to tackle that.

Western medicine places strong emphasis on the physical structures of the body, which are made up of different organic and inorganic substances, proteins, tissues and cells. These substances form the physiological basis of humans.

Traditional Chinese medicine, on the other hand, views life a little differently. Instead of emphasizing discrete body components with cells being the basic building blocks, the body is seen as a whole entity with connecting parts that work together to sustain life. Some parts have more energetic properties while others have more material characteristics.

According to four causes can be identified:

  1. Deficit in the sea of marrow
  2. Deficiency in qi and blood
  3. Flood of cold-dampness
  4. Disturbance of liver-yang
  5. Viscous phlegm obstruction

Sea of marrow refers to the brain and spinal column, where the marrow is found. Marrow nourishes the brain, spinal cord and bones; it is derived from kidney essence and food nutrients.

Qi (pronounced chee) can be interpreted as the “life energy” or “life force,” which flows within us. Sometimes, it is known as the “vital energy” of the body. The Chinese character for qi means air. 

Blood is viewed simply as the red fluid inside the blood vessels that provides nutrition for the body. The nutrients transported by blood are not restricted to physical materials. Its meaning can be extended to anything that provides nourishment to the body.

In western physiology, the liver is responsible for a number of important body functions, including the production and excretion of bile, which is used to break down fat and the detoxification of blood.

However, according to Chinese medicine, the liver’s functions are different. They include control of the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system over which a person does not have voluntary control), and the circulatory system. In addition, the liver is responsible for vision.

In traditional Chinese medicine a disharmony of body fluids can produce either external, visible phlegm, such as sputum secreted by the respiratory tract, or internal, invisible phlegm.

Internal, invisible phlegm is considered a particular problem. It is usually formed by dysfunction of the lungs and the spleen. Phlegm is one of the pathogenic (disease causing) factors responsible for the occurrence and development of a range of disorders.

Therapeutic aims of Chinese medicine for Meniere’s disease:

  1. For deficit in the sea of marrow: nourish yin, tonify kidneys, replenish essence and benefit marrow. 
  2. For deficiency in qi and blood: To replenish qi and blood, reinforce the spleen and calm the mind.
  3. For flood of cold-dampness: warm the kidney yang, eliminate coldness and promote diuresis (elimination of fluid from the body by urination).
  4. For disturbance of liver-yang: smooth the liver, expel wind, nourish the yin and depress the yang component.
  5. For viscous phlegm obstruction: reinforce the spleen and liver, expel dampness and phlegm.

The concept of hot, cold and neutral foods in eastern cultures is an interesting subject and something perhaps western medicine and nutritionists could learn from.

For example, cold or cool fruits include apples, pears, oranges, bananas, persimmons, watermelons and kiwi fruits. Hot or warm fruits include peaches, longans, litchi, and cherries.

Neutral fruits include pineapple, grapes, hawthorn and plums

Hot and warm means it can improve circulation, speed up metabolism and raise body temperature. Cool and cold food can lower body temperature, calm people down and slow down the metabolism.

It is a whole in depth subject worth studying and the health benefits of what and when to eat something, and how that affects the body is something probably lost on western medicine.

Having lived in eastern Asia for many years I have seen the results of understanding your foods. 

Chinese medicine also uses acupuncture for Meniere’s disease, targeting the reduction of vertigo and tinnitus symptoms.

We recently came across a press release touting a new herbal treatment from Chinese Medicine available in the US. My one problem with this particular product is that in the press release it is touted, and I quote,

Herbal Medicine to Cure Meniere’s Disease, a breakthrough in this field for the past 150 years

Any “product” that claims to “cure” Meniere’s should be immediately viewed with a certain amount of healthy considered skepticism. Meniere’s Disease is not a “Disease” as such to be cured by any pills or potions.

Meniere’s is an idiopathic condition and the symptoms can have many and varied causative factors. Getting to the root of what is causing your symptoms is going to “cure” (for want of a better word) you or rather finding what is causing your symptoms and also triggering attacks, then taking action to remove that cause from your life is going to stop the reaction that is making you feel so ill.

There are many possible causes ranging from Muscular skeletal to reactions to chemicals and possible viral and autoimmune problems. They are varied and may different in each of us.

This is not intended to discredit either Chinese Medicine or this new product in anyway, though it has to be said, my only other problem with this product is that the formula is “secret“.

It may be that this is a genuinely good product that allows you to live symptom free. We have been using and talking about a regimen of supplements for years that allow us to live symptom free.

They do this by aiding the body’s immune system to work as it should and deal with the inflammation within the inner ear. But we can not claim it is a “cure”, because it isn’t.

The Meniere’s Stop press release wording may be an unfortunate use of English, and it may well help relieve the symptoms. We know Ginkgo helps blood flow and in turn aids relief from Meniere’s. We know that Chlorella is packed with nutrients (considered by some as a “super food”) and can help relieve Meniere’s in some. So the notion of herbal medicine helping us should not be ignored.

We look forward to hearing from anyone who has tried “Meniere’s Stop” and your experiences both good and bad. The whole purpose of this site is to give Meniere’s sufferers a more accurate and complete picture of what can help them live free of this condition.

The press release mentioned above cannot be found now and having googled “Meniere’s Stop“, I could find nothing.

Case study using Chinese medicine for  Meniere’s disease. 

Hu Xi-Shu : Two cases of Meniere’s disease
Case #1

A 25 year old female Q?ng Huá University student presented at the clinic on October 16, 1965: For the last four to five months she has been experiencing dizzy head and vision, accompanied with nausea, flusteredness, inability to eat, and difficulty reading. A western medical doctor diagnosed her condition as Meniere’s disease, and administered medications which were ineffective. Her blood pressure was normal, she had a dry mouth with no desire to drink, a desire to sleep, a lack of strength, but with no problems moving, and her cycle had arrived late but was slightly scanty. She had a white tongue coat with a slippery root, and her pulse was deep, thin and wiry.

This is a pattern of blood vacuity with water exuberance. She was administered D?ng Gu? Sháo Yào S?n combined with Xi?o Bàn Xià T?ng and Wú Zh? Yú.

Results: After taking three packages of the formula, her symptoms resolved completely.

Commentary: In this case the blood vacuity was pretty obvious which is why D?ng Gu? Sháo Yào S?n was administered. This was coupled with yang vacuity of the stomach with counterflow of thin mucus, so Xi?o Bàn Xià T?ng and Wú Zh? Yú were used in combination.

Menieres Help Comment: Very crudely put, Chinese medicine works from a position that most ailments come from a problem within the internal organs and works to correct that problem, therefore believing it is tackling the problem at root cause.

There is a lot of validity to this assumption in most cases. Whether it is successful or not the basic desire to tackle the problem at root cause is sadly lacking in drug based western medicine, where only the symptoms are “treated” and the cause left untouched.

This main focus of Menieres-Help.Com has long been to identify and enable the reader to tackle the root cause(s) of Meniere’s symptoms.

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