Meniere’s Disease Survey: Supplements

I continue presenting the results of the Meniere’s disease survey.  This post will specifically cover the supplements.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba comes from the leaves of a Chinese ginkgo tree. Ginkgo biloba is most popular for its ability to improve mental functions. It also works to help circulation related problems. Studies in Europe show that the active ingredients in ginkgo (terpene lactones and flavonoids) make the membranes of red blood cells more elastic and thus improve circulation. This improved function applies to the tiny capillaries in the ears.

For some people, ginkgo biloba has helped considerably.  The percentage is not great but it may be worth a try.

Results of Meniere's Disease Survey: Ginkgo Biloba


I first learned about lemon bioflavonoids from “John of Ohio.”  Lemon bioflavonoids have the bioflavonoid, Eriocitrin, which dilates the small arteries in the ears.  Bioflavonoids have helped me but the survey results don’t make a strong case for them with only 3.4% of the participants claiming slight improvements.

Results of Meniere's Disease Survey: Bioflavonoids


Vinpocetine comes from the seeds of the periwinkle plant. It can be very beneficial to the delicate hearing cells of the inner ear. It is used commonly in Europe for Meniere’s disease and is advertised to help reduce tinnitus. It was also used in Russia years ago to help their cosmonauts combat vertigo.  Again, a small percentage of people have found some relief by taking vinpocetine but the results are not overwhelming.

Results of Meniere's Disease Survey: Vinpocetine


Vertigoheel (or Cocculus Compositum) is a European homeopathic remedy.  I first found out about it in John of Ohio’s post and tried it.  Like those taking the survey, it didn’t help nor hurt me.

Results of Meniere's Disease Survey: VertigoHeel
In my next post, I will finish presenting the remaining results of the survey.