Vasovagal syncope (sometimes called cardioneurogenic syncope) is the commonest form of syncope or fainting. Fainting is an autonomic response where some external trigger causes your blood pressure to drop and your heart rate to slow suddenly. This briefly cuts the bloodflow to your brain, and as a result you lose consciousness.
Vasovagal syncope isn’t a serious condition or evidence of any other more serious health condition. Obviously though, it can be very disruptive and the potential for a harmful fall is definitely there. (If you aren’t sure about the diagnosis, definitely see a doctor. Other forms of fainting can indeed be symptomatic of more serious health conditions). You may also experience nausea, tunnel vision, buzzing in your ears, or a change in body temperature.
Natural Remedies for Fainting
If you feel an episode of faintness coming on, first lie down and elevate your legs. This will help keep the blood going to your head. Other approaches to vasovagal syncope might include gingko biloba or other natural remedies that either raise or lower your blood pressure to help maintain your circulatory homeostasis.
Supplements like magnesium and potassium can also help if your fainting is caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency. It could also indicate an electrolyte imbalance. Continue reading to learn which remedies helped prevent fainting episodes in Earth Clinic readers.