Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Tinnitus


From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, tinnitus is considered as a circulation problem around the ear, neck or shoulder region. The ears are the openings of the kidney on the body surface, and they are also important pivot locations for the meridians to communicate with each other. Traditional Chinese Medicine has effective treatment options for tinnitus. TCM practitioner believes that tinnitus is not an auditory disease, but it is often related to certain channels and particular internal organ.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy for tinnitus has been used for centuries. Sometimes acupuncture points under the ear lobe are selected in the treatment of tinnitus and other times acupuncture points on the arms and legs are chosen. Many studies have shown acupuncture to improve tinnitus. On the other hands, many claim that there is no benefit from acupuncture. You should choose licensed and experienced acupuncturists who have studied in China as part of their clinical trainings.

1) Tinnitus due to kidney disorder

The kidneys are considered to be one of the vital organs causing tinnitus. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the kidneys and ears have a close internal relationship. The kidneys are responsible for promoting Qi and blood to the ears, and maintaining normal physiological functioning. When your kidneys are disordered such as kidney yin weakness the ears are unable to receive adequate blood and Qi from the kidneys, resulting in tinnitus.

2) Tinnitus due to liver and gallbladder disorder

The meridians of the liver and gallbladder run around the ears, when the liver and gallbladder have a blockage and heat, it will move along the meridians reaching the ears, blocking the ear circulation, causing tinnitus.

Chinese Herbs to Treat Tinnitus

1) Ginkgo Biloba is also known as Ginkgo or Maidenhair. It can help stabilize hearing loss and tinnitus ringing by increasing capillary blood circulation. There is conflicting research regarding the use of Ginkgo Biloba for tinnitus. Additional research is needed in order to resolve this controversy.

Where to buy (1): Nature's Bounty, Ginkgo Biloba, Standardized Extract, 120 mg, 100 Capsules
Where to buy (2): Doctor's Best, Extra Strength Ginkgo, 120 mg, 120 Veggie Caps

How to use: Ginkgo Biloba is available in many different forms including tea, extract, powder and capsules.

2) Rehmannia is a Chinese herb which is commonly used in the treatment of inner ear diseases, such as tinnitus and hearing loss.

Where to buy (1): Rehmannia Extract
Where to buy (2): Rehmannia Endurance, 150 Tablets

How to use: Rehmannia is available in many different forms including tea, extract, powder and capsules.

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