Experiencing unpleasant ringing in your ears? You may be suffering from tinnitus. If you\u2019ve ever experienced unwelcome noises in your ears that persist \u2013 ringing, whooshing, hissing, rumbling, roaring, clicking, buzzing - for short term or long periods of time, you may be one of the 10-20% of Americans experiencing the phenomenon known as\u00a0tinnitus.\u00a0Long referred to simply as \u201cringing in the ears\u201d, tinnitus the hearing of sounds and noises when no external sounds or noises are actually present. While a high-pitched ringing sound is one of the more common, they can vary from soft to loud, low to high pitch, and can alternate from ear to ear or appear in both ears at once. Tinnitus itself is not a disease or condition, but a symptom that results from numerous possible underlying diseases or conditions that affect the inner ear either directly or indirectly. Sounds may be intermittent, continued, or pulsing and in the worst cases affect quality of life and interfere with normal activities & proper sleep. Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common causes of tinnitus, as well as ear infections, heart and blood vessel diseases, head injury, brain tumors, Meniere\u2019s disease, ear wax and emotional stress. Western medicine has struggled to find ways to treat and manage tinnitus in the many Westerners suffering from it. If there is an underlying cause, treatment of the cause can improve and hopefully eliminate the noise. There are currently no effective medications, and in fact, pharmaceutical and prescription medications can actually induce the onset of tinnitus. Chronic tinnitus may lead to anxiety and depression. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Answer to Tinnitus The most effective path to avoiding tinnitus is prevention. Wear ear plugs and take precautionary safety measures for your ears during prolonged exposure to loud sounds such as at concerts & festivals, around power tools and machinery, during firearms training and while playing live music. Beyond that, we can find treatment options and ongoing wisdom regarding tinnitus from the\u00a0Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)\u00a0approach to health & wellness. The ancient practice of Chinese medicine is a holistic system that incorporates\u00a0herbal medicine,\u00a0acupuncture,\u00a0massage (tui na),\u00a0exercise (qi gong)\u00a0and\u00a0dietary therapy. These practices combine to re-balance a person\u2019s internal constitution and promote the optimal flow of\u00a0vital energy (qi)\u00a0through channels in the body known as\u00a0meridians, which are in turn branched and connected to various bodily organs and functions. The dualistic concept of Yin and Yang is central to Chinese medicine theory, and it is applied across the understanding of the human body. Yin and Yang characterization extends to the body functions, and each one\u2019s deficiency or over-abundance creates different disease symptoms. The Chinese herbalists viewed the universe and nature as breaking down into five fundamental elemental qualities, known as the Five Phases \u2013\u00a0Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water. This conceptual model serves as a way of understanding the interactions between the systems of the body, and how different symptoms and ailments present themselves; and\u00a0are governed. The central piece of understanding in how TCM interprets the interconnected functions of our body is through the\u00a0zang-fu. These bear the names of 10 organs but more appropriately describe the general energy pathways that these organs are involved in. Traditional Chinese Medicine primarily defines them by their functionality \u2013 so the concepts are generally but not always associated with the same organs we know in the West. The zang-fu are inherently entwined with the Five Phases and correspond in this way: \tFire (\u706b) \u00a0Heart\u00a0and\u00a0Small Intestine \tEarth (\u571f) \u00a0Spleen\u00a0and\u00a0Stomach \tMetal (\u91d1) \u00a0Lung\u00a0and\u00a0Large Intestine \tWater (\u6c34) \u00a0Kidney\u00a0and\u00a0Bladder \tWood (\u6728) \u00a0Liver\u00a0and\u00a0Gallbladder How Traditional Chinese Medicine Understands Tinnitus When it comes to home remedies for tinnitus and alternative approaches to treating it, Traditional Chinese Medicine reigns supreme. In TCM, hearing and the ears are understood to be governed by the kidney-bladder network. There are four primary types of tinnitus known to Chinese medicine \u2013 two resulting from Excess\u00a0and two resulting from\u00a0Deficiency. The first type of Excess (1A)\u00a0is caused by a sudden onset of continual noise resulting from exposure to a loud sound, which can be accompanied by headache, flushed skin, constipation, irritability and insomnia. This agitation is described by Chinese medicine as being due to a hyperactive liver and an accumulation of gallbladder Fire. Extreme and persistent Fire from the liver weakens the optimal Water state of the kidney. The second type of Excess (1B)\u00a0often manifests as intermittent ringing or noise in the ears and can be accompanied by the feeling of blockage or hearing impairment. Other symptoms that may present themselves include stuffiness & congestion, dizziness, nausea and difficulty passing fluids. Chinese medicine describes this excess as due to an accumulation of hot phlegm (phlegm-Fire syndrome), phlegm being a term used in TCM to refer to general fluid retention in the body. The Deficiency types of tinnitus result from a gradual onset of symptoms.The first type (2A)\u00a0is gradually worsening tinnitus accompanied by symptoms of lack such as dizziness, worsened memory, weakness of the knees & joints and backache. The Chinese herbalists explain this lack as being due to insufficient kidney Yin (essence). This kind of deficiency results from the aging process, stress, the absence of proper nourishment & exercise, and can also be worsened by diseases of the inner ear or cardiovascular system. The last\u00a0type of Deficiency (2B)\u00a0is defined by the Chinese doctors as a failure of clear qi to ascend, manifesting as intermittent tinnitus that gets better with rest and worse with stress. The cause is a Yang deficiency that affects the spleen system. So now we know how the traditional Chinese medical practitioners view the complex problem of tinnitus, but what does that mean for the average person suffering from it? How can we understand this approach and how to effectively make use of it in our everyday health & wellness? Comprehending the Chinese Medical Diagnosis of Tinnitus While the heart, kidneys, and liver are intimately connected to tinnitus in the Chinese medical philosophy, experiencing tinnitus does mean that these organs are damaged. Sufferers of tinnitus may have all of these in perfect working condition. The work of Chinese medical practitioners is subtle and involves influencing blood and energy flow through the systems rather than directly targeting organs. Chinese medical theory maps energy channels to areas of the body and groups them together under the rubric of \u2018Kidney\u2019, or \u2018Liver\u2019 which describes not the organ but the entire circuit of energy. The holistic approach to treating tinnitus first recommends acupuncture that targets the kidney meridians and to a lesser degree the meridians of the liver and gallbladder. By stimulating specific points along the body \u2013 unique to each patient \u2013 acupuncture can help to rebalance the flow of qi along natural channels and meridians, getting to the deep root of the problem and alleviating symptoms. One of the first things that Chinese medical doctors look at when diagnosing a patient is the health and color of their tongue. In TCM, the qualities of the tongue represent a microcosm that reflects the greater state of balance or imbalance that a patient may be experiencing. The second thing taken note of is the speed and cadence of the patient\u2019s pulse. In the case of tinnitus resulting from Excess, there may be a bitter taste in the mouth and the tongue is red with even redder sides. The tongue\u2019s coating is yellow with a pulse that is wiry and rapid. In the case of tinnitus from Deficiency, the tongue is pale due to \u00a0Kidney-Yang deficiency or red due to Kidney-Yin deficiency, with no coating. In the former case the pulse is deep and weak while the latter exhibits a floating-empty pulse. Chinese Herbal Treatments for Tinnitus\u00a0 Each of the four sub-types of Excess and Deficiency call for their own traditional herbal treatment regimens according to Chinese practice. Treatment for Excess type 1A \u2013 hyperactive liver and gallbladder Fire \u2013 is Gentiana Combination (Long Dan Xie Gan Wan, or\u00a0Snake and the Dragon) which can be modulated to treat tinnitus by adding Moutan, Ligustrum, and\/or Eclipta. Excess type 1B \u2013 phlegm-Fire syndrome \u2013 may be remedied in several ways. One is with Pinellia and Gastrodia combination (Banxia Baizhu Tianma Tang). The other is with Bamboo and Hoelen\u00a0(Wen Dan Wan)\u00a0modulated to treat tinnitus by adding Pearl, Haliotis, and Uncaria. The combination can also be modified by adding Lapis, Scute, Rhubarb, and Aquilaria which becomes\u00a0Meng shi Gun tan Wan.\u00a0 The standard remedy for Kidney-Yin Deficiency type 2A is Rehmannia Six Formula (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan\u00a0or\u00a0Six Flavor Teapills) modulated to treat tinnitus by adding Magnetite and Schizandra. Deficiency type 2B \u2013 failure of clear qi to ascend \u2013 is remedied with a Ginseng, Astragalus, and Pueraria combination (Yiqi Chongming Tang). Some of the best and most potent Chinese herbal remedies for tinnitus are found right here on the\u00a0Best Chinese Medicines\u00a0site. Let time-tested Chinese botanical mastery and our unparalleled sourcing process make your tinnitus treatment choices easy and just right for you. Explore herbal treatment options including: Long\u00a0Dan Xie Gan Wan, or\u00a0Snake and the Dragon\u00a0(Excess Type 1A) combined with: \tPlum Flower - An Shen Bu Xin Teapills, or \tAn Shen Bu Xin Wan - Soothwell Wen Dan Wan, or Rising Courage Teapills\u00a0 (Excess Type 1B)\u00a0combined with: \tPlum Flower - Tian Ma Gou Teng Teapills\u00a0, or \tTian Ma Gou Teng Wan \u2013 Gastrodia and Uncaria Extract\u00a0 Liu Wei Di Huang Wan\u00a0or\u00a0Six Flavor Teapills\u00a0(Deficiency Type 2A, 2B) used in conjunction with: \tEr Ming Zuo Ci Wan \u2013 Sensor Tea Extract\u00a0, or \tPlum Flower \u2013 Er Long Zuo Ci Wan Teapills\u00a0 While there is no known Western cure for tinnitus, it\u2019s important to remember that there are treatment options available from a larger vantage point of health & wellness. As we approach the first quarter century of this new millennium, it is time that we embrace a holistic, balanced approach to understanding the body and its wellbeing. The Eastern practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses a deep, alternative understanding of health & vitality that can offer relief to the many sufferers of tinnitus in the West. DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We recommend that you consult with a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, physician, or veterinarian before using any products or if you have any questions regarding your health or the health of your pet.