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Tinnitus is a common issue that affects an estimated 1 in 5 people. This condition causes a perceived ringing or buzzing in one or both ears and can range from mild and infrequent to constant and distressing. Thankfully, Chinese medicine has used acupuncture and herbal formulas to reduce or eliminate tinnitus for thousands of years.
Traditional Chinese medicine views the cause of tinnitus to be either a circulation issue in the region around the ears, or an issue with one of the body’s organ systems that support the ears. A blockage in the ears, neck, or shoulder may prevent the proper blood or energy flow to the ears. To reduce tinnitus, Chinese medicine works to unblock the energy to the ears and enhance the health of the Kidney and Liver systems.
Tinnitus caused by Liver and Gallbladder dysfunction often has a root in excess heat. The Liver system is notorious for getting overheated and stagnant. When this occurs, heat rises through the Liver and Gallbladder channels and affects the ears.
The ears are most closely related to the Kidney organ system. Over time, the Kidneys can become weak and less nourishment and energy is available to support the ears. Hearing loss or tinnitus can result.
Auricular (ear) acupuncture is a common treatment for tinnitus and any ear condition. This is a special subset of acupuncture points located on and around the ear and are believed to have a strong effect on the nervous system and sense organs. There are few other treatments are available for tinnitus but adjusting your diet to better support the Kidneys can be helpful to address the root of the issue.
Many Chinese herbal formulas focus on treating the root cause of tinnitus (usually either Kidney deficiency or Liver and Gallbladder heat) while also helping to bring blood flow and energy to the head. Other additional symptoms (like stress, fatigue, swelling, headaches, or other issues) may also be addressed with a targeted herbal supplement.
The following are important herbs used in our popular formulas for tinnitus and ringing of the ears.
Bai guo/ Ginkgo biloba: Ginkgo is known as a longevity herb because of its strong effects on the body’s deep resources. Bai guo can be used to help stabilize and prevent hearing loss and tinnitus.
Shu di huang/ Rehmannia radix: Shu di huang is considered a Kidney tonic and is used to strengthen and support the body’s vitality. Because the ears are connected to the Kidney system, this herb is often used in formulas to improve tinnitus.
Long dan cao/ Chinese gentian root: Long dan cao is one of Chinese medicine’s best herbs for clearing heat in the Liver or Gallbladder system. This herb is used in formulas that address tinnitus due to Liver heat.
Tinnitus can be a difficult problem to treat, but Chinese medicine helps to reduce the symptoms and prevent future issues. Shop our collection of Chinese herbal formulas that relieve tinnitus and improve hearing.
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