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How to Use Herbs for Tinnitus

Updated on August 15, 2012
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.


Have that ringing in the ears that never stops? Wish it would go away? It's not the tea kettle. It's not the television. It might be tinnitus.

There are many ways to approach dealing with tinnitus and herbs is one way many people choose to go.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is basically irritating noise in the ear that is not from outside the body. It is from within the ear itself. It can sound like a whistle, the wind, or a shrill noise. Everyone who experiences it says it is highly irritating though not generally painful.

It's not a disease. It's generally a symptom of another issue: old age, circulatory issues, or even an injury to the ear.

Some sufferers say it is low and only is noticed periodically. Others have trouble sleeping or conducting everyday conversations because of it. It is not something that is easily ignored and can cause disruption in one's life.

So, what can you do about it?

Talk to Your Doctor

Start off talking to your doctor. The reason I suggest this is that tinnitus could be a symptom of a larger problem that you are unaware of. Let your doctor examine you and verify that the tinnitus is not a sign of anything serious. From there, your doctor will talk to you about treatment.

He can tell you what is available in the way of medication and the pros and cons of each. He might not talk to you about all the options. Ask him about white noise which has been known to help people. Also, ask him about herbs.

Sadly, not every doctor is open to discuss the use of herbs in the treatment of their patients. If you do have a doctor that is, take advantage of it. Talk to your pharmacist and a certified herbalist. Don't just start taking herbs. They can be dangerous if taken incorrectly.


Herbs You Can Use

Here are a list of herbs that work well with tinnitus:

  • Ginkgo Bilboa
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Lesser Periwinkle
  • Black Cohosh
  • Goldenseal
  • Spinach
  • Fenugreek Seed
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Plantain
  • Horsetail
  • Onion Juice
  • Passion Flower
  • Rosemary
  • Avena Sativa
  • Verbena

These herbs give your body the ability to improve blood flow and work with the body to fight that ringing. Most of them are taken in tea form or through pills. Again, discuss these with a professional. Do not mix with any other meds as it could be very dangerous.

Taking Herbs

Herbs can be found online, at various stores including grocery stores, and possibly in your backyard. Before harvesting your own herbs, please study up on it and never just try something. Plants can be toxic if you get the wrong ones or use the wrong part of a plant. Some herbs should only have their leaves used or their flowers. Some have only roots that are able to be used without causing death. Know your herbs.

Most herbs are taken in pill form or through teas. Liquid is absorbed by the body quicker than those in pill form but some herbs cannot be found as liquid. Talk to an herbalist and make sure you are taking the right herbs. Tell him your medical history. Don't risk anything! This is your life we're talking about.


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    • Peter Geekie profile image

      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear RGraf

      Thank you for the herb info I will gladly add this to my file.

      Kind regards Peter