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Natural Therapies to Get Rid of Tinnitus
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be an infuriating, incessant condition. Its symptoms include phantom sounds in the sufferer's ear(s), which range from ringing and whistling to buzzing and clicking. The pitch of the continuous or intermittent sound can vary from a low roar to a high squeal. The sounds often interfere with one's ability to concentrate, especially if the person becomes stressed out or nervous.
What causes tinnitus?
The most common cause of tinnitus is inner ear cell damage. The small, delicate hairs in your inner ear move in relation to the pressure of sound waves. This movement triggers ear cells to release an electrical signal through your auditory nerve to your brain, which then interprets these signals as sound. If your inner-ear hairs are damaged, they can trip random electrical signals to your brain, causing tinnitus.
A wide range of things can cause damage to your inner ear, such as ear infection, ear wax impaction, lead poisoning, toxicity, head injury, psychiatric disorders, or metabolic disorders,
Acupuncture Can Help Get Rid of Tinnitus
The practice of acupuncture is best known for relieving pressure at different points in the body, and can bring significant relief to those suffering from tinnitus. For treatment of tinnitus, an acupuncturist will insert thin needles into pressure points of the neck, head, and ears. The needles remove obstructions in the meridians around the ears.
You can also do this at home without an acupuncturist or needles--simply use your hands and fingertips to apply gently pressure. Your body contains dozens of pressure points for alleviation of tinnitus and ringing ear pain, here a few of the most important:
Ting Gong is a point located in the hollow directly in front of each ear that can be pressed to help cure tinnitus. Your Ting Hui is your auditory convergence and is located directly below your Ting Gong acupressure point. Last but not least, is the pressure point, Er Meng, which is located directly above the Ting Gong point.
Acupuncture Tips: Massage points Ting Gong, Ting Hui, and Er Meng twice a day for 30 minutes each time. Use your thumb or knuckle, pressing with comfortable pressure.
Use Ginkgo Biloba
Extracts from the leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba tree have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and it is best known for its ability to help improve circulation and blood flow to the edges of the body, especially the brain and head. It has been shown to have significant therapeutic effect on symptoms of cerebral deficiency, such as tinnitus.
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the most studied herbal medicines, and it one of the top ten selling herbs in health food stores across the US. ealth food stores. Ginkgo contains two active compounds known as flavonoids and terpenoids that help protect nerves and blood vessels. If your tinnitus is due to circulatory problems, ginkgo will definitely help subdue symptoms.
You can find Ginkgo Biloba in many different forms, including capsules in tea form. Take 240 mg of a standardized ginkgo in capsule or liquid form over the course of a day. Once relief from tinnitus is achieved you can lower the dose to maintenance levels of 40-60 mg daily.
Natural Tinnitus Relief with Zinc
Nutritionists believe that zinc is one of the most important mineral supplements, and is an essential nutrient for the relief and treatment of tinnitus. The inner ear contains the highest concentration of zinc in the body, which is why severe deficiencies of zinc is often associated with tinnitus. Not only that, zinc also strengthens the immune systems and acts as a shield for the overall health of your body.
Foods that Contain Zinc
Some foods which can help get rid of tinnitus include sunflower and pumpkin seeds, tofu, seafood, beef, and lamb. If you are particularly zinc deficient, start by taking zinc supplements (90-150 mg) daily for at least three to six months. Take care not to take too much zinc as really high doses can cause abdominal pain and vomiting.
Vitamin B12 Can Reduce Tinnitus
Vitamin B12 is essential for our senses and a healthy nervous system; in fact, several studies have shown a high correlation between symptoms of tinnitus and Vitamin B12 deficiency. One such study in 1993 showed that out of 100 subjects suffering from tinnitus, over half of them also had a vitamin B12 deficiency.
You can increase your B12 intake by consuming more dairy products and fish. A daily dose between 1,000 and 2,000 mcg of a Vitamin B12 supplement are suggested. Weekly, intramuscular injections of 1000 mcg weekly can dramatically reduce tinnitus severity, but are typically only available in the doctor’s office. However, if you are comfortable, it is possible to buy syringes and injectable vitamin B12 to do this in the comfort of your own home. Keep in mind, too much vitamin B12 can cause diarrhea and blood clots.
Eustachian Tube Drainage
The Eustachian tubes connect the ears to the back of the nostrils. If this tube becomes clogged it can cause tinnitus. To relieve congestion in the tube, and get rid of tinnitus, you must drain any fluid away from the ear. To do so, visit a local naturopath to show you the technique, or you can do it on your own.
Open your mouth and find your back molars on one on your mouth, using your index finger. Beyond the molars you will find a flesh-covered bone which creates the hinge between your two jaws. Right after the jaw-hinge is your tonsillar pillar (a tendon), and just past the tonsillar pillar is the Eustachian tube. It should feel like small tunnel under the flesh. To clear congestion, gently stroke the Eustachian tube from the ear side of the back of the throat towards the middle. Do this several times once or twice a day for up to a week to help relieve symptoms of tinnitus.
Aromatherapy as a Treatment for Tinnitus
Many essential oils contain healing properties that address both the body and mind. When the aroma of essential oils enters the nose, they immediately stimulate the olfactory nerves. Once the olfactory nerves are stimulated, they alert the limbic system, which sets off a series of signals to create a natural healing response.
What Kind of Essential Oils Should You Use?
The essential oil of cypress helps tinnitus by calming and soothing your nerves while encouraging blood to flow smoothly. Juniper berry is a powerful detoxifier and an excellent blood cleanser, that can help clear away toxins that can cause tinnitus. Immortelle is another essential oil which boasts many therapeutic benefits, and is especially known for regenerating nerves and reducing inflammation in the ear. When working with these essentials oils it is often more effective to create a synergistic blend that will work more efficiently than a single essential oil might. To use, simply dispense a few drops into the palms of your hand, cup them together, and inhale deeply. You can also apply the oils to the back and front of your ear lobe, while moving in a circular movement. The oils will enter the neurovascular gateways located in these areas to trigger your body's healing response.
Remember, for maximum effectiveness, use pure essential oils without additives. Be sure the oils you use provide the following information:
- The Latin name (exact genus and species)
- The plant's country of origin
- No additives, or a statement purity
- Statement of how the plant was grown or gathered (wildcrafted, organic, traditional, etc)
These are just a few natural treatments you can use to help reduce the severity of tinnitus. When used in conjunction with talk therapy or sound therapy you may be able to fully get rid of tinnitus.