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Herbs for Tinnitus (ear ringing)

Herbs for Tinnitus (ear ringing)

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Herbs for Tinnitus (ear ringing) 

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine’s View of Tinnitus
  • Tinnitus Treatment with Chinese Medicine

Tinnitus Symptoms

Tinnitus symptoms involve hearing sound when no sound exists. Tinnitus symptoms can include ears ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, or other sounds. These sounds can vary in intensity and may be heard in one or both ears. Tinnitus symptoms may be present all of the time, or can come and go.

Tinnitus Causes According to TCM

According to TCM, ear ringing can have several causes all of which might be diagnosed as tinnitus by Western physicians:

1. Liver yang floating upward causing tinnitus

Liver yang floating upward can result in high blood pressure, headache, vertigo, and ringing in the ears.  If two or more of these conditions exist simultaneously, Liver yang or Liver fire rising in the upper body is a likely cause.

2. Deficiency of Kidney causing tinnitus

Ear ringing is also a symptom of Kidney deficiency.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each organ system is related to an orifice.  The Kidneys open to the ears, and Kidney deficiencies can result in diminished hearing, deafness, and tinnitus.  Deficiencies such as these are often accompanied by fatigue or concurrent problems with the urinary, reproductive, or nervous systems

3. Dampness in the Gall Bladder Channel causing tinnitus

Tinnitus is often diagnosed when dampness (swelling) affects the Gallbladder Channel which runs through the ears.  Do not confuse this with gallbladder disease, as thegallbladderr organ is not associated with this problem.

4. Trauma resulting in tinnitus

Ear ringing caused by exposure to loud noises or physical trauma can last a lifetime and be diagnosed as tinnitus.

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Chinese Medicine and Herbs for Tinnitus

For tinnitus caused by Liver Yang Rising, sustained use of Chinese medicines used to treat Liver Yang and Internal Wind are used.  Some of these Chinese medicines are also used to treat high blood pressure.

Some of the most popular are:

Jiang Ya Pian

Compound Cortex Eucommia Tablets

Tian Ma Gouteng Yin

Tinnitus caused by Kidney Deficiency can take months or years and is usually treated with:

Tzo Tzu Otic Pill aka Er Long Zuo Ci Wan

Ear ringing caused by swelling or moisture in the ear known as Dampness in the Gall Bladder Channel is treated with:

Long Dan Xie Gan Wan


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