How to Treat Tinnitus With Traditional Chinese Medicine

How to Treat Tinnitus With Traditional Chinese Medicine

Tinnitus, ringing in the ears, is one of the common symptoms that a lot of people suffer from. Based on a study, over 50 million Americans in which nearly 15 % of the population experience some form of tinnitus. It can happen to anybody but elderly people are more likely to get it.

In general, there are two types of tinnitus
・ low pitch and ear being blocked
・High pitch and buzzing sound

In either type, it really bothers as it leads to other health issues such as lack of focus, dizziness, sleep disorder, fatigue, etc. 

In traditional Chinese medicine, there are 3 body types in which people tend to get tinnitus.
・Liver Qi Stagnation
・Damp-Phlegm
・Liver & Heart Deficiency

Each type has different symptoms, causes and advice.

Type 1 – Liver Qi Stagnation

Symptoms: high pitch tinnitus,  sensorineural hearing loss, irritability, nervous system disorder, feeling stuck in a throat, bloated stomach, brain fog, sleep disorder, loss of appetite, feeling bitter in a mouth, irregular period cycle

Causes: stress, overwork, overthink, depression, lack of exercise

Advice
・Reduce stress by doing regular exercises, yoga, feeling nature, etc.
・Meditate and belly breathing10 mins before going to sleep. www.calm.com.
・Recommended food: Citrus food(orange, lemon, lime), celery, radish.
・Recommended tea: rose tea, orange peel tea.
・Pressing LV2, LV3 for 3 mins when you feel tinnitus.

Liver Qi Stagnation, tinnitus

Type 2 – Damp-Phlegm

Symptoms: low pitch tinnitus, feeling heavy body, oily skin, throat mucus, fatigue, loss of energy, watery stools, white and sticky virginal discharge, 

Causes: Unhealthy diet, living in a humid area, sitting all day, lack of exercise, 

Advice:
・Avoid greasy, sweet, cold, raw, and processed food.
・Eat warming meals, gut friendly foods.
・Avoid caffeine-containing beverages.
・Regular exercises such as jogging, yoga, etc.
・Recommended tea: black tea, corn silk tea.
・Pressing ST40 when you feel tinnitus

Damp-phlegm, tinnitus

Type3 – Liver & Heart Deficiency

Symptoms:  frequent tinnitus, frequent urination at night, vertigo, forgettable

Causes: Primarily AGING

If you are this type, it is usually difficult to get the tinnitus healed therefore it’s very important to change your diet and lifestyle as well as trying the following below. 

Advice:
・Tips from Type1 and Type2.
・Go to an acupuncturist near you.
・Try natural Chinese herbs.

liver & heart deficiency for tinnitus

Other general remedies: 
・Avoid loud noise – A lot of musicians suffer from tinnitus because they are exposed to loud music on a daily basis. Moreover, listening to music on earphones also causes tinnitus. 
・Rest well – The most common reason for tinnitus is coming from stress so it’s extremely important to reduce it as much as possible. If you feel the stress comes from work, managing work hours is key. In addition, meditation also helps to reduce stress.

You are not sure which type?

If you are not sure which type you are, please visit YourKampo to get a free consultation for finding the root of what’s causing your tinnitus from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine.

We will not only provide you the recommended Chinese herb but also general advice on diet and lifestyle for healing your tinnitus. 

Please feel welcome to comment if you have any questions about this post.

Sayonara till next post.

About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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