And Alternative Medicine for Tinnitus.
There are a variety of herbs that are useful in the relief of tinnitus and to get the best results you should focus on herbs which stimulate your blood circulation which is the same benefits as you get with Tinnitus and exercise. They should also be herbs which will best provide you with a nutrient-rich diet.
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Ginkgo Biloba has been found to be useful in lowering the distress tinnitus causes and several studies have found that an extract of ginkgo containing about 25% flavone glycosides and about 5% terpene lactones taken in the amounts of 100 mg per day have been useful for tinnitus patients.
However there have been other studies and research undertaken which have failed to find ginkgo Biloba use beneficial so its important to acknowledge that Ginkgo doesn’t work in every case of tinnitus. ginko has hardly any side effects and is known to be extremely good for your memory so this would be the ideal herbal treatment to try first.
What Ginkgo does is actually increase blood flow to your brain which is one of the causes of tinnitus ie lack of adequate bloodflow (Remember we discussed Exercise and tinnitus and its benefits). Ginkgo is a slow working herbal and as such you may not notice effects for several weeks or even months before experiencing some relief.
Other herbal treatments for tinnitus
Sesame seeds have known to be utilized by Chinese doctors and herbal specialists for the treatment of tinnitus and dizziness and it has also been utilized in Indian Ayurvedic medecal treatment. Sesame seeds can be added it to foods and you might know some of them like tahini halvah which is a sesame candy.
There is some evidence that black cohosh can be helpful in relieving tinnitus when it is used daily in combination with ginkgo.
The periwinkle herb has as its main ingredient a compound known as vincamine of which extracts have been used in Germany to assist decrease tinnitus and Ménière’s syndrome. It is recommended that you take 25 milligrams of this herb 3 times a day. IMPORTANT NOTE: There have been known to be some serious side effects noted with overdosage of this herb including a major drop in blood pressure. If you consider taking this herb you should definetly see a professional first.
Spinach and other foods containing zinc.
Zinc deficiency is usually associated with tinnitus and other kinds of hearing loss ie such as sensorineural so eating spinach and other foods containing zinc can be very useful treating tinnitus. Other excellent types of zinc include papaya, brussels sprouts, collards, cucumbers, string beans, endives, peas, prunes and asparagus.
This is an ancient Chinese remedy ie eating sunflower seeds and drinking a tea brewed from their hulls in order to relieve your tinnitus.
Passion flower is an extract which has been known to regulate your neurotransmitters and assist with your blood circulation.
Mistletoe tea is known to help increase your blood circulation so you can take 3 cups of cold water and 3 tablespoons of mistletoe herb and let it mix overnight. The next morning strain the mixture and then warm it and drink.
Fresh plantain extract is known as an excellent remedy for keeping your ears healthy.
Coptis and Rhubarb Combination known as San-huang-hsieh-hsin-tang is known as a good tinnitus remedy especially in cases of hypertension.
Herbs to Avoid
If your tinnitus is annoying you there are herbs and medecines and other foods and drinks you should avoid such as aspirin, caffeine, cinchona, black haw and uva ursi. You should also cut down or avoid alcohol, smoking and caffeine in combination as they can make your tinnitus worse. You should slow down on salt intake as it can cause fluid to build up in the ears making your tinnitus worse.
Stress has been found to make tinnitus worse in many cases (See Sleep and Relaxation techniques here). So relaxation and stress management methods are usually very useful. Distraction is also an excellent way to ávoid’your tinnitus sounds so try and focus on trying new activities such as a new hobby, help other people (which is what I do through my charity www.OrphanIT.org
This takes me all over the world about 6 times a year and i have found that since I started working with other people and helping them that it has probably helped me relieve the stress of tinnitus by as much as 50%)
You can also try joining some volunteer groups. Try increasing your blood circulation to yourear area by massaging them at night or even applying a hot compress on your neck before going to sleep at night. try stimulating your overall blood circulation by applying hot and the cold foot baths daily. Eat lots of dried fruit or buy a juicer and drink up to a litre of vegetables and fruit and herbs mixed together every day (this is something else I do every day).