Any kind of sound heard in the ear in the absence of, or different from, any actual outside noise. The sound is continuous or re-appearing, and may pulsate with the heartbeat and accompany the loss of hearing. Ear ringing accompanies most ear problems that involve blockages or infections. The Eustachian tube becomes blocked due to excess mucus from sinus and throat infections or allergies. The outer ear can also become blocked if earwax builds up or a foreign body lodges in the ear. When it is not related to ear problems, tinnitus is caused by hypoglycemia, or jaw or neck problems, but it is most often the result of a circulatory problem in the ear. In many cases, the ringing is a signal that the body is overwhelmed with stress and work.
Vitamin A deficiency can cause inner ear problems such as ear ringing, because it is an important vitamin for the membranes of the ear.
Vitamin E – improves the oxygen supply to the cells
Magnesium and zinc imbalances can also cause ear ringing
Tinnitus requires long-term treatment, but it may respond well to herbs.
Regular use of goldenseal or black cohosh taken over a period of time may help.
- Gingko Biloba can help with degenerative conditions by improving oxygenated blood flow and circulation and may also help with tinnitus.
- Ginkgo biloba will help to decrease tinnitus in most people but it needs to be taken for up to three months for results to be felt.
- Ginkgo biloba helps promote blood circulation in the small capillaries Take 15 to 20 drops diluted in water daily.
Salicylic Acid in its homeopathic formulation is also thought to improve conditions induced by tinnitus.
Herbal supplement formulated on the principles of phytotherapy can also provide relief from tinnitus symptoms, it is thought.
Avena Sativa and herbal supplements such as TinnaRex are also thought to help with tinnitus by improving circulation, curing ear infection, and improve hearing by restoring one’s auditory capabilities.
The Chinese patent remedy Lui Wei Di Huang Wan may help, especially with the elderly.
A variation called Er Ming Zuo Ci Wan may help if the tinnitus is related to high blood pressure.
Passionflower extract – regulates neurotransmitters and circulation
Reflexology areas to emphasize:
Eye / ear / inner ear – primary reflex points
Neck/shoulder – to relieve stress/tension