Holistic Cures for Tinnitus

Tinnitus occurs in two forms; subjective and objective. Subjective tinnitus is a ringing in the ear that only the person who suffers from it can hear. The patient’s examiner, however, can hear the ringing in objective tinnitus. The ringing may occur in one or both ears and has a variety of causes including ear injury from loud noises and exposure to toxic chemicals. Fortunately, this condition may be relieved with holistic alternatives.

Nutrition and Diet

Ear health is dependent on good nutrition more than one may think. Eating a vegetable-rich diet along with complex carbohydrates will yield much better results than a diet filled with fatty foods, refined sugars, and excessive cholesterol. Drinking fresh juices is also beneficial because of their high content of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

Supplementation

The effective delivery of information to the brain from the sensory cells in the inner ear requires water, oxygen, and nutrients. The B vitamins, along with vitamins A, E, and D are very important in remedying tinnitus. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, are also essential. Iron deficiencies may also be linked with tinnitus. Taking ginkgo biloba may help improve this condition because of its ability to increase circulation in the body. Cordyceps extract is also helpful when the ringing comes from the accumulation of fluid in the ear. Consult your physician to determine the dosages based on your individual needs.

Stress Reduction

Tinnitus may be brought on or increased because of stress and tension. Using stress reduction techniques such as massage therapy and biofeedback may help eliminate symptoms. Try to reduce the amount of stress in your daily environment as well. Avoiding tense situations may help to prevent this condition.

Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation

Around 50 percent of those suffering with tinnitus have found relief or transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, also known as TENS. You should only undergo this method of treating tinnitus when a trained professional is administering the treatment.

Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are given based on specific symptoms of each individual. These can be emotional and physical alongside the actual symptom for which you are seeking help. If tinnitus is accompanied by a tingling sensation with ears that feel clogged up, try the homeopathic remedy carbonium sulphuratum. When the only symptom you experience is the ringing, kali iodatum may help. Sometimes tinnitus may be present along with minor hearing loss or deafness in one or both of the ears. In this instance, try the remedy salicylic acidum. Most remedies can be used in the 30C potency, taken every four hours until symptoms improve, then reducing frequency to once or twice daily. Seek the advice of a homeopathic physician for individualized dosing and treatments.

About this Author

Addie Scearce has been working in the natural health field since 2003 and freelance writing since 2005. Her articles appear on eHow and LIVESTRONG.COM. She is a naturopathic doctor, certified natural health professional and certified Pilates instructor. Scearce has a Doctor of Naturopathy from the Trinity College of Natural Health.