What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus refers to a ringing noise in the ears that resembles the chirping of cicadas or the sound of waves rising and falling.
What causes Tinnitus?
In Chinese medicine, tinnitus is believed to be caused by two main reasons:
Stress or overwork related tinnitus is especially common in people who are very sensitive, irritable, or very introverted. To fix this, it is recommended that these people do not accumulate stress inside, and instead find a leisure activity or a pleasant exercise that can relieve them of stress.
Another is ‘weak kidney related tinnitus’, which is a case of tinnitus caused by either age or a weakness in the body. This tinnitus is a ringing in the ears that occurs all day regardless. Other symptoms such as hearing loss, weakness in physical strength or pain in joints (such as knees) can also be present alongside the tinnitus.
To prevent tinnitus, it is absolutely recommended to avoid coffee or tobacco and avoid stimulant foods. Getting adequate rest, avoiding overwork, and moderate exercise to help blood circulation can also help. Additionally, diseases such as otitis media, high blood pressure, or diabetes can all make tinnitus worse, so it is important to treat these as soon as possible.
In Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicines are used to help heal the body. For tinnitus caused by stress or overwork, prescriptions like Ondamtang can relieve the heat caused by stress and will replenish the blood to improve your symptoms.
For tinnitus that appears due to age or a weakness in the body, weak kidney essence is reinforced by adding prescription such as Bojungikgitang to heal symptoms. Therefore, it is worth to try acupuncture and herbs for tinnitus as well.
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