Natural Treatment For Tinnitus
If you, or someone you are close to, suffer from tinnitus, you already know what it is. Perhaps, in searching out your symptoms, you have just come across the term and are seeking to understand it better. For those who are unfamiliar with the word, the term describes a condition in which the sufferer experiences some form of noise in their ears that does not originate from the environment around them. Most often, it takes the form of a whistling or ringing sound within the ear, but can also be experienced as a buzzing, or some other sort of persistent noise. Unfortunately, at this time, medical science has failed to produce any concrete answers for the treatment of this condition. However, a bit of research makes it plain that there may be a natural treatment for tinnitus available– or more than one!
It is vital, whatever natural treatment for tinnitus you might choose to pursue, or recommend, that you or your loved one first seek the treatment of a medical professional specializing in treatment of the ear, nose, and throat. An ear nose and throat doctor (ENT) can help to determine, if possible, the cause of the condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, tinnitus can be caused by one of many factors. An ENT will perform thorough tests to ensure that the condition is not caused by a food or medical allergy, serious medical condition such as atherosclerosis (build-up of cholesterol in the blood vessels, in this case of the inner and outer ear), tumors of the head or neck, blood circulation issues or other medical problems that would need immediate attention. Once medical intervention has been deemed unnecessary, or ineffective, natural methods are the place to turn to treat your tinnitus problems.
Because tinnitus can be caused by natural hearing loss, due to age or other factors, the avoidance of loud noises, use of earplugs or other noise-dampening devices, and general care of your ears is a first step to take. Loud noises themselves can cause flare-ups, much like bright lights can cause spots in your vision. Also, take stock of any medications, over the counter or otherwise, that you have taken recently, or shortly within the time your problem started to occur. There is a chance that simply cutting off of, or back on these medications could help reduce your symptoms. Aspirin, for example, seems to have some connection to the condition in some patients.
Another theorized cause of tinnitus is malnutrition, or some form of mineral or vitamin deficiency. Assess your diet to determine if you are meeting all of your daily nutritional needs. Make certain that your diet is not too high in sodium (remember, circulation problems such as blood pressure could be a cause!), sugar, and that it includes plenty of fresh green vegetables. If necessary, try taking multi-vitamin or mineral supplements.
Other proposed treatments include finding ways to reduce stress, including mental stress and tension held in the neck and/or jaw, seeking acupuncture treatment, or drinking chamomile tea twice a day. Many sufferers and former sufferers of tinnitus as an effective treatment also suggest Apple cider vinegar, mixed with water. Taking this mixture with honey or sugar is recommended, as most people consider apple cider vinegar an unpleasant flavor. Another homeopathic herb treatment that many suggest is ginko, which can be found in supplement form, or in beverages such as certain teas. Tinnitus can be a disruptive and difficult condition to endure, however, with patience and willingness to try these healthy activities, a natural treatment for tinnitus may be just within reach.