Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Ear Problems - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of ear problems generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Several conditions and illnesses can be attributed to ear problems including, but not limited to, tinnitus, Meniere's Disease, hearing loss and others. Several factors can affect a person's hearing including trauma, aging, hereditary predisposition, certain medications or long exposure to loud sounds. Two major causes of hearing loss are damage to the auditory nerve, which results in permanent hearing loss; and blockage of the inner ear by wax, fluid or a punctured ear drum.

Tinnitus is characterized by a constant or lingering buzzing, ringing or clicking in the ears, which can affect daily activity. One cause of tinnitus is Meniere's Disease, a disorder that causes a shift in the volume of fluid in the inner ear. Other symptoms of Meniere's Disease include hearing loss, vertigo, feeling of fullness in the ear, and pain.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for ear problems.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Ear Problems


There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for ear problems:

Er Long Zuo Ci Wan

The following (5) acupuncture points may be useful for ear problems. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with ear problems. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for ear problems. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

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