Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Tinnitus

What Is Tinnitus?


Tinnitus - Basics

Tinnitus is characterized by a constant or lingering buzzing, ringing or clicking in the ears, which can affect daily activity. Several different factors can cause tinnitus including hearing loss, long-term exposure to loud noise, certain medications, allergies, the presence of a tumor and others.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Tinnitus.

What Patterns Are Related To Tinnitus?


Tinnitus - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of tinnitus 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).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of tinnitus:

Kidney Yin DeficiencyLiver FireLiver Yin DeficiencyLung Qi DeficiencyPhlegm StagnationSpleen Qi DeficiencySpleen Qi Sinking

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Which Acupuncture Point Protocols May Be Applied For Tinnitus?


Tinnitus - Acupuncture Protocols

The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.

The following acupuncture treatment protocols may be used with tinnitus:

Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Tinnitus?


Tinnitus - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for tinnitus that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with tinnitus:

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The Following (8)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Tinnitus

An Shen Bu Xin Wan (Calm the Shen and Supplement the Heart Pills)

Clinical Usages

  • Insomnia and palpitations
  • Anxiety, possible difficulty with concentration
  • Irritibility and restlessness
  • Tinnitus

    Clinical Categorization

    Er Long Zuo Ci Wan (Deafness Left Supporting Pills)

    Clinical Usages

    • Ringing in the ears/tinnitus.
    • Unblocks the ears - useful for diminished hearing or temporary hearing loss.
    • Red/dry eyes with blurry vision.

      Clinical Categorization

      Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan (Coptis Clearance Pill)

      Clinical Usages

      • Dispels wind heat, clear toxic heat - generally used short-term for inflammatory conditions of the face, mouth, head - sore throat, conjunctivitis, acne, swollen gums.
      • Can be a supportive formula for liver fire conditions resulting in headache, tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo.
      • A range of yang ming heat issues - constipation, halitosis, gingivitis.

        Clinical Categorization

        Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia)

        Clinical Usages

        • Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidney and liver yin deficiency.
        • Insomnia especially with night sweats, hot flashes, irritability.
        • Spontaneous/nocturnal emissions. 
        • Menopause related symptoms including cardiovascular issues, bone health, etc. when arising from yin deficiency.

          Clinical Categorization


            • Use with caution in patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

              Shen Jing Shuai Ruo Wan (Stress Reducing Pill)

              Clinical Usages

              • For common variants of the modern western lifestyle - in Chinese Medicine terms, calms the spirit, balance liver and kidney yin, for a range of psycho-emotional and physical issues from chronic stress and mental overwork.  Symptoms may include insomnia, dizziness, inability to focus, memory problems, fatigue, palpitations, and/or tinnitus. 

                Clinical Categorization

                Tong Qiao Huo Xue Wan (Unblock the Orifices and Invigorate the Blood Decoction)

                Clinical Usages

                • Blood stagnation particularly in the head - migraines and/or headaches with other sensory factors - auras, sound sensitivity, etc.
                • Dizziness, tinnitus, hair loss - with underlying blood stagnation signs.
                • Stroke, seizure disorder, post concussion headaches.
                • Rheumatoid arthritis.

                  Clinical Categorization


                  • Avoid during pregnancy.
                  • Avoid with heavy menstrual bleeding.
                  • Use only under direction if you are taking blood thinners.
                  • Generally not for long term use.

                    Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan (Eight Flavor Rehmannia Teapills)

                    Clinical Usages

                    • Steaming bone syndrome - dry and intensive persuasive sensation of heat possibly with flushing and tidal fever.
                    • Dizziness, vertigo, tinnitis, anxiety and restlessness resulting from yin deficiency.
                    • Dryness of the skin, mucus membranes, hard stools, dark or scanty urine.

                      Clinical Categorization


                        • Use with caution with patients presenting with damp signs or spleen qi deficiency.

                          Zuo Gui Wan (Right Returning Pills)

                          Clinical Usages

                          • Infertility, low libedo, impotence due to kidney yin deficiency.
                          • Low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology resulting from jing deficiency.
                          • Irregular menstruation, vaginal dryness.

                            Clinical Categorization

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