Tinnitus is a tricky condition in that it seldom occurs by itself, and usually is a symptom of an underlying disorder. A person hears an unusual buzzing or ringing sound either in one or both ears. The sound is irritating and at times frustrating because it impedes in the concentration and sleeping patterns of the patients. This condition can, however, be cured with natural treatments by using herbs for tinnitus. In fact, many herbs have showed promise in the treatment of this disorder. For more effective results, it is best to use herbs for tinnitus that stimulate circulation in the nutritional diet.
Ginkgo Biloba is at the top of our list of herbs for tinnitus, as this minimizes the onset of the disorder. The herb increases blood flow to the brain and may take several weeks or months before experiencing relief. However, ginkgo does not always work in every case, but is a good herb to try first as it has no side effects and is a good memory enhancer.
Sesame seeds have been used to cure tinnitus and blurred vision not just by Chinese herbalists but also in Indian Ayurvedic treatment. For black cohosh, there has been anecdotal evidence that it is useful in alleviating the condition. It is used with ginkgo for best results, as well as with goldenseal. A special precaution for goldenseal is that pregnant women are prevented from using this herb.
One other known herbs for tinnitus is the Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca Minor) which contains vincamine, a compound used to help reduce tinnitus and Meniere’s syndrome. Some severe side effects in the intake of this herb include a severe drop in blood pressure. Gastrointestinal emptying is recommended for over dosage so it is best to be under the care of a professional when taking this herb.
Spinach and other foods containing zinc are beneficial for tinnitus treatment, more so that zinc deficiency is linked to the condition and for other hearing problems. Eating sunflower seeds and drinking fenugreek seed tea is reported to abolish the troubling ear noises. Putting three to four drops of castor oil in each ear and inserting a cotton plug also helps, as well as drinking onion juice and using the extract from Passion flower.
Targeting the problem of constipation is also in order as this is also related to tinnitus in some instances. For this, there is ramson juice to clear up the large intestine. Mistletoe tea increases blood circulation, vegetal silica extract from horsetail has been found to decrease the ringing in the ears and fresh plantain extract an excellent remedy for the ears.
Herbs to avoid are those that are similar to aspirin such as willow bark, meadowsweet and wintergreen. High doses of the drug may cause the ringing in the ears to exacerbate. Other herbs to stay away from are cinchona, black haw and uva ursi. Overall, herbs for tinnitus are a great way to treat the disorder and are beneficial once used carefully and under the guidance of a professional.