If you have tinnitus the odds are your body is asking – to put it mildly – for help.
While it's likely telling you to stop hurting it – whether you know that you are or not, it cares not, but just wants you to stop – with the wrong foods, wrong thinking or wrong environment, it is also indirectly telling you to start helping it heal itself, so it doesn't have to incessantly make a fuss for your attention.
If you're doing an earnest job of constantly determining and substituting wrong for right in your day to day life, herbs can help you more quickly right the cumulative wrong doing that caused your tinnitus.
While everyone with tinnitus will have different wrongs to right on their way to a full and permanent recovery, here is an assortment of herbs for tinnitus, ranging from those that have proven their worth in clinical trials, to those used in times when the clinic was a place where people went to be prescribed herbs.
Correctly match any of these herbs for tinnitus and foods with your body's needs for eliminating tinnitus and the two of you will be living in harmony faster than you may think.
Note: when buying any herbs for tinnitus, it's a good idea to make sure the product you choose contains the natural ingredients you want and none of the toxic stuff your body doesn't, such as the fillers, binders and flowing agents which are in most vitamin and herbal capsules or tablets today.
Of all herbs for tinnitus, ginkgo biloba is the one that gets the most “pub”, as its extract has been used to not only successfully improve tinnitus symptoms in numerous clinical trials but also in thousands of instances in Germany, where it is a government approved tinnitus treatment.
Ginkgo biloba isn't just the new kid on the block in the world of “alternative health-care.” It comes from the leaves of an ice-age predating tree and has been a staple remedy for ear-ringing, dizziness and other tinnitus symptoms in China, for thousands of years.
The herb for tinnitus' popularity is believed to be the direct result of just two of its hundreds of properties:
1. Terpenoids: increase blood-flow to the inner-ear by dilating blood vessels and thinning the blood (which is why people with blood disorders or who are taking blood-thinning medications are generally advised to consult a physician about using the herb).
2. Flavonoids: anti-oxidants which protect the inner-ear nerve cells from oxidative or free-radical damage – a common tinnitus cause. They also act as an anti-inflammatory, which is beneficial for tinnitus cases caused by inflammation to blood vessels leading to the inner-ear.
It's important to note that there are dozens of sub-standard ginkgo biloba products on the market which typically come from China and don't contain the ratio of flavenoids and terpenoids approved by the Commission E. in Germany, while containing potentially health-harming amounts of bilobalides.
This common food in many countries has been used since ancient times as a remedy for tinnitus and vertigo in Traditional Chinese medicine and in India, in the practices of Aruvyedic medicine. You can eat the seeds whole or ground into a paste (tahini) in popular middle-eastern fair such as halvah and hummus. It might also be helpful to cook with sesame seed oil.
While the evidence of this herb's ability to reduce ear ringing and other tinnitus symptoms is only anecdotal at this point, it is not uncommon for herbalists to prescribe it along with gingko biloba as a tinnitus remedy.
An extract of this herb is used in Germany to diminish tinnitus and Meniere's disease (a common cause of tinnitus) symptoms. This is believed to be a result of its component called vincamine.
Chinese Herbs for Tinnitus
Coptis and rhubarb (for tinnitus due to hypertension)
Major bupleurum (for tinnitus due to obesity)
Rehmannia eight (for tinnitus due to old age)
Herbs for Tinnitus Sufferers to Avoid
Generally problematic herbs for tinnitus sufferers include those containing aspirin-like medicinal ingredients, such as willow bark, meadowsweet, wintergreen, cinchona, black haw and uva ursi.
Now that you've seen the globe spanning herbs for tinnitus which are likely just a short drive away, all that's left for you to do is start trying (with the help of an herbalist or naturopath) the ones that appear to cater to one of your body's unfulfilled needs.
Bundle enough of these gifts of nature with the gift of a healthy all-around lifestyle and, so long as your tinnitus isn't caused by a mechanical problem that needs further attention such as a growth around the ear, your body will likely be left with no choice but to give you the gift of silence.
Find out if a tinnitus herbal cure is something you can expect to receive from mother nature and read my Banish Tinnitus review for the truth about former sufferer Paul Carrington’s 3 ear ringing remedy steps, at tinnitusstop.com