Depending upon it’s intensity, tinnitus – the sense of ringing, whistling or crackling in the ears – can be either a mild irritant or utterly infuriating for those who suffer from the condition. There are many potential causes for tinnitus, ranging from exposure to a sudden loud noise that permanently damages the ear, or it can be a gradual condition that creeps up with long term exposure to loud, and often vibrating noises. Once potentially life threatening conditions such as tumours have been ruled out, the bad news is that there’s little else that doctors can do to alleviate the symptoms. However there are a number of natural remedies that may at least help control and soothe the suffering of people afflicted by tinnitus.
Some sufferers of tinnitus have found that consuming regular portions of sesame seeds has – for reasons yet to be explained – mellowed the intensity of their tinnitus. These are commonly eaten either sprinkled whole upon cereals, but they can also be toasted and included in soups and casseroles. A good source found in most large stores is tahini, delicious when spread over bread or crackers.
Very popular with people who are suffering from circulatory issues or other age-related conditions, Ginkgo Biloba is also thought to be of possible use for sufferers of tinnitus. The theory is that as it gives a natural boost to the circulatory system, this also runs true for helping damaged ears work more efficiently. While it doesn’t work for everyone, this ought to be the first herbal remedy to be considered thanks to the extent of anecdotal success.
Often used as an all round health aid (especially for digestive issues), Goldenseal is thought to potentially reduce the symptoms of tinnitus among some sufferers. A key proponent of this is David Hoffman who addressed the potential for Goldenseal at length in his book ‘The Herbal Handbook’.
Dr Michael Seidman – an ear, nose and throat specialist is prominent amongst others in agreeing that B vitamins can play a major role in helping sufferers of tinnitus control their condition. Taking dietary supplements ofthiamin, niacin and vitamin B12 are thought to help stabilize the nervous system especially within the inner ear. The following supplements are suggested to be taken:
Thiamin – between 100 and 500mg per day
Niacin – start with 50mg twice daily, and increase by 50mg per day until symptoms calm. Take no more than 500mg in total.
B12 – 1mg for six months, then drop to 0.1mg.
Many people who suffer from naturally-onset tinnitus are found to have a zinc deficiency that can easily be boosted by taking a course of supplements. Aim to eat foods that are zinc rich, for example oysters, brazil nuts, pecans and pumpkin seeds.
Another vitamin thought to potentially help calm tinnitus, aim for around 400mg per day through vitamin supplements.
Tinnitus is such a personal condition that what works for once person may not necessarily be effective for the following ten, but such are the number of potential remedies there is almost certainly a natural remedy out there that can help. Of course this requires a degree of trial and error, but it is worthwhile noting quickly that taking too much Aspirin can actually make the condition worse – natural remedies should always be the first place to look for assistance with tinnitus.
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