Sometimes the herb ginkgo biloba is promoted for the treatment of tinnitus, which refers to a condition that causes ringing or buzzing in the ears. And improvements have been observed in some individuals with ringing ears caused by a mechanical cause or general wear and tear. So, can ginkgo biloba help get rid of tinnitus? Actually, recent studies have shown that it may not work or even make tinnitus worse when it is the primary complaint.
Often known as phantom ear sounds, tinnitus is a frequent complaint. Sometimes this condition can be devastating because it makes the patients moody, causes lack of sleep, impairs their attention and concentration, and so on. The unwanted sound in the ear can be caused by many different causes and the most common one is prolonged exposure to loud sounds. Others still include age-related hearing loss, damage to the nerves inside the inner ear, earwax blockage in the ear canal, and more.
Strictly speaking, this is not a condition but a symptom of some other underlying health conditions, such as ear infection, an underactive thyroid, aging, Meniere’s disease, and hypertension. Although sometimes it resolves on its own, it is best to seek medical care immediately when it occurs. According to the underlying conditions, the patients can choose from treatment options like melatonin, magnesium, zinc, hypnosis, cranial-sacral therapy, vitamin B complex supplementation, hyperbaric oxygen, and herbal remedies. When it comes to the best herbs for tinnitus relief, the options include ginkgo biloba, black sesame seeds, black cohosh, fenugreek seed, horsetail, and more.
Gingko is one of the oldest living tree species on Earth. Its leaves and fruits have long been an important ingredient in many formulas of traditional Chinese medicine. Today it becomes one of the top-selling herbs in the world, thanks to its potent anti-cancer properties and antioxidant properties. No wonder it can provide tons of health benefits that range from enhancing brain health to treating erectile dysfunction (ED). It is worth mentioning that currently the benefits of this herb are not entirely understood yet.
The therapeutic effects of gingko mainly come from flavonoid and terpenoid, two active compounds found in this herb. The synergistic actions of these two mentioned antioxidants can improve blood flow and oxygenation to the brain and limbs, scavenge free radical particles that cause damage to cells, absorb chemicals, and enhance microcirculation, according to the research. Since ginkgo may help ease a number of circulation problems while tinnitus is a symptom of blood vessel disorders, there is reason to believe that ginkgo may help reduce ringing in the ears. And the recommended dosage of ginkgo biloba for tinnitus is up to 240 milligrams of ginkgo or ginkgo extract, according to Mayoclinic.
However, scientists don’t feel so optimistic about using ginkgo biloba to treat patients who are suffering from noise or ringing in the ears. Scientific studies have shown that this herb worked no better than a placebo. What’s worse, some studies still found that it could be harmful when it interacts with other medications. If it’s any consolation, one of the related studies demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in tinnitus in patients with vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. But it is worth mentioning the relief offered is very limited from personal experience.
Although there is no evidence that ginkgo biloba cures tinnitus, it can offer other health benefits, such as slowing the signs of aging, improving memory, preventing cancer, and so on. As an added bonus, it’s safe for most people when used appropriately. However, the patients should consult with a doctor before they start taking this herb, just to be safe.