When it comes to tinnitus treatments, no single treatment is appropriate for everyone because it can be a symptom of quite many medical problems. So, it is important to address the underlying condition first. In some cases, tinnitus may be treated by herbal remedies. Of course, the herbs used vary depending on the characteristics of the patients. And here are the 8 best herbs for treating tinnitus.
1. Rehmannia root (Rehmannia glutinosa). This herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over thousands of years. Today it is still one of the most popular tonic herbs for diabetes, anemia, allergies, osteoporosis, and fever. It is worth mentioning that treating tinnitus and hearing loss is one of the traditional uses of this herb too. By the way, the unprocessed and prepared rehmannia roots slightly vary in their use and provide different medicinal effects. That’s to say, while the prepared one focuses on loss of blood and yin deficiency, the unprocessed one on reducing heat in the blood and nourishing yin.
2. Ginkgo biloba. Actually, the leaves of ginkgo biloba have been used in TCM for about 5,000 years. The main traditional uses are to treat memory loss, and mood, nerve, and circulatory problems. Today ginkgo biloba extract is often prescribed to patients with tinnitus. On the one hand, it is able to increase blood flow to the inner ear, which thus helps alleviate or get rid of the unwanted noises. On the other hand, the flavones glycosides and terpene lactones, two beneficial ingredients found in ginkgo biloba, are found to be useful in managing the symptoms of tinnitus caused by poor circulation or aging.
3. Wild yam. It is considered a congenital and acquired tonic in TCM. Actually it has been medicinally used in China for at least 2,000 years. Today it is taken internally for a number of conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, poor circulation, painful menstruation, menopause, arthritis, neuralgia, and more. In addition, it supports healthy hearing function too. According to TCM, ringing in the ears can be caused by kidney deficiency and wild yam is one of the best tonics that promote healthy kidney function.
4. Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary). This herb is known for its great therapeutic benefits for increasing energy, strengthening the blood vessels, boosting the health of heart, keeping ears healthy, clear, and undisturbed hearing, regulating depression and more. Since this is one of amazing circulation tonic, it makes more sense for tinnitus that is due to circulatory problems.
5. Schisandra. Schisandra, also known Wu Wei Zi, has been used for centuries in TCM to heal various ailments that include tinnitus. TCM believes that schisandra can nourish liver and kidney. As a result, it is good for dizziness, vision loss, leg weakness, tinnitus, insomnia and other symptoms due to deficiency of liver-kidney yin. And not coincidentally, modern medicine has also found that schisandra contains chemicals that promote liver cell growth and improve liver function by stimulating enzymes.
6. Avena sativa. The avena sativa is derived from a wild oat plant. It is mainly known for its ability to keep the cholesterol in check. It is generally known that high blood cholesterol can increase a person’s risk of circulatory problems, which, for example problem of high blood pressure, can cause tinnitus. The good news is that avena sativa helps lower LDL, the “bad” low density lipoprotein. So, it is one of best herbs to reduce tinnitus.
7. Magnetite. Although this is not an herb, it is an essential ingredient in TCM formulas that treats tinnitus and deafness. The typical one is Er Long Zuo Ci Wan, which adds magnetite (CiShi) and Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) on the basis of Liu Wei Di Huang Wan. This combination commonly used by Chinese herbalists for tinnitus, hearing loss, vertigo, and blurred vision due to Kidney Yin deficiency. Besides, some researches show that magnetite can promote blood circulation, improve microcirculation, boost cell metabolism, activate cells, accelerate the excretion of intracellular waste and harmful substances, balance endocrine system, and so on.
8. Cornus officinalis. This herb is commonly called Japanese cornel dogwood. It is often used as a tonic and astringent in TCM. Functionally, it plays a role in nourishing the liver and kidney. For that reason, it is often used for nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation, spontaneous sweating, decreased erectile function, sore back and knees, deafness, tinnitus, and other conditions due to liver and kidney deficiencies. Modern research has shown that ursolic acid, an active ingredient found in Cornus officinalis, plays an important role in lessening the damage to sensory hair cells.