Tinnitus has many causes and can be a condition on its own, a symptom of a disease or a condition such as high or low blood pressure. It’s more common than most people realise, and it can create a lot of stress and affect the quality of life for many sufferers.
This post isn’t about the anatomy of the ear which can easily be found on the Internet, it’s about some of the causes of tinnitus that can be treated or resolved.
Those who suffer chronic tinnitus and who haven’t had permanent damage to their inner ear may find relief by trying the following suggestions.
Bowen Therapy - during my years of practice I’ve used this therapy on quite a number of patients and completely removed their tinnitus; one of them was an audiologist. The whole person must be addressed, that is a full Bowen therapy treatment has to be applied, which normally includes the neck procedure (this is important because neck restriction can cause tinnitus or make it worse). In addition to this the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) procedure must be performed. It’s amazing how many people have health problems caused by a mis-aligned jaw.
Pillow Height - the incorrect pillow height, either too high or too low, can cause restriction of the circulation to the head while we’re sleeping or resting. The correct height for a pillow is that which allows the cervical vertebrae (neck bones) to be aligned correctly to the rest of the spine rather than unnaturally curved up or down.
Salt - too much salt, even the ‘good’ salt can make tinnitus worse. I’m a great believer in salt, not the common table salt, which is pure sodium, but salt in its natural state with all the minerals that are found in the ocean such as potassium that buffers sodium. However, we can still have too much of this natural salt and the minerals contained in it and this can have an impact on the body, which in turn can aggravate tinnitus.
Foods to Avoid - some foods can raise the volume of tinnitus and these include chocolate, dairy products such as ice-cream and cream, spices, dried fruit, and hot sauces. There are others of course, so it’s a matter of finding which foods make your tinnitus worse by removing them from your diet to see if you find relief.
Medications - medications can make tinnitus worse so check the lists of side effects to see if tinnitus is one of them or take notice after taking the medication to see if your tinnitus has worsened. If it has worsened and you can’t avoid taking the medication, you may have to take a medicinal herb to help relieve the tinnitus, but make sure there are no contraindications with your medication.
The above suggestions are quite easy to try, but if none of them help, it would be wise to have a check-up with your preferred health practitioner as tinnitus can be a symptom of many conditions including high and low blood pressure as mentioned above, poor circulation, thyroid problems, sinus problems, arthritis in the neck and TMJ, ear problems (even too much wax), hearing loss, and the list goes on.
Depending on the cause of tinnitus, herbal medicine may help and this is best obtained by having a consultation with a professional herbalist who will make sure the herbs will match the condition such as poor circulation, and won’t interact with any orthodox medication you’re taking.
Hopefully, the above information brings some relief to those of you who suffer from this most often debilitating condition.
Proprietor, author, and tutor of The Home Herbalist Online Course.