Herbal Treatments for Tinnitus

Learn about these herbal treatments for tinnitus, includes Q and A with leading natural health experts.


| November/December 2005


Try these herbal treatments for tinnitus, these safe and natural methods help control this annoying hearing problem.

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Herbal Treatments for Tinnitus

I have problems with tinnitus, mild dizziness and lightheadedness. I’ve tried many vitamins and herbs, with no success. I tried ginkgo for a month, but I am getting tired of it. Do you have any idea how to solve it?
L.R.
Via e-mail

Willard responds: This is one of the more difficult health issues I have treated in the last 30 years. I have seen research stating that ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is up to 80 percent successful for tinnitus (ringing in the ears), but another research paper from a few years ago found no significant cure rate for tinnitus in almost 1,000 patients, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. My experience in treating tinnitus with ginkgo has produced a success rate of around 20 to 30 percent.

Is there a way to get better results? Well, to be honest, treating tinnitus is very difficult. The overall success rate for treating tinnitus in our clinic is between 40 and 50 percent. I have had the best results when using kidney and/or liver herbs (especially tonics) according to Chinese medical theory. Because ginkgo works as a tonic for the capillaries of the kidneys, treating tinnitus with ginkgo makes sense from this perspective. I also have had favorable results with two Chinese products (patent medicines): Beijing Concentrated Tinnitus pills and Liu Wei Di Huang Wan. These are available at health-food stores and herb shops.

Several other supplements have yielded varying levels of success. One Western herb I recently have used with success is rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), 1,000 mg twice daily. I also recommend a rotation of the following herbs: black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), 40 to 60 mg twice daily; ligustrum (Ligustrum lucidum), 400 mg three times daily; mullein (Verbascum spp.), 2 to 4 grams daily of herb equivalent, plus mullein oil in the ears; lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor), 20 mg three times daily; and zinc, 50 to 100 mg daily.





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