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Herbal Treatments for Tinnitus

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

| November/December 2005

  • Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is used by some practitioners as an herbal treatment for tinnitus.
    Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is used by some practitioners as an herbal treatment for tinnitus.
    Photo by Karen Bergeron, www.altnature.com
  • Q and A expert Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa.
    Q and A expert Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa.
    Photo by Mother Earth Living staff
  • Q and A expert Terry Willard.
    Q and A expert Terry Willard.
    Photo by the Mother Earth Living staff

  • Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is used by some practitioners as an herbal treatment for tinnitus.
  • Q and A expert Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa.
  • Q and A expert Terry Willard.

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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