Natural Remedies for Tinnitus
Natural Remedies for Tinnitus
Are there any natural remedies for tinnitus? Tinnitus surely is unbearable for many people. Tinnitus is not only causing agony among those who suffer from its effects, but it also deprives one from being productive. Luckily, there are various effective natural options to drugs and surgery that can bring considerable relief from tinnitus.
One should know that the exposure to loud noise is one big cause for tinnitus to occur, which wears down the fragile hair cells in the individual’s inner ear that interprets sounds as nerve impulses.
Other causes also include high blood pressures, head damage, ear infections, too much cholesterol, drug side-effects, or wax formation in the inner ear.
Ineffective diet and low blood sugar are also known as contributing factors to the existence and/or worsening of tinnitus. Stress can also be considered as one.
There are drugs that are being prescribed by doctors. Even surgery is considered by some if the case is already considered as “catastrophic.” However, these can make matters worse.
Physicians often recommend medicines that reduce the pressure in the person’s inner ear. On the other hand, its side-effects can include, among others, nausea and stomach aches. Popular drug called Antihistamines are also prescribed to decrease mucus production and allow the inner ear to dry out. They can, however, cause drowsiness and hazy vision. No one wants to cure an ear problem at an expense of losing another sense as important as vision, right?
On one hand, tranquillizers and anti-depressants are sometimes given to tinnitus sufferers, in an effort to help them manage the unbearable and uncontrollable persistence of the sound they hear.
On the other hand, these kinds of drugs have grave side-effects such the inability to sleep commonly termed insomnia as well as nervousness, upset stomach, and even drug-dependency. These can even make the patient’s condition worse.
People diagnosed with “catastrophic” tinnitus resort to surgery. This is the case especially if there is trouble with the temporo-mandibular joint (the hinge between the skull and jaw) suspected to have caused that tinnitus.
Despite the advances in medical science, surgery has a low success rate. The worst case scenario is for surgery to actually worsen tinnitus or even result in total deafness!
So what are the alternatives? People suffering from tinnitus can do simple lifestyle changes such as avoiding food with too much sugar, salt, saturated fats, processed foods and dairy products. Fresh fruits and vegetables on the other hand can help one cope with his situation.
The big fact is: there are natural options to drugs and surgeries. Dietary supplements can actually offer total relief if the existence of tinnitus is pretty recent or reduce the symptoms.
Vitamin b3 called niacin can be very effective because it opens up humans’ blood vessels and lets more oxygen and nutrients to get in touch with the inner ear. A 100-200mg intake per day would be sufficient if taken as an element of a balanced B-complex supplement.
Gingko Biloba has been proven effective in minimizing the distressing effects of some cases of tinnitus as it heightens the blood flow to the brain. Sesame seeds have been used by herbalists from China to treat tinnitus and other ear and eye problems. Spinach can decrease zinc-deficiency which is also linked to tinnitus occurrence.
All of these have no negative side-effects.