Tinnitus causes ringing in the ears, however, it can sometime present as a buzzing, humming, hissing or throbbing sound. It can stem from the ear itself, but may also be caused by high blood pressure, potential hearing loss, Meniere’s disease, diabetes, thyroid disorders, multiple sclerosis, anxiety or depression.
It is also sometimes listed as a possible side effect of certain pharmaceutical drugs such as chemotherapy medicines, antibiotics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen.
The source of tinnitus, according to Chinese Medicine will be rooted in the Kidneys.
For elderly people, who are most often affected by tinnitus, a Chinese Medicine practitioner will tonify the Kidneys to strengthen the Blood. If the Kidney Essence (Jing) is deficient, Chinese herbs which can alleviate this may be prescribed, and include Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii), Sang Shen (Fructus Mori) and Tu Si Zi (Semen Cuscutae). For chronic weakness of Kidneys, leading to tinnitus, a combination of herbs and acupuncture is best.
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