Tinnitus | Dun Laoghaire Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic


  • November 29, 2017


Tinnitus is hearing noise on one or both ears that are not from the outside environment. The noise may be constant or come in bouts and may vary in intensity and character. Sounds can include ringing, clicking, sizzling, buzzing, hissing, humming or roaring.

The causes of Tinnitus are:

  • Old age
  • Irregular diet
  • Overwork
  • Emotional Stress
  • Exposure to loud sounds

In Chinese medicine below are the patterns for Tinnitus.
Kidney essence deficiency. Kidney opens at the ear in Chinese medicine. Kidney essence deficiency is the common reason for Tinnitus in the elderly people.

The symptoms are:

  • Tinnitus with gradual onset
  • Low pitch noise, sometimes like rushing water and coming in bouts
  • Poor memory
  • Blurred vision
  • Sore back and knees
  • Low sexual drive or performance

The treatment principle is to nourish the Kidney essence. Tonify Kidney Yang or nourish Kidney Yin. The main Acupuncture points used are: KD-3 Taixi, Ren-4 Guanyuan, BL-23 Shenshu as well as local points. There are a few herbal formulas that could be used according to symptoms and signs including ER LONG ZUO CI WAN, LIU WEI DI HUANG WAN or JIN KUI SHEN QI WAN.

Obstruction in the Shaoyang Channels. The main channels that are influencing the ears are Gall Bladder and Triple Burner channels.

Below is the Gall Bladder channel which circles around the ears.

Triple burner channel also circles around the ear

Gall Bladder Channel and Triple Burner channel are called Shaoyang channels in Chinese medicine.

The typical Shao Yang obstruction symptoms are:
Bitterness taste in the month especially in the early morning

  • Dry throat
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling low
  • Poor appetite
  • Irritability
  • Nausea

If you have the symptoms above as well as the Tinnitus symptoms below it could indicate it is a ShaoYang obstruction tinnitus. It commonly happens with younger or mid-aged group.

  • High Pitch
  • Sudden onset
  • Headaches
  • Stress aggravates it

The treatment principle is to clear the heat rising up. Remove phlegm. The main Acupuncture points are: TB-5 Waiguan, GB-43 Xiaxi, TB-3 Zhongzhu and local points. The recommended herbal formula is XIAO CHAI HU TANG. This formula comes from Shang Han Lun which is one of the most important medicine book in Chinese medicine history and a representative formula to treat ShaoYang syndromes.

If you are suffering from Tinnitus you can call 0851071022 to book a free consultation

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