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Tinnitus-Vertigo Causes in Chinese Medicine

Tinnitus and vertigo have many possible underlying causes according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and treatment protocols to quell tinnitus and/or vertigo depend on their ‘root’ causes. Both conditions are similar in their origins and the Organ Systems involved as the causative factors are also similar. Ancient Chinese medical texts recognize the similarity in these conditions; the chapter of on the Brain in the Ling Shu (Miraculous Pivot text) states that “if the brain marrow is insufficient, vertigo and tinnitus will occur." The Brain Marrow in Chinese medicine relates to Kidney Essence, or Jing.

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Acupressure for Tinnitus-Vertigoessential oils for acupressure

Learn how to correctly apply pressure to acu-points linked here!

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Vertigo-Tinnitus Constitutional Patterns in Chinese Medicine

Kidney Deficiency Tinnitus-Vertigoorganic kidney yin herbal tonic

This type of tinnitus typically comes on gradually. The tinnitus sound is often low and can resemble water rushing, a low buzz, or low ringing. Vertigo or tinnitus may be worse at night. With Kidney Yin Deficiency, hot flashes or afternoon-evening sweats may be present along with other Kidney Yin Deficiency indications. Consider our organic Yin Valley formula!

Kidney-Essence Depletion Tinnitus-Vertigo

This is the most common type of tinnitus related to aging and would have a gradual onset and low sound. Other indications may be poor memory, slight dizziness, sore back and knees, and fear. Consider our organic Yin Valley formula!

Liver Excess Tinnitus and Vertigo

Tinnitus or vertigo with a sudden onset is often attributed to Liver-Fire rising upward. This can come on with loud noises or with emotional upset such as anger or frustration; this results in Internal Wind which is often part of conditions with dizziness. This type of tinnitus or vertigo may present with a sharp, painful, stabbing headache or dizziness. Consider our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula!

Kidney-Liver Imbalances Tinnitus-Vertigoorganic kidney yin herbal tonic

Chronic Liver Qi Stagnation is often due to chronic Yin Deficiency resulting in Liver Blood Deficiency as Blood is a Yin substance. This may result in tinnitus and/or vertigo with both Liver Excess and Kidney Deficient qualities. Often, tinnitus with a dominant Liver Excess is aggravated by cupping the hands over the ears, and tinnitus due more to Kidney Deficiency is relieved by cupping the ears. Never-the-less, it is very common for both imbalances to occur together.

Liver-Spleen Imbalance Tinnitus and Vertigo

Long standing Spleen Qi Deficiency which is not properly addressed may result in Internal Dampness, which combined with Liver Qi Stagnation, can result in tinnitus due to Phlegm-Fire rising upward. This type of tinnitus would be marked with Liver indications possibly along with a heavy head, dizziness or vertigo, foggy mind, and the sound of crickets. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula! 

Vertigo-Tinnitus Due to Trauma-Cervical Vertigoneck pain essential oils topical remedy

When trauma to the spine occurs, it is important to apply the appropriate topical and internal therapies immediately; it becomes more difficult to correct damage as the condition becomes chronic. The strategy is to reduce inflammation and increase Qi and Blood flow to the site so that healing can occur prior to obstructions such as scar tissue or calcification can develop. Apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Bladder 62 and apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Small Intestine 3; these two acu-points activate the extraordinary Du Mai channel increasing the flow of Qi and Blood throughout the entire spine. Also apply our all-natural topical dit dat jow that includes herbs to direct the healing potential to the neck. Consider our organic Great Mender herbal supplement formula.

Kidney-Heart Imbalances Tinnitus

In Chinese medicine, the Kidney represents the Water Element, and the Heart represents the Fire Element. The balance of Water and Fire is crucial in the body to maintain wellness. TCM recognizes a break down in the communication between the Kidney energetic organ system and the Heart which can occur if either organ system is compromised. This type of tinnitus would present with Kidney Deficient symptoms along with Heart Blood Deficiency symptoms such as palpitations, sleeping problems, poor memory, or anxiety marked with a sense of impending doom. Apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Heart 7 and consider our organic Blood Mansion formula!

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How Long Does it Take to Reverse Vertigo or Tinnitus Naturally?organic-tcm-internal-wind-therapeudic-bath-10oz.png

It will take many months of acupressure and tonic herbal therapy to correct the Organ Level Deficiencies which have caused your tinnitus; think 8-10 months of ongoing herbal application. Meanwhile, if it is hard for you to hear over your tinnitus, ask your friends and family to face you when they talk so you can see their faces. Seeing their expressions may help you understand them better. Ask people to speak louder, but not shout. Also, tell them they do not have to talk slowly, just more clearly.

What causes tinnitus according to Western medicine?

  • Hearing loss. Doctors and scientists have discovered that people with different kinds of hearing loss also may have tinnitus.
  • Loud noise. Too much exposure to loud noise can cause noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
  • Trauma and surgery
  • Pharmaceutical medicine. More than 200 medicines can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be involved.
  • Other health problems. allergies, tumors, and problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck can cause tinnitus.

Think about things that will help you cope. Many people find listening to music very helpful. Focusing on music might help you forget about your tinnitus for a while. It can also help mask the sound. Other people like to listen to recorded nature sounds, like ocean waves, the wind, or even crickets.

Other Causes of Tinnitusliver detox remedy with essential oils

Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss. It can also be a symptom of other health problems. According to estimates by the American Tinnitus Association, at least 12 million Americans have tinnitus. Of these, at least 1 million experience it so severely that it interferes with their daily activities. People with severe cases of tinnitus may find it difficult to hear, work, or even sleep.

Avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse. This includes smoking, alcohol, and loud noise. If you are a construction worker, an airport worker, or a hunter, or if you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear earplugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from getting worse.

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Tu JF, Kim M, Yang JW, et al. Influence of Acupuncture on Autonomic Balance in Adult Tinnitus Patients: An Exploratory Study. Curr Med Sci. 2019;39(6):947-953. doi:10.1007/s11596-019-2127-y

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Chiu, C. W., Lee, T. C., Hsu, P. C., Chen, C. Y., Chang, S. C., Chiang, J. Y., & Lo, L. C. (2015). Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for dizziness and vertigo in emergency department: a pilot cohort study. BMC complementary and alternative medicine15, 173. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-015-0704-6