Tinnitus and acupuncture?
That sounds like an unusual combination, doesn’t it? But did you know that this ancient Chinese healing practice can actually provide comfort to people who are experiencing tinnitus, or ringing in the ears?
When a person suffers from constant ringing in the ears, it can often lead a lot of problems. Some of those who suffer from serious tinnitus are unable to sleep properly, cannot concentrate properly, and even fall into psychological distress.
Acupuncture is one of the many natural treatments for tinnitus. This alternative treatment option is often administered in Asia to treat a variety of illnesses, symptoms, and feelings general discomfort, including tinnitus. It’s a practice of alternative healing that has now spread to the Western world.
Causes of tinnitus
Before you undergo tinnitus acupuncture, you have to be aware of several things first. One of the main aspects you need to look into the underlying cause of the ringing in your ears.
There are many medical or physical reasons that cause ringing in the ears, or tinnitus. One of the most common is hearing loss. Other causes include inner ear damage caused by loud noises (such as noise induced hearing loss), sensorineural hearing loss, and age-related loss of hearing.
Aside from these, there are also a number of prescription medications which can cause damage to the inner ears, resulting in tinnitus. Tinnitus may also be the result of a traumatic accident, such as a concussion or a blow to the head. Sometimes even vertigo, poor circulation, and other causes of imbalance in the ears are associated with tinnitus.
Identifying your inner ear problem will be very helpful to the acupuncturist who will conduct the procedure for you.
Facts about acupuncture tinnitus treatment
So you’re suffering from one of the aforementioned conditions and are dealing with tinnitus as a result. You may be wondering, “How can I experience relief from acupuncture? Doesn’t that involve lots of needle-poking?!” Yes, it does, but it involves so much more than just pricks!
Acupuncture treatment revolves around the principle of inserting needles gently into the skin. Patients report feeling very relaxed after a session, adding that acupuncture gives them an overall feeling of wellness. According to acupuncturists, this is because the body’s balance has been restored. Conditions such as tinnitus are associated with a “yin deficiency” in the body and an increase of “yang” or “fire energy,” which is believed to disturb the body’s inner balance.
According to acupuncturists, the body’s yin deficiency manifests itself through certain symptoms, such as dizziness, irritated eyes, irritability, and even tinnitus. These symptoms are evidence that the “heat energy” of the yang energy force is rising while the “cool” energy of yin is falling. Other symptoms of this imbalance include headaches, joint pain, back pain, and poor vision.
How acupuncture and tinnitus treatment come together
The underlying principle of acupuncture is to restore the body’s energy balance by addressing the body’s “energy meridians,” causing a “yan rising.” Needles are inserted in specific parts of the body which are believed to be these energy meridians. When the treatment is administered, the body’s balance of energy is restored.
During a treatment session, an acupuncturist observes a patient carefully, taking note of pulse rates asking the patient about certain physical changes and feelings of discomfort. Then, the acupuncturist inserts very thin needles into the skin at very specific sites.
Acupuncture needles are about ten times thinner than the convectional hypodermic needles we’re used to seeing, the kind used for injections. Because the needles are small, insertion into the skin is actually painless and safe. No medication is used, just the careful healing process of needle insertions.
Depending on the acupuncturist, certain Chinese medicinal herbs may be applied to the needles before they are inserted into the skin. In effect, each needle contains an herb that is believed to help heal certain ailments in the body. This results in the body relaxing and, in effect, healing itself.
Will it work right away?
Tinnitus acupuncture can be an effective supplement to a prescribed therapy or tinnitus treatment that you are already carrying out under your doctor’s advice. Because it is a supplement, the acupuncture treatment can only be beneficial to you if you know what the source of the tinnitus is. This will help the acupuncturist know where to strategically insert the acupuncture needles into your skin for a desired effect.
Again, since acupuncture tinnitus treatment is a supplementary treatment, it would be wrong to say that it can totally eliminate the symptoms of ringing in the ears. It must be understood that acupuncture is a process. This means that it will take more than just one session for you to see any results.
So - tinnitus and acupuncture! You must remain very open-minded during this kind of ancient therapy, but lean towards a positive perspective. Since tinnitus affects the ears, be ready for some insertions of needles at various points in the ear. It’s best to prepare yourself psychologically for that!