|Ginkgo can alleviate tinnitus
: I have been suffering
from tinnitus since last
October. I'm on medication and
undergoing acupuncture therapy.
My condition has improved
slightly but I hope you can
Answer : Tinnitus can be a result from
ear damage through exposure
to very loud noise, infection, anaemia, medications, high blood
pressure, blocked Eustachian tube,
obstruction by earwax, poor blood
circulation or the progressive
growth of spongy bone in the
Since no treatment for tinnitus
is available, efforts are directed to
eliminating the underlying causes.
Poor blood circulation can
cause nerve cell death in the inner
ear. Ginkgo can help to improve
blood flow and increase oxygen
supply to the capillaries and veins.
It is known for its age-defying
properties which may support
healthy hearing function.
Vitamin B3, B6 and B12
deficiencies have been reported to
be common in those exposed to
loud noise and developed tinnitus
and hearing loss. Thus, increasing
vitamin B3, B6 and B12 intake
may be helpful.
Avoid food which may be
contaminated with heavy metals.
Examples are seafood or fish
obtained from contaminated
Here are some tips to improve
• Deep breathing and other
meditation methods, perhaps
combined with visualisation may
make tinnitus less intrusive and
• Music therapy. Playing
background music to mask tinnitus
is a time-honoured remedy that
many ear specialists recommend.
• Wear earplugs when you find
yourself in an excessively noisy
• Avoid listening to loud rock
music, especially through a headset.
• Be active all the times by
incorporating moderate exercise
in your daily routine. Exercise
improves blood circulation and
mental functions and promotes