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Ginkgo can alleviate tinnitus

Question : 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 advise further.

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 middle ear.

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 sources.

Here are some tips to improve your condition:

Deep breathing and other meditation methods, perhaps combined with visualisation may make tinnitus less intrusive and bothersome.

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 environment.

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 physical fitness.

     
     

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