Tinnitus is a nerve disorder that includes a constant ringing in the ear. These sounds are not produced externally and can lead to insomnia and depression. Tinnitus can be caused by a number of factors including exposure to explosive noises and age. In a study done by Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia, researchers found that acupuncture treatment had a significant effect on reducing otoacoustic emissions – the sound in the inner ear – in patients who suffered from tinnitus. There were no changes in patients who did not receive acupuncture treatment in the study. In a comparative study done by Tan KQ et al., researchers found that clinical therapeutic effects of acupuncture with patients with tinnitus were 73 percent effective. Researchers also concluded that acupuncture was more effective than Chinese herbs and western medicine in the treatment of tinnitus. If you or someone you know is suffering from tinnitus, refer them to an acupuncturist for alternative treatment options.
Sources: www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/tinnitus.html www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/articles/1157-whats-that-ringing-tinnitus-and-how-tcm-can-help.html