By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - February 5, 2024
Categories: General

Ever experienced that incessant ringing in your ears that just won’t let up? Tinnitus can be an unwelcome companion, but fear not! Traditional Chinese Medicine, with its holistic approach, has some noteworthy strategies up its sleeve to help you find relief from the persistent symphony in your ears. 

So what is Tinnitus? And how do I know if I have it? 

Tinnitus is a condition that affects up to 45 million people in the United States. The symptoms can vary from person to person, but it typically involves hearing phantom sounds in one or both ears, or in your head. These sounds can ring, buzz, roar, whistle, hum, click, hiss, or squeal, and can be soft, loud, high pitched, or low pitched. For some people, it will come and go, or you could hear it all the time. Either way, it’s annoying at best!

What causes Tinnitus? 

It’s not totally understood what causes tinnitus. It has been linked to noise exposure, hearing loss, medications, earwax or ear infection, head and neck injuries, and certain chronic conditions and diseases. It can also have a genetic component for some people, running in families. 

What does Traditional Chinese Medicine have to say about it? 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, tinnitus is often a sign of internal imbalances. Think of it like a discordant note in the harmonious melody of your body. Traditional Chinese Medicine zeroes in on restoring that balance, aiming to quiet the noisy orchestra. There are several ways that your Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner can help, including…


Acupuncture acts as the conductor, guiding your body’s energy (Qi) to flow smoothly. By doing so, acupuncture may help reduce the intensity of the tinnitus soundtrack, providing a welcome relief. 

Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine doesn’t rely solely on acupuncture – it has herbal medicine superheroes too. Ginkgo Biloba (a Traditional Chinese Medicine favorite), has the potential to help with tinnitus. Believed to enhance blood flow, it might just be a key player in calming down the tinnitus commotion. 

Lifestyle Tweaks

Traditional Chinese Medicine isn’t just about the treatment table; it extends into your daily choice. Protecting your ears from excessive noise, embracing stress-reduction techniques, and maintaining a balanced diet are all part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach for tinnitus relief. 

The Personalized Touch of Traditional Chinese Medicine

One size does not fit all in the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Your tinnitus is unique, and so is your path to relief. Your Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner will tailor their approach to your individual rhythm, ensuring a personalized and effective strategy. 

Patience and Consistency

Traditional Chinese Medicine isn’t a magical instant fix – especially with chronic conditions like tinnitus. With consistent acupuncture sessions, herbal support, and lifestyle adjustments, you’ll begin to notice a change in the frequency and intensity of your tinnitus symptoms

If the constant ringing in your ears has you yearning for some peace and quiet, consider the holistic embrace of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It might not mute the entire orchestra, but it can certainly lower the volume. 


Be well.



This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.