Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Do you often ask a friend if they hear that annoying
high-pitch whistle or do you think you might be communicating with the
dolphins? Unfortunately neither is true – and most likely you are a sufferer of
tinnitus. Tinnitus is an annoying whistling sound. If constant, it can also be disturbing
to your well-being – that is more stress on top of stress.
In the Western world, I find that tinnitus can occur for
the following reasons:
- Hearing loss.
Doctors and scientists have discovered that people with different kinds of
hearing loss also have tinnitus.
- Trauma. Trauma from whiplash, loud noise and even
dental surgeries are associated with tinnitus
More than 200 medicines can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you
take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could
My suggestion is that you first get your hearing checked.
This can rule out any underlying problems as well as check for hearing loss. I
find that high blood pressure can sometimes also be associated with tinnitus.
Then, schedule an appointment with your traditional Oriental medical practitioner.
In Chinese Medicine, the ear corresponds to the Kidney
meridian and energy. As we age, our
kidney energy can become weaker or unbalanced.
(Refer to the first reason in Western diagnosis above.)
Tinnitus can also be associated with your Liver and how
much stress your body is under.
Your acupuncturist will ask you if the sound is low or
high pitched and whether it is constant or not, or seems to occur under stressful
Check to see if you have any other associated symptoms:
Dizziness, vertigo, poor memory, insomnia,
deafness, thirst, sore back, ache in the bones, constipation or dark-scanty
Sensation of cold in the back, cold knees,
cold limbs, edema of the legs, bright-white complexion, aversion to cold, loose
stools, abundant clear urination, scanty urination, dizziness,; in men:
impotence, premature ejaculation; in women: infertility.
Low-grade fever in afternoon, night sweats,
dry red eyes, dry lips and throat, tinnitus, scanty menses, or blurred vision.
Irritability, propensity for outbursts of
anger, deafness, distending pain in the head, temporal headache, dizziness, red
face and eyes, pain in the eyes, swollen eyes, burning costal hypochondriac
pain, thirst, bitter taste all day, dream-disturbed sleep, constipation with
dry stools, dark yellow urine, or nose bleeds.
After making a diagnosis, your Oriental Medical practitioner
will select the appropriate points to not only treat the symptoms but get to
the root of the problem. Chinese herbs also successfully treat tinnitus.
If you only want to hear the sweet sounds of music instead
of an uncontrollable whistle, call today to schedule your free consultation.