Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Tinnitus is the ringing, buzzing, crackling, or hissing sound heard inside one or both ears. Sufferers of tinnitus can experience a wide variety of noise, the severity of which ranges from minor annoyance to debilitating pain. A common problem, tinnitus affects about one in five people.

Tinnitus may be caused by allergy, high or low blood pressure (blood circulation problems), a tumor, diabetes, thyroid problems, injury to the head or neck, as well as a variety of medications including anti-inflammatory medicines, antibiotics, sedatives, antidepressants, and aspirin. Colds and flu, noisy environments, allergy flare-ups can increase the intensity of tinnitus noise.

Drugs can't cure tinnitus, but in some cases they may help reduce the severity of symptoms or complications. Medications may include:

• Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline
• Alprazolam (Niravam, Xanax)
• Acamprosate (Campral)

Whereas western has few solutions to the problems of tinnitus, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines may be very helpful. In Chinese medicine, there are a number of patterns of disharmony that can result in tinnitus. The most common is a deficiency of your Kidney system. Your Kidney is the source of your vital substances, including the nourishing coolant of Yin and the pilot light of Yang, as well as Essence. When your Kidney gets depleted, a common symptom is ringing in your ears. While most Chinese medical practitioners think of Kidney depletion first, tinnitus can be caused by other patterns.  If the noise in your ears sounds like loud claps or ocean waves, gets worse when you’re angry or frustrated, and you’re having signs of heat (feeling hot, thirsty, restless, irritability, constipation, insomnia, dry mouth), then your tinnitus might be from heat in the Liver and Gall Bladder organ systems. Another pattern that might produce tinnitus is a combination of phlegm and heat.  This is associated with signs of heat plus an overabundance of phlegm in your sinuses or chest, dizzy spells, and a feeling of heaviness, especially in your head.  Similarly, a common cold, called Wind Heat in Chinese medicine, can cause tinnitus if your ears become congested.
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Wang, Xiaoyan
Phone: (804) 301-1784