Acupuncture for Tinnitus

Acupuncture is a holistic mode of treatment that has been practiced in China for ages.  It is a treatment that can help improve and maintain the proper circulation of qi or vital energy. Acupuncture is quite a popular therapy among people since it is very effective in relieving pain, strengthening the immune system and facilitating the recovery process by strengthening the patient.

It also significantly enhances blood flow and alleviates stress. Acupuncture aids in improving blood circulation and reducing stress. It can be used in conjunction with a conventional treatment and has no side effects whatsoever.  It is known to be a treatment for dozens of health conditions such as tinnitus.

Acupuncture treatment involves the use of ultra fine needles utilized to pierce the acupuncture points in a patient’s body. These needles stimulate the body to produce and release certain chemicals in the circulatory or nervous system. These chemicals help neutralize the pain.

Because it involves the use of needles, some individuals may be afraid of acupuncture. The needles used however, are not designed to bring about pain sensations during treatment. The fact is, they are so thin that a patient undergoing his/her first acupuncture treatment may feel a slight sensation such as an ant bite when a needle is inserted in an acupuncture point.  A lot of the patients have reported no pain at all during their first acupuncture therapy.

Acupuncture for tinnitus may require a few sessions although it may depend on the degree of severity of the condition. Some of the advantages of acupuncture treatment for tinnitus are its ability to produce quick results and its cost effectiveness. Furthermore, since acupuncture is considered a holistic type of treatment it not only resolves the symptoms but the underlying cause of the tinnitus as well.

Tinnitus may develop due to more serious underlying conditions such as tumors.  Tumors are usually dealt with using surgery and it is important for the patient to undergo a thorough medical evaluation prior to choosing acupuncture treatment for his/her tinnitus. Based on diagnostic exams, the doctor may be able to identify the underlying reason of his/her patient’s tinnitus.

Acupuncture treatment relies on the body’s ability to heal itself in a natural way and so this therapy does not require the use of any medications. The encephalin and endorphins that are released as a response to the stimulation of the needles to the nerves are the body’s own natural painkillers. Traditional Chinese medicine includes Chinese diagnostic techniques, Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture.

Studies have shown that patients with tinnitus recover faster when a treatment plan that includes a combination of Chinese herbal therapy, lifestyle changes and acupuncture treatment is given the patient.  Acupuncturists link the kidneys to the ears during treatment. The reason for this is that when the kidneys are weak, the hearing gets affected as well.  The heart and lungs may also require treatment since they are associated with the ears too.

Jamie Catlett is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.