Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: December 21, 1998

I understand there is an herb that helps with tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

There are many possible causes of tinnitus, including wax, circulation problems, Meniere’s disease, drugs and long exposure to loud noise. Although the cause often cannot be determined, you should consult your medical practitioner.

James Duke in "The Green Pharmacy" (St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010) suggests using Ginkgo for tinnitus. Studies show that Ginkgo is effective in increasing blood circulation to the brain, improving memory and general circulation. Because a large amount is needed, Duke suggests using a 50:1 standardized extract (50 pounds of leaves are used to produce one pound of extract), 40 milligrams, three times a day.

Other herbs that Duke suggests may improve tinnitus are Sesame seeds, used by Chinese herbalists, Black Cohosh and Goldenseal.

Aggravation to tinnitus may be caused by aspirin and aspirin-like herbs such as Meadowsweet, Wintergreen and Willow bark.

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