Tinnitus is a medical symptom that can feel like a ringing, buzzing or whistling sound within the ears. It can range from a persistent high pitch to an intermittent low one. This condition impacts over 45 million Americans, so finding a lasting remedy might feel like a familiar challenge to you.
The medical reasons behind tinnitus are not always clear. It might occur because of an inner ear injury or damaged hair cells in the cochlea. Underlying health concerns like thyroid, infections, pregnancy and bad sinuses can also share the blame. Because there is no cure, it takes extra effort to find a lasting solution.
Fortunately, acupuncture therapy has been found to be extremely helpful in making tinnitus less severe. Acupuncture provides a universal approach to wellness by focusing on your “qi” (energy) and relying on the body’s ability to heal naturally.
As each thin needle gets gently inserted into the ear, endorphins will release. The natural pain killer will elevate your mood and instantly lessen pain – a win-win for chronic sufferers!
Which Acupuncture Points Are Used During Treatment?
During your session with us at Advanced Spine, you will find that our skilled acupuncturists primarily focus on the ear. But the course of your treatment will vary, as we typically base therapy on the disruption of your qi.
For instance, if you’re having abdominal issues – one of many potential causes of tinnitus – we would incorporate a few acupuncture points that address both simultaneously. A few others used to resolve tinnitus are:
- Shangguan (GB3) – upper border/front of the ear
- Ermen (TB21) – frontal to the ear
- Tinghui (GB2) – front of ear/closest to the lobule
- Zhongzhu (SJ3) – on the back of the hand
- Hegu (LI4) – between the base of the thumb and index finger
How Successful Is Acupuncture for Tinnitus?
Studies show acupuncture has an 80% success rate of healing tinnitus. However, it is important to keep in mind that treatments respond to each patient differently. The goal is to decrease its intensity and help you regain some normalcy. As long as a licensed and experienced acupuncturist performs therapy, you can expect to see immediate results.
Are You Thinking About Giving Acupuncture A Try?
You can book an appointment at our chiropractic center! It’s completely safe and complementary to any regimens advised by your primary care provider.