Tinnitus: Ringing in the Ears and What to Do About It - NL-009
In Chinese medicine, practitioners view ear-related issues as being connected to the kidney system. The kidney is seen as the origin of the whole body's constitution and holds vital essences such as Yin and Yang. Every organ system has a sensory component, and the ears are the sensory component of the kidney.
Growth, development, fertility, and the ageing process are all associated with the kidney. When the organ becomes depleted, one of the telltale signs may be a decrease in one's ability to hear or a ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
As you grow older, it may become common for you to experience tinnitus and hearing loss. This is an indication that the gradual weakening of your body constitution has had an effect on your ears. Chinese medicine may help to reduce the severity of tinnitus; however, it could take quite a long period of time to get the desired results - primarily because it requires reversing the results of excessive stress and fatigue that have drained the kidney system.
Your brain is compensating for hearing loss by making you hear tinnitus. It is turning the volume up on your stereo system without playing any music, in this case. Your ears can still hear a buzz, but no sound is coming out.
It is natural to experience some hearing loss as you age. However, that loss can be accelerated from exposure to loud noises. Loud traffic, living near an airport, and sitting in the front row at too many rock concerts, for example, can damage your hearing.
Excessive consumption of aspirin can lead to a ringing sensation in the ears. This is caused by the salicylates present in aspirin, which are expelled by the kidneys. As a result, the strain put on the kidneys can be the cause of the ringing. Fortunately, when the aspirin is completely flushed from the body, the tinnitus should cease.
As an aside, earache can be caused by more than just an infection. Grinding your teeth whilst asleep and issues with the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) can cause issues with hearing and be painful for the ears.
Eustachian tubes that are clogged can lead to hearing problems. Usually, this type of obstruction should clear itself within a few days if it is due to a cold or flu. However, for individuals who have long-term ear or sinus concerns, the likely culprit is digestive issues that are causing an accumulation of phlegm and moisture.
The inner ear is a component of the auditory system that is accountable for sustaining equilibrium and proprioception (your perception of where you are in space). Chinese medicine usually diagnoses dizziness and vertigo as internal wind. Wind is perceived as activity where there should be none, and as well as dizziness and vertigo, may include light-headedness, shakes, twitches, and even numbness and tingling. Generally, internal wind is attributed to a kidney Yin deficiency - being low on Yin - which causes active Yang to surge upwards, causing your symptoms.
Until an issue arises, your ears and hearing are not given much thought. To help prevent any future complications, it is advisable to keep away from loud noises and make sure your Chinese kidney system is in top condition. Additionally, get ample rest, avoid extensive stress, and consume a lot of dark-hued foods that you have personally prepared.