Alternative treatment methods for tinnitus are extremely popular and one of the ways on how to stop the ringing in your ear (or ears) is with acupuncture. Tinnitus can be a challenge to understand and to treat but this traditional Chinese medicine approach using acupuncture for tinnitus treatment may provide some needed relief.
Acupuncture is based upon the premise that there is a detailed energy map on the human body that locates certain precise channels (meridians) through which life force (“qi”) travels in order to bring energy to each part of the body.
All manner of ill health and other dysfunction in the body including tinnitus is believed to be the result of blockages of this life force along these pathways which then prevents the flow of energy and a resulting energy deficiency in various parts of the body.
Acupuncture states that there are more than 2,000 specific points on the body into which acupuncture needles can be inserted in order to unblock and stimulate the flow of qi (pronounced chee) through the meridians. Unhindered flow of energy through these pathways in the body is said to bring about healing and wellbeing in the body, mind and spirit.
A World Health Organization (WHO) report in 2002 called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials,” found that relief was brought about by acupuncture for various health conditions as well as negative reactions to chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.
Some medical practitioners in the West believe that the effectiveness of acupuncture that has been noted in some cases may result from its work on the nervous system as well as boosting the immune system and natural pain relievers produced by the brain.
This is because some studies have found that acupuncture is able to alter the chemistry of the brain by altering the release of neurotransmitters and hormones that affect the nerves which in turn can alter the reaction of the central nervous system and how it relates to blood flow, body temperature, sensation, blood pressure, etc.
As mentioned previously, the causes of tinnitus are not well understood but some possible risk factors including hearing loss and the various hyperactive neurological activities in the various cells used for hearing sensitivity, pitch and so forth. Other risk factors include head trauma, neck trauma, earwax buildup, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, stress, TMJ disorders, blood vessel disorders, high blood pressure, turbulent blood flow, etc.
Using acupuncture tinnitus treatment, the practitioner will first insert needles into certain pressure points located on the head and neck in order to bring about balance and relaxation in the neck area and eliminate stress. Once this is accomplished, needles will then be inserted into the ears strategically.
While this practice may seem strange and even dangerous, rest assured that this is safe when you use a trained acupuncturist. The needles are also painless. You may feel a little prick of the needles here and there but nothing uncomfortable.
When using acupuncture for tinnitus treatment, you may require several sessions before you notice any improvements. It is also important to remember that since there isn’t one definite treatment method for tinnitus, using any treatment method including acupuncture is not guaranteed to work.
Simply because it worked for another person does not mean that it will work for you and vice versa. In fact, despite some reports of effectiveness of this method, there have also been several studies that have shown that acupuncture is not effective for tinnitus treatment.
So if you do choose to use acupuncture for tinnitus relief, you should simply view it as an experiment to determine whether it shall work for you or not.
If it is effective, you also need to remember that the relief obtained may be temporary. Since each session is expensive and several sessions are usually needed, this may end up being a very costly alternative treatment method for tinnitus.
If interested in alternative therapies for treating this affliction, acupuncture tinnitus treatment is definitely something to consider. But because it is so expensive and not guaranteed to work, you may want to try other less costly and effective natural methods such as those set forth in the Tinnitus Miracle guide.