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How Do I Choose the Best Herbal Treatment for Tinnitus?

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Choosing the best herbal treatment for tinnitus often takes a little time and perhaps trial and error because each person responds differently to various supplements. A doctor should be consulted with any questions concerning possible side effects or medication interactions as well as to diagnose any underlying medical conditions that may be causing ringing in the ears. Some of the most popular supplements used in the herbal treatment for tinnitus include black cohosh, ginkgo biloba, and rosemary. Herbs such as fenugreek, castor oil, and sesame seeds may also help treat this condition.

Black cohosh is frequently used as an herbal treatment for tinnitus. This herb is thought to work by reliving stress and improving blood flow to the brain. Possible side effects of black cohosh include weight gain, headaches, and vaginal bleeding. This supplement is not safe for use by women who are pregnant.

Ginkgo biloba is widely believed to promote healthy blood circulation and aid in the healing of nerve damage. This supplement is a popular herbal treatment for tinnitus and may also prevent associated dizziness. Muscle weakness, headaches, and nausea may occur when taking ginkgo biloba supplements. Seizures and abnormal bleeding are potentially serious side effects of this herb and are most likely to occur when taken in large doses.

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Herbal treatment for tinnitus often involves the use of herbs such as rosemary and fenugreek. Rosemary is most commonly used to treat ringing in the ears caused by high blood pressure. Considered safe for most people, rosemary is not recommended for those with seizure disorders or women who are pregnant. Tea made with fenugreek seeds is thought to reduce symptoms associated with tinnitus in adults but is not considered safe for young children. Patients with diabetes should consult a doctor before using fenugreek.

Castor oil is commonly recommended as an herbal treatment for tinnitus. A few drops of this oil can be placed in the ears several times per day and sealed with a cotton ball. The external use of castor oil is thought to be safe, although any new symptoms that develop after this using this remedy should be reported to a doctor for further evaluation.

Sesame seeds have been used for centuries to treat symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, and ringing in the ears. These seeds are typically added to recipes and consumed several times per week to attain maximum benefits. Those with cardiac problems may need to limit the amount of sesame seeds in the diet due to the potential for elevated cholesterol levels.

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