Tinnitus or ringing in the ears

Acupuncture is a safe method of treating tinnitus. According to Chinese Traditional Medicine, tinnitus involves a disturbance in energy at the meridians in the ear region. There is often a good chance that acupuncture will reduce or even make your tinnitus disappear. But what exactly is tinnitus in Chinese medicine?

Tinnitus, is a very annoying condition with various reasons as its potential cause. Although not yet fully understood, tinnitus is associated with loss of hearing, exposure to loud sounds, stress and anxiety, ear infections, and so on. In most cases, the cause is damage to the inner ear caused by loud sounds. Whizzing can be accompanied by hissing, whistling, beeping and humming sounds.

Since the start of ChinaMedic we have been treating tinnitus patients on a weekly basis and has it become one of our specialties. By applying the ChinaMedic approach, precise application of abdominal acupuncture together with the modern technology of LaserNeedle, patients often report diminish of the sound(s) and sometimes having it even disappear completely. As a side effect, tinnitus-related symptoms such as sleeping problems, loss of concentration and unrest often also reduce and/or disappear. To support the treatment, we provide a high-quality herbal powder.

Acupuncture as a remedy

With acute tinnitus (up to three months) and semi-acute tinnitus (three to six months), there is a sudden disturbance in energy at the meridians in the ear region. There is a good chance that with applications of acupuncture, the tinnitus will quickly decrease and may even disappear. It is very important to start treating your tinnitus as soon as possible. This way you avoid the chance that the wheezing will link to a nerve memory, which can lead to a chronic tinnitus.

The ChinaMedic approach uses a combination of classical with abdominal acupuncture and LaserNeedle to remedy this disturbance. In this way the blood circulation of the inner ear also improves, which in turn diminishes the ringing in the ears.

With chronic tinnitus, there is a disturbance of the kidney energy together with weakened energy in the liver and other organs. The ChinaMedic Approach uses a combination of abdominal acupuncture with laser acupuncture and, if necessary, classical acupuncture for the treatment of chronic tinnitus. Herbal therapy is also used as extra support.

The LaserNeedle is aimed at repairing and renewing the cells in the local area. It repairs damage to the cochlea and to the inner hairs through direct, powerful irradiation of the inner ear. De-activation of the prefrontal cortex and the limbic system (the tinnitus manifests and persists in these areas) is done through stimulation with acupuncture needles of specific acupuncture points around the ear.

The application of abdominal acupuncture provides an overall conditional improvement, especially in the recovery of energy and restoration of the energy balance. This virtually painless technique is very suitable for the treatment of chronic tinnitus. The more balance, the more beneficial the healing process for the patient. In this way we have been able to optimally help many patients with tinnitus.

For further information read this 2017 research article: Acupuncture Found Effective For Tinnitus – HealthCMi.

Míng tiān gǔ – Tinnitus Relief

For hundreds of years, we have used the Míng tiān gǔ method in Traditional Chinese Medicine to relieve Tinnitus through small changes in lifestyle and habits.

On the right you will find a short demonstration how you can apply this method in your lifestyle.

We advise you to take a good look at the actions and to persevere as consistently as possible in daily practice.

Do this six times every day, three times in the morning and three times in the evening.

Frequently asked questions

How can Acupuncture help?

More than a thousand years acupuncture has been used to remedy and improve a wide range of diseases and complaints. For an acupuncturist the approach is simple: energy either flows or it doesn’t. The symptoms show where in the body there may be a blockage and how this affects the rest of the body. In addition the acupuncturist focuses on activating the self-healing ability of our bodies.This makes acupuncture applicable for many health issues such as pain complaints, infertility, ringing in the ears, sleep disorders, skin problems, allergies, addictions, depression, menopausal complaints, burnout, RSI and so on. If you want to know how far acupuncture can help you, you are welcome to come by for a check up consultation so the acupuncturist can tell you what we can do.

How many times do I have to come?

It depends on your medical condition. In most cases you will respond faster to frequent acupuncture treatments. It is quite common to start with 1-2 times per week. Once your condition is stabilized, we can start lowering the frequency. When you come for your first consultation, we will make a specific treatment plan for you.

What does an Acupuncturist do?

The main task of an acupuncturist is to stimulate your self-healing ability. Acupuncture works by balancing the body’s Qi (a form of bioenergy that runs alongside meridians). During an acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist inserts very thin needles into specific spots on your body, your body will receive the physiological signal from the needle to trigger a self-healing ability.

How long does it take before I notice results?

In acute complaints, an effect is noticed after 1-3 treatments on average. In the case of chronic complaints, this is after 5-10 treatments. It is important to maintain the frequency of your treatment so that you can achieve the desired results

I am pregnant, can I get Acupuncture?

Yes; acupuncture can help you during your pregnancy.

With acupuncture, pregnancy complaints are treated in a natural way and without side effects. The treatment aims to restore the energy balance in your body. Your hormones will also be brought back into balance. As a result, the complaints quickly subside. In addition, the acupuncturist will of course treat your specific complaints. Such as: nausea, headache, migraine, sleeping problems etc.

Why do I need to be treated more often in the beginning?

Acupuncture is a mild stimulation to your body. It is important to be treated often in the beginning so that there is more recovery than relapse. As soon as the symptoms decrease, the frequency decreases. As soon as the complaints do not return at all, the treatment is finished.

Advice for before and after Acupuncture?

Avoid heavy physical and/or mental exertion immediately before and immediately after the treatment, we also advise against stress immediately before and after each treatment. And please do not use alcohol or drugs immediately before or after treatment.

How much time does an appointment take?

We have three type of appointments. 

First we have a consultation combined with acupuncture. Here you and the acupuncturist have a conversation about your symptoms and the acupuncturist will diagnose your imbalances, you get an advised treatment schedule and this will be followed by your (first) acupuncture treatment. This usually takes an hour. 

There is also the follow-up treatment. The acupuncturist will treat your diagnosed symptoms according to the treatment schedule. This usually takes 45 minutes

Some people are still learning about acupuncture, they want to claim more knowledge about this method and also get to know their imbalances. Therefore you could book a consultation, this appointment takes 30 minutes.

Is Acupuncture painful?

We use extreme thin needles about the width of two human hairs for Abdominal Acupuncture. The pricks are barely noticeable. Sometimes people don't even feel where they are. Occasionally someone can perceive a strange feeling, also described as tingling, numbness, heaviness, and other feelings. We call this "DeQi" (activating energy) sensation in acupuncture, this is normal, often this feeling is over in a small matter of time.

Still afraid of needles? We have a good solution! The LaserNeedle which we often use is not invasive at all and you will not feel anything. The LaserNeedle is ideally suited for those who are afraid of needles and small children.

What does an Acupuncture treatment cost?

ChinaMedic is affiliated with the NVA (Dutch Association of Acupuncture) and treatment is reimbursed by most insurers in the supplementary. It is advisable to contact your insurer what this exactly means for you. For a full price list of all our treatments CLICK HERE

Can Acupuncture Help With Pregnancy?

Yes, acupuncture can improve your fertility as much for men as it does for women The ChinaMedic Approach with abdominal acupuncture significantly increases the chance of pregnancy both through natural conception as IUI or IVF. In both cases we also support you with nutritional advice and, if necessary, herbal therapy. A lot of clients have successfully become mothers and fathers with this treatment method. The acupuncturist will make a treatment schedule with you during your first consultation. Read more about Acupuncture and Pregnancy here.

How much time between Acupuncture?

During your first consultation, the acupuncturist will make a statement. In principle, you can do acupuncture every day. Depending on your complaints, the most applicable frequency is once or twice a week. In severe pain, the frequency is sometimes two or three times a week. In that case, it is more effective than starting with once a week. The pain sometimes returns in between (due to daily strain and stress). As you get treated more often, the pain usually gets less and less.

How do I book an appointment?

You can call our reception 020-6167615 or schedule an appointment on our website.

Are There Any Side Effects of Acupuncture?

No, if you are treated by a professional acupuncturist there are no side effects. There are sometimes reactions after acupuncture: fatigue, dizziness, emotional discharge or something we call a "Healing Crisis" during the first period. Don't worry, this means your body is showing a response and the recovery process has started. Always communicate with the acupuncturist how you are feeling.

Tip: Have a small meal in preparation for the treatment. This is good for fatigue and dizziness after the acupuncture.

What if my symptoms get worse during the treatment?

While most people notice a clear reduction in their symptoms after an acupuncture treatment, very few can experience a slight worsening of symptoms after a treatment. Do not worry, we call this a "healing crisis", your body is responding, and your energy is in motion. 

In terms of acupuncture, it means that your primary objective has been achieved, as you are changing on multiple levels from stuck to loosening. Make sure to always communicate with the acupuncturist over time how you are feeling and what the reactions are.

Why do some acupuncture points hurt more than others?

This is because of the acu-point locations on the body. Some points are just more sensitive than others! The fingers and toes have a higher concentration of nerve endings near the surface of the skin, so points on the extremities are naturally more sensitive than those closer to the center of the body.

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