Ringing or buzzing in the ear
Tinnitus aurium is the ringing, tinkling, buzzing, or other sounds
in the ear. Found in certain diseases of the exterior, middle, or
inner ear. Also called sonitus. The sensation of noises in one or
both ears; associated with disease in the middle ear, in the inner,
or the central auditory apparatus. Pronunciation according to Taber's
Medical Dictionary: Tinnitus, tin-i (long I)
Impacted ear-wax; ear inflammation or infection, sound pollution,
obstruction of the ear, hysteria are some of the causes. Also follows
overdosage of drugs such as quinine and saliclylates including aspirin.
Treatment of the underlying causes usually will stop the noises.
Herbal Medicine Formulas and Recipes
- Blood root (Sanguinaria canadensis)
- Calico bush (Kalmia latifolia)
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Labrador tea (Ledum latifolium)
- Sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum)
- Wormseed (Chenopodium anthelminticum)
Ginkgo biloba is reported by Earl Mindell's Herb Bible to relieve
symptoms of tinnitus such as noises in the ear and vertigo (dizziness).
With the sesame seed remedy, which is said to be very effective,
the seeds are thoroughly ground into a powder and mixed into a paste
with honey (the mixture is eaten as a candy called halva in the Middle
East) and 2 tsp. are taken daily. Or 2 tsp.
may be made into a candy and refrigerated to be eaten daily. There
is a halva bar on the market; care should be taken as to its contents.
Some manufacturers use sugars instead of honey.
Also, a recommended treatment for tinnitus is to combine oil of Roses
and oil of Savory, warm slightly and apply 2 drops to
each ear affected, morning and night. This is an ancient remedy, said
to be very effective.