Tinnitus is a very natural and surprisingly common condition; enthusiasts believe that it could be alleviated with easy-to-use tools provided to us by nature itself – we will be taking an in-depth look into this perspective as we aim to find out just how effective the use of herbal supplements are when it comes to mitigating the ringing in our ears for those of us suffering from tinnitus.
What are these herbal substances and how are they supposed to help us?
A wide variety of natural supplements have been said to aid us in the ever-growing fight against tinnitus. It is believed that the properties offered by these substances could cause tinnitus-convalescents a certain feeling of relief and there are many products available in the market today that contain these herbs’ benefits, using this to promise buyers that their tinnitus will be mitigated.
Be aware that some of these products are extremely overpriced and they usually act as simple placebos. We advise you to speak to a professional before investing hundreds of dollars in order to purchase any kind of tinnitus pills.
What herbal supplements are we talking about?
When we take a look into the supplements used to mitigate the severity of tinnitus, we’ll often find common chemicals inside them, such as:
- Zinc: some patients could suffer from tinnitus due to a lack of specific vitamins in their systems. Taking herbal zinc-rich medicine could give positive results if the patient indeed possesses a less-than-ideal amount in their body.
Herbs and plants that contain zinc: Wheat, Sesame, Squash.
- Melatonin: a trial published in the International Journal of Preventive medicine shows that taking 3mg of melatonin on a daily basis does wonders when it comes to mitigating the intensity of tinnitus.
Herbs and plants that contain melatonin: Valerian Root, Passion Flower, Hops.
- Sertraline: Although not directly present in herbs, sertraline could be dangerous for your health if you combine it with certain natural supplements. Studies also confirmed that sertraline treatment is very effective against tinnitus. Test subjects that took 50mg per day showed very encouraging signs of improvement; nevertheless the study concludes that melatonin treatment is a tad more effective than its sertraline counterpart.
Is it true? Do herbal supplements have a positive impact in our fight against tinnitus?
There isn’t a simple and straightforward answer to this question as there are plenty of different tinnitus cases around the globe given the vast amount of convalescents out there; some people actually claim herbal supplements help and they feel relief when using them. According to certain medical studies, none of these herbs are actually proven to work.
Most experts render them ineffective and claim that there is an overwhelming lack of solid evidence to support the use of these herbs as treatment for tinnitus. Even worse so, it is believed that natural treatments do more harm than good as they come with side effects that threaten the user’s health.
Keep in mind that tinnitus could be caused by a wide arrange of factors and studies have mostly focused on subjects that suffer from this condition on a permanent basis, meaning that the effectiveness of herbal treatment is heavily correlated to the type of tinnitus suffered by the subject.
Remember to always talk to an expert before you decide to self-medicate!
The Ginkgo plant and its supposed positive effects for your tinnitus
The Ginkgo plant is often identified as the most effective natural herbal treatment against tinnitus and there have been studies entirely dedicated to analyzing said effectiveness to determine whether or not the plant’s properties help tinnitus convalescents alleviate the ringing in their ears.
To sum things up for you, there isn’t any solid evidence to support the use of this herb as a mean to alleviate tinnitus and experts do not recommend its implementation, although there isn’t strong opposition either considering it doesn’t cause any harm to the user as long as it remains limited to non-excessive quantities.
Some experts do advice against taking herbs and supplements, simply because they lack evidence to support its effectiveness.
Its use should also be correlated to the type of tinnitus suffered by the patient and experts recommend each patient to be assessed individually before jumping into early conclusions which could lead to inadequate treatment.
The bottom line
Exploring different ways and treatments for your tinnitus is always a positive experience and if you’re considering the use of herbal supplements for the first time, don’t be discouraged if they don’t give you immediate results. Some test subjects have reported improvements in their condition after a few weeks of taking herb supplements; especially the Ginkgo plant.
Keep in mind that even if studies have shown no conclusive evidence of the effectiveness of herbal supplements some people have assured it has worked for them, so we advise you to give it a try before ruling it out entirely.
Even if you agree with studies showing that herbal supplements are mostly ineffective when it comes to treating tinnitus, “feeling medicated” could very well work as a positive psychological placebo effect that could both lift up your mood and help you feel like your tinnitus condition is in fact getting better.
The aforementioned thesis has been shown in most studies that we’ve linked in this article; some subjects taking part in medical trials are given “placebo” pills in order to compare results with those from subjects that actually took the herbal supplements.
Just remember that even if these supplements do nothing to you there are other ways to treat tinnitus and we offer plenty of insight in this website. Don’t forget that tinnitus is nothing more than a mere noise and it can’t hurt you – even if you suffer from it permanently.
What do you think about herbal supplements? Have you tried them or will you try them? Do they work for you? Share your experiences and thoughts with the community in the comment section below this article!