Minerals, plants, and animals often have healing potential, but when it comes to homeopathy for tinnitus, only a select few people may find relief.
Tinnitus is the internal perception of sound without external auditory cues. For many people, it’s the classic “ringing in your ears” sensation, but it can manifest in a number of ways, including hissing, whistling, or buzzing.
Tinnitus can be constant or intermittent, and when you live with this condition, it’s natural for it to feel occasionally (if not always) frustrating.
While some underlying causes of tinnitus can be treated to improve or eliminate phantom sound perception, many aren’t curable. Homeopathy for tinnitus may offer relief for certain people.
In order for something to be a “cure,” there has to be certainty that symptoms won’t return after treatment. Currently, there’s no scientific evidence that suggests homeopathy can cure tinnitus.
In fact, tinnitus has
How can homeopathy treat tinnitus?
Although homeopathy can’t cure tinnitus, it may help improve symptoms in some people, depending on the underlying causes.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is the medicinal use of plant, mineral, or animal substances. It adheres to two primary beliefs:
- Like cures like: Ailments can be healed by substances that create similar symptoms.
- Less is more: The less of a medication that’s used, the greater its potential effect.
Homeopathy is not the same as naturopathy, holistic medicine, alternative medicine, or complimentary therapy. While all of these practices can overlap, there are many differences.
Homeopathy is not acupuncture, massage, or mind-body movements, but it can be incorporated into these practices.
Even though homeopathy for tinnitus isn’t viewed as an effective treatment option for most people, some popular remedies persist.
Ginkgo biloba is an herbal supplement used to treat a number of conditions, including tinnitus. Among homeopathic remedies, it’s one of the most widely studied.
Two Cochrane reviews have investigated ginkgo biloba for tinnitus, one in 2013 and one in 2022.
According to the 2013 report, there was no evidence that ginkgo biloba was beneficial for primary tinnitus treatment. The 2022 review found that the results were inconclusive and that most studies were of too poor or low quality to establish meaningful results.
But there may still be a place for this homeopathic remedy in tinnitus treatment. A small
It’s been a supplement of interest for sleep challenges in tinnitus due to its success in conditions such as insomnia.
Research on melatonin for tinnitus is limited, but a 2019 review indicated it had promise as a tinnitus treatment, not due to sleep mechanisms, but due to its molecular actions.
By combating oxidative stress and promoting neural plasticity, researchers believe melatonin may have protective properties against the pathology of tinnitus.
Vitamins and minerals
For each of these, preliminary research suggests they may improve tinnitus symptoms if you have a deficiency underlying your condition.
Flavonoids are plant compounds that can come from hundreds of different herbs, vegetables, fruits, seeds, and so on.
They’re sought after as homeopathy treatments for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, and antiviral properties.
Lipo-Flavonoid is a popular commercial flavonoid/vitamin formulation marketed for treating tinnitus. It has only been evaluated in one
The use of cannabis medicinally is nothing new, but studying cannabis is challenging. Many different formulations and variants exist, and the bioavailability of cannabis can change drastically depending on how it’s prepared.
For tinnitus, cannabis’s effects are conflicting in research.
Cannabis vs. marijuana
We use the term “cannabis” instead of “marijuana.”
We avoid the word “marijuana” because it has
Considering that members of historically marginalized races are more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than their white counterparts, it’s especially important that we’re mindful about the language we use and how it can add to, or stem from, racist stereotypes.
The general consensus is that homeopathy isn’t effective for tinnitus treatment.
Some research has found that the use of ginkgo biloba, zinc, melatonin, and other dietary supplements for tinnitus generally shouldn’t be recommended by clinicians.
The American Tinnitus Association states there’s no “magic pill,” and just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe.
Because no medications have proven to be effective for tinnitus, treatment focuses on getting you accustomed to the condition, becoming as unbothered by it as possible in a process known as habituation.
There are different ways through which this is accomplished, including:
- cognitive behavioral therapy
- education and counseling
- tinnitus retraining therapy
- sound therapy (masking)
- deep brain stimulation
- tinnitus activities treatment
- progressive tinnitus management
Even without a “magic pill,” many people can habituate to tinnitus through these therapies.
Tinnitus can be a distressing condition where you hear phantom, often constant, auditory tones. It has no cure, and no specific set of medications to alleviate symptoms.
Using homeopathic treatment for tinnitus can be tempting. The research is mixed — often inconclusive — and some remedies may help tinnitus under the right circumstances.
If you’re considering homeopathy for tinnitus, discussing it with a doctor or audiologist can help ensure the substances you use are safe and appropriately dosed.