Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. It is a common problem with predictable symptoms, affecting about 1 in 5 people worldwide. Fortunately, Ayurveda recognizes the symptoms of tinnitus and recommends various remedies for tinnitus relief.
Tinnitus is very common in the U.S. affecting an estimated 50 million adults.1Tinnitus is not a condition in itself. It is a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder.
Tinnitus involves the sensation of hearing sounds when no external sounds are present. Tinnitus symptoms include the following types of phantom noises in the ears.2
With tinnitus, the noise is usually a buzzing or ringing sound, but it may be a clicking or rushing sound as well. The sound is sometimes accompanied by hearing loss and dizziness in a syndrome called Meniere’s disease.
Based on the symptoms, tinnitus is classified as the following.
According to Ayurveda, tinnitus is correlated to karna naad, where ‘karna’ means ear and ‘naad’ means sounds. Ayurveda recognizes another condition associated with perceiving a single sound.
This is referred to asKarna swed. Inkarna swed, only a single sound that sounds like a flute is perceived. In this condition, the Vata dosha is associated with other doshas that get localized in the ears.
According toAyurveda, when a vitiated Vata dosha enters a faulty passage and gets localized in the ears, one can perceive various sounds. This is Karna Naad (tinnitus).3
When this vitiated Vata dosha is associated withKapha dosha and gets localized in the ears, it results in Badhiryaor deafness.4
The Vata dosha is composed of air and spacemahabhutas. In Ayurveda, themahabhutasare the basic elements that constitute all matter.
When a vitiated Vata dosha enters a faulty passage and gets localized in the ears, one can perceive various sounds
If Vata becomes vitiated, air and space elements increase in the physiology and disturb the finely orchestrated movements required for all the normal bodily functions.
This can lead to a variety of manifestations including but not limited to tension headaches, insomnia, dryness in the external sense organs, tinnitus, dry scalp, dry skin, constipation, tendency to feel unstable, forgetful, disorganized, anxiousness, nervousness etc.
Videha, an ancient ayurvedic scholar and practitioner on ENT disorders (Shalakya Tantra)explains another ear condition calledkarna swed,where a person hears sounds like that of a flute.
The symptoms of tinnitus are similar to this condition. Ayurveda recognizes tinnitus and karna swed as two separate disorders.
This condition,karna swed, can be due to debility, fatigue, or it may be the direct result of the weakening of the auditory nerves.
Since this is a Vata disorder, the following tinnitus relief remedies are Vata-pacifying measures indicated for treating this condition. If you try these measures for tinnitus relief but don’t find them helpful, consult your doctor or a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.
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Dietary Recommendations For Tinnitus Relief
Vata dosha influences all types of movements in the body and the movement of prana flow, nerve impulses, thoughts, and bodily fluids.
Therefore, a Vata pacifying diet is recommended for tinnitus symptoms. Ayurveda suggests the following diet for treating tinnitus symptoms.
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Consult your Ayurvedic practitioner before trying tinnitus remedies. See your primary healthcare provider or general physician for a thorough diagnosis and treatment if your tinnitus is severe.
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