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Ginger Moxibustion Combined With Acupuncture Can Lead To A Cure For Intractable Tinnitus

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Medical research has shown that ginger moxibustion combined with acupuncture can lead to a cure on patients suffering from intractable tinnitus. People with intractable tinnitus are usually the middle-aged people or the elderly who hear ringing in the ears, particularly in a quiet environment or in the evening. Drugs do not usually work well for this disorder. In China, researchers in Hubei province used ginger moxibustion and acupuncture to treat 34 patients with intractable tinnitus. They attained an effective rate of 91.18 percent, overall.

From the viewpoint of TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, intractable tinnitus is mostly comprised of patients suffering from excess syndromes. Excess syndromes, in terms of biomedicine, can be determined as a type of sympathetic nervous system hyperactivity. The excess syndromes for tinnitus associated with TCM are usually caused by excessive fear or anger, liver Chi stagnation, or depression, and may result in an obstruction along the Shaoyang Meridian.

Tinnitus can also be caused by deficiency syndromes. These syndromes are often due to excessive work, blood and chi deficiency, a weak constitution resulting from chronic disease, or too much sex which can lead to inadequate Kidney essence that can impair the nourishment of the ears. Hence, TCM practitioners often administer acupuncture to acupoints on the Foot and Hand Shaoyang meridians encircling the ears. The meridians’ blockage is usually severe for intractable tinnitus patients and so ginger moxibustion is used to warm and clear the blockage in the channels and meridians in order to boost blood flow to the ears.

The research recruited 34 patients whose illness began four months to 11 years.

Before the start of the research, patients had to undergo physical examinations to rule out the possibility that their tinnitus was the result of certain illnesses such as vascular spastic diseases, autoimmune disease, low blood sugar, thyroid hypofunction, diabetes, anemia, head injuries, sclerosis, acoustic neuroma, or issues in the middle ear and auricle.

The channel’s blockages were usually severe, and ginger moxibustion which unblocks and warms meridians, was sued to enhance blood and chi flow in their ears.

In the acupuncture therapy session, needles were inserted into the following acupoints: GB 40, LR 3, SJ 3, GB 43, Lu 7, Sl 19, SJ 21, GB 2, and TB17. Acupoints SJ 21, GB 2 and TB 17 were needled on the affected side. The patient rested in a supine position if the tinnitus was bilateral; the patient rested on one side if the tinnitus was unilateral. Slender needles measuring 40 mm, were immediately inserted. Reducing or reinforcing manipulation procedures were selected to attain de qi based on the differential diagnosis.

To the acupoints surrounding the ears, needling was retained for thirty minutes and electroacupuncture was applied using a continuous wave. Acupuncture therapy was given for ten days once a day, comprising one course.

Acupuncture was simultaneously used with ginger moxibustion. Large ginger slices a centimeter thick was placed on the treatment site. Each slice sported a small hole in the center puncture by a needle. Then, using dried moxa, the researchers created moxa bars shaped like a pagoda, placed them on the ginger slices, lit them, placed them on the outer ear and moved the positions of the ginger slices until the moxa burned out. For every session, a couple of moxa bars were used. A single treatment was given each day for a ten day period.

After treatment, which averaged 17 days, out of the 34 patients, 8.9 percent or three patients exhibited zero improvement, 11.76 percent or four patients experienced moderate improvements, 14.71 percent or five patients showed significant improvements and 64.17 percent or 22 patients fully recovered. The rate of overall effectiveness was 91.2 percent. Four months following treatment, 27 patients in the research showed no recurrence or degradation of symptoms. From these results, it was clear that ginger moxibustion and acupuncture showed a meaningful curative effect on intractable tinnitus patients. Based on the positive outcomes of the patients, the researchers concluded that broad use of this medical treatment program is justified.

Written by Valerie

January 13th, 2020 at 2:09 am