Tinnitus is a very annoying problem for the unfortunate persons suffering from this condition.

There are several possible causes for tinnitus, which makes it very difficult to treat medically. The underlying cause may be age-related, exposure to loud noises, ear infection, ear wax, a vascular condition and changing or discontinuing a medication. One should consult with their health care provider to determine if any of these conditions might be the cause of their tinnitus.

The following is a group of herbs and vitamins that may help to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus: Ginko Biloba, melatonin, B1, B12, B3 (niacin), zinc, magnesium and vinpocetine. There are many antidotal reports that range from little or no help, to great relief, to a cure.

A listener to a radio talk show called in to report how he treated his tinnitus. He somehow attached a rubber pencil eraser (the kind you put on the end of pencil when you need a new eraser) to the end of an electric toothbrush. The toothbrush was then used to massage all around the ear. He claimed it cured his tinnitus. In this case, the underlying cause may have been one of circulation to the ear and Ginko Biloba would have been helpful also.

—Lois Dickey
Vitamin Department Manager

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