From an Ayurveda perspective, having a tinnitus disturbance implies Vata Dosha is out of balance. Vata is governed by air and sound, which makes it a classic area for a vata imbalance to manifest. There are many strategies recommended to bring the body’s vata back into balance and support the peripheral auditory system of otherwise healthy individuals suffering from acute, subjective tinnitus or mild tinnitus. Ayurveda doesn’t look particularly at one complaint but looks at the underlying imbalance and gives general lifestyle tips to help your body heal itself from within. We look at a cause, not at treating a symptom. That is why some of these suggestions aren’t directly about the ears.
Oil Pulling is a technique where you swish herbalised oil in the mouth for a few minutes daily, often done while in the shower. This is a well-documented technique for oral hygiene, but also one of the most effective means to bring vata back into balance in the head and neck. You can swish with good quality coconut oil or contact me for herbalised sesame oil Swish Mix.
Nasya therapy. Recently, lymphatic vessels that drain toxins from the brain were discovered at the University of Virginia. These vessels are in the exact same location Vedic texts described thousands of years ago. Ayurveda also described a technique to detoxify this brain-lymph that is still practiced today. Using Nasya drops or simply rubbing the oil around the nostrils/ears can help balance the vata in the head, neck and cervical lymphatics that drain inner ear.
Nose breathing exercises have been shown to slow brain waves, de-stress the body and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system that rebuilds the body and balances vata or the nervous system. Come in for a lesson or if you want to have a go yourself here is a great link:
Shiro Abhyanga therapy at Fusion Ayurveda – calms Vata imbalances, particularly of the head region.
Daily Self Massage at bedtime with warm sesame oil applied to the soles of the feet and also to the scalp. This treatment rapidly normalises Vata imbalances of the head region.
The drinking of teas made from Fenugreek and combinations of comfrey, cinnamon, and chamomile are said to be useful.
Self-Scalp massage when you are washing hair – take time out to massage the head for a few minutes with coconut or sesame oil which thoroughly calms Vata.
Meditate. My favourite app is Insight Timer.
Follow a Vata pacifying food list – Warm breakfasts, warming spices (cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, ginger, turmeric), Have meals at routine times, Favour sweet, sour and salty tastes. Avoid cold dry foods.
Please contact your health professional if symptoms persist but I’m sure you’ve got this.