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Using the tools and techniques of Oriental Medicine, you and your acu-pro can effectively manage tinnitus so that you will hardly notice the noise inside your head. While I've not been successful in every case, the number of people who have been helped is growing.

The two most common oriental diagnoses of tinnitus that I see are rising liver and gallbladder fire, and kidney deficiency. Rising liver and gallbladder fire is characterized by sudden onset of a loud noise, emotional stress, headache, irritability, a bitter taste in the mouth, constipation, dizziness, reddish face, and thirst. Deficient kidney tinnitus comes on gradually with low, intermittent sounds, poor memory, blurred vision, sore back and knees, and reduced sexual desire or performance.

I've had patients express satisfaction after being treated for both of these conditions. Some courses of treatment are longer, especially with the deficient kidney, because you're building up an internal weakness that has been developed over the years.

In this case acupuncture, acupressure, and herbs are used to achieve two treatment goals. First, they work to bring down the rising Qi fire that in Oriental Medical theory is responsible for the noises. Second, and not to be forgotten, is the desire to strengthen and balance your body's own overall health so that your natural checks and balances will occur. Your patience and persistence will grow as your condition improves, and ringing, chirping, and all the other ear noises will be sounds of the past.

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Sally was 68, widowed, and retired. She was looking forward to a peaceful life of helping her daughter with the new grandchildren and volunteering in her community. She'd had tinnitus for almost 20 years, but the ringing had been getting louder and more bothersome, causing her great distress. We began a series of acupuncture treatments, two times weekly for one month. She began to steadily experience less ringing and better sleep. She used herbal medicine, acupressure, and biomagnets at home; acupuncture treatments were cut back to once a week. Within two and a half months, the ringing was hardly noticeable.

Managing tinnitus.

Locate LIV-3 (Great Pouring) in the webbing between the first and second toes. Using the opposite side's thumb, press firmly into the sorest spot for one to two minutes. Breathe deeply, repeating two to four times per session. These acu-points are used for treating tinnitus caused by rising liver and gallbladder fire. Other relevant acu-points include KD-1 (see Chapter 17, "The Disappointment Down Under") and LI-4 (see Chapter 16).

Locate KD-3 (Great Creek) directly behind the inside anklebone in the middle of the Achilles tendon. Press firmly while breathing deeply for one to two minutes. Repeat three to five times each session. This point is used to strengthen kidney energy. Other acu-points for kidney-deficient tinnitus include CV-4 and SP-6 (see Chapter 16).

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