Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has been afflicted with tinnitus for the last few weeks along with some dizziness. I'm thinking that he may have some inner ear inflammation. Any suggestions about a natural solution?”– Karen M., Monmouth, IL
A. Dear Karen, Inner ear issues could be from a variety of causes, ranging from an acute ear infection to a more chronic condition like inflammation, ischemia, and nerve damage. To rule out an infection, I encourage your husband to consult with his healthcare practitioner. I also believe that there are some natural ingredients that would be useful.
Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) has a long history of use in Ayurveda for chronic conditions, especially those with excessive inflammation. Andrographis is often associated with fighting colds and the flu, but research shows it has many additional health promoting properties. In addition to boosting our immune defenses against bacteria and viruses, andrographis helps to increase the activity of our body’s two primary antioxidants – glutathione and superoxide dismutase. These antioxidants can help prevent further inflammation and damage to the inner ear. Andrographis also helps with nerve health and relaxes blood vessels, which can both contribute to restoring balance in the inner ear. I believe that taking andrographis once or twice daily would be an excellent choice. Look for an andrographis standardized to andrographolide content.
Additionally, I think propolis would be a great choice because it is an excellent antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and more. Make sure to choose a propolis that comes from a controlled and managed bee population so the material provides consistent levels of bacteria and virus fighting compounds. Look for a clinically studied propolis that is purified and contains no beeswax. I would take propolis once or twice per day.
Lastly, your husband may also want to consider adding ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). There is some research demonstrating that ginkgo may be able to help with tinnitus and vertigo by helping with blood flow and decreasing oxidative damage. I would take ginkgo once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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