Have you ever had an inexplicable ringing in your ears, but don’t know why or how to get rid of it? Talk about annoying! You may have a condition called Tinitus and there are a wide array of causes, but it is a difficult phenomenon to treat for Western and East Asian medicine doctors, but not incurable.
In Chinese medicine, chronic Tinnitus is believed to be caused by kidney weakness, according to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Faculty Member Dr. Mohammed Javaherian. Acupuncture is recommended and treatments will focus most likely on the kidney meridians, as well as on points along the liver and gallbladder meridians to help strengthen the root of the problem.
Along with acupuncture, Chinese herbs can be prescribed. Example formulas are: Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin and Er Ming Zuo Ci Wan. “Sometimes a combination of chrysanthemum flower with mint might help,” Dr. Javaherian said.
As with all Chinese medicine treatments, there’s not a one-size-fits-all prescription, so patients should make an appointment with an acupuncturist to see what’s right for them. The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Clinic is open for appointments and offers discounted rates for everyone.
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Your eyes are two of the most complex organs in your body, but can often be taken for granted. June is Cataract Awareness Month, and Oriental medicine can help your eyes more than you know. It’s never too late to start taking better care of your eyes.
People with cataracts (which includes nearly all adults over the age of 65) are told there is nothing that can prevent the growth of cataracts and therefore to wait until the cataract “ripens” (gets more opaque) and then have it removed surgically, according to acufinder.com
This is a Western medicine approach, but in Oriental medicine (OM), so much more can be done than surgery. Eye diseases in OM are closely related to a weakness in the liver and kidneys. If the liver and/or kidneys are weak, then vision will be affected. Also, spleen health can also be a cause of something like cataracts because the spleen transports nutrients to the body, particularly in an upward direction, so if the spleen is deficient, cataracts may be a negative side effect. Acupuncture is recommended for people with eye problems and points along the liver channel will most likely be treated.
Anyone can do self-acupressure too! There are a number of acupuncture/acupressure points around the eyes (basically around the orbits of the eyes which are the bones that surround the eyeballs). The points shown above are some of the major local eye points (from acufinder.com).