“Ayurvedic Insights into Tinnitus: Causes, Treatments, and Wellness Tips”


Tinnitus, also known as a persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears, can be a distressing condition affecting one’s quality of life. While modern medicine offers various treatments, Ayurveda provides a holistic approach to understanding and managing tinnitus. Rooted in ancient wisdom, Ayurveda views tinnitus not merely as an isolated issue but as a manifestation of underlying imbalances in the body. By addressing these imbalances through diet, lifestyle changes, herbal remedies, and specific therapies, Ayurveda aims to restore harmony and alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus naturally. In this blog, we will explore the Ayurvedic perspective on tinnitus, its causes, and the holistic treatments that can help bring relief and improve overall well-being.
Karna Nada is the term described for Tinnitus in Ayurvedic texts. Karna means Ear and Nada means noise. As per Ayurvedic pathophysiology of Karna Nada, pratishyaya (Chronic cold), exposure to cold wind, entering water into ear, Incompatible correlation of sensation of sound (high, low, medium pitched sound), vatta gets aggravated, this aggravated vatta travels into various channels of the ear and localizes in the ear channels and causes different frequency’s sound.
Exposure to loud sound, age, ear wax blockage, Underlying medical conditions like Meniere’s disease , otosclerosis (abnormal bone growth in the middle ear), high blood pressure, jugular bulb can lead to hearing loss and tinnitus.
As per modern medical science, there are two types of tinnitus:

Subjective Tinnitus: This is the most common subtype of tinnitus, constituting about 99% of all tinnitus cases. It can be different from the other in all possible ways and maybe like ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing or roaring sounds. Tinnitus of a subjective nature is commonly associated with some issues in the auditory system, for instance, damage to the inner ear from loud noise exposure, ageing hearing loss, or other health problems like Meniere’s disease, or otosclerosis.

Objective Tinnitus: In this case, the type of tinnitus is much less common; only 1% of the cases have this condition. The objective tinnitus generates sounds, appearances of which can be perceived both by a person experiencing this phenomenon and a health care professional during an exam. These sounds are often brought about by physiologic factors external to the auditory system, such as the tissues and vessels located near the ear and abnormalities in the ear bones.
Ayurvedic management for tinnitus: As this diseases is caused by aggravated vatta dosha, the line of treatment would be vatta pacifying. Diet and lifestyle plays important role in balancing the imbalanced energies of the body. diet is not limited to the food what we consume but it also includes the absorption of the sense subjects through the senses. which is always neglected by most of us. so over use of senses can be the prime cause of any imbalances taking place in the body, mind and soul.
Snehapana using vata pacifying herbal medicated Ghee can be helpful, Snehanam (external application (Abhyanga) of vata pacifying medicated oil, Rasayana (rejuvenating herbs) and Ayurvedic herbs can help to manage the tinnitus. therapies like Karna Poorana ( medicated Oil treatment for ear), Nasya (Nasal administration of medicated oil), oil pulling with special oils and shirodhara can help in tinnitus. oil used in all these therapy will be based on the involvement of dosha in the issues.
The information provided here is for education purpose only, please consult a qualified and authentic Ayurvedic Vaidya for more information. Thanks for taking time to read this blog, see you next month with a new subject. till then stay healthy from all aspects.

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