Tinnitus

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Tinnitus Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for tinnitus. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "tinnitus" is rarely designed with the resulting "tinnitus" exclusively in mind.

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "tinnitus", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - kidney yin deficiency, liver fire, liver yin deficiency, lung qi deficiency, phlegm stagnation, spleen qi deficiency, spleen qi sinking among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. A potential range of underlying factors and approaches for tinnitus are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for tinnitus - treatment protocols " .

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • KD 1 (Gushing Spring)
    On sole, in depression with foot in plantar flexion, at the…
    Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV…
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  • KD 3 (Great Ravine)
    In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolu…
    Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any etiology. …
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  • LI 6 (Veering Passageway)
    3 cun above the crease of the wrist on the LI 5 to LI 11 li…
    Luo Connecting Point, influences the descending and dispers…
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  • SI 1 (Lesser Marsh)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the ulnar sid…
    Breast disorders of any etiology, insufficient lactation, m…
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  • SI 2 (Front Valley)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the crease, …
    Local point for pain, swelling, numbness of the fingers.  A…
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  • SI 3 (Back Ravine)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the distal p…
    Master Point of the GV, effects entire pathway. Pain in th…
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  • SI 6 (Nursing the Aged)
    Dorsal to the head of the ulna in the body cleft on the rad…
    Acute and Severe Pain, in the neck, shoulder a/or arms. Us…
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  • SI 9 (True Shoulder)
    1 cun above the posterior end of the axillary fold, posteri…
    Local point for shoulder and arm pain and/or movement/contr…
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  • SI 16 (Celestial Windows)
    On the lateral side of the neck, posterior to the SCM and L…
    Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are…
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  • SI 19 (Auditory Palace)
    Anterior to the tragus and posterior to the condyloid proce…
    Ear problems of any etiology, inflammation, deafness, tinni…
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  • ST 7 (Below the Joint)
    On the face, anterior to the ear, in a depression between t…
    TMJ, facial pain, lower jaw toothache. Hearing issues, dea…
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  • UB 8 (Declining Connection)
    1.5 cun posterior to UB 7 or 5.5 cun above the AHL and 1.5 …
    Resolve phlegm and clear wind - nasal congestion, blurry vi…
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    The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches. For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "tinnitus", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) ".

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