The most common symptoms that I’ve been treating with acupuncture and herbal medicine are tinnitus (ringing in the ear), blocked ears post-upper respiratory tract infection, fluid in the ear, loss of hearing, dizziness and vertigo.
Acute cases, typically respond quicker than diseases that have been around for quite some time. There are some points in acupuncture, particularly, San Jiao 17 and a few others, which can influence the inner ear rather effectively. A patient’s physician may prescribe decongestants or antibiotics in case of infection, but these drugs often do not resolve the patients’ symptoms. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may provide the relief a patient is looking for.
In chronic cases as well, such as Meniere’s disease, I’ve also found acupuncture to also be useful in managing patients’ symptoms. Fullness in the ear, ear-ringing, pain, dizziness, and decreased hearing are effectively managed with Chinese medicine, minus the harsh side-effects that are present with drugs given to treat Meniere’s such as Valium, Antivert, Prednisone, etc.