07. November 2018 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Tinnitus

Iranian investigators have found that acupuncture can reduce the severity of tinnitus. In their randomised trial, 88 patients suffering from chronic tinnitus were allocated to either verum or sham acupuncture. Those in the verum acupuncture group were needled at Tinghui GB-2, Fengchi GB-20, Ermen SJ-21, Tinggong SI-19, Tianrong SJ-17, Zhongzhu SJ-3, Waiguan SJ-5, Hegu L.I.-4 and Yanglao SI-6. Sham consisted of needling at adjacent non-acupoints. Patients received 15 acupuncture sessions three times per week for five weeks. Loudness and severity of tinnitus improved significantly over the course of the treatment in both groups, however only the verum acupuncture group experienced continued improvement in symptom scores in the three weeks following the end of the treatment period.

Acupuncture for chronic nonpulsatile tinnitus: A randomized clinical trial. Caspian J Intern Med. 2018 Winter;9(1):38-45.

26. January 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Tinnitus

Scalp electro-acupuncture can reduce tinnitus intensity and improve quality of life of individuals with tinnitus, according to a study from Brazil. Fifty participants with tinnitus were randomised to acupuncture or no treatment. Those in the acupuncture group received bilateral electro-stimulation of the vestibulocochlear scalp line, twice-a-week for five weeks. The data showed a reduction of 50% in tinnitus intensity in the acupuncture group. There was no change in tinnitus intensity in the control group. Acupuncture also resulted in a decrease of tinnitus influence on quality of life from grade 4 (severe interference in quality of life) to grade 2 (mild interference in quality of life), whereas there was no difference in the controls.
Effectiveness of acupuncture therapy as treatment for tinnitus: a randomized controlled trial. Braz J Otorhinolaryngol. 2016 Jul-Aug;82(4):458-65.