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Overview of natural therapies that may be beneficial in treating tinnitus and Meniere's syndrome.

Overview of natural therapies that may be beneficial in treating tinnitus and Meniere's syndrome.

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  • Very nice compilation. I am all for natural and alternative approaches to healing. However, I would use caution when using homeopathics due to possible negative effects of inactive ingredients used to absorb main ingredients. There are so many factors (reasons) for these type symptoms so taking the time to do homework and research before any new approach is a good idea..just my view.
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    • Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease: a Naturopathic Approach
      Presented by: Candice Esposito, ND
    • What is Naturopathic Medicine?
      • An approach to health care that gets at the root of symptoms and illness by combining:
      • natural medicines and treatments
      • conventional medical diagnostics and standards
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    • Naturopathy’s Guiding Principles
      • First, do no harm
      • Support the healing power of nature
      • Identify and treat the cause
      • Treat the whole person
      • Doctor as teacher
      • Prevention and health promotion
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    • Naturopathic Therapies
      • Clinical nutrition
      • Botanical medicine
      • Homeopathic medicine
      • Traditional Chinese medicine
      • Counselling
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    • Possible Factors
      • Tension, anxiety, stress
      • High salt intake – fluid retention
      • Hormonal imbalance – PMS, Hypothyroidism
      • Allergies – food sensitivities
      • Head trauma
      • Environmental toxins (heavy metals)
      • High cholesterol & blood pressure – inflammation
      • Viral origin (never well since infection)
      • Drug therapy; scarring from surgery
      • Anemia, low blood volume
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    • Clinical Nutrition
      Nutrient deficiencies and excesses should be assessed
      • Studies show Zinc can be helpful in age-related tinnitus and hearing loss (loss of taste?)
      • Zinc tally taste test
      • Vitamin B12 deficiency linked to occupational tinnitus & hearing loss, exposure to loud noises
      • Methylmalonic acid
      • Trace minerals if dehydrated
      • Electrolyte panel
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    • Clinical Nutrition
      CoQ10
      • Helpful in vertigo and Meniere’s syndrome by improving the immune system
      Omega 3 Fatty Acids
      • Fatty acid deficiency can be associated with increased wax build-up in ears
      • Fish oil, flax seed oil, krill oil
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    • Clinical Nutrition
      If fluid retention:
      • Low sodium diet
      • Natural diuretics (celery, dandelion)
      If anemia, low blood volume (CBC) – find cause
      • Co-factors needed for iron metabolism
      • Cobalt, copper, vitamin C, vit B12, folate
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    • Clinical Nutrition
      Identify possible food sensitivities
      • Gluten (wheat), dairy, aspartame/artificial sweeteners most common
      • Food allergy testing (specialized lab)
      • Trial Hypoallergenic Diet
      If inflammation (heart disease, joint disease):
      • Anti-inflammatory diet
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    • Leaky Gut
      Syndrome
      Natural Treatments
    • Botanical Medicine
      Gingko biloba(caution if on blood thinner)
      • Enhances blood flow to head and brain
      • Effective if tinnitus related to circulatory problems
      • Ensure getting at least 24% ginkolisides
      • Takes at least 6 weeks to notice improvement
      If inflammation (heart disease, joint disease):
      • Ginger, Turmeric, Black currant
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    • Botanical Medicine
      Lobelia inflata (Indian Tobacco)
      • Effective at reducing body fluid, including around semicircular canals in the ear
      • Tincture form
      If viral origin:
      • Hedge maple (Acer campestre)
      • Mushrooms (Reishi, Shiitake)
      • Goldenseal, Echinacea, Astragalus
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    • Homeopathic Medicine
      Some of the most commonly used:
      • Arnica montana – head traumas
      • Cocculusindicus – motion sickness, extreme tiredness, dullness, very imbalanced gait
      • Conium maculatum – gradual onset, vertigo on turning in bed, vertigo when moves eyes/head, “like turning in a circle”
      • Salicylicumacidum – loud roaring; due to aspirin
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    • Traditional Chinese Medicine
      Yin & Yang
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    • Traditional Chinese Medicine
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    • Traditional Chinese Medicine
      2 main diagnoses for Meniere’s Syndrome:
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    • Traditional Chinese Medicine
      • Acupuncture points are chosen based on diagnosis and treatment principles
      • For example, for
      • Excess Liver Yang – calm Liver Yang
      • LV 3, TW 17, PC 6
      • Kidney Yin Deficiency – nourish Kidney Yin
      • KI 3, CV 4, ST 36
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    • Traditional Chinese Medicine
      • Foods are recommended or restricted depending on their properties
      • For example, for Kidney Yin Deficiency
      • Millet, oats, black beans, chicken, blueberries, beets, olive oil are beneficial
      • Chillies, coffee, vinegar, citrus, shrimp, veal, pickles, alcohol should be restricted
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    • Counselling
      Lifestyle counselling
      • Smoking cessation
      • Alcohol cessation
      • Stress management – deep breathing, meditation, tai chi, journaling, biofeedback
      • Exercise – aids in blood circulation, decreases inflammation
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    • Counselling
      Mind-Body Connections
      • Examining mental & emotional aspects
      • Issues you have trouble “hearing” about?
      • Listening to our inner voice?
      • From a TCM perspective, each organ is related to specific emotions
      • Kidneys – fear, willpower
      • Liver – anger, frustration
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    • Environmental Toxins
      Exposures?
      Impaired detoxification?
      Candida or yeast overgrowth?
      Mercury and lead toxicity most commonly associated
      Solvents, pesticides, wood preservatives, etc.
      Urine testing or hair analysis
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    • Dental Health
      Lots of anecdotal evidence related to Root Canals
      • Do your symptoms worsen at night? – possible underlying infection inherent to root canal
      • Creates inflammation, heat – from a TCM perspective they decrease Yin (remember Kidney Yin Deficiency)
      • Stress on immune system
      • Extracted root canal teeth often test very toxic
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    • Summary
      Examine possible factors that are unique to you
      • What was going on in your life when it began?
      • What other symptoms are you experiencing? (all organ systems are connected)
      • Toxin exposures?
      • Emotional component?
      Treat holistically – physical, mental, emotional
      Prevention
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    • Thank You
      Questions?
      Candice Esposito, ND
      (705) 575-7560
      candice@healingclinic.ca
      Visit
      www.HealingClinic.ca
      to download my free e-book,
      “A Layperson’s Guide to Chinese Medicine”