Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease: a Naturopathic Approach<br />Presented by: Candice Esposito, ND<br />
What is Naturopathic Medicine?<br /><ul><li>An approach to health care that gets at the root of symptoms and illness by co...
natural medicines and treatments
conventional medical diagnostics and standards</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
Naturopathy’s Guiding Principles<br /><ul><li>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</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
Naturopathic Therapies<br /><ul><li>Clinical nutrition
Botanical medicine
Homeopathic medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine
Counselling</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
Possible Factors<br /><ul><li>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</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Tinnitus & Meniere's Syndrome: A Natural Approach

8,818 views

Published on

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

Published in: Health & Medicine
1 Comment
3 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • 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.
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
No Downloads
Views
Total views
8,818
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
66
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
84
Comments
1
Likes
3
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Tinnitus & Meniere's Syndrome: A Natural Approach

  1. 1. Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease: a Naturopathic Approach<br />Presented by: Candice Esposito, ND<br />
  2. 2. What is Naturopathic Medicine?<br /><ul><li>An approach to health care that gets at the root of symptoms and illness by combining:
  3. 3. natural medicines and treatments
  4. 4. conventional medical diagnostics and standards</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  5. 5. Naturopathy’s Guiding Principles<br /><ul><li>First, do no harm
  6. 6. Support the healing power of nature
  7. 7. Identify and treat the cause
  8. 8. Treat the whole person
  9. 9. Doctor as teacher
  10. 10. Prevention and health promotion</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  11. 11. Naturopathic Therapies<br /><ul><li>Clinical nutrition
  12. 12. Botanical medicine
  13. 13. Homeopathic medicine
  14. 14. Traditional Chinese medicine
  15. 15. Counselling</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  16. 16. Possible Factors<br /><ul><li>Tension, anxiety, stress
  17. 17. High salt intake – fluid retention
  18. 18. Hormonal imbalance – PMS, Hypothyroidism
  19. 19. Allergies – food sensitivities
  20. 20. Head trauma
  21. 21. Environmental toxins (heavy metals)
  22. 22. High cholesterol & blood pressure – inflammation
  23. 23. Viral origin (never well since infection)
  24. 24. Drug therapy; scarring from surgery
  25. 25. Anemia, low blood volume</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  26. 26. Clinical Nutrition<br />Nutrient deficiencies and excesses should be assessed<br /><ul><li>Studies show Zinc can be helpful in age-related tinnitus and hearing loss (loss of taste?)
  27. 27. Zinc tally taste test
  28. 28. Vitamin B12 deficiency linked to occupational tinnitus & hearing loss, exposure to loud noises
  29. 29. Methylmalonic acid
  30. 30. Trace minerals if dehydrated
  31. 31. Electrolyte panel</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  32. 32. Clinical Nutrition<br />CoQ10<br /><ul><li>Helpful in vertigo and Meniere’s syndrome by improving the immune system</li></ul>Omega 3 Fatty Acids<br /><ul><li>Fatty acid deficiency can be associated with increased wax build-up in ears
  33. 33. Fish oil, flax seed oil, krill oil</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  34. 34. Clinical Nutrition<br />If fluid retention:<br /><ul><li>Low sodium diet
  35. 35. Natural diuretics (celery, dandelion)</li></ul>If anemia, low blood volume (CBC) – find cause<br /><ul><li>Co-factors needed for iron metabolism
  36. 36. Cobalt, copper, vitamin C, vit B12, folate</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  37. 37. Clinical Nutrition<br />Identify possible food sensitivities<br /><ul><li>Gluten (wheat), dairy, aspartame/artificial sweeteners most common
  38. 38. Food allergy testing (specialized lab)
  39. 39. Trial Hypoallergenic Diet</li></ul>If inflammation (heart disease, joint disease):<br /><ul><li>Anti-inflammatory diet</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  40. 40. Leaky Gut<br />Syndrome<br />Natural Treatments<br />
  41. 41. Botanical Medicine<br />Gingko biloba(caution if on blood thinner)<br /><ul><li>Enhances blood flow to head and brain
  42. 42. Effective if tinnitus related to circulatory problems
  43. 43. Ensure getting at least 24% ginkolisides
  44. 44. Takes at least 6 weeks to notice improvement</li></ul>If inflammation (heart disease, joint disease):<br /><ul><li>Ginger, Turmeric, Black currant</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  45. 45. Botanical Medicine<br />Lobelia inflata (Indian Tobacco)<br /><ul><li>Effective at reducing body fluid, including around semicircular canals in the ear
  46. 46. Tincture form</li></ul>If viral origin:<br /><ul><li>Hedge maple (Acer campestre)
  47. 47. Mushrooms (Reishi, Shiitake)
  48. 48. Goldenseal, Echinacea, Astragalus</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  49. 49. Homeopathic Medicine<br />Some of the most commonly used:<br /><ul><li>Arnica montana – head traumas
  50. 50. Cocculusindicus – motion sickness, extreme tiredness, dullness, very imbalanced gait
  51. 51. Conium maculatum – gradual onset, vertigo on turning in bed, vertigo when moves eyes/head, “like turning in a circle”
  52. 52. Salicylicumacidum – loud roaring; due to aspirin</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  53. 53. Traditional Chinese Medicine<br />Yin & Yang<br />www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  54. 54. Traditional Chinese Medicine<br />www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  55. 55. Traditional Chinese Medicine<br />2 main diagnoses for Meniere’s Syndrome:<br />www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  56. 56. Traditional Chinese Medicine<br /><ul><li>Acupuncture points are chosen based on diagnosis and treatment principles
  57. 57. For example, for
  58. 58. Excess Liver Yang – calm Liver Yang
  59. 59. LV 3, TW 17, PC 6
  60. 60. Kidney Yin Deficiency – nourish Kidney Yin
  61. 61. KI 3, CV 4, ST 36</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  62. 62.
  63. 63. Traditional Chinese Medicine<br /><ul><li>Foods are recommended or restricted depending on their properties
  64. 64. For example, for Kidney Yin Deficiency
  65. 65. Millet, oats, black beans, chicken, blueberries, beets, olive oil are beneficial
  66. 66. Chillies, coffee, vinegar, citrus, shrimp, veal, pickles, alcohol should be restricted</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  67. 67. Counselling<br />Lifestyle counselling<br /><ul><li>Smoking cessation
  68. 68. Alcohol cessation
  69. 69. Stress management – deep breathing, meditation, tai chi, journaling, biofeedback
  70. 70. Exercise – aids in blood circulation, decreases inflammation</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  71. 71. Counselling<br />Mind-Body Connections<br /><ul><li>Examining mental & emotional aspects
  72. 72. Issues you have trouble “hearing” about?
  73. 73. Listening to our inner voice?
  74. 74. From a TCM perspective, each organ is related to specific emotions
  75. 75. Kidneys – fear, willpower
  76. 76. Liver – anger, frustration</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  77. 77. Environmental Toxins<br />Exposures? <br />Impaired detoxification?<br />Candida or yeast overgrowth?<br />Mercury and lead toxicity most commonly associated<br />Solvents, pesticides, wood preservatives, etc.<br />Urine testing or hair analysis<br />www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  78. 78. Dental Health<br />Lots of anecdotal evidence related to Root Canals<br /><ul><li>Do your symptoms worsen at night? – possible underlying infection inherent to root canal
  79. 79. Creates inflammation, heat – from a TCM perspective they decrease Yin (remember Kidney Yin Deficiency)
  80. 80. Stress on immune system
  81. 81. Extracted root canal teeth often test very toxic</li></ul>www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  82. 82. Summary<br />Examine possible factors that are unique to you<br /><ul><li>What was going on in your life when it began?
  83. 83. What other symptoms are you experiencing? (all organ systems are connected)
  84. 84. Toxin exposures?
  85. 85. Emotional component?</li></ul>Treat holistically – physical, mental, emotional<br />Prevention<br />www.HealingClinic.ca<br />Tinnitus & Meniere’s Disease<br />
  86. 86. Thank You<br />Questions?<br />Candice Esposito, ND<br />(705) 575-7560<br />candice@healingclinic.ca<br />Visit <br />www.HealingClinic.ca<br />to download my free e-book, <br />“A Layperson’s Guide to Chinese Medicine”<br />

×