[Traditional Chinese medicine goes beyond the line]Quiet night seizures interfere with sleep, fatigue, kidney deficiency, and tinnitus
Text: Qiu Yufeng (Chinese Medicine Physician), Ming Pao
Tinnitus refers to the continuous awareness of a single tone ringing in the ears or brain without any external stimuli, which affects the patient’s daily life and mental emotion.
Deficiency of kidney essence is one of the causes of tinnitus, and it is also a common urban disease. The cause is related to fatigue and exhaustion. It can be improved through traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, acupoint health care, health care, diet therapy, etc.
(Hong Kong News) TCM understanding of tinnitus has been documented as early as the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period; in the Sui Dynasty “On the Origin of Diseases” there was a chapter “Tinnitus Symptoms” dedicated to tinnitus, which divided the causes of tinnitus into external wind and evil (external causes) ), fatigue injury (internal cause) and other types, and put forward the viewpoint that “if the tinnitus persists, it will become deaf”.
In the TCM classics after the Song Dynasty, there are many records of oral TCM prescriptions for treating tinnitus, such as “Shengji Zonglu. Tinnitus Ringing contains 13 prescriptions, and the prescriptions are selected according to syndrome differentiation, which has guiding significance for later generations to treat tinnitus.
Deafness with hearing loss
Deficiency syndrome tinnitus caused by kidney essence deficiency, the clinical features include tinnitus sound volume is small, high-pitched, patients describe the tinnitus sound like cicadas, or continuous “squeak” sound, the initial mostly does not affect hearing.
The onset of tinnitus often has the characteristics of lightness in the daytime and heavyness in the night, that is, in the environment full of various sounds during the day, most patients will not be aware of the existence of tinnitus, but in the quiet night, it is easy to feel the tinnitus attack, and even hinder sleep; and the condition can be severe. It is aggravated when tired or mentally stressed, and can be relieved after adequate rest or relaxation, suggesting that the disease is of a debilitating nature.
In order to mask tinnitus, relieve discomfort or help fall asleep, patients may need to turn on the radio or TV at night to make a small amount of sound or white noise to avoid excessive tranquility. Patients with high-frequency tinnitus that persist for a long time may be accompanied by hearing loss, eventually leading to deafness.
Old age, overwork, and lack of rest are common causes of tinnitus due to kidney deficiency and essence deficiency. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the kidneys open to the ears, and due to age, the kidney qi is gradually insufficient. Kidney deficiency cannot nourish the clear orifices, which can lead to progressive tinnitus and deafness.
Excessive fatigue and lack of rest can lead to depletion of essence and blood regardless of men, women, or children. When the kidney essence is insufficient, due to the deficiency of yin and blood, it can cause internal heat due to yin deficiency.
Nourishing Yin, Tonifying Kidney and Enriching Essence
The differentiation of tinnitus must consider the general condition at the same time. People with tinnitus due to deficiency of kidney essence may experience dizziness, forgetfulness, irritability, dry mouth, hot palms and soles, restless sleep at night, red and dry tongue, etc. in addition to low-volume, high-pitched ringing sounds.
If yin deficiency and fire excess are obvious, the patient may experience hot flashes, night sweats, sore throat, and sore mouth.
Traditional Chinese medicine treats tinnitus due to deficiency syndrome, and adopts the principle of “replenishing it when deficiency is deficient”. For those with kidney deficiency and essence deficiency, the treatment methods of nourishing yin, tonifying kidney, and replenishing essence are adopted. Prescriptions can choose Liuwei Dihuang Pills and Zuogui Pills to nourish the kidney and nourish yin.
Adults get at least 6 hours of sleep
Clinically, when the tinnitus persists, it can be combined with drugs that have a calming and calming effect, such as keel, oyster, mother of pearl, magnetite, etc., which have a sedative effect. To prevent tinnitus due to deficiency of kidney essence, the most important thing is to avoid prolonged mental fatigue and maintain adequate rest.
Daily life should be relaxed. For example, if you are busy with work and stress on weekdays, you should arrange time to relax and decompress in your spare time, and cultivate hobbies that are beneficial to your body and mind. You can also reduce paranoia by adjusting your attitude towards things, and avoid being in a state of mental tension of “fight or flight” for a long time.
“Prolonged vision hurts the blood”, “long listening hurts the mind”, concentrates on desk work for a long time, reads too long, often stares at the computer or mobile phone screen, often wears headphones for a long time to listen to music, and stays in a noisy environment for a long time, etc. , will deplete liver blood and kidney essence, and easily cause dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus, and listlessness.
To reduce the consumption of essence and blood, don’t be a “busy person” who “always keeps your hands on the machine”. Whenever you focus on using your eyes and ears for an hour, you should take a short break for 5 minutes to give yourself space to rest. It is necessary to choose and reject the overwhelming information to avoid strain caused by excessive use of the mind.
Getting enough sleep is important for physical and mental recovery,
Sleep is by no means a sign of laziness and wasted productivity.
It is recommended to do a good job of time allocation, adults should have at least 6 hours of sleep a day,
Children or adolescents need more sleep (8 to 10 hours),
For invigoration, memory and concentration.
If you continue to have difficulty falling asleep, waking up early, and often lack of energy, it is recommended that you need to actively deal with it.
Press acupuncture points around the ears to relieve
Acupuncture and moxibustion for tinnitus, on the one hand, select acupoints near the ears, such as Tinggong, Ermen, Tinghui, and Yifeng, to clear the meridians and promote the circulation of Qi and blood; on the other hand, select acupoints based on syndrome differentiation. If overwork causes kidney essence deficiency, you can choose acupoints that can nourish yin and nourish the kidney, such as Shenshu on the waist, Sanyinjiao, Taixi, and Yongquan on the lower extremities.
Acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of deficiency syndrome often use acupuncture techniques with tonic effects, such as small twisting and lifting, needle retention for a long time, or combined with warm needling and moxibustion, etc., usually 2 to 3 times a week.
Ming Tian Drum Helps Improve Tinnitus
In terms of massage techniques, to treat tinnitus caused by kidney deficiency and essence deficiency, it can be combined with rubbing hands to warm the ears to stimulate blood circulation around the ears, and the ancient health preservation method “Ming Tiangu”.
“Ming Tiangu” was first recorded in Taoist Qiu Chuji’s “Yi Shen Ji”. The method is to cover the ears with both hands, put the fingers on the back of the head, then press the index finger on the middle finger, and then pluck the index finger to the back of the head. It will make a sound when you pluck it, which is called “Ming Tiangu”. You can repeat the fingering action 50 to 100 times, and do it 1 to 2 times a day.
Through the movement of Ming Tiangu, it can dispel evil and wind, unblock the meridians, help improve tinnitus, hearing loss, dizziness and other problems, and strengthen the kidney.
Nourish Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Food therapy nourishes the ear orifice
In terms of daily health food therapy, for tinnitus caused by deficiency of kidney essence, the strategy is to nourish liver blood and kidney essence, and nourish ear orifices to maintain their normal functions.
For the imbalance of yin deficiency and essence deficiency, care should be taken not to overuse warm and dry tonic drugs, so as not to hurt yin and help fire.