Acupuncture alleviates tinnitus. Researchers from the Central Hospital of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in Chaoyang City investigated the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of tinnitus associated with cervical disorders. The data demonstrates that one standard acupuncture point prescription is 50% effective and a specialized acupuncture point prescription has an 80% total effective rate.
Cervical related tinnitus is ear ringing associated with instability of the craniocervical junction, intervertebral disc disorders, or other neck related pathologies (Montazem, 2000). This may involve temporomandibular joint dysfunction and stimulation of the somatosensory system (Shore et al., 2007). Cervical related tinnitus is a form of somatic tinnitus, which is due to head, neck, or dental disorders.
The research shows an enormous discrepancy between the efficaciousness of two acupuncture point prescriptions. The following acupoints resulted in an 80% total effective rate:
The following set of acupuncture points only achieved a 50% total effective rate:
Two separate groups were tested with the acupuncture point prescriptions. Both groups had an acupuncture needle retention time of thirty minutes. Acupuncture was conducted once per day for a grand total of eighteen acupuncture treatments. The first set of acupuncture points outperformed the second set by 30% with a total effective rate of 80%.
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