Tinnitus is the perception of sounds in the ear that don’t actually exist. It can come in the form of ringing, buzzing, and roaring, and while sometimes tinnitus has a clear cause—like a loud noise that leaves a ringing in your ears for a few hours—sometimes tinnitus is chronic, blocking your otherwise healthy ability to hear, and becoming a maddening nuisance.

Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself, but instead a symptom of an underlying cause. Ear injury, age-related hearing loss, or a circulatory disorder can cause tinnitus to afflict the hearer. If the cause is circulatory, there are a few things you can attempt to naturally alleviate this symptom.

Boost Your Stem Cells

Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are the stem cells naturally produced by your bone marrow, but that production starts to decline after the age of 25. This study on endothelial dysfunction and tinnitus concludes that conditions which cause a general endothelial dysfunction will in turn induce a dysfunction of the inner ear’s microcirculation: this is one of the underlying causes of tinnitus.

EPCs are the repair-and-replace stem cells of the circulatory system, and have the ability to hone to areas of injury once they are released into the bloodstream. Luckily there are natural ways to increase your body’s production of EPCs, and relieve not only tinnitus, but the circulatory problems causing it.

Increase Healthy Circulation

Likewise, another natural way to alleviate tinnitus caused by circulatory issues is to improve blood flow to the inner ear. Pine bark extract or its concentrate Pycnogenol can increase vascular delivery to the affected ear in as little as two weeks. Results of increased circulation to the inner ear can include reduction of tinnitus, increased hearing, and improved balance with the treatment of vertigo.

With pine bark extract to help thin the blood and improve blood flow, that is another all-natural way to decrease or potentially eradicate it. Studies have also shown Pycnogenol’s potential to lower blood pressure, improve skin conditions, and ease Meniere’s disease symptoms including vertigo and hearing loss. Supplementing your daily regimen with pine bark extract can improve your circulation and your overall health.

With tinnitus: focus on the underlying cause, and you can potentially help the symptom.

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