What is Ayurveda?
Based on ancient Indian principles, Ayurveda’s meaning comes from two parts: Ayur meaning life and Veda signifying science or knowledge. According to The Chopra Center there are two primary guiding Ayurvedic principles:
1) The mind and the body are inextricably connected, and
2) Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind
This provides insight into a path forward because, as the interesting scientific study Tinnitus and its current treatment – Still an enigma in medicine (1) notes, medicine is failing those with tinnitus and that “the newer pathophysiology theory suggests that the central nervous system is the source or generator of tinnitus.”
What does this mean?
The brain is a key driver of tinnitus. With its two principal focuses, Ayurveda appears perfectly placed to offer hope and help.
Anti-inflammatory foods are important for tinnitus relief. They enhance central nervous system function (2) and may be critical to calm the raging brain pathways that fire incessantly in the ringing, roaring and whooshing sounds of this condition.
Dr. Deanna Minich is a leading scientific light in the field of nutrition and the creator of The Rainbow Diet. She notes that certain dietary choices are crucial for strengthening our ability to combat inflammation by maintaining a high antioxidant capacity. (3) Her recommendations include choosing a food plan filled with colorful vegetables and fruit.
This colorful approach to better health is supported by Ayurveda because brightly colored foods are filled with the anti-inflammatory compounds important for tinnitus relief.
Let’s take a look at some helpful recipes.
Kitchari is a traditional cleansing food that combines yellow mung dal beans and rice. Modern twists have given us a number of variations.
The Colourful Kitchen shares her delicious kitchari recipe with lentils, brown rice, coconut oil, garlic, and avocado.
Or maybe you’d love to opt for a more traditional dish?
Kripalu shares their exact kitchari how to with yellow mung dal beans, the adored healing food ghee, anti-inflammatory rich herbs and spices, rice and copious amounts of colorful veggies.
And while this meal may enhance one of the aspects of health important for healing tinnitus, we must also look to improve poor gut function…
A leaky gut – known medically as increased intestinal permeability – creates inflammatory products and provides an entry point into the circulatory system, enabling transportation of these harmful compounds throughout the body. But it’s more than this alone…
A study published in the journal Otolaryngology noted that “Tinnitus as a symptom is mostly observed in disorders involving metabolic disturbances and diabetes mellitus.” (4) Poor gut health and altered microbiota have been shown to increase the insulin resistance of type 2 diabetes and inflammation. (5) It’s incredible how interlinked and interwoven we are in both health and illness!
Wonderfully, Ayurveda provides gut-healing recipes as well.
An alkaline-fermented soybean product, this nutrient-rich meal is loved for its flavor and aroma! (6) It contains a diversity of microbiota (7) including the Bacillus species, a likely probiotic (or live bacteria) for improving intestinal gut bug balance. (8)(9)
How can you create your own Hawaijar?
This video walks you through the steps.
Poppy Seed Tea
An article in the International Tinnitus Journal found that when a sufferer is low in the mineral, zinc, supplementation can be an effective treatment approach. In fact, the author identified low zinc levels as the potential cause of tinnitus, as well as its common co-morbidities: hearing loss and dizziness. (10)
Poppy seeds are rich in zinc and the Ayurveda-based tea recipe from Joyful Belly could be just what you need to find some relief…
The simple ingredients include:
- Poppy seeds
- How do you make it?
You’ll find the three easy steps here.
While we’re on the topic of Ayurveda and tea it’s hard to pass by the incredible benefits of Ashwagandha.
In his published article, Biological Evaluation of Patients With Tinnitus, Dr. Wallace Rubin states that stress is directly involved in neurological disorders of the ear, including tinnitus. (10)
This recipe by Lauren at Ascension Kitchen requires nine ingredients and three short minutes to prepare.
Are you ready to get started? (It tastes delicious!)
- Raw macadamia nuts
- Raw Manuka honey
- Cinnamon powder
- Nutmeg powder
- Clove powder
- Sea salt
- Vanilla bean
- Ashwagandha root powder
Put on your culinary hat and follow her instructions here.
Omega 3 fatty acids are crucial for a healthy nervous system, to reduce inflammation (13) and for treating the depression more common in tinnitus. Foods rich in this nutrient, then, provide a three-pronged approach to tackle the frustration of ringing ears.
What types of fish should you choose? Salmon
Salmon is a wonderful option and by including some traditional spices it’s easy to create a meal with multiple benefits. This tasty Baked Salmon with Ayurvedic Spice recipe provides brain and body benefits and we think you’re going to love it!
What do you need?
- Salmon fillets
- White wine
- Asafoetida powder
- Fenugreek seeds
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
Tuna contains good levels of omega 3 fats as well and can be combined with Ayurvedic spices to craft a divine health-giving meal without master chef effort.
We love this Seared Ahi Tuna Over Moroccan Lentil recipe.
By combining the nutrients shown to ease tinnitus with the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine there is hope for tinnitus sufferers and a possible way out of the foggy, uncertain mainstream approach…
And this therapy tastes delicious, too!