Tinnitus and nerve ion channels

By | February 7, 2016

Over the past few years, I have been trying possible ways to alleviate and cure my tinnitus.  As I have written, I have tried supplements, meditation, posture and craniosacral therapy.

I have read many reasons for the cause of tinnitus including trauma, noise exposure, medication, TMJ, deficiencies like zinc or magnesium.  There are also different views on the mechanisms causing the ringing noise.

The focus I have now in curing my tinnitus has changed.  I have decided to focus on addressing what I think may be causing my tinnitus and not trying approaches that do not seem to relate to my tinnitus.  My current belief is that the ringing that I am “hearing” is from hyperexcited nerves caused by ion channel issues in some of my nerves.  This is causing the uncontrolled signals in some of the nerves in my brain.  I think these are Calcium Ca or Potassium K ion channels.

With this hypothesis, I searched the web regarding ion channel issues.  I came upon a number of interesting articles

Potassium channels as a potential therapeutic target for trigeminal neuropathic and inflammatory pain

The studied stated “Our results therefore would suggest that Kv channel (IA and IK) openers have potential as therapeutic agents against trigeminal neuropathic/inflammatory pain.”

I further researched ion channels and came upon this study related to cancer

Role of ion channels in regulating Ca2+ homeostasis during the interplay between immune and cancer cells

Towards the end of the article, it reads “Interesting alternative for conventional ways of targeting ion channels in cancer treatment are some dietary compounds.118 Curcumin, resveratrol (grape polyphenol), docosahexaenoic acid (omega-3) and epigallocatechin gallate (catechin from green tea) extract were shown to modulate ion channels activity and suppress migration and growth of breast and ovarian cancer cells.

I then further researched this and came upon articles that listed many of these items as possible ways to address tinnitus.

Natural help for relieving and treating tinnitus

Beat Tinnitus Naturally  (this is selling a product, but I found it informative.)

From this research, I have become more focused on anti-inflammatory foods and herbs as well as how this relates to ion channels.  The herbs and foods that caught my attention were:

  • Curcumin or turmeric
  • Resveratrol
  • Catechin from green tea
  • Sulforaphane from broccoli
  • Omega-3
  • Ginger

I normally would just buy the supplements, but I decided to check the spice rack at home and coincidentally picked out the turmeric in my first try.  I also found ginger powder.

I read another article that in Japan, some people drink turmeric tea so I took the turmeric and ginger powder and put it into warm water.  I also added some agave nectar and I have to say it is pretty good.

Since yesterday, I have drunk 5 cups of my turmeric and ginger powder tea.  I also drank one cup of green tea.  I also continue to take 1 – 2 grams of taurine.

My focus now is addressing the causes I think that are causing my tinnitus.  So I do not think my tinnitus was caused by deficiencies in magnesium, zinc, potassium or other nutrient.  I think some of my nerons are hyper – excited for some reason and I need to help my body bring them back into balance.  My theory is through addressing the ion channels.

The relatedness of the research I have found on other subjects including cancer is very interesting.  Ion channels and inflammation treatments seem to affect defeating cancer as well as defeating tinnitus.

I will cure myself

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