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Does acupuncture offer tinnitus relief?

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As a treatment for tinnitus, there is no proof that acupuncture has any more than a placebo effect, according to Harvard Medical School. The herb ginkgo biloba also has no proven effect in treating tinnitus.

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Tinnitus is a condition in which a person hears a noise that has no source outside his body, as Harvard Medical School explains. It may be a ringing tone, buzzing or any other constant sound. Because there are no FDA-approved drugs for treatment of tinnitus, doctors usually prescribe a combination of behavioral strategies and sound-generating machines as treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy, masking, biofeedback and stress management are some of the treatments doctors suggest.

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