An observational study from Taiwan suggests that using adjuvant Chinese herbal therapy can add benefit to standard anti-tinnitus treatment. A descriptive case series compared 10 patients with chronic tinnitus who received the herbal formula Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang (CHJLGMLT, ‘Bupleurum & Dragon Bone Combination’) along with standard anti-tinnitus therapy with 11 patients who received standard therapy alone. After two months of treatment, tinnitus severity scores and sleep quality scores were found to have improved more significantly in the herbal medicine group than in the standard therapy group. Scores relating to the emotional impact of tinnitus were also significantly reduced in the herbal medicine group after treatment. Scores for loudness of tinnitus were significantly reduced in both groups and no significant differences were found between the two groups on hearing tests.
Efficacy of adjuvant Chinese herbal formula treatment for chronic tinnitus: A retrospective observational study. Complement Ther Med. 2015 Apr;23(2):226-32.