Herbal Therapy for Tinnitus: Ginkgo Biloba Cures some Ringing in Ears

Ginkgo Biloba, a widely used herbal medicine, is extracted from the leaves of a deciduous tree originally cultivated in China. An article in the peer-review journal** of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) concludes that Ginko Biloba has “modest positive effects” as a tinnitus treatment for “tinnitus of vascular origin” (tinnitus caused by impaired blood flow). The herb is also considered “effective” for Alzheimer’s and as having “modest positive effects” for dementia, and cerebrovascular disease. I conclude, therefore, that Ginkgo Biloba may help whether your tinnitus is caused by circulation problems in the ears themselves (Just think of all the tiny blood vessels in those delicate instruments!) or your tinnitus is generated within your brain, as it seems to be for many of us.

The AAFP article recommends 160mg per day in two or three doses and giving it six to twelve weeks to decide if it’s helping. The primary caution with this herb is that it increases the risk of bleeding, so you should not take it if you’re about to have surgery and you should consult your physician if you’re taking a blood thinner, which, of course, includes aspirin. (Other adverse effects are rare.)

Herbal formulas that include Ginkgo Biloba and that you can order online:

TinnaRex, which also has Rosemary, Avena Sativa, Verbena, and Salicylic Ac. (You can read about the other ingredients at their website.)

Arches Tinnitus Formulas (more than one), which also include Zinc, Garlic, and Vitamin B-12. (I recommend this website for its wealth of information.)

By the way, in reviewing the website for SonaRx (usually at the top of tinnitus search results), I could not find information on what is in the product. I’ve written them to ask.

* Information on the Ginkgo Biloba tree, which having survived the ice ages is one of the oldest in the world, is from The Chopra Center Herbal Handbook.

** The AAFP article is from the September 2003 issue.

21 smashing comments for this post.

  1. Ann Mitchell Said:

    I just got tinnitus, and am taking 240 mg of Ginko Biloba twice a day, and it really decreases the ringing sounds. Some of those previous trials did not dose in high quantities, and it seems that is what is needed. There are some sites that recommend 240 mg 3/day. I might do that.

  2. Rosalie Ross Said:

    Dear Ann,

    I am happy Ginko is working for you!


  3. Home Remedies Said:

    My husband has fairly persistant ringing and it will be nice to try something new. I’ll let you know how if goes, thanks for the tip!

  4. Rosalie Ross Said:

    Good luck to your husband!

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  6. Rosalie Ross Said:

    Thank you!

  7. Dave Said:

    I am wondering if 120mg of Ginkgo biloba extract is to be taken orally with ater or juice or put in the ear via a dropper. Could you please help….Dave

  8. Rosalie Ross Said:


    You’re supposed to take take it orally, like vitamins or medicinal tea.

    Thanks for asking!


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  10. margie ruiz Said:

    hi i just want to know if gink biloba interacks with lexapro 10 mg i take once a day n i need ginko for my tinnitus and is ginko boloba good for tinnitus

  11. Stop Ringing In Ears Said:

    I also tried herbal meds to help with my tinnitus, but unfortunately for me it did not help. I found that physical activities reduced the ringing in my ears to the point where it’s almost un-noticeable. It’s not 100% gone, but this is a huge step toward being tinnitus-free for me. I agree that Ginkgo Biloba extract or physical activities may not be the cure for everyone–you just have to find the treatment that works for you.

  12. Rosalie Ross Said:

    “Stop Ringing” (comment above) gives us an excellent solution: physical activities.

    Physical activity is the surest way to increase your blood circulation and it can help with a lot of problems, not just tinnitus.

    Physical activity doesn’t have to be “exercise,” it can be recreation and it includes simply walking around your block.

    (If you’re new to physical activity check with your doctor and remember to go easy to start.)

    I think exercise and recreation are especially effective when done outdoors–there is something about the aliveness of the air that I find energizing.

  13. ringing in ear Said:

    I also suffer from this problem. Many treatments are available, but not all of them are useful. This treatment has become very popular and it seems to work.

  14. rosacea Said:

    Very interesting post! Ginkgo is a great herb, not just for brain function (memory etc.) and circulation, but also for many other health issues, such as tinnitus. This information is good to know.

  15. Stephen Said:

    My wife’s grandfather told me that Ginkgo is supposed to help stop the ringing in your ears. He gave me some Ginkgo Biloba pills, so I took two of them like it said. I’m going to keep it up, so I guess I’ll see if it works!

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  17. Eshan Said:

    How serious can the symptoms of tinnitus get, and when should I start to worry? I’ve suffered from tinnitus for more than ten years now, but in the last few years it’s taken a turn for the worse and now the condition has become quite painful physically. I experience constant earaches, headaches, soreness/tingling, and occasional vertigo (though no insomnia). Anyone know of any alternative remedies (e.g. acupuncture, herbal medicines, etc.,) that may help?

  18. Rosalie Ross Said:

    Dear Eshan,

    Please visit your doctor!

    Earaches, headaches, tingling and vertigo are serious symptoms.

    Everyone, please remember: Tinnitus is a sign that something is wrong. A visit to your doctor is your first step.


  19. Alexander Wang Bag Said:

    Earaches, headaches, tingling and vertigo are serious symptoms.

  20. yousif Said:

    Hello. I got tinnitus from taking ginkgo biloba. I took 120 mg tablets and got tinnitus. I am now suffering from severe tinnitus in my right ear and don’t know what to do.

    Rosalie responds: My sympathies. Please see your doctor. Herbal remedies can be very good or very bad, while it’s possible that the ginkgo biloba has nothing to do with your tinnitus. I personally have not tried it. Your doctor can help you figure out what to do. Good luck.

  21. Alexandria Said:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment, but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say superb blog!

    Rosalie responds: I hate it when that happens!

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