I had a client come by one day to talk with me about Meniere's Disease.
When he asked, I had to do that quick mental
run-through-my-head... Meniere's, Meniere's... I was
blanking... Oh! The ear thing...
He was late 30s, and had begun having
symptoms the a month or two earlier and had recently
been diagnosed with this. He has had instances of
mild vertigo, and
a few more severe episodes, will occasionally get
tinnitus, says he
can sometimes feel a bit of
"pressure" in the ear, and says sometimes he hears
what's going on as
if he were inside a big glass (maybe he's having
flashbacks of a past life as a goldfish?). He said that symptoms
immediately after a bad cold, and when I asked if he
infection from his sore throat reached up the back of
towards the ears he said yes, he thought so,
Initially, I suggested he use a blend of Red Root and
tinctures, taken internally and applied mixed with a
bit of Mullien
flower oil to the ear to address any swelling or
that may be in the ears (figuring that might account
for the pressure). I've used this combination
before for abscesses in the ear canal, and have seen a
very rapid resolution of the swelling and discomfort.
I also gave him some Ground Ivy tea and tincture (the
tincture to bolster the tea, which was a couple years
old and not as vital as I'd have liked) because that's what I like using
when a throat
cold goes up the back of the throat towards the ears,
and it's been
used for tinnitis.
He talked to me a couple weeks later; the Mullein Flower/Red Root seemed to have plateaued
spells, which were increasing inn frequency, but
hadn't reduced them
notably. Damn, I really had thought that would
So I did some inquiring, and got some nice ideas to
consider from David Winston, Michael Tierra, Phyllis
Light... thing was, they were mostly suggesting plants
I wasn't so familiar with, and while I'm well aware of
the fact you get familiar with an herb by using it,
mixing up a bunch of new ones together just wasn't
sitting right in my head; no... maybe my gut.
And so time passes. I talked with a friend
educated in TCM about Gastrodia (which both David
Winston and Michael Tierra said excelled in addressing
vertigo), and figured maybe I'd get some and work that
one herb into the picture.
And it was then; about two and a half months after I'd
last talked to him about it, that the guy called me up
and told me he was so happy with the Red Root &
Mullein Flower; as he hadn't had a single attack of
vertigo or auditory abnormalities since, and
sensations of pressure/fluid in the ear had also
dissipated almost entirely.
He said he really hadn't been drinking the Ground Ivy
tea, but had been consistantly using the Mullein
Flower/Red Root tincture (fresh 1:2) and Ground Ivy
tincture (fresh 1:2) daily; 5-10 drops of each, 2-3x
He discontinued the blend of the Mullein Flower/Red
Root tincture mixed in Mullein Flower oil as a topical
application after symptoms improved (about a month of
use), and they haven't returned.