Relieve Tinnitus Symptoms By Massaging GB-2 Acupuncture Point And These 5 Other Points

Today we are here to discuss the use of acupuncture and acupressure to treat tinnitus. Tinnitus, although it may seem harmless, can be a sign of a more serious underlying health issue. Treatment should not be avoided, especially not when it can be easily done from the comfort of your own home.

We are talking about the use of acupuncture and acupressure to relieve tinnitus symptoms. Starting by stimulating your GB-2 acupuncture point followed by treating each of the 5 other acupoints that we will discuss today.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the medical term used to refer to any ringing sounds in the ear. Other sounds such as hissing, whistling, and buzzing may be present as well. However, it is the ringing sound that tinnitus is most famous for. What is characteristic of these sounds is the fact that there is no external sound source that has been causing their occurrence.

The most common cause of tinnitus is damage to the middle ear. Damage to the eardrums as well as a tumor in the ear is also possible causes. Many people experience tinnitus after being exposed to loud sounds for a prolonged period of time. Some medications may also contribute to the occurrence of tinnitus as well, including high doses of aspirin, some antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, etc. There is also a long list of medical conditions that may contribute to tinnitus symptoms, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, muscle spasms in the middle ear, etc. Natural age-related hearing loss is a common cause as well.

Leaving tinnitus untreated can cause stress, depression, and anxiety. It can even go as far as causing hearing loss. Knowing that getting it diagnosed and treated as soon as possible is a must. Cochlear implants, hearing aids, and drug therapy have all caused progress in the tinnitus treatment. Other, more alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and acupressure, are quite beneficial as well.

Relieving Tinnitus By Stimulating The GB-2 And These 5 Other Acupoints

1. Acupoint: GB-2 (Other Names: Gallbladder-2/Ting Hui/Meeting of Hearing)

The GB-2 acupuncture point is located on the face. You will need to locate the condyloid process of the mandibula. There, on its posterior border, you will be able to locate the GB-2 acupuncture point. Another way to find this acupoint is to open your mouth, and a small depression will appear in that region. That small depression is GB-2. Daily stimulation of the GB-2 acupuncture point will help relieve any tinnitus symptoms, toothache, and prevent deafness.

Make sure to apply pressure to this acupoint whenever you experience tinnitus symptoms. Use the tip of your thumb to apply mild pressure so that you feel a slight pain in the area. Apply the pressure every 5 minutes until you experience relief in the symptoms. Moxibustion is possible as well. In that case, moxibustion usually lasts anywhere between 5-20 minutes and is done once a day.

2. Acupoint: SI-19 (Other Names: Small Intestine-19/Ting Gong/Palace of Hearing)

Near the GB-2 acupuncture point, you will also locate the SI-19 acupoint. The SI-19 acupoint is located posterior to the condyloid process, in the depression that is formed when you open your mouth. For more precise results, make sure that your mouth is open whenever you try to locate the SI-19 acupoint.

Applying pressure to the SI-19 will benefit your auditory system and, with that, calm down the tinnitus symptoms. To apply mild pressure, use both middle fingers. Apply pressure for 1 minute, preferably when you experience tinnitus symptoms. SI-19 is also the acupuncture point for bruxism.

3. Acupoint: SI-1 (Other Names: Small Intestine-1/Shao Ze/Lesser Marsh)

Ear infections and abscesses can be the cause of tinnitus. Luckily, stimulating the SI-1 will help treat any present ear abscesses, thus relieving your tinnitus symptoms. This acupoint is found on the hand. Search for it posterior to the corner of the nail on your pinky finger on its ulnar side. To achieve the best effects possible, use the thumb on the other hand. Apply mild pressure for up to 1 minute.

4. Acupoint: KI-3 (Other Names: Kidney-3/Tai Xi/Supreme Stream)

Moving down to the leg, you will find the KI-3 acupoint. Although the majority of the beneficial effects that come with its stimulation focus on the kidney, a tinnitus symptom relief is possible as well. The KI-3 acupoint is located on the medial side of the foot, posterior to the medial malleolus. Using your thumb, apply pressure for up to 3 minutes and then release.

Do you know that you can use KI-3 acupoint to strengthen your immune system too?

5. Acupoint: Liv-3 (Other Names: Liver-3/Tai Chong/Supreme Rush)

While treating the foot, you should not forget the Liv-3 acupoint. This acupoint brings numerous beneficial effects and, as such, is used in the treatment of many different health issues. It can help relieve PMS symptoms, soothe impotence, hernia, mood issues, insomnia, ear blockage, and even tinnitus. It has powerful effects regarding the body’s Qi and blood flow.

You will locate the Liv-3 on foot by placing two fingers above the place where the skin of the big toe and the next toe connected. You can use your thumb to apply mild pressure for around 4-5 seconds. Repeat the procedure 10-15 times, treating the Liv-3 on both of your feet.

6. Acupoint: TE-3 (Other Names: Triple Energizer-3/Zhong Zhu/Central Islet)

Going back to the hand, we have the last, but not least important, acupoint. That is the TE-3 acupoint. Applying firm pressure to the TE-3 can help relieve any headaches, neck, and shoulder tension, including tinnitus.

Use the tip of your thumb to locate the TE-3 in the area between the 4th and the 5th knuckles. Apply firm pressure and massage the acupoint for 4-5 seconds. Repeat, on the other hand, following the same steps.


When the treatment is as easy as this one, why would you ever leave your tinnitus untreated? At-home acupressure is an easy and straightforward method that can relieve the majority of your tinnitus symptoms. Now that you have the exact location of the right acupoints, there is nothing to stop you. Relieve your symptoms today and share these acupoints with anyone who may also need them.

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Author: P. Sze

P. Sze P. Sze is the founder of TCM Tips and Dragon Acupuncture®. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a first-class honor in Civil Engineering. S he also holds a master’s degree in Engineering and is the brain behind the innovative TCM products of Dragon Acupuncture®. She is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds (ISBN 978-1520451398) and Facial Gua Sha - Fight the Signs of Aging Naturally and Inexpensively (ISBN 978-1980678922). She has dedicated her life to ensuring that the complex theories behind oriental medicine and the seemingly dangerous techniques that involve needles and fire do not scare you from trying oriental medicine. This is why she writes endlessly about acupressure and its countless health and wellness benefits.

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