Name of treatment

Hibiscus

Type of treatment

Dietary supplement

Claims for treatment

Reduces the high blood pressure or high cholesterol that could be causing ringing in the ears

How treatment is delivered

Orally as capsules or brewed as a tea.

Potential negative consequences

None identified

Evidence offered:

 

Papers available

There have been no papers published on hibiscus as a tinnitus treatment.

Conclusions drawn

Studies suggest hibiscus has antibacterial, anti-oxidant, diuretic and antihypertensive effects. It is regarded as safe [1].

Quality of evidence[2]

None available

Does the BTA recommend this treatment?

No

BTA opinion on this treatment:

There is no evidence available regarding this treatment for tinnitus. We would suggest you talk to your GP before taking any new medication or supplement.

“Dietary supplements should not be recommended to treat tinnitus.”[3]

Would the BTA support further studies into this treatment?

Unlikely

Verdict: Safety - is this treatment harmful?

  Regarded as safe

Verdict: Efficacy - does this treatment work?

   No evidence that it is effective

Date completed

February 2020

Date for revision

February 2023

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Tinnitus and hibiscus

[1] Da Costa Rocha I, Bonnlaender B, Sievers H, Pischel I, Heinrich M (2014) Hibiscus Sabdariffa L. – A Phytochemical and Pharmacological Review. Food Chemistry. 165, 424-43. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.05.002

[2] A = Systematic review/meta analysis. B = Randomised control studies. C = Cohort studies. D = Case control studies. E = case studies/reports. +/- to be used to indicate quality within bands

[3] Coelho C, Tyler R, Ji H, Rojas-Roncancio E, Witt S, Tao P, Jun HJ, Wang TC, Hansen MR, Gantz BJ. (2016) Survey on the Effectiveness of Dietary Supplements to Treat Tinnitus. American Journal of Audiology. 25(3): 184-205

Updated: 13 March 2020

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