The Treatment of Otitis Media with TCM

In TCM, otitis media falls into the category of ěr zhàn (耳胀, ear distention) or ěr bì (耳闭, ear block), an otolaryngological condition caused by external pathogenic invasion or retention of pathological toxins. It is characterized by symptoms of distention, fullness and a sensation of blockage inside the ear, accompanied by tinnitus with a deterioration of hearing. Classical texts define it as wind-type hearing loss, sudden hearing loss or hearing loss due to qi blockage. It is equivalent to non-purulent otitis media in Western medicine.