L-Theanine for Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments and Research' started by John Bacon, May 7, 2012.

    1. John Bacon

      John Bacon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2012
      I'm new here. Any comment on L-theanine as treatment?
       
    2. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      Hi John! Welcome.

      I have been taking L-theanine regularly for some time. Not a treatment for tinnitus - for me any way.
       
    3. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Been on L-theanine for a few weeks, can't really tell if it works. My T is up and down daily.
       
    4. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      "Theanine vs. Xanax? Researchers in Australia compared 200 mg of theanine to 1 mg of Xanax. Subjects were given either theanine, Xanax or a placebo during either a resting task (baseline) or a task that provoked anxiety. Theanine worked better than Xanax to induce relaxation during the resting task, though neither theanine nor Xanax had any significant effects during the anxiety task."

      "Theanine increases serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and glycine levels in various areas of the brain, as well as BDNF and NGF levels in certain brain areas.[15][19][24][25]"

      "Able to cross the blood–brain barrier, theanine has reported psychoactive properties.[28] Theanine has been studied for its potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress"


      L-Theanine (delta-glutamylethylamide) is one of the predominant amino acids ordinarily found in green tea, and historically has been used as a relaxing agent. The current study examined the acute effects of L-theanine in comparison with a standard benzodiazepine anxiolytic, alprazolam and placebo on behavioural measures of anxiety in healthy human subjects using the model of anticipatory anxiety (AA). Sixteen healthy volunteers received alprazolam (1 mg), L-theanine (200 mg) or placebo in a double-blind placebo-controlled repeated measures design. The acute effects of alprazolam and L-theanine were assessed under a relaxed and experimentally induced anxiety condition. Subjective self-reports of anxiety including BAI, VAMS, STAI state anxiety, were obtained during both task conditions at pre- and post-drug administrations. The results showed some evidence for relaxing effects of L-theanine during the baseline condition on the tranquil-troubled subscale of the VAMS. Alprazolam did not exert any anxiolytic effects in comparison with the placebo on any of the measures during the relaxed state. Neither L-theanine nor alprazalam had any significant anxiolytic effects during the experimentally induced anxiety state. The findings suggest that while L-theanine may have some relaxing effects under resting conditions, neither L-theanine not alprazolam demonstrate any acute anxiolytic effects under conditions of increased anxiety in the AA model.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15378679


      https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/1005/ab389fa20bbe9b8e18dfd7dc37a80e175e18.pdf
       
    5. 1MW
      No Mood

      1MW Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008 but cured and relapsed from benzos
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl/benzos/unknown
      I have ordered a box of L-Theanine...
      Is it safe for tinnitus? Causes addiction & tolerance?
       
    6. cjbhab
      Frantic

      cjbhab Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music.. I guess
      it's safe, don't think its addicting, i took it for awhile, don't think it does anything.
       
    7. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise or maybe... unicorns!
      Yes, No.
       
    8. 1MW
      No Mood

      1MW Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008 but cured and relapsed from benzos
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl/benzos/unknown
      I don't know what happens but after 30 mins I took l -theanine and taurine and a multivitamin
      my tinnitus is 0 tested with earmuffs in a super quiet room.

      Yesterday about 27 hours ago I took 32mg methylprednisolone (from this I had a huge reduction but not absolute silence).
       
    9. 1MW
      No Mood

      1MW Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008 but cured and relapsed from benzos
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl/benzos/unknown
      Tinnitus returned after 2.5 hours so no permanent solution here.
       
    10. 1MW
      No Mood

      1MW Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008 but cured and relapsed from benzos
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl/benzos/unknown
      Today had no tinnitus but after some moderate noise exposure low volume mid frequency tinnitus appeared.

      So I took Magnesium 200mg, Taurine 500mg, Theanine 100mg

      After 30min tinnitus stopped and got 2.5 hours sleep.

      When I woke up I had loud very high frequency tinnitus so I think theanine & taurine has to do with it.
       
    11. Wolfears

      Wolfears Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 20/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely accoustic trauma
      In the Taurine study with rats, it was noted that in the the group with lower doses, it actually made the high frequencies worse...they managed to reverse the tinnitus in the other group of rats, but this would amount to about 27 grams of Taurine a day for an average 200 lbs adult.
       

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