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 Member 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 Benefactor

      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.
       
    12. hans799
      Mellow

      hans799 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      Always had it
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Baseline: born with it, Morse code since 12/2016: headphones
      I've been on L-Theanine (initially 3x200mg a day, now 2x200mg a day) for about 2 weeks now and I can confidently say that it has had a beneficial effect on my T. Not dramatic, but volume is noticeably lower and and it is also more stable. To use a metaphor: if my T were a child that sometimes behaves badly and sometimes behaves well, then the theanine makes it always behave well.

      In addition there's a definite calming, anxiety-reducing effect. I've occasionally used Xanax in the past and theanine's effect is comparable to the effect of a low dose (0.25-0.5mg) of Xanax, except it is not at all sedative, only calming.

      Only drawback is that sometimes I have a bit of a trouble falling asleep. Maybe because anxiety tired me out and now that I have less anxiety I have more energy. Funny.
       
    13. vttbx

      vttbx Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2001
      I take it at night to help me sleep. But it's usually in the middle of the night when I wake up. I've had some success with Magnesium Threonate when I first go to bed and L-Theanine later.
       
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    14. abbynormal
      Question it

      abbynormal Member

      Location:
      Crescent City, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      I think either the 5Htp or the Taurine is helping me but more testing is needed. I have a thread here that tells more for anyone interested. I do have L-Theonine ready to pick up today, that I ordered last week. Also Gaba and more of my Magnesium.

      I am somehow getting the volume way down on my T at night, but I can't pinpoint what is doing it. For 2 nights in a row, I've needed no "sound devices" through the night. Even when I wake to use the bathroom, I don't get the spike in the T I usually get, and have to turn the sound on afterall. But in the a.m., my T is back to full blast when I wake.

      I'll check back in on this thread after I start the Theonine, but I'm hoping it might help me during the days. I do realize supplements usually take some time to work, like 2 weeks, or a few months. The only immediate relief I've felt has to do with night time only, and most likely from those 2 things I've taken for just a few days (5htp & taurine). More later.
       

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