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Questions Asked by the Tinnitus Community - Answers Provided by Arches President, Barry Keate

Note: Ask Barry is pleased to be able to answer your questions based upon the information we have available. Our answers to inquiries are not substitutes for a physician’s advice nor are they reviewed by a physician. We encourage you to share any suggestions you have received from Ask Barry with your doctor.
How does Arches Tinnitus Formula work?

This is a very technical question. Basically, Ginkgo biloba acts as a vasodilator, increasing blood flow to the cochlea and supporting hearing; it is a powerful antioxidant, repairing damage to hearing nerves; most importantly, it is a glutamate antagonist, the primary cause of tinnitus, which calms the auditory pathway and prevents over-excitement of hearing nerves. Zinc picolinate is also a powerful antioxidant. For a more detailed description, please visit Arches Tinnitus Formula: The Science Behind the Product.

Why can’t I just buy Ginkgo biloba in a health food store?

Ginkgo is a fairly expensive herb and many manufacturers cut corners to make their ginkgo less expensive. Some even intentionally adulterate their extract. Consumer Labs reported in 2007 that over 75% of ginkgo products failed to meet the minimum requirements of the standardized extract. Arches uses our proprietary Ginkgo Max 26/7, which exceeds all requirements of the standardized extract. For more information, please visit Ginkgo Max 26/7 for Tinnitus Treatment.

How can I buy ATF?

Arches Tinnitus, Stress, and B-12 Formulas™ can be purchased using a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Novus/Discover Card) either through our Secure Online Order Page or by calling our toll free number at 1-800-486-1237. We also accept personal checks and money orders mailed to:

Arches Natural Products, Inc.
2257 S. 1100 East, Ste 105
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Is it safe to take higher doses of ATF?

Yes. The Commission E in Germany is considered to be the most authoritative source in the world for the use of herbal medications. The Commission E Monographs is the official government document that prescribes use of herbal medications for ailments. The Commission has studied Ginkgo biloba extract for 30 years and was the first to stipulate the use of a 24/6 standardized extract. The Monographs state that there is no toxic limit for Ginkgo biloba and there are no side effects.

Does ATF have any adverse drug or medication reactions?

Arches Tinnitus Formula™ does not interact with any prescription or over-the-counter medication. It is perfectly safe to continue use of any prescription medication with ATF. Tinnitus Formula does increase circulation and has a mild anticoagulant function. Because of this, some people should exercise caution. People who are taking prescription anticoagulants, such as Coumadin, or who have a history of bleeding problems such as hemophilia, frequent nosebleeds, hemorrhaging, etc. should consult their physician before using ATF.

If you’re taking other zinc products, please keep in mind that zinc should not be taken above 50 mg unless it is also supplemented with 2-5 mg copper and 5-10 mg manganese.

Will I be able to stop taking ATF in the future?

For the great majority of people, ATF is a maintenance program and must be continued in order to keep the volume at a reduced level. There is one study that indicates that some people, especially those with recent onset of tinnitus, can be cured but this should not be anticipated. In the summer of 2000 I stopped taking ATF as an experiment. In about a week the noise level started increasing and becoming more piercing so I resumed my regular dosage. I have heard many of our patrons recount the same experience.
Barry Keate – Arches President

How long does it take to get real results?

Unfortunately there is no “quick fix” for tinnitus. Most individuals who experience a reduction of the ringing sound, do so in 8-12 weeks, although some will take longer, some may take less. Everyone is different. Numerous ENT doctors tell their patients to use it continuously for at least 90-100 days (4 bottles) before deciding how helpful it will be. After the noise level begins declining, it should continue to do so for several months.

How much ATF should I take daily?

Recommended dosage is 4 capsules taken daily – 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening, usually with a meal.

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