A traditional practice used for centuries, ear candling (also called coning) consists of placing a hollow cylinder coated with wax at the opening of the ear canal and lighting the other end to allow warm smoke to enter the ear.
Ear Candling is used for soothing the symptoms of ear problems. It can help relieve pain, discomfort and itching, and assist the ear in its natural removal of unwanted wax and debris (including remains of infections and environmental pollution) from the ear canal.
Modern ear candling uses disposable hollow candles made from strips of unbleached cotton or linen dipped in paraffin or beeswax. The spiral roll of these candles creates the same effect as the ancient pottery ear cones. Some candles are made with herbs or essential oils mixed into the wax, in a similar way as the ancients placed herbs in their ear cones for the beneficial effects of the smoke.
Those who use ear candles claim the warm, soothing smoke that the candle delivers to the ear canal helps dry out fluids in the ear canal, softens old hardened earwax, and stimulates the body's natural excretion of this wax and waste material (like dead cells, pollen, molds and parasites) bound to the earwax. They say the process is relaxing and often results in a sense of "clarity" after candling.
Many people who have never heard of ear candling often blow smoke into the ear to relieve symptoms of fever, flu, and even "swimmer's ear", where the smoke helps dry out fluids trapped in the ear canal. Though ear candlers originally thought the candle actually "drew out" earwax through suction, we now realize that very little if any of that residue in the candle comes from the ear. Most of the wax found in the candle probably is the result from burning the candle.
WARNING : DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE EAR CANDLES ALONE.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are Ear Candles?
A: Ear Candles are long hollow candles made of fabric and wax.
Q: What is the process that allows Ear Candles to work?
A: The base of an Ear Candle is gently inserted a fraction of an inch into the outer ear canal and then the tip of the Ear Candle is lit. The flame creates a vacuum which can gently and naturally pull the wax, moisture and other residues out of the ear and into the Ear Candle. Sometimes a facial massage is combined with the process to help clear the facial passages.
Q: Is the process painful?
A: No, not for most people. In fact, some people find the process to be so relaxing that they fall asleep during the candling.
Q: Why should I have my ears candled?
A: Ear Candling can be very useful any time wax or moisture in the ear is a problem.
Q:What kind of results can I expect?
A: Results vary with the individual. Most people have a much greater problem with wax and moisture in their ears than they realize. Wax and moisture can also affect the functioning of the inner ear, which is critical to our sense of balance.
Q: How can I tell if my ears need to be candled?
A: If you have experienced a gradual reduction in hearing sensitivity, this may be due in part to wax build-up. Itching in the ears and plugged ears are also symptoms that can often be relieved by ear candling.
Q: Are there other signs that I need to have my ears candled?
A: Yes. Many people who experience discomfort in their ears when flying in an airplane or at a high altitude find that ear candling can help to relieve their symptoms. Scuba divers also find the process very useful.
Q: How often should I have my ears candled?
A: You need to use your own judgment as to what feels normal in your ear once it is cleared out, and how often your ears will benefit from being candled.
Q: Does Ear Candling cure any diseases?
A: No claims can be made that Ear Candling cures any specific diseases. It is recommended that you follow the advice of your doctor concerning any specific health challenges. Ear Candling is not a cure-all. It has been very useful in many cases, but not all ear problems are associated with the build up of moisture and wax in the ears.
Q: What is the residue that is found in the Ear Candle after the process is completed?
A: The residue found in the Ear Candle is a mixture andle residue and ear residue. The percentage of each varies from individual to individual and candle to candle. Even the conditions of the room can affect how much residue is found in the candle, drafts can cause the Ear Candle to excrete more wax.
Q: How long does the process take?
A: Each Ear Candle burns for about ten minutes.
Q: Sometimes people feel heat in their ears when they are having their ears candled. What does that mean?
A: Some people can tend to get a lot of water in their ears, through bathing or swimming. Ear Candling can cause that water to evaporate. That can cause you to feel some heat. Pulling the candle out of the ear and waiting a few moments for the steam to cool down usually takes care of the problem.
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