What is Ear Candling?

March 9, 2010

Although many people complain of earwax and clogging, there are not very many widely known treatments for this problem. There is one lesser known option, however, that is practiced in some circles and may be effective, if the testimonials are as good as they sound. The method, called ear candling, ear coning, or thermal-auricular therapy, involves placing a hollow candle at the end of the ear to use reverse pressure to get rid of earwax and toxins. Although some claim that the procedure originated with Native Americans, it is likely that it surfaced sometime within the last decade in alternative medicine circles.

The process begins with the patient lying down with one ear facing upward at about a 45 degree angle. A special hollow candle base is inserted gently into the ear, through an aluminum plate, which helps prevent hot wax from falling on the patient. The candle is then lit at the top, for the purpose of causing negative pressure and bringing blockages and toxins out of the ear. Ear oils are sometimes used for an additional layer of purification. This is usually done twice for each ear. The candles are quite long, much longer than most normal candles, so it takes a while for it to burn down. The candle is cut as it burns down until it is about four or five inches in length. At that point, the flame is extinguished and another candle is used. The entire process can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.

In addition to the actual ear candling, many treatment sessions involve some form of massage or aromatherapy prior to or after the treatment. One of the most common comments after the process is that it is very relaxing and comfortable; many people undergo treatment for the sole purpose of relieving stress.

Ear candling is usually practiced at various alternative medicine clinics. These are located in most cities throughout the United States. The practice is also found in smaller quantities throughout Europe as well. Sessions cost anywhere from $30 to $75 depending on where you go and how long of a session that you desire.

In some countries, it is possible to buy the ear candles for personal use directly from a manufacturer. These candles are specially designed for this purpose and are hollow – regular candles would not work. It is also important that one buys a shield or plate for the base of the candle so that hot wax doesn’t drip on their face if they decide to try it at home. For those who do purchase their own materials, the procedure always takes two people, so it is important that a trained friend or family member conducts the treatment. Training is available at many alternative health stores via book and CD.

The next time you feel like your ears are clogged up, or that you want to try a new, unique experience to help you relax, you may consider trying ear candling. It’s unique, affordable, and for many people, actually pretty fun to try.

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