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Ear Candle Therapy

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 16 Mar 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
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Thermal Auricular Therapy, or Hopi Ear Candle Therapy, is a non-evasive treatment that provides the ears with many health benefits. This pleasantly relaxing treatment is successfully used to combat many conditions – including migraine, sore throats and ear pressure regulation.

What is Ear Candle Therapy

Ear Candling is a natural treatment that dates back to ancient times and cultures. Also known as ear coning this relaxing therapy combined the use of beeswax and linen flax, as used by the Egyptians. Today the 9 or 12 inch candles are specially fabricated from beeswax and burn for approximately ten minutes.

As the tapered candle is placed in the ear, a process known as convection, draws out softer waxes and toxins from the ear. These are oxidized and turned into vapours during the candling procedure.

Conditions That Benefit From Ear Candle Therapy

Compacted ear wax, or ear glue, can create problems with Tinitus which can be relieved by the application of Thermal Auricular Therapy. Rhinitis, sinusitis and catarrh may also benefit from the ease of pressure on the ear. By regulating ear pressure, using Hopi Ear Candles, pressure in the ears and head is reduced, and the lymphatic system and metabolism is stimulated. As the ear treatment is relaxing this also helps ease anxiety, stress, imbalance and aches and pains.

What to Expect During Treatment

The initial consultation enables the individual to assess whether this treatment is right for their needs. After answering health history related questions the individual lies on their side on a treatment couch and a candle is gently inserted into the ear. The tapered candle is then lit and left to burn slowly. The candle draws ear wax and fungus deposits from inside the ear canal which burns off, or is collected at the bottom of the candle. When one ear has been treated the same procedure is repeated on the other ear.

The treatment is completed with a gentle ear and facial massage.

Does Ear Candle Therapy Hurt?

Ear Candling is a relaxing, painless and harmless natural treatment. As the wax burns and the fungus is drawn out of the ears a crackling and/or hissing sound may be noticeable. The wax and ear fungus is gently drawn up through the chimney of the candle but this does not cause any discomfort.

It is not recommended that individuals suffering from perforated ear drums, or who have an artificial ear drum, use ear candling as a treatment for any condition.

What to Expect Post Treatment

After an Ear Candle treatment the individual may experience a lightness in the head. Noises may also seem louder because hearing has been improved by the removal of wax blockage. If the sensation is a little uncomfortable ear oil on cotton wool can be gently inserted into the ear as a temporary aid.

Itching of the ears may also occur, but this will ease after a day or so. Gently wiping ears with Echinacea liquid will help. Sinus drainage will also be noticeable, and this may release pressure in the sinus area over a period of days.

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