History of Ear Candling
Once an age-old remedy, the practice of Ear Candling is now making its resurgence in modern times. This treatment was used in India, China, Tibet, Egypt, Mayan, Aztec and American Indian cultures. It appears to have dated back to Lemuria and Atlantis. Sometimes referred to as Ear Coning, the method used varied considerably, but the desired results were always the same. The practice was used to cleanse the ear canal, but it is also believed to be a spiritual practice for clearing the mind and senses. It is further believed that Ear Candling performed on a regular basis will enhance meditation practices by heightening the sensitivity. Ear Candling is becoming more widely recognized among skilled practitioners. Today’s practitioners have continued the practice much like the Ancients. Candles have improved over the years to meet the ease and comfort of a client as well as the sanitary guidelines of modern day.
Questions and Answers
1) What should I expect during and after the Ear Candling session? During the Ear Candling session, you will feel the candle being carefully inserted into your ear. You may hear some subtle crackling and popping when the wax is being pulled out. In rare cases, If the person being candled has excessive hearing loss, they may feel more heat during the Ear Candling session since their feeling senses are keener then a good hearing person. If this becomes uncomfortable, the Ear Candler, at your request, will stop the procedure and continue when you feel it is appropriate. After the Ear Candling session, you may feel lightness in your head and noises may seem to be louder. The therapist will put a little ear oil on some cotton and insert it in your ears to relieve this. You will find that your hearing has improved as most likely the blockage of wax is gone. You may feel warmth or itching in the ears. This can be relieved by putting a drop or two of hydrogen peroxide in the ears for a day or two after the candling session, then wipe them out with a cotton swab. The hydrogen peroxide will continue to clean the ears and the itching will stop. You may find your sinuses are draining or the drainage has increased. This will relieve the pressure in your sinus area and sinus headaches should decrease. The senses of taste, smell, and sight may also be increased. Twice a year we all have our teeth cleaned to keep our mouths healthy. Why not keep our ears healthy with an Ear Candling session? Use your own judgment as to how often you need or want to have an Ear Candling session. This is an old home remedy and no claim is made for any cure of any disease or ailment.
2) What is ear candling and why do people benefit from it? It is a safe, gentle method of cleansing the ear canal by means of inserting a hollow “candle”. It removes excessive ear wax (which can impair hearing), yeast, fungus, and bacteria build-up due to ear infections. It has been known to reduce noise from Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Earaches are often caused by mucous blown into the ear from the Eustachian tube. Ear candling may often release this fluid pressure and thus relieve the pain. Candida can cause a yeast allergy, which causes itching in the ear. Parasites may also cause problems if allowed to grow in the ear. The warm, moist environment of the ear canal is an ideal breeding place for the rapid growth of many organisms. Ear Candling may help reduce or eliminate many of these symptoms.
3) How does it work? Candles are made of strips of fabric that are shaped into a cone. They are then dipped in paraffin or beeswax, (WE ONLY USE THE BEESWAX CANDLES) which allows them to hold the candle shape. The tapered end is inserted into a face guard and the wide end is ignited. When the tapered end starts to smoke, the practitioner gently inserts the candle into the ear until it is properly seated. This “seating” of the candle occurs when the smoke is no longer visible around the ear canal. The warmth of the candle creates a gentle vacuum, which in turn softens the wax and begins pulling wax and other toxic material out of the ear and into the candle. The practitioner will cut open the candles to show you the contents and determine the number of candles to be used.
4) Does it hurt? ABSOLUTELY NOT! There is virtually no discomfort associated with Ear Candling. Most clients say that it is relaxing and relieving. Some become so relaxed that they fall asleep.
5) How long does it take? Each candle takes approximately 10-12 minutes to burn. Usually 2 candles are used in each ear. So the average session lasts about 45-1 hour.
6) Who can benefit from Ear Candling? Ear Candling may benefit all ages, from children to the elderly.
7) Who should not be candled? Anyone who has had recent surgery on the ears, nose, throat or sinuses, including the insertion of tubes in the ears that could be dislodged. Also, anyone who seems to be apprehensive after hearing the process should not be candled.
8) How many candles are used in a session? Young children generally do well with 1 candle per ear. Adults generally take no more then 2 candles per ear, unless there is excessive debris. The practitioner may elect to use a 3rd candle, providing the client isn’t feeling any irritation or if the ear canal appears unduly red. If this occurs the process can be repeated within two weeks.
9) How often can a person be candled? In cases of chronic ear discomfort, I recommend that a client be candled in about two weeks from their first treatment. Generally, I suggest an individual have their ears candled with the change of seasons or as needed due to allergies, swimmer’s ear, etc. Most clients will intuitively know when they feel “clogged” or experience sinus pressure. Also, clients with hearing devises seem to need candling more frequently, perhaps due to the fact that the ear canal is blocked, therefore creating a moist environment that may promote more debris.
10) How do we know what it is that comes out of a candle? You will be able to see the wax, which is yellow to yellow brown in color. There will also be a powdery residue from the candle. Less than 5% is candle residue. Laboratory analysis has shown that residue removed from the ear consisted of earwax, residuals from past infections, fungus, bacteria, yeast/candida, ear mites, worms, parasites and/or hair.
11) Why isn’t there more written information about Ear Candling? The process has been lost to common knowledge for many years and only a small but growing number of people know about it. Because it is considered an Old Home Remedy, those people who do know about it probably gained the knowledge as it was passed on from generation to generation. Some doctors do not endorse ear candling because they do not believe in it. Instead, they will wash the ears with syringe-like instrument: which may be very uncomfortable and sometimes extremely painful and damaging. If they took the residue from an Ear Candling and viewed the material under a microscope, they would see that it is living and active and the same substances that they are attempting to remove but ear candling provides a safe and relaxing treatment option for those who choose. Laboratory analysis has shown that the residue removed by Ear Candling consisted of ear wax, residuals from past infections, fungus, bacteria, yeast/candida, ear mites, worms, parasites, and hair etc. Ear Candling is not purported to be a cure-all, but in many cases, it has proven to be a successful and economic alternative.