Ear candling is a therapy that has been in use for thousands of years. It is a very safe therapy that can help with problems in the ears, throat and sinuses. If you think it might benefit you at all, or you are curious, read on for more information.
Ear candling is also known as thermal auricular therapy. They are narrow candles that are placed in the ears and they work in the same way as a chimney, drawing impurities to the surface where they can then be safely removed. Ear candling can help to equalise the pressure in the head and ears. The flow of wax is gently stimulated and this helps to remove impurities and deposits that are present in the ears. This is done by the candles creating a mild suction. The candles themselves are made from cotton or linen that has been impregnated with beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils.
Ear candling can be used to treat a variety of conditions. They are great for the following:
Ear candling is generally a very safe procedure but they should not be used if you have grommets in the ear, if you have inflammation or infection present in the ears, if you have perforated ear drums, if you have had recent ear surgery, or if you have an allergic reaction at all. It is possible to use ear candling in place of syringing the ears.
If you have any doubts about whether ear candling is suitable for you, you can check with the practitioner or alternatively with your GP.
If you have an ear candling procedure done, you can expect the following to happen. You will be asked to lie down comfortably. Relaxation music is often played. The candle is then placed into the ear canal and then lit. The therapist will hold the candle vertically and you will feel warm and comfortable. You will hear a crackling sound, which is not at all unpleasant. Once the candle has burnt down, you will lie there for a few more moments before turning over to treat the other ear. A facial massage is sometimes included after the ear candling process is done. You should feel relaxed through the entire treatment. Sessions generally last for half an hour. You don’t have to worry about anything falling into your ear as there is a plug that will stop this.