What is Ear Candling?
Ear candling is an ancient therapy, thought to date back to around 2500 B.C. with ancient cultures including the Ancient Greeks referring to its use. It involves the placement of a hollow, cone-shaped tube into the ear canal. The overall aim of the therapy is to stimulate the ear and facilitate the removal of excess wax and impurities. It is particularly used to treat conditions such as sinus problems, compacted ear wax, tinnitus and headaches, but can also be used for its general therapeutic benefits, including stress relief and relaxation.
What happens during an Ear Candling treatment?
As with any therapy, the therapist will begin by carrying out a full consultation with the client, to ascertain their medical history and to find out what they are hoping to achieve from the treatment.
They are then asked to make themselves comfortable on the treatment couch, lying on one side. The therapist places the candle gently into the ear canal and it is lit. The flame slowly burns down the candle. The warm air coming into contact with the cool air creates a vacuum effect, drawing out any wax and other debris. The chimney effect that is created is what causes the sucking action and helps to remove excess wax and impurities from the inner ear and sinuses and in doing so, regulates ear pressure.
The herbs and oils within the candle turn to a vapour which is then drawn in the ear and helps to soothe and soften any irritated areas. This also helps to relax and gently massage the inner ear.
After the candle has burned down to the cut off point, it is removed from the ear and extinguished. The process is then repeated on the other ear.
Once both ears have been treated, the therapist usually ends with a massage around the ears and face to encourage lymphatic drainage.
Who can it benefit?
Most people will try ear candling in order to seek relief from a specific condition. Popular conditions that can be relieved through ear candling include:
Ear candling is suitable for adults and children of all ages, providing they can lie still. Ear candling is also said to induce other holistic benefits including: