What is Ear Candling?
Ear candling is used primarily for cleaning the ears and to promote a healthy atmosphere in the ears, sinus cavities and throat. There are, however, several other benefits.
The process can regulate pressure, assist with post nasal drip, sinusitis, ear infections, Candida, “Swimmers Ear”, ear aches, tinnitus, catarrh, migraines, some forms of hearing loss, and restoration of equilibrium. Ear coning is a technique used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Tibetans to cleanse the spiritual and physical body.
When the Europeans first came to North America they found that the North American Indians had many different ways of healing, one of those ways was ear candling. Some tribes were very advanced in healing, the Hopi was one of them, and ear candling came from the Hopi. Some sources say ear candling (also known as coning) came from China and Egypt.
The concept was lost for many years, and in its place came antibiotics and syringing the ears. Antibiotics are not good for most ear problems and the use of them should be discontinued in most cases, syringing will help dislodge some debris.
It requires a hollow candle that tapers at one end to fit into the ear. The other end, when lit, draws oxygen for the flame and as it pulls from the other side of the candle, it creates a vacuum. This has the effect of pulling out residue and cleansing the sinus cavity.
The spiral of the cone causes the smoke to be pulled down in to the ear canal. This causes the ear canal to warm up and loosen the wax and any other material. As it heats it up, the candle causes a suction by creating a vacuum in the ear canal. Air is drawn up from the Eustachian tube into the inner ear then through the porous membrane out into the outer ear. The heat and the vacuum draw out the wax and other materials from the ear canal into the base of the candle. As it burns down you will hear a lot of cracking and hissing which is the process of removing the wax and other debris. The warmth feels soothing and relaxing during the process. Ear Oil placed in the ear after candling will protect from further infections from bacteria, yeast’s, etc.