WHAT IS EAR CANDLING?
Ear candling, also known as ear coning, has history that reaches beack many years with roots in China, Tibet, Egypt, and Native American cultures. Europeans are said to have brought the tradition back from the “new world” and there are many references in scrolls and ancient writings across the globe of ear candling.
Candles are traditionally made out of fabric and beeswax or parrafin wax. They are very different than the candles used in decoration. These candles are long, thin and hollow, with one end tapered. Good quality ones are dripless as well. They vary in length and are usually 9 to 12 inches long.
There are many theories about how ear candling works. THe most widely accepted theory is that the flame and the smoke cause a convection or suction that draws the excess wax out of the ear. Usually there is no sensation felt during the treatment, though the sound of the wax and candle burning is heard. Most people find the procedure very relaxing and have instant relief of symptoms.
Who should get ear candling?
Most common reasons for ear candling:
- sinus congestion
- “clogged” ears
- frequent flying
- seasonal maintenece
- after an infection
- overproduction of ear wax
- popping or crackling sounds in the ear
- pressure in or behind the ears
- vertigo and dizziness
- sinus headaches
- narrow and/or poor draining ear canals
- improve hearing
- ringing in the ears