Ear Candling FAQ's

Q. What is Ear Candling?

A. Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal.

Q. How does it work?

A. An ear candle is a hollow cone created from unbleached fabric, usually linen, soaked in paraffin, beeswax or soy wax. They range in length, averaging about a foot long. First, you’ll be instructed to lie on your side and make sure your face and outer ear are protected by something like a plate. It will have a hole cut in the middle around the candle to avoid burns from wax drippings. Your practitioner should gently insert the tapered end of the candle into your ear canal at a 90 degree angle from the ear.For 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll enjoy the pleasant, crackling sound of the burning candle as the person burning it cuts off the end of the cloth every two inches or so. When about four inches remain, the candle is removed from the ear and then blown out. Turn over. Repeat. Then, look at the disgusting gunk that came out of your ears. Supposedly, ear candling creates a vacuum inside the ear in order to draw out ear wax.

Q. What are the benefits of Ear Candling?

A. This is a controversial treatment. But most alternative medicines are controversial. You could achieve one or all benefits below:

  • Removes wax from ears and sinuses
  • Alleviates ear aches
  • Alleviates sinus infections & pressure
  • Relieves swimmer’s ear
  • Reduces ringing in ears
  • Equalizes ear pressure
  • Reduces vertigo and dizziness
  • Alleviates jaw pain
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