What is ear candling?
Ear candling, also known as Hopi ear candling, thermal-auricular therapy or coning, is a simple traditional method which has been used by many civilisations all over the world.
It was brought to the Western world by the native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona after whom the Hopi candles are named.
What are ear candles?
The ear candles are not candles as such but hollow tubes measuring about 20 cms. I use Hopi ear candles which are made of organically grown cotton flax impregnated with extract of honey, chamomile, sage, St John’s Wort, beta-carotene (Vitamin A) and sprayed with beeswax.
What happens during a treatment?
Following a consultation, I shall ask you to take your shoes off and lie fully clothed on your side on the couch. I shall light the ‘candle’ at one end and will insert the non-burning end into the outer ear passage. Once the ‘candle’ has burnt down (10 to 12 minutes) I shall remove it carefully and extinguish it in a glass of water. I shall check the edge of the outer ear for possible residue and clean it very gently if necessary. I shall then ask you to roll to the other side to repeat the process in the other ear.
Once both ears have been treated, I shall proceed with a massage of the face, ears and neck.
What does a treatment feel like?
Most people experience a gentle and soothing heat and crackling sound.
What are the potential benefits of ear candling?
Ear candling aims to help the following conditions and symptoms:
- Excessive or compacted ear wax (cerumen)
- Headaches and migraines
- Colds and influenza
- ‘Glue ear’
- Sleep apnoea
- Pressure regulation of the sinuses or nose
- Hay fever
- Tinnitus and other noises in the ears
- Menière’s Disease
- Pressure regulation – swimming, surfing, diving or flying
- Vertigo and dizziness
Are there any contraindications or precautions against the use of the candles?
- If grommets are in place
- If the ear drums are perforated
- If there is a current inflammation or infection of the ear
- If a cochlear implant is fitted
- If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the candle
- If any oil has been placed in the ear
- If a child is under three
How much does a treatment cost?
One treatment costs £45.
A course of six treatments, which can be taken over a period of a year, costs £228 (£38 per treatment. You save £42)
How many treatments will you need?
This will be discussed after your first treatment and will depend on your specific needs.