Ear candling: what is it?
Ear candling, also known as ear coning is an alternative form of ear wax removal thought to improve ear health and general wellbeing by removing toxins from the ears.
Not for the faint-hearted, ear candling involves having the patient lie on their side and placing an aluminium pie tin or paper plate over the side of the head, with a small hole cut in the centre, over the ear canal. A trained practitioner then lights one end of a specialised hollow candle and places the other through the hole in the plate into the ear canal. The flame is thought to create pressure that draws wax and dirt out of the ear canal.
How long does it take?
An ear candling session can last from 15 – 40 minutes.
Does it really work?
Though the proponents of ear candling claim it is a safe and effective way to cleanse harmful toxins from inside the ear canal, many doctors and health professionals have argued that it is a dangerous and unsuccessful, suggesting that the debris found inside the wax drawn out of the ear is just regular candle residue.
Is it for me?
Ear candling is an alternative therapy so it’s not generally recommended by health practitioners, but if you are open to trying natural treatments it could be for you. If you are interested in trying an ear candling session, you should seek out the advice of a trained and experienced practitioner and never, ever attempt to do the practice yourself at home as it can be potentially dangerous if performed improperly.