What does an ear candling treatment involve?
The treatment is carried out on a massage table, with you lying in a comfortable position on your side, head supported on a pillow. Towels cover your head and shoulders and a blanket over your clothes ensures you stay lovely and warm during the treatment. A lit beeswax ear candle is then gently inserted into the entrance of your ear canal. The candle burns with a pleasant crackling sound for around 10-12 minutes until it reaches a safety line (which is well away from the ear!) It is then removed and safely extinguished in water. The process is then repeated on the other ear. Then you lie on your back for your choice of a gentle facial or foot massage to encourage lymphatic drainage. Finally, we take a look at the residue left behind in the ear candles and relate this back to your health.
How does ear candling work?
It has now been established that ear candling does not have a chimney effect and it does not physically pull wax out of the ear. So how does it work?
This remains controversial, but the theory that makes most sense to me is the one proposed by Dr Patrick Quanten – a medical doctor, turned holistic practitioner. He suggests that the health benefits are down to the action of the ring of fire created by the ear candle. We know that fire warms things, dries things and makes them lighter. This correlates with what we experience following ear candling: we tend to feel less congested, less mucousy, with more energy and we feel better – lighter and brighter in mood. The flame directs the energy directly towards the body via the ears.
When should it not be used?
A full health consultation is always carried out prior to treatment and this will identify any health conditions that would make it unwise to continue. For example, ear candling is not suitable if you have: a perforated eardrum, a cochlear implant, an acute ear infection or grommets. If you wear hearing aids, these must be removed prior to treatment!