More and more Americans are choosing to include Complementary or Alternative Medicine methods along with or in place of the health care they receive from their primary care physician. One of these methods is Ear Candling. Although Ear Candling in the past was used for healing and spiritual purification, it is now being chosen to address mild illnesses that involve the respiratory system, the sinuses, and the ears.
More often than not, most individuals seldom tell their physician of their use of Ear Candling. Most physicians may not be aware of the process or they adhere to the philosophy that this method has no effect at all on the patient’s health, as it is considered to be an "Old Home Remedy". In addition the FDA, The Food and Drug Administration, has deemed Ear Candling to be of no value and must not be presented or marketed as a Medical Procedure which improves health. The FDA also considers Ear Candling to be hazardous to your health. You may also hear that even though the method may not work as purported, the warmth from the lighted candle is very soothing to the ear canal and may result in a very relaxed state during and following the treatment.
What Is Ear Candling? Ear Candling, a safe, simple, non-invasive, natural, relaxing, cleansing method that uses long hollow ear candles that may extract earwax and other debris from the ear canal. Many proponents of this method say that Ear Candling improves mental clarity and balances fluids that may cause headaches.
Benefits of Ear Candling Potential benefits may include:
Improved sense of smell
Relief of “swimmer’s ear"
Reduced ear pain
Improved sense of taste
Balanced emotional state
Reduced ringing in ears
Relief of dizziness
Improved color perception
Equalized pressure in the ears
Reduced stress and tension
Improved lymphatic fluid flow
Ear Candling Practitioners also feel the reason the method creates these benefits is that all of the openings in the head are inter-connected, in a maze–like configuration, which allows the vacuum created by the candle to drain the entire system by osmosis through the membrane of the ear. It is believed that the gentle osmotic pressure caused by ear candling is enough to effect a correction within the structures which lay in close proximity of the ear drum, thus the reason clients feel so great following a treatment.
If you look at the potential benefits listed above, you will quickly arrive at the various conditons that can benefit from ear candling method. These conditions have been identified by practitioners as well as by clients, and include:
Irritation of an ear infection
Ringing in the ears
Wearing Hearing aide
Frequent build-up of fluid in the middle ear
Chronic sinus infections
Stress related symptoms
Accumulation of ear wax (cerumen)
Slight dizziness, when walking or rising from a sitting or prone position.
Intense ear itching often caused by Yeast/mold allergies or hearing aids
Contra-Indications for Ear Candling Just remember, you should not choose to have an ear candling treatment if you have had recent surgery to the ear, if the eardrum has ruptured from increased pressure within the middle ear, cysts in the ears, mastoiditis (an infection of the mastoid process, the bone behind the ears) ‘tubes’ (Tympanotomy) in the ears, artificial eardrum, or cochlear implants.
If you are in search of a more ‘natural way’ to reduce or eliminate any minor symptoms related to your ears, your sense of hearing, headaches, or the pain in your children’s ears, ear candling may be for you.
Is the Procedure Comfortable? Ear candling is a soothing relaxing process. An interesting "crackling" sound can be heard as the candle burns. If the candle is allowed to burn shorter than 4 inches, the heat produced may become uncomfortable to the ear canal, therefore, the candle is always removed from the ear when it burns to 4" in length.
How Long Does an Ear Candling Session Take? When the procedure is performed using two ear candles per ear, the session may last an hour or more. Each candle can take 8 to 12 minutes to burn down to 4 inches in length, where it is then removed and extinguished. A facial massage and ear oil application can be added to enhance and promote the procedure.
How Many Ear Candles Can Be Used Per Session? For adults, 1 to 4 candles per ear are recommended for a single session.
How Often Can A Person Be Candled? Everyone is different, and so are their ears. Some people can ear candle weekly, some monthly, others ear candle yearly, and many candle with the change of each season. It is up to the individual person and the amount of wax that builds up in the ear normally and recurrence of symptoms that determine how often the process should be done.
What Should One Do Right After Ear Candling? The ears may become sensitive after ear candling. It is recommended that a drop of natural oil be put on a cotton swab and gently swabbed around the outer ear canal. Refrain from immersing your head and ears in water immediately after the ear candling procedure.
At What Age Can Ear Candling Be Administered? I do not recommend this process for children under the age of 12. Children under 12 many not remain still while the procedure is being performed. The procedure involves fire; therefore, extreme caution should be taken should you choose to ear candle a small child. Ear candling is not harmful to children, but fire is.
OTHER CAUTIONS Unlike your nose, there is a reason our ears are not big enough to stick our fingers in; we shouldn't do it. Human ingenuity has overcome this "short-coming" by creating the Q-tip cotton swab. Right on the Q-tip package it says, bright as day, "Do not insert in your ear canal." If you use Q-tips to clean your ears everyday, like millions of people do, you are compacting and impacting ear wax that would have stayed soft, pliable and naturally expellable. There are folds inside the ear that channel sounds toward your ear drum. Using Q-tips presses wax into these folds, clogging them and impairing your hearing. Now that the layer of wax coating your outer ear canal is very thin; it dries and hardens before your ear has a chance to expel it. Ear candles break-up and soften this hardened wax allowing your ear to expel the wax and bring in the sound.
Ear candles and ear oil have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to cure, prevent, or treat any disease of the ear. If you are experiencing ear pain, loss of hearing or any other ear abnormality, go see your doctor prior to using this service. There are many ear problems that require specific treatment by a licensed medical practitioner. Ear candling can be a relaxing and soothing experience if and when used correctly.
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