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ear candling

Pseudomedicine
An alternative medicine practice which consists of lighting a hollow candle and sticking it in a person’s ear, the alleged benefit of which is improved general well-being.

There is no evidence in peer-reviewed medical literature that this provides any known health benefit.

ear candling

, ear coning
An alternative medicine practice in which a cone of waxed paper is placed in the patient's external auditory canal and then set on fire. It is promoted as a treatment for cerumen impaction and for removal of unspecified toxins from the body. The practice is dangerous; it occasionally results in burns or perforation of the eardrum. In Canada and the U.S., it is considered an unregulated medical practice—unproven, untested, and illegal to use.

Ear candling

An alternative method for removing impacted cerumen with a lighted hollow cone of paraffin or beeswax. It does not work, and is not considered an acceptable treatment for any ear problem or disorder.
Mentioned in: Cerumen Impaction
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This month I investigate Hopi ear candles - hollow tubes made from organically grown flax, extracts of honey, beeswax and herbs.
Ear candles, selling for less than $10 per pair and typically made of woven cotton gauze hardened in aromatic beeswax, are readily available on the Internet and in stores selling health food, holistic goods, and natural beauty and hygiene products.
I could hear a funny fizzing sound in my ear and this, I'm told, is because the candles have a chimney effect, creating a light suction and the movement of the flame creates a vibration of the air in the ear candle, generating a massage-like effect on the eardrum.
Alan, who has a strong interest in Native American tribes and cultures, says he had read about Hopi Ear Candle and always wanted to give it a try.
See COUNTRYSIDE'S classified section under "Health" for sources of ear candles.
These ear candles induce a revitalising heat upon the head and ears, which soothes, relieves and relaxes.
The ear candle is, in fact, a hollow tube stiffened by honey, sage, camomile and the herb St John's Wort.
The gentle heat from the ear candle is supposed to stimulatebloodcirculation, increase the cleansing action of the lymphatic system,intensify the immune system and stimulate energy points,'' she says.
As well as Reiki, Susan also offers Hopi ear candle treatments - an Indian relaxation ceremony that calms the mind.
Inspired by the practices of ancient Egyptians,Romans and Greeks,it uses a special Hopi Ear Candle, infused with herbs and essential oils to soothe, relieve and relax customers.