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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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Also known as thermo auricular therapy, in Hopi ear candling each ear is done at a time and takes just over ten minutes so an entire treatment with consultation and massage will take about an hour.
Ear candling has been practiced for centuries as a folk remedy that purportedly removes cerumen and "ear toxins.
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Sara now offers aromatherapy, Indian head massage, reflexolo-gy, ear candling and iridology while other treatments are available from Salus's other therapists including the Bowen Technique and reiki.
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It also offers reflexology and Hopi Ear Candling, an ancient Greek treatment which draws impurities from the ear and can treat migraine, glue ear and tinnitus.
Specialists offer various therapies - Reiki, Cranial Sacral Massage, Ear Candling, Yoga, and Meditation and Beauty treatments - either in your room, or a specially designed pyramid on the hillside overlooking the hotel.
Practices such as colonic irrigation (running a tube through a patient's rectum in order to "cleanse" the intestines with warm water), iridology (diagnosing illness by studying the iris of the human eye), and ear candling (inserting a burning candle in the ear canal to remove "impurities" from the brain and sinuses) have all been debunked as useless or dangerous (the FDA has even banned the importation of ear candles).
Something like ear candling or coning, in my mind, has failed to meet the criteria for an alternative treatment,'' said Dr.