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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.
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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.
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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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