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Ear Candling

Ear Candling/Ear Coning is a safe, gentle method of cleansing the ear canal by means of inserting a hollow "candle". The process can remove excessive ear wax, excess fluid (alleviating the pain and pressure resulting from sinus and allergy problems), has been known to reduce the noise from Tinnitus, can remove the debris and blockage from old infections, and much more.

Ear candling has been known to reduce or eliminate many symptoms from a variety of ear problems - it may be able to help you! Feel free to call our office to discuss your particular symptoms - 215-534-4513.

How does ear candling work?

Candles are made of strips of fabric that are shaped into a cone. They are then dipped in paraffin or beeswax to hold the candle shape. The tapered end is gently inserted into the ear canal and the wide end is ignited. The warmth of the candle creates a gentle vacuum, which in turn softens the wax and begins pulling wax and other toxic material out of the ear and into the candle. The practitioner will cut open the candles to examine the contents and determine the number of candles to be used.

Who can benefit from Ear Candling?

Ear Candling may benefit all ages, from children to the elderly.

Does it hurt?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! There should be no discomfort associated with Ear Candling. Most clients say that it is as relaxing as a massage. Some people become so relaxed, they fall asleep.

What happens during the Ear Candling?

During the Ear Candling session you will feel the candle being carefully inserted into your ear. Most people feel the heat from the candle, which relaxes the ear canal and loosens the debris. Some people feel the heat more intensely during their session. If the heat becomes uncomfortable, inform your practitioner and they will stop the procedure. You will hear crackling and popping as the wax/fluid/debris is being pulled out. Just relax and enjoy the face and neck massage that is part of your Ear Candling session.

After the Ear Candling session you may feel lightness in your head and you may notice your hearing has improved. With the blockage gone noises and voices may seem louder. The senses of taste, smell and sight may also be increased. You may feel warmth or itching in the ears. This can be relieved by putting a drop of hydrogen peroxide in each ear for a day or two afterwards. Your sinuses may start to drain or the drainage increases. This means the buildup in your sinus areas is being released and sinus pressure/headaches should decrease.

How long does it take?

Each candle takes approximately 15 minutes to burn. Young children generally do well with ½ to 1 candle per ear, their session lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Adults generally take no more then 2 candles per ear so the average session lasts about 1 ½ hour. In the case where there is excessive debris, the practitioner may elect to use a 3rd candle, providing the client isn't feeling any irritation or if the ear canal appears unduly red. If this occurs the process can be repeated within two weeks.

Who should not be candled?

Anyone with tubes in their ears or has had a recent surgery on their ears, nose, throat or sinuses should not be candles. Also, anyone who is apprehensive after hearing the process should not be candled.

How often can a person be candled?

An individual can have their ears cleaned with the change of seasons or "as needed" due to allergies, swimmer's ear, etc. Most clients will intuitively know when they feel "clogged" or experience sinus pressure. Also, clients with hearing devises may need candling more frequently due to their ear canal being blocked. In cases of chronic ear discomfort, I have scheduled a clients' appointments two weeks apart.

What comes out of the candle?

You will be able to see the wax, which is yellow to yellow brown in color. There will also be a powdery residue from the candle. Approximately 10% is candle residue. Laboratory analysis has shown that residue removed from the ear consisted of earwax, residuals from past infections, fungus, bacteria, yeast/candida, ear mites, worms, parasites and/or hair.

Twice a year we all have our teeth cleaned to keep our mouths healthy. Why not keep our ears healthy with an Ear Candling session? Use your own judgment as to how often you need or want to have an Ear Candling session.

This is an old home remedy and no claim is made for any cure of any disease or ailment.

Why isn't there more written information about Ear Candling?

The process has been lost to common knowledge for many years and only a small but growing number of people know about it. Because it is considered an Old Home Remedy, those people who do know about it probably gained the knowledge as it was passed on from generation to generation. Some doctors do not endorse ear candling because they do not believe in it. Instead, they will wash the ears with syringe-like instrument: which may be very uncomfortable and sometimes painful according to some client's previous experiences. If they took the residue from an Ear Candling and viewed the material under a microscope, they would see that it is living and active and the same substances that they are attempting to remove. Laboratory analysis has shown that the residue removed by Ear Candling consisted of ear wax, residuals from past infections, fungus, bacteria, yeast/candida, ear mites, worms, parasites and hair etc. Ear Candling is not promoted to be a cure-all, but in many cases, it has proven to be a successful and economic alternative.

Ear Candling Cost

Adults 1.5 - 2 hours, $80.00
Children 1 hour, $50.00
If more than 4 candles are used, there is an additional charge of $2/candle.

Candling Success Stories

No claims are made but these are the stories given to us.

  • An ear, nose and throat doctor has been doing Ear Candling for 20 years and when he had some of the debris analyzed, he found that 5 different types of infections were collected in the candle.
  • Since childhood, one client had had 5 surgeries per ear and bilateral hearing aids. After several Ear Candling sessions, her Audiologist verified that her hearing had improved and one hearing aid was no longer required. This woman was so thrilled with her results that she learned the Ear Candling method and is introducing this complimentary practice to the hearing impaired community.
  • After several sessions of Ear Candling, many people have reported not needing their hearing aids, others were helped with sinus and allergy symptoms or the ticking, bussing, ringing, and/or itching of their ears stopped.
  • People diagnosed with "migraine" headaches have reported that the pain stopped during the Ear Candling sessions and with continued use in 3 months, the headaches never returned.
  • A 60-year-old woman was contemplating sinus surgery. The medical route had produced minimal results and the CAT scan still showed blocked sinus ducts. After several consecutive Ear Candling sessions she no longer had pain, swelling or any type of sinus distress.
  • A 15-year-old boy was instructed to have tubes placed in his ears to help with fluid drainage. After three Ear Candling sessions his doctor verified that the tubes where no longer required.
  • A lady had terrible headaches with tension in her neck and shoulders. After several Ear Candling sessions, she stopped taking all her pain medications.

Again, we make no claims or guarantees to the results anyone will receive but we continue to be amazed at the results we are getting.