- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Ear Candling Or Ear Coning
About Ear Candling or Coning and History
Ear candling is a modern form of ancient ear coning techniques. Ear coning has been attributed to many different ancient and extinct societies to include Mayans, Aztecs, Atlantis, Native Americans, and Egypt to list a few.
Originally Ear Coning was done with a device made out of ceramic and hollowed out to permit and direct the flow of smoke into the ear canal. The modern form of ear candling uses a cylindrical candle tapered at the end to fit easily into the ear canal for the same purpose of directing smoke inside.
Reasons for using ear candles is to keep the ear canal clean, for regular maintenance, when an earache is present, vertigo, or even sinus congestion. The ear canal acts as an open air outlet for the sinuses. Cleaning out ear canals is very useful for sinus relief, Have you ever noticed your ears popping when blowing your nose? This is the reason why.
How To Use Ear Candles
Two paper plates, a wet paper towel, a lighter and 2 ear candles are all that is needed. Ensure the plates used are paper, not Styrofoam or wax coated, its purpose is to catch ashes and protect while candling is being done.
This procedure is best done with a partner. Make a hole in the center of one paper plate about the size of the ear candle and put the ear candle through the hole. Lay down comfortably on the side not being candled. Turn the tapered end of the candle slowly between forefinger and thumb until the tip becomes softened then light the other end on fire. The ear candle will burn slowly like a typical candle and takes about 5 to 10 minutes per candle used. After smoke starts coming out of the tapered end, place that end into the ear and twist slightly, do not insert too deep, just enough to create a vacuum for smoke to flow into the ear canal. The best way to hold in place is to slide a hand under the paper plate, lying the hand flat against the ear, and hold the candle between the index and middle finger.
Watch as the candle burns down to ensure ashes fall onto the plate. It is very common to become so relaxed from this procedure you may even doze off, so pay close attention. You may experience many different things as the candling takes place. You may hear light crackling, popping, hissing or sizzling sounds. When there is about 3 inches remaining, use the wet paper towel to snuff out the candle. Remove the candle and place the expended candle on the 2ND paper plate. You can now un-wind the remnant as most everyone tends to be curious what is inside.
It is always recommended to do both ears at the same time, even if only one is bothering you. If needed or desired up to 2 candles in each ear can be done in one sitting. Unless symptoms are presenting indicating a need, candles should not be used more than once a month.
Pros, Cons and Cautions About Ear Candling
Ear Candling is a very controversial subject. Many claim it is the wonder candle and cure all, while others claim it is harmful and could even cause deafness. As in the case of most controversies the truth is usually somewhere in between the two extremes.
I would be remiss however, if I did not share the debates and cautions associated with ear candling. Ear wax does serve a purpose of helping to protect the inner ear, to remove it all would leave the ear canal vulnerable. It has also been proposed that rather than remove wax from the ear that it actually melts and puts more wax in the ear.
Cautions associated with ear candling are similar to all therapies that they be used with care, if something doesn't feel right for you, it's not. Just because it works for hundreds or even thousands, does not mean it should be used by everyone and does not guarantee getting the same results. Consultate with your physician and or inform them of alternative therapies you indulge in.
My Personal Experiences and Opinions About Ear Candling
I was first introduces to ear candling a number of years ago. On a Friday afternoon I developed a terrible earache and was experiencing swelling going down the side of my throat, classic ear infection requiring a Dr's visit and antibiotics. Being that it was Friday, too late for a regular office visit and not ready to go to the ER or Acute Care, I stopped at the health food store and picked some up and decided to give them a try. After the first candle in the affected ear, all pain and discomfort was gone immediately, I felt great! In fact the side i had candled on felt light and the other side felt heavy, so I did the other side as well.
From that day forward I have been a firm believer in the benefits of ear candling and have shared with anyone and everyone who cared to listen. I had a friend once visit experiencing severe vertigo and had been taking medication with little significant improvement for a couple of days. My friend agreed to try ear candling, experiencing immediate relief, the vertigo was gone and also felt the lop-sided-ed feeling and had the other ear done. My 3 yr old nephew had drainage issues with his ears, had had tubes and the Dr's were considering tubes again. I used ear candles on him, he felt comfortable with the experience and cooperated. The Dr's checked him for 3 months following and found no fluid or issues and released him from further care at that time. He has never had ear candles used since or experienced ear infections or drainage issues either. The most common use however, is for sinus issues. There are so many people whom I have shared this with and that have used them, too many to even begin to recount each individual story.
I have never known anyone personally or even knew someone who knew someone who had anything except a positive, healing experience from ear candling. I have also never known anyone to include myself who uses them randomly or indiscriminately, only on an as needed basis.
Is this to say that they are safe? No, this is only stating my own personal experiences and knowledge.
My personal opinion is clearly that ear candling is very beneficial and can cure earaches, ear infections, vertigo, sinus issues and water on the ear. i have since learned energy movements that work as a preventative and healing benefit on the same issues, I prefer the energy motions but still share ear candling with those who are more comfortable with a physical cure that can be touched.