Benefits: Excessive ear wax buildup can cause discomfort, headaches, tinnitus (ring in ears), or vertigo. Ear candling may help alleviate these conditions. Also ear candling may draw out fungus, infection, candida, and other debris from the external and middle ear canals and the Eustachian tube. However, ear candling should be thought of as a home remedy. While many have found it safe and effective, it should not replace medical treatment.
Generally, the candle is inserted through a foil or paper plate. The plate is supposed to catch hot wax.
Here is how an ear candle is used:
- Your practitioner will have you lie on your side. One ear will be facing up.
- The pointed end of the candle is placed in your ear. The open end is lit.
- As the candle burns, it will be trimmed and kept open.
- No wax is allowed to drip into the ear or on the skin around the ear.
- The candle is burned for about 15 minutes.
- The flame is carefully blown out.