Ear candling

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The folk practice of ear candling, also known as ear coning, has existed for centuries. The procedure is still in use today as a method of removing built-up earwax and debris from the ear canal.

The ear candling procedure is considered unsafe by some healthcare providers while others employ the technique in the most stubborn cases of ceruminosis (earwax build-up). It involves the use of a hollow candle that is specially designed for ear candling. Often, this type of candle can be purchased at health food stores or cooperative stores.

The Procedure

The procedure begins by placing the candle firmly against the outside of the ear canal. It should never be placed within the ear canal itself. When the candle is lit, it heats up the air in the hollow part of the candle and melts the excess wax inside the ear. The flame creates a negative pressure inside the hollow of the candle and the softened wax and debris are sucked up inside the candle.

While some providers disapprove of the practice of ear candling, it is a safe and effective procedure when used properly by a skilled technician.