Hopi Ear Candles - thermo-auricular therapy
Originating from the Hopi Native American Indians who have used this treatment for many years, this is deeply relaxing and can assist with many ear problems. It can help loosen compacted earwax, assist with balance in the ears, improve sense of smell, help with headaches and migraine; ear ache; ear noise; vertigo; swimmers ear; sinusitis; colds and flu and stress.
It is a technique that involves placing a hollow, cone-shaped tube (or ‘candle’) made of cotton, soaked in beeswax, honey and herbs into the ear canal in order to stimulate the ear and facilitate the removal of excess wax and impurities. I only use the BioSun ear candles which are made with cotton together with pure beeswax, honey extract and traditional herbs, sage, St John’s Wort, chamomile and pure essential oils.
What are ear candles used for?
Ear candling is primarily used to treat irritations and pressure in the ear, helping to relieve the discomfort of conditions such as the build-up of earwax, sinus congestion, sore throats, glue ear, rhinitis and tinnitus. It provides a pleasant and safe alternative for people who find traditional medical treatments such as syringing uncomfortable and/or ineffective, and is ideal for people of all ages – including young children and elderly people. They can also help with the effects of hay fever but please note treatments should start prior to the hay fever season.
Because there are so many intricate crevices in the inner ear, it is easy for debris and impurities to build-up and cause problems that can interfere with hearing and cause discomfort. Regular removal of yeasts, allergies or compacted wax through ear candle treatment can help to restore hearing, relieve tension and pressure in the ear, while cleansing the sinus cavities of bacteria that thrive in the dark moist conditions of the inner ear.
What happens during a session?
An ear candling session is hugely relaxing. Firstly, a full consultation will take place to discuss your medical history and current symptoms to help assess if ear candling is the right treatment for you and what your expectations are.
The treatment is carried out with you lead on the therapy couch on your side. I will gently place the lit candle about a quarter-inch into ear, allowing the smoke to pass down the candle’s hollow centre deeper into the ear canal. The warm air eventually comes into contact with colder air and a vacuum effect is created - drawing out any wax, candida, yeast and other debris that may be lodged in the ear canal. The movement and compression between the ear canal and the candle chamber generate air flow that functions like a chimney. This ‘chimney effect’ is what stimulates the sucking action.
You are likely to experience a crackling sound as the candle burns, and feel a warm and gentle massaging sensation in the ear. When the candle has burned to the safety level, I remove it from your ear and extinguish. This process is then repeated for the other ear.
The candles take between10 - 15 minutes to burn down.
The loosening of excess wax and impurities helps to clear the inner ear and sinuses, regulates ear pressure and brings about a lighter sensation in the head and ears. Ear candling is also thought to induce deep relaxation, which is enhanced via the infusion of herbs and essential oils into the candle itself. This turns to vapour when the candle is lit which is then drawn into the ear canal where it creates a soothing, massaging effect that protects and softens any irritated areas in the ear.
Once both ears have been treated, you will receive a facial massage to encourage lymphatic drainage and enhance the effects of the candling. You can also request to see the inside of the burnt out candle to reveal the condition of your ears. A lot of people report an immediate relief of pressure after the treatment
The full treatment takes approximately 40 minutes. Some people may experience relief straight after the first session but more may be needed depending on the nature of your ailment and how long you have had it for.
Ear candling benefits
Ear candling is a holistic treatment - therefore it is not designed to be a specific cure for any particular ailment. However, there are considered to be a number of healing benefits and regular treatment is thought to stimulate and heal parts of the mind and body that extend beyond the immediate surrounding of the inner ear.
Regular ear candling can help with
- hay fever
- anxiety and stress
- post flying and driving pressure
- swimmer’s ear
- yeast infections
- colds and flu
- itching in the ears
Other potential ear candling benefits can include:
- Stimulation and detoxification of the lymphatic system.
- A catalyst to clear nerve endings and promote healing.
- Providing a boost to the immune system.
- Improvement to mental functions, vision, hearing, taste and colour perception.
- Bringing about a more balanced emotional state and clearer thinking.
After your treatment
After receiving a Hopi Ear Candle treatment it is perfectly normal to experience the following, known as contra-actions:
- Cold like symptoms.
- Sticky feeling within the ears or the loosing of ear wax.
- Headache or Slight dizziness.
- Slight dryness in the throat.
These reactions will last no longer than 24-48 hours, but if you have any concerns please feel free to contact me.
You may also experience:
- Improvement in clarity of sound
- Lighter feeling in the head and face due to sinus pressure relief.
Ear wax/residue may naturally work its way out of the ear over the following 24-48 hours, this is normal (I recommend that you protect your pillows with a towel to prevent staining of your bedding
Do not submerge your head under water for 24 hours after your treatment and try to avoid cold air blowing into your ears.
Do not insert anything, including cotton buds inside your ears.
Drinking plenty of water, squash or herbal teas to help eliminate toxins and flush out the lymphatic system.
If you experience a runny nose please blow it rather than sniffing.
If you had a bit of a cold at the time of your treatment, please note your symptoms may get worse
You should leave a minimum of 48 hours between treatments.
These reactions will last no longer than 24-48 hours,
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