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Auricular Candles, Auriculothérapie, Bougie Creuse, Bougie Hopi, Bougie d’Oreille, Chandelles Auriculaires, Cônage d’Oreille, Ear Candle, Ear Candle Therapy, Ear Candle Treatment, Ear Coning, Terapia de Vela en el Oído, Thérapie Auriculaire Ther...
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EAR CANDLING Overview Information

Ear candling is a procedure in which a lighted, hollow candle is inserted into the ear.

Ear candling is mainly used for clearing earwax and harmful substances (toxins) from the ear and for a variety of other conditions related to the ear canal and sinuses. These conditions include swollen sinuses (sinusitis), sinus pain, ear infections, ringing in the ears, and dizziness. Some people use ear candling to promote clear thinking.

Ear candles are legal in the US. However, they cannot be promoted as a treatment for medical conditions including earwax build-up. Ear candles are not permitted in Canada. In Europe, ear candles are regulated as medical devices.

How does it work?

Ear candling involves insertion of a hollow candle into the ear canal. The candle is lit and left in place for several minutes. People who support the use of ear candling think that the heat and suction from the hollow candle will suck out substances from the ear. When the candle is removed, a discolored, often brown, waxy substance often appears in the candle stub. Ear candling practitioners believe that this is earwax, bacteria, or other material extracted from the ear canal. However, research shows that ear candles do not suck substances out of the ear. There is no reliable evidence that ear candling can remove earwax or treat other conditions.

EAR CANDLING Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Possibly Ineffective for:

  • Removing earwax build-up.

Insufficient Evidence for:

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ear candling for these uses.

EAR CANDLING Side Effects & Safety

Ear candling might be UNSAFE. It has been linked to harm including burns from the lighted candle or hot wax. Other possible side effects include blockage of the ear canal with candle wax, temporary hearing loss, external ear infection, and eardrum puncture.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of ear candling during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Punctured eardrum (perforated tympanic membrane): Punctured eardrums have been linked to ear candling. In people who already have a punctured eardrum, ear candling might cause additional harm.

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