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How is ear candling done?

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With ear candling, you buy specific candles that are hollow fabric cones soaked in wax or paraffin. You cut a hole in a paper plate and stick the candle into it to make sure candle wax and ash don’t fall on your face. You lie on one side, put the candle in your ear canal, and get someone you trust to light the opposite end.. It's supposed to burn for about 15 minutes. But no study has shown that this is helpful in any way. And it can cause serious harm to your ear.

From: What Is Ear Candling? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Rafferty, J. , December 2007. Canadian Family Physician

Health Canada: “Ear Candling.”

Seely, D.R. , October 1996. Laryngoscope

Drugstore.com.

FDA: “Don’t Get Burned: Stay Away from Ear Candles.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Ear Candles and Candling: Ineffective and Dangerous.”

Harvard Health Review: “Got an Ear Full? Here’s some advice.”

Ernst, E. , published online, March 2006. Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Rafferty, J. , December 2007. Canadian Family Physician

Health Canada: “Ear Candling.”

Seely, D.R. , October 1996. Laryngoscope

Drugstore.com.

FDA: “Don’t Get Burned: Stay Away from Ear Candles.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Ear Candles and Candling: Ineffective and Dangerous.”

Harvard Health Review: “Got an Ear Full? Here’s some advice.”

Ernst, E. , published online, March 2006. Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 14, 2018

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