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What is the procedure for ear candling?

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Buy the candles, which are hollow fabric cones soaked in wax or paraffin. They’re around 10 inches long and can cost a few dollars apiece. Cut a hole in a paper plate and stick the candle into it. This makes sure candle wax and ash don’t fall on your face.

Lie on your side. Place the candle in your ear canal. Get someone you trust to light the opposite end. Let it burn for about 15 minutes. Repeat with the other ear.

SOURCES:

Rafferty, J. Canadian Family Physician, December 2007.

Health Canada: “Ear Candling.”

Seely, D.R. Laryngoscope, October 1996.

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 24, 2020

SOURCES:

Rafferty, J. Canadian Family Physician, December 2007.

Health Canada: “Ear Candling.”

Seely, D.R. Laryngoscope, October 1996.

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 24, 2020

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