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Ear candling, also known as ear coning, is an alternative medicine practice that is believed to help improve a person’s general health and well-being by using a specially made hollow candle. Candling is believed to stimulate the peripheral blood circulation and immune system.
The practitioner lights one end of the hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal while the person lies on his or her side. This process creates a vacuum in the ear which draws old wax out, as well as residues of past infection and fungus. During this process, the earwax does not go into the ear as a cover is used to prevent hot wax from dripping.
Ear candling is a non invasive treatment and completely painless. Generally, treatments last for about an hour.
Ear candling is believed to help relieve the following health problems:
Blocked ears are a common complaint in adults and children, frequently the result of an obstruction or infection of the ear canal. The most common blockages are often self-inflicted, the result of cotton buds being used to attempt to clean the ear canal.
Labyrinthitis is an inner ear infection affecting the ear canals (or labyrinths).