Ear Candling - Benefits and Uses
More and more Americans are choosing to include Complementary or Alternative Medicine methods along with or in place of the health care they receive from their primary care physician. One of these methods is Ear Candling. Although Ear Candling in the past was used for healing and spiritual purification, it is now being chosen to address mild illnesses that involve the respiratory system, the sinuses, and the ears.
More often than not, most individuals seldom tell their physician of their use of Ear Candling. Most physicians may not be aware of the process or they adhere to the philosophy that this method has no effect at all on the patient’s health, as it is considered to be an Old Home Remedy. In addition the FDA, The Food and Drug Administration, has deemed Ear Candling to be of no value and must not be presented or marketed as a Medical Procedure which improves health. The FDA also considers Ear Candling to be hazardous to your health. You may also hear that even though the method may not work as purported, the warmth from the lighted candle is very soothing to the ear canal and may result in a very relaxed state during and following the treatment.
What is Ear Candling?
Ear Candling, a safe, simple, non-invasive natural relaxing cleansing method, uses long hollow Ear candles to extract earwax and other debris from the ear canal. The proponents of this method say that Ear Candling improves mental clarity and balances fluids that may cause headaches.
Benefits of Ear Candling
Individuals who provide Ear Candling will often tell you of the many benefits from this simple method.
These potential benefits may include:
- Improved sense of smell
- Relief of “swimmer’s ear
- Reduced ear pain
- Improved sense of taste
- Balanced emotional state
- Reduced ringing in ears
- Relief of dizziness
- Reduced pain of a tear in the eardrum
- Improved color perception
- Equalized pressure in the ear
- Reduced stress and tension
- Clearer thinking
- Improved lymphatic fluid flow
Ear Candling Practitioners also feel the reason the method creates these benefits is that all of the openings in the head are inter-connected, in a maze–like configuration, which allows the vacuum created by the candle to drain the entire system by osmosis through the membrane of the ear. It is believed that the gentle osmotic pressure caused by Ear Candling is enough to effect a correction within the structures which lay in close proximity of the ear drum, thus the reason clients feel so great following a treatment.
If you look at the potential benefits listed above, you will quickly arrive at the various conditons that can benefit from Ear Candling method.
These conditions have been identified by practitioners as well as by clients, and include:
- Irritation of an ear infection
- Ringing in the ears
- Jaw Pain
- ‘Swimmer’s’ Ear
- Wearing Hearing aide
- Frequent build-up of fluid in the middle ear
- Chronic sinus infections
- Stress related symptoms
- Frequent headaches
- Accumulation of ear wax (cerumen)
- Slight dizziness, when walking or rising from a sitting or prone position.
- Intense ear itching often caused by Yeast/mold allergies or hearing aids
Contra-indications for Ear Candling
Just remember, you should not choose to have an Ear Candling treatment if you have had recent surgery to the ear, if the eardrum has ruptured from increased pressure within the middle ear, cysts in the ears, mastoiditis (an infection of the mastoid process, the bone behind the ears) ‘tubes’ (Tympanotomy) in the ears, artificial eardrum or cochlear implants.
If you are in search of a more ‘natural way’ to reduce or eliminate any minor symptoms related to your ear, your sense of hearing, headaches, or the pain in your children’s ears, seek out a Massage Therapist, a Naturopath, an herbalist, or Cosmetologist who provides this service; or better yet, learn the Ear Candling method yourself.
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