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What is Ear candling? Ear candling, also called ear coning, is a folk medicine practice intended to assist the natural clearing of earwax and "toxins" from a person's ear by means of a hollow candle placed in the ear. It involves lighting one end of the hollow candle, and placing the other end in the ear canal. Proponents believe that the resulting vacuum will clean out the ear. Many clients still feel this practice is beneficial to their auricular and overall health.
How is it done? One end of a cylinder or cone of waxed cloth is lit, and the other placed into the client's ear. The client is lying on one side with the treated ear facing skyward. The candle is vertical, and stuck through a paper plate to protect against any wax or ash falling down the side. The flame is extingished then relit periodically to remove the burnt part. When ~ 2 inches of the candle is left, the flame is permanently extinguished in water.
Before tossing, cutting open the stub of the candle will review the debris removed from the ear. An ear candling session can last up to 45 minutes, during which time a series of 1 or 2 ear candles may be burned for each ear.
The experience is generally described as being unusual, but pleasant and relaxing. "You may hear some crackling and popping" and "you may feel some heat during the ear candling session." Ear candling should not be practiced on people who have ear tubes (grommets), perforated ear drums, or artificial ear drums.

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Donna A. Venuto, NCLMT, CST, CMLDT
The Healing and Wellness Center at Chauncy Place
45 Lyman Street, Suite 22
Westboro, MA 01581