Hopi Ear Candles or Thermal Auricular Therapy
Hopi Ear Candles are hollow tubes traditionally made from flax coated in beeswax, sometimes with extracts of honey and with herbs.
They are widely used around the world, in hospitals and by GP’s to treat a variety of ear, nose and throat conditions. Their use is a non invasive treatment and below is some of the conditions that they are used for:-
- Cleaning out excessive or compacted wax in the ears
- Promoting lymphatic circulation
- Improving immune system
- Eliminating backed up mucus
- Alleviating allergic conditions
- Diminishing chronic sinusitis
- Enhancing hearing, or even taste and smell
- Relieving ear pain
- Restoring equilibrium or pressure in the ear (i.e. for frequent flying, sports such as diving, etc)
- Stimulating of local and reflex energy flow
- Noises in the ears, ringing, tinnitus
- Headaches and migraines
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Swimmers ear
The use of candles is thought to be thousands of years old and has been seen in Ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome though it is the Native American Hopi Indian tribe that has had the most influence on modern Europe hence the name Hopi Ear Candles.
How do they work?
The treatment is a very relaxing one where the client remains fully clothed and is just required to lie still on their side. The ear candle is inserted into the ear canal, guided by the client to ensure that it is comfortable for them. I will stand to the side and gently hold the candle in place.
When lit, the ear candles send warm heated natural vapour into the ear and the hollow shape of them forms a flue effect, sucking up into the candle melted ear wax and impurities and dries out unnecessary moisture (swimmers ear).
The rising air inside the ear sets up a vibration that gently massages the eardrum and this can help to regulate the pressure in the ear. The circulation of warm concentrated vapour is soothing, calming and protects irritated areas. Most of the impurities or deposits are carried away through the candle ‘chimney’ and some can be found in the lower section of the candles after it is removed from the ear
What you will experience
You will be asked to lie on your side and you are made to feel very comfortable. The candle is gently inserted into the auditory canal and guided into position by you with my help, it is not placed deep and goes no further into your ear then your little finger! I will then hold the candle in a vertical position and light it. Once the candle is lit you will experience a pleasant crackling hissing sound and a comfortable warm feeling as the candle burns down until it reaches a specific marker on the candle when it is removed and extinguished. After a few moments you will be asked to turn over and the process is repeated on the other side. At the end of the treatment you are asked to lie on your back, close your eyes and relax while you receive a gentle head and face massage for a few minutes.
If you want I will be happy to show you what wax and deposits the candle has managed to extract from your ears, but you don’t have to.
Did you know?
Wax removal is no longer provided by the NHS – this treatment is excellent for removing excess ear wax. Depending on the severity of your condition you may need more than one treatment.
Sinusitis – experienced by many of us, often as a result of suffering a cold, can be relieved by this treatment, you may need several treatments until your symptoms subside.
Glue Ear – this treatment is an excellent natural, non-invasive treatment for Glue Ear and can be used for children from the age of 1. It is recommend that treatments should be once a week for the first month and then once a month thereafter.
Tinnitus – most sufferers of tinnitus will be told that there is no cure for their tinnitus. Hopi Ear Candling does not offer a cure but depending on the cause of your tinnitus, it has in some case shown that it greatly reduced it.