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(Hopi Ear Candling)
Hopi Ear Candles are hollow tubes made of cotton, soaked in beeswax, honey and herbs. When lit, the candle acts like a chimney, causing the warm air inside it to rise and creating a vacuum at the bottom. This vacuum gently sucks out excess wax and impurities from the ear.
The treatment should be carried out in a relaxed, draught free atmosphere and the patient should lie in a comfortable position on his/her side with the head supported on a pillow. A small cotton towel or flannel should cover the hair. Firstly, the candle is tested for a snug fit, then it is lit and the shorter marked end is inserted carefully into the outer ear. (The candle must not reach the inner ear, where it could damage the eardrum) The flame is allowed to burn down to within a short distance of the marked red line, when the candle is removed gently and extinguished in some water. The practitioner then massages gently around the ear, using draining movements down the neck.
The procedure is repeated with the other ear, and then the patient lies on his/her back for gentle drainage massage on the face.
It is then important for the patient to have a drink of water and lie still for about 15 minutes before he/she stands up.
Hopi candles can be used for many conditions including deafness caused by excess wax, congested sinuses, irritation in the ears, ringing or noises in the ears, tinnitus, rhinitis, glue ear, colds, flu, headaches and migraines. As their action is so gentle, they are particularly suitable for children.
In most cases the treatment is extremely soothing and relaxing, leaving the
patient with a sense of well-being and reduced pressure in the ears or head. A
little warmth is felt, and hissing and crackling noises are heard, with a little
popping. Most people say that it is a very pleasant experience!
The initial effect can be a noticeable improvement in hearing if much wax is removed. However, the effects of the candles can continue for about 24 hours, and for example in the case of congested sinuses, improvements can continue occurring for a day or two.
When should the candles not be used?
Use of the candles is contra-indicated if:
Sessions last about 1 hour, this includes ear candling, facial & scalp massage
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