The healing method now called ear candling has been around for centuries. Many
nations have used this method for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians
employed reeds in this technique. Native Americans have also done ear candling
using cornhusks, dipping them in beeswax to make a hollow candle. The process
was also known in ancient India, Tibet, and in the Aztec culture.
Ear Candling was originally used for purification prior to or as part of ancient
rites of initiation. Ear Candling was used to assist in opening the body's
spiritual centers, thus cleaning and cleansing the spiritual body through the
physical. In fact, it is still believed by some that the ear candling process
can break up block ages in the subtle energy system and the subconscious where
repressed emotions and memories can lie hidden from the conscious mind, causing
degenerative disease (Detailed in "The Metaphysical Application of Ear
The process is still being handed down orally today in many centers of
traditional medicine, and, with the recent increased interest in traditional
medicine, has lately been gaining in general popularity, too.
Ear Candling: An Age-Old Remedy Revived
Once upon a time we did most of it ourselves, with some help from the elders of
the village. Then came a time when we turned it over to someone else or to an
institution. Now many of us are moving back to the idea of learning to do it
ourselves with a little help from the institution in special cases. "It" refers
to healing the body and learning preventive measures that keep the body strong,
youthful, dynamic, and fully functioning.
One proven technique of prevention and help for the body that grandmother was
probably familiar with is Candling. Candling is a natural ear healing technique
that began centuries ago, possibly originating in ancient Egypt. Because the
process worked, Candling spread to Europe, Greece and China and is now
practiced around the world.
Given its name because the practitioner uses a hollow waxed cloth candle, this
simple home remedy, as based on testimonials, assists in the removing of ear
wax and may improve any of the following conditions: sinus problems, sore
throat, ear ache, swimmer's ear, some chronic headaches, allergies and hearing
There is no discomfort to the person receiving the treatment; old ear wax and
noxious toxins are drawn up into the candle which has been placed gently in the
ear and lit. The low flame of the burning candle creates a slow vacuum which
softens and pulls the old wax into the base of the candle.
How is it that such results can be obtained? Our theory is that such effects are
possible because all the passages in the head are interconnected, allowing the
candles to drain the entire system osmotically through the membrane of the ear.
Structurally, the internal carotid artery, the auditory tube, the cochlear
nerve, the facial nerve, the semicircular canal and the first turn of the
cochlea are all located in the area immediately behind the tympanic membranes.
All nerves have a thin coating of spinal fluid which can become polluted. The
fluid in your body circulates 14 times a day in order to cleanse itself. If the
system is laden with toxicity from the environment and the food we eat; then
the body cannot take in what it needs in the way of metabolites for the nerves.
There are several tympanic membranes, all of which vibrate. These membranes are
linked by a series of canals. The ear canal itself forms and helps support the
brain, a pivot point for the skull. These bones only need to move a paper's
thickness worth of distance in order to make a correction. When the bones are
properly aligned, the osmotic pressure on the nerves that relate to your senses
are shifted as well. It is believed that the gentle reverse osmotic pressure of
the Ear Candling is enough to effect such a correction, which is why people
often feel better afterwards.
There are many reasons why our cranial bones become misaligned. Colds, birth
trauma, environmental toxicity, the hats we wear, earphones, telephones,
headphones, scarves, even glasses, can all change the osmotic pressure on the
nerves that relate to our senses of taste, smell, hearing and sight.
The only mechanical influence on our ears is when we swallow or when we hold our
breath. These are the only ways available to alter the pressure in our ears to
clear our eustachian tubes. If the tubes are irritated, they will not drain.
When you swallow and have anything covering your ears, it constricts the bones
even more by creating more of an internal vacuum. If the pressure continues to
build up, your body reaches a point of stasis. The pressure cannot be released
and continues to build.
The cochlea is responsible for sound production. It is a fluid filled structure
which is located in a cavity. The cochlear area as well as the semicircular
canal can become infected and irritated. The tiny hairs in the cochlea itself
can become laden with debris and cease to move as freely as they should when
stimulated. The smoke and gentle vacuum created by the process cleans the
lymphs within this structure as well as the cochlear hairs themselves,
improving their function.
The ear contains nerve endings and acupuncture points to every other area of the
body, mind and emotions. The nerve endings are connected by streams of the
subtle energy flow which carries our life force energy. If hearing is impaired
or blocked, we are disconnected from that energy.
Ear coning acts as a catalyst to clear out debris accumulated on nerve endings.
This allows for clear vibrational flow to the corresponding area of the mind,
body and spirit and clears the way for other methods of healing.
A typical Candling client is one searching for a more "natural way" to alleviate
pressure in their head or upper respiratory area, or someone in search of
relief from pain in their children's ears, or to hear, smell, see or just
"plain" feel better.
The practitioner of Candling might be a massage therapist, an herbalist, a
medical assistant, cosmetologist, day care provider, or family member.