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Hopi Ear Candling or Thermo-Auricular Therapy

Katie Page

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A Brief History of Hopi Ear Candles

As with many complimentary therapies, the use of ear candles can be traced to many ancient civilisations. It is believed that the Ancient Greeks used ear candles, initially probably for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but much later on a purely physical basis. Records show that similar treatments were carried out in many Mediterranean and Latin American Countries. Shaman healers use ear candles for ritualistic cleansing and used them in initiation and healing ceremonies. Their use is depicted in several ancient wall paintings. However, the practice reached the modern world via the native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona; the Hopis were the first settled Pueblo Indians of the North American Continent. The word “Hopi” means “peace” or “people of peace”. The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians.

The candles work on a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions. Secretion flow is gently stimulated and the vapour collects and removes impurities or deposits. Most of these are carried away through the candle “chimney”, although some of them can be found in the condensed candle wax residue after removal from the ear, or could even work their way up to the surface 24-48 hours after.

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Composition of the Candles

Biosun hopi ear candles are made by hand using a traditional recipe and the finest ingredients, The candles are made from the natural ingredients of

  • 100% beeswax (antibacterial effect)
  • Honey extracts (soothing)
  • Sage (herbal extract)
  • St Johns Wort (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, soothing and antiseptic)
  • Chamomile (anti neuralgic, skin disinfectant, calms dry, itchy skin, allergies etc)
  • Beta-carotene 9 (antioxident and mild disinfectant)
  • Organically grown flax

The candles are approx 22 cm long (8.75 inch), they make use of a small filter embedded inside the body of the candle which acts as a safety feature. Biosun ear candles have an established reputation and benefit from over 21 years of hopi candle production experience, following high quality and safety standards, making them extremely popular for ear candling.

Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions. These ear candles induce a revitalising heat upon the head and ears, which soothes, relieves and relaxes

Conditions that will respond well to Hopi Ear Candling

  • Most ear, nose and throat conditions will benefit as well as stress related conditions, where anxiety is the issue (IBS, Asthma, Menopause)
  • Any age can benefit (as young as 15 months)
  • Excessive or compacted earwax. (DO NOT use ear drops for 24 hours prior to treatment)
  • Sinusitis
  • Glue Ear
  • Colds
  • Tinnitus
  • Rhinitis, Hay Fever etc
  • Headaches, Migranes
  • Stimulation of local and reflex energy flow
  • Relaxing and calming effect

What a typical Treatment Session entails

You are asked to lie comfortably and listen to relaxing music. The candle is then gently placed into the auditory canal, where it is lit. I hold it in a vertical position, my hands keeping the candle steady and preventing any ash falling on to you. You will experience a pleasant crackling sound as the candle burns and a warm comfortable feeling. As the candle burns down, the residue ash (if it falls) will just turn to dust. The candle is then taken away while you lie there for a few moments before turning over to treat the other ear. Most clients find the whole experience very relaxing. The process is not painful; in fact some people find the process so relaxing that they tend to fall asleep during the candling process. Session also includes facial massage.

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Beneficial for the following people:

Usually after the first time you have treatment you will know when the next time your ears need to be candled. For example; if you have experienced a gradual reduction in hearing sensitivity, itching and plugged ears are a sign that you may need treatment again. Ear candling has also been known to relieve symptoms associated with swimmers ear, allergies and sinuses. Scuba divers are using the ear candling method to dive further with fewer problems. Ear candling can benefit almost everyone, from infants to adults. Musicians can benefit – especially singers and horn blowers – who often have a lot more wax build up than other people. People who wear hearing aids can benefit. Also, those people who have had previous ear injuries, can benefit from ear candling as they tend to have a greater build up of wax and fungus. Use as a way to maintain the body and to keep nerve endings open to allow proper energy flow. Keeping equilibrium and organs in alignment allows the body to run at optimum levels of performance. If you are one of the people that have a hard time flying in an airplane due to the high altitude and discomfort, ear candling may relieve the symptoms that you are having.

Contra-indications

This is a natural and non-invasive treatment. There are therefore few contra-indications

  • Whilst under medical supervision without permission
  • If grommets are in place unless in place for over 12 months
  • Where inflammation or infection is present
  • If a client is in severe pain
  • If the eardrum is perforated (The client should wait at least 6 months after onset and a letter from the client with permission is needed to carry out the treatment)
  • After a course of antibiotics
  • Recent neck/head injury
  • Dysfunction of the nervous system
  • Epilepsy
  • Treatment of minors without permission of guardian. Chaperone to remain in treatment room.

If you are still unsure about the treatment and need further explanation please contact me on any of the phone numbers or email me and I will be happy to answer any queries.