According to some medical researchers, it’s both dangerous and
ineffective. Claims that the practice moves out earwax are not
supported by any evidence according to some studies. The claim by
one manufacturer that ear candles initiated with the Hopi tribe has
likewise been disproven.
However many say the candles are a gentle and natural alternative to
ear syringing. They say that the heat energy from the candle relieves
pain and discomfort in the ear.
The ingredients infused in the cotton vaporize and are drawn down
the hollow centre of the candle thru a ‘chimney effect’. Impurities are
pulled out of the ear, into the candle and either burned away or
accumulated in the filter.
Both ears have to be treated, and the treatment takes around a half an
hour. A calming facial massage is commonly performed afterwards,
draining the sinuses, reinforcing lymph action and blood flow.
As well people claim that Ear Candling is likewise a good treatment to
have if recovering from a cold or ‘flu, or simply to de-stress and clear
the head. The aromatherapy effects of the candle encourage
relaxation and stress reduction.