Ear candling / conching
The name "ear candling" comes from a conch-shaped, no wick candle - essentially a tube of waxed cloth. Ear candling begins with an ear massage, then the conch is inserted into the ear and lit at the tip. Each ear is treated separately, while the patient is laying down.
The treatment lasts until the candle burns out - which finishes the cleansing of deposits and secretions. Due to the anatomical structure of the head and ear regions, as well as the necessity to maintain the balance of the inner circulation - it's necessary to always perform the procedure for both ears.
Ear candling has been known since at least ancient times. It's been used in various cultures in Americas, Asia and Europe. In the past, conching was performed using properly prepared conches of snail shells.
What is the difference between a candle and a conch for ear candling?
In this case, the terms candle or conch are used to describe just the shape. The ear candle will be a waxed fabric tube, while the conch will be the shape of a cone or a funnel. Candles or conches don't have a wick - their bottoms are protected by a plate, which has the purpose of capturing the wax and acting as a cooler.
The ear candle or conch works as an air chimney, which creates a cleansing vacuum in the ear canal - allowing warm air to move through the center, while the slightly cooler air moves along the walls of the tube.
Some candles contain aromatic oils or herbal aroma ingredients - sometimes even honey. A wick is not necessary, as candles and ear conches have a small diameter - once they're lit, the flame closes the top of the tube. The heated air is put into motion, which releases active aromatic, herbal or healing substances from ingredients.
Benefits of ear candling
- Regulates pressure in the sinuses and eardrum,
- Cleanses the ear of debris, deposits and excess earwax,
- Stimulates lymph circulation and clears lymph nodes,
- Strengthens the immune system,
- Supports metabolic processes,
- Sharpens the senses (especially taste, hearing, smell),
- Restores physical and mental balance.
Indications for ear candling
- Hearing loss, deafness,
- Excessive earwax,
- Irritation of ears or sinuses,
- Inflammation of the respiratory tract, runny nose,
- Disorders or atrophy of the sense of smell,
- Noise or ringing in the ears,
- Severe stress, depression and nervous disorders,
- Increased muscle tension,
- Body balance disorders,
- Recurrent tonsillitis,
- Enlarged third tonsil,
- Pressure regulation in cases of headaches,
- Obstruction of all sinus passages.
Contraindications for ear candling
- Purulent leakage from the ear,
- Damaged external auditory canal,
- Tumors in the head area,
- Allergic reactions to wax and bee products.