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What is ear candling?

Are your ears a little waxier than usual? You might be thinking about trying ear candling. But what is ear candling, and is it safe?

How does ear candling work?

Ear candling has been around since the dawn of time. Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, and even the Hopi Indians of America used similar techniques to clean and clear the ears.
During ear candling, you will be asked to lie on your side, Then a hollow candle (made of linen or cotton) is placed on the outside of the ear. The other end is then lit. This process creates a vacuum to coax wax out of the ear and restore ear health.

Does ear candling really work?

The idea is that by drawing out old wax, you can reduce the build up of impurities and toxins in the canal and sinuses. Some also say that the smoke dries out the ear and removes debris.
It’s also said that the one-hour treatment could help improve sinus irritation, ear infections, and fungal problems.
However, ear candling enthusiasts and practitioners face a bit of a battle. Ear candling has attracted controversy for many years, from people who claim it doesn’t work. They question if the removed wax is in fact ear wax or simply candle wax.

Is ear candling safe?

There are also concerns that ear candling is unsafe. It’s alleged that ear candling can cause wax to get lodged deeper down in the ear, and that the process could lead to ear drum perforation.
So if you are considering ear candling, don’t DIY it – instead, see an ear candling professional to get the low down and ensure a safer procedure.
Another option if you have a build-up of wax in the ear, especially a large deposit that is causing hearing problems, is to seek medical help and have a special syringe used to extract the wax

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