Thermo-Auricular Therapy (Hopi Ear Candling)
Hopi ear candles are named after the Native American tribe who first introduced this gentle therapy to the West. Ear candles are used widely throughout North America and Asia and although the current treatment has come to us from the Hopi tribe, the use of ear candles to treat ear problems has been known for centuries, having been used by the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks.
The Hopi candle is not a candle as such, but a hollow tube made out of cotton flax. To stiffen the flax, they are impregnated with extract of honey and herb oils (in particular chamomile, sage and St Johns Wort), the healing properties of which have been known to the Hopi tribe for hundreds of years. The making of the candles is a complex process and all genuine Hopi candles are made in the traditional manner. I use only original Biosun Earcandles, which are still made by hand today using the traditional recipe and the finest regularly tested ingredients.
The candle is placed over the ear orifice and ignited. A light suction (chimney effect) creates a vibration of air within the ear candle, generating a massage-like effect on the eardrum. This creates a pleasant feeling of warmth and a balancing of pressure within the ears, forehead and sinuses. The candle is only allowed to burn to within 4 inches of the end of the candle. The treatment is repeated on the other ear and then a complete facial massage is carried out, paying particular attention to the sinus areas.
Ear candles can help with the treatment of sinusitis, rhinitis, hayfever, excess earwax, glue ear, vertigo, travel sickness, earache, irritation of the ears, tinnitus and even snoring. It is also suitable for the treatment of headaches and migraines. It is not suitable for those with perforated eardrums, where grommets are in place or those who may have an allergy to the ingredients. It is a safe and gentle treatment for children.
The number of treatments required depends on how long the candle takes to burn down, but an initial course of 3 treatments is normally recommended. Each treatment takes approximately 45 minutes and is very gentle and relaxing. Allow one hour for the first treatment to give sufficient time for an initial consutation prior to the treatment.