Have you had a cold recently and are finding you are getting headaches due to your sinusses being blocked then it may be worth considering a treatment.

What are Hopi Ear Candles?

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

A Brief History

This is an ancient and natural therapy handed down by many 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. However, the practice reached the modern world via the Native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona. Ear candles were used traditionally by Shaman healers. Ancient wall paintings show their importance in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies of the tribe. The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians.

How do Hopi Ear Candles work?

The candles are made from the natural ingredients of beeswax, honey extracts, sage, St Johns Wort, chamomile, beta-carotene and organically grown flax. A constant high quality is ensured. The candles work on a chimney principle, and may draw impurities to the surface. They may help to equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions. Secretion flow may be gently stimulated and the vapour may collect and remove impurities or deposits. Most of these are carried away through the candle “chimney”, although some of them may be found in the condensed candle wax residue after removal from the ear, or may even work their way up to the surface 24-48 hours after.

WhatHopi Ear Candles maybe helpful for?
Though results may vary from patient to patient, Hopi Candles are known to be helpful with:

  • Excessive or compacted wax in the ears
  • Irritation in ears
  • Nasal disorders
  • Pressure regulation in cases of : Labryinthitis, Sinusitis,Rhinitis, Glue ear, colds/flu, headaches, migraine, snoring
  •  Stimulation of local and reflex energy flow
  •  Energetic revitalisation in cases of hearing    impairment
  • Disturbances of the lymphatic system
  •  Relaxing and calming effect in cases of stress
  • Noises in the ears, ringing, tinnitus
  • Sleep apnea
  • vertigo or dizziness
  • Ménière’s Disease
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  •  Loss or reduction of taste or smell
  • Swimmer’s or Surfer’s ear, flying or diving pressure problems • Motion sickness

Are there any side effects?
No contra indiacations are known to date but as a precaution, it is advisable not to use Hopi candles :
• If grommets are in place
• If there is inflammation or infection
• In the event of an allergic reaction to the contents

• If recently had perforated eardrums.

However, most clients find the treatment relaxing and regularly describe a “slight relieved feeling” in the ears and head but also a relaxing and calming effect on the whole system.

Where long-term conditions are being treated, the client may sometimes experiences slight headaches and occasional popping shortly after the treatment. Very occasionally ear ache after treatment is reported, and this usually will stop after 24 to 48 hours.

What a typical Session entails:-
You are asked to lie on your side. The candle is then gently placed into the auditory canal, where it is lit. It is held in a vertical position, the therapist’s hands keeping the candle steady and preventing any ash falling on to you. You may 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 whilst you lie there for a few moments before turning over to treat the other ear.  After both ears have been treated you are asked to lie on your back and a gentle face massage is given to complete the effect of the treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the residue of the candle go into the ear?

No – the candles are made with a filter inside which prevents anything going into the ear. Although a small amount of powder may fall through, this is gently removed with a small curled piece of tissue, as you shouldn’t use cotton buds or anything that could do damage to your eardrum.

Does it help to have a treatment before taking a flight?

Yes it may – as long as you do NOT have an ear infection but you do you suffer with ears or nasal problems, it is a good idea to have a treatment prior. I may greatly help with the pressure build up in flight.

Does the treatment hurt?

No, on the contrary, you may find it a deeply relaxing treatment; although very occasionally a slight discomfort may be felt as the candle draws

Can young children be treated?

Yes, but this should be discussed prior to booking.

There are also some pressure points that you can work and I will do a blog about this in the near future.

Wood Farm Complementary Therapy Centre
, Starston, Norfolk IP20 9PP