Hopi candle truth 2020

Below we have created a video explaining our thoughts and experience with the Hopi Indian candle technique. Watch and see how Stephen Neal a fully trained audiologist with decades of experience thinks of these candles.

What is ear candling?

Ear candling, or ear coning, is the practice of placing a lit, cone-shaped candle into the ear. It’s a form of alternative medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. The heat from the candle is supposed to pull up the ear wax. Wax is not dripped into the ear.

People use ear candles to remove wax, improve hearing, and cure ear infections. It’s also touted as a way to treat:

  • sinus infection
  • headache
  • swimmer’s ear
  • cold
  • flu
  • sore throat

Other people claim that it helps to control blood pressure and stress.

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However, there isn’t any valid scientific evidence on the benefits of ear candling. In fact, doctors don’t recommend this practice because it’s considered dangerous and ineffective. It can also do more harm than good.

What is an ear candle?

An ear candle is a hollow, cone-shaped piece of cotton soaked in beeswax, paraffin, or a mix of the two. The candle is about 10 inches long.

The wax might contain ingredients like:

  • rosemary
  • sage chamomile
  • honey
  • essential oils
Does it work?

The warmth of the candle’s flame is thought to create a vacuum. The suction is supposed to pull earwax and debris into the candle.

However, in 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Trusted Source announced that they haven’t found reliable scientific evidence on the effectiveness of ear candling.

They also warned consumers against ear candling because it can cause serious physical injuries.

Ear candling can also make earwax buildup even worse.

Is it safe? 

The FDA reports that ear candles are associated with dangerous side effects. Ear candling increases the risk for the following accidents and issues:

  • burns on the face, ear canal, eardrum, middle ear
  • ear injury from hot wax
  • ears plugged by wax
  • punctured eardrum
  • bleeding
  • accidental fires
  • not getting medical attention for underlying conditions like ear infections and hearing loss

These accidents can happen even if you use a candle according to the directions.