What is Hopi Ear Candling?
Hopi Ear Candling is a traditional therapy that has been around for thousands of years, used by both the Ancient Greeks and most notably, the Hopi Indian Tribe of South West America. Wall paintings found in the Grand Canyon have helped us to understand the importance of Hopi ear candles and their many benefits. These painting demonstrated that originally, their use was for the cleansing of people’s aura and spirit to harmonise the different energy fields of the body.
The modern-day Hopi candle is not that much different to the ones used by these tribes as it uses a cotton tube carefully infused with honey, oils and beeswax. The tube is gently inserted into the ear and is then able to extract any impurities and relieve pressure in the head and sinuses.
How does it work?
Many individuals find the process very relaxing as they are asked to lie down on their side with their head supported by a pillow so that their ear canal is vertical. The Hopi candle is then placed inside the ear cancel as far as it will go to fit comfortably. The tube can be impregnated with a range of ingredients, but most commonly used are honey, chamomile, sage and St Johns Wort. Each of these have their own unique healing properties which will be transferred into the ear canal during the treatment. Chamomile possesses anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a gentle anti-spasmodic sedative. Sage is helpful is stimulating the lymphatic system as well as increasing circulation in the body and St. John’s Wort is often used as a restorative tonic for the nervous system.
Once in place, the candle is lit which begins a gentle suction by creating a vacuum within your ear canal. The vacuum draws the wax and any other impurities and debris from the ear into the hollow tube. The vacuum is brought about by warm air from the lit flame and cold air moving through the centre of the tube. The treatment can last anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and generally patients will hear a crackling sound as the wax is drawn up into the tube, working in a similar fashion to a chimney. This also signifies the massaging of the ear drum which helps to regulate the ear pressure and relieves any built-up pressure felt in the head.
Who can benefit from this treatment?
Individuals who suffer from sinus problems which affect their head and ears or have issues with large deposits of earwax can benefit from Hopi Ear Candles. However, it is advised that those who suffer from certain ear related issues should not use Hopi Ear Candles. Those who have suffered from recent ear infections, perforated ear drums, inflammation or those who have had ear surgery are all advised to not use this treatment.
Those who suffer from the following conditions often benefit the most from this treatment:
- Excessive Ear Wax
- Hay fever
- Tension Headaches
- Sleeping Problems
Post treatment, many patients report a sense of calm and relaxation in their head and ear alongside an enhanced sense of smell and hearing.
If you would like to find out more about how Hopi Ear Candling could be part of your wellbeing programme then why not give us a call on 0800 051 76 88 and find out more? We work out of two clinics in Northwich and can provide this service to individuals throughout Cheshire.