Hopi ear candles

(Thermo auricular therapy)

We use Biosun ear candles in our practice. They have a CE level lla classification and are bound to a strict quality control procedure during manufacture and classed as a medical device. The candles are hollow tubes with a filter in place a few inches up from the base of the candle, a red line on the outside signifies it's position and it is here that it is allowed to be burned down to before extinguishing. The candles are made from organic, untreated cotton flax, stiffened by a mixture of Beeswax, Honey, Sage, St John's Wort and Chamomile.

An ear candling treatment takes approx 40 minutes. Laying on your side the candle end is placed just at the very start of the outer ear canal, it is not pushed down or positioned in any way that will cause discomfort or damage. The candle takes approx 10 minutes to burn down to the safety line during which time you may hear a crackling type of sound as the candle burns and experience a warm, soothing feeling. Most people find the treatment to be very relaxing. After turning over to have the other ear treated you will lay on your back and have a  short gentle draining type of facial and head massage.

Although this treatment is perfectly safe for most people, it is advised that it should be avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy and for anyone with a perforated eardrum, grommets in place, infection or whilst undergoing any dental root canal work. Pain, sudden deafness, vertigo or any unexplained symptoms should always be investigated by a GP.

This treatment may help to alleviate excessive wax, blocked sinuses, headaches as an aftermath of colds and flu and restore the balance of pressure that is sometimes disturbed after flying.