£40 What are Hopi Ear Candles? Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions. Hopi ear candles induce a revitalizing heat upon the head and ears, which soothes, relieves and relaxes.
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, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalize the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions. Secretion flow is gently stimulated and the vapor collects and removes impurities or deposits. Most of these are carried away through the candle "chimney", although some of them can be found in the condensed candle wax residue after removal from the ear, or could even work their way up to the surface 24-48 hours after.
What are Hopi Ear Candles used for? Though results may vary from patient to patient, some of my clients have reported Hopi Candles to be helpful with:
Excessive or compacted wax in the ears (see patients comments)
Irritation in ears and sinuses
Pressure regulation in cases of : sinusitis / rhinitis / glue ear / colds / flu / headaches / migraine
Stimulation of local and reflex energy flow
Energetic revitalization in cases of hearing impairment
Relaxing and calming effect in cases of stress
Noises in the ears, ringing, tinnitus
Remember, if in doubt, always contact your GP.
Are there any side effects? No contraindications 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.
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.
What a typical treatment session entails You are asked to lie comfortably and listen to relaxing music. The candle is then gently placed into the auditory canal, where it is lit. It is held in a vertical position, the hands keeping the candle steady and preventing any ash falling on to you. You will 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 while you lie there for a few moments before turning over to treat the other ear. Most clients find the whole experience very relaxing. Some fall asleep during treatment. Once the treatment is finished your therapist will cut open the hollow candle to show you, if you wish, what has been collected.
Frequently Asked Questions Does the residue of the candle go into the ear? No - the candles are made with a plug inside which prevents anything going into the ear.
Does it help to have a treatment before taking a flight? Yes - if you have no ear infection and if you suffer with ears or sinus problems, it is a good idea to have a treatment prior to your flight to get rid of any excess wax.
I suffer from a lot of ear wax and often have them syringed. Could I use these candles instead? Yes you could. I have a number of clients who previously endured the discomfort of syringing but now visit me for hopi treatment instead.