I heard about “ear candling” from my sisters in Canada years ago, and Mark had it done once when he lived in Jincheng. A new spa opened close to our apartment so Mark and I thought we would give it a try.
After we went I looked it up on the internet to explain the process.
“Ear candling,” also known as auricular candling or coning, refers to various procedures that involve placing a cone-shaped device in the ear canal and supposedly extracting earwax and other impurities with the help of smoke or a burning wick. The origins of candling are obscure. Ancient Tibet, China, Egypt, the pre-Columbian Americas, and even the mythical city of Atlantis are cited as possible contributors. The procedures supposedly create a low-level vacuum that draws wax and other debris out of the ear canal. Some proponents even claim that impurities are removed from the inner ear, the facial sinuses, or even the brain itself, all of which are somehow connected to the canal. Proponents claim that candling can:
- relieve sinus pressure and pain
- cleanse the ear canal
- improve hearing
- assist lymphatic circulation
- regulate pressure
- purify the mind
- strengthen the brain
- relieve pain and fever associated with a ruptured eardrum
- cure swimmer’s ear and other ear infections
- relieve earaches
- act as an alternative to “tubes put in your ears”
- sharpen the senses of smell, taste, and color perception
- stabilize emotions
- stop tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- help TMJ pain and stiffness
- relieve vertigo
- fortify the central nervous system
- clear the eyes,
- purify the blood,
- act as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, or antibiotic
- cure Meniere’s syndrome
- aid sinusitis
- release blocked energy
- reduce stress and tension
- cure auricular zona (a herpes zoster infection of the ear)
- open and align the chakras
- open the spiritual centers and cleanse the auric bodies.
How is Ear Candling Done?
Ear candling requires the use of ear candles. Ear candles are made of cotton or linen that’s wound into a cone shape, soaked in wax, and then allowed to harden.
This hollow candle is inserted through a hole in a plate specially designed to collect wax, and placed into the external ear canal. The candle is lit at the opposite end.
Proponents of ear candling claim that this creates a low-level vacuum that draws ear wax and other debris out of the ear and into the hollow candle. After the procedure, a dark, waxy substance is usually left in the stub of the candle.
Many people find it to be a satisfying procedure, because they are told that the dark waxy mass they see is a combination of ear wax and debris.
Proponents of ear candling claim that it can help to remove ear wax and debris from the ear and facial sinuses. The external ear canal, however, is not continuous with the middle ear, sinuses, Eustachian tube, and nasal passages when the ear drum (tympanic membrane) is normal and intact.
Other manufacturers claim that smoke from the burning candles dries out the ear canal and stimulates the body’s natural excretion of wax and dead cells, pollen, mold, parasites, and other debris. Taken from Google.
It was an interesting and enjoyable experience for me. Before the candle is used I received a facial massage where she used moderate pressure on the areas near my nose and ears. Since you are lying on your side it is difficult to actually see what is done, but I could see the light from the candle and feel warmth in my ear, and hear the beautiful crackling sound. She continues to massage around your ear while the candle is burning.
Afterwards I felt great, so I am glad that I gave it a try. Wouldn’t it be great if it could actually strengthen your brain! For years I have had a small problem with my sinuses and my lack of smell, which really is okay living here in China. But now my breathing/smelling passages seem clearer. I don’t know if that is due to the candling or the the pressured facial massage. I should say that Mark really didn’t notice any difference afterwards.
I have no idea who this person in the photo is, but couldn’t get over the resemblance to myself.
Yesterday I taught my first English lesson to the employees in our apartment. There were about 15 young people in attendance, only 3 women, with the majority being the guards who patrol our building.
They learned how to say their name, age, where they are from, and different rooms in the apartments. It was fun walking around and I could tell that 3 of the guards knew more English, so I had a short conversation with each of them. After the class was finished they all stood up and saluted me… a new and gratifying experience.
I think next week, I will talk about different forms of transportation, cars, taxis, bikes. I have a book that shows different makes of cars which I think all the young men will like, as there are many expensive cars at our apartment.