Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal.
Ear Candling’s History
This energy cleansing technique has been around for many thousands of years and has been found in nearly every culture since the beginning of civilization. Also referred to as ear coning, there has been archeological evidence found that this practice was even performed using glazed clay or stone pottery cones in antiquity. There is no argument to the fact that humans have been coning or candling for eons. The exact origin of candling is unknown, but there is a great deal of evidence indicating its use in many different cultures around the world.
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K’inich Janaab Pacal also named “Pacal the Great, King of Palenque” ruled the Mayan empire from July 29th, 615 to March 3rd 683. His sarcophagus was found by Mexican archaeologist, Alberto Ruz in1952 and when he opened it he found the skeletal remains of Lord Pacal. Covering the remains of the Great King was the Famous Death Mask of Pacal that shows evidence that ear candling was practiced in antiquity. The Mayans were very interested in purification of the body and spirit and performed many rituals involving bloodletting, ear candling, and incense burning. Many of the features of shamanic curing found in the ‘Ritual of the Bacabs’ still characterize contemporary purification and curing rituals.
What is Ear Candling for?
Ear candling is used for many reasons. Some people might have had a negative experience with “Traditional” medicine and sought to investigate other means of relief for their symptoms. Others may have known about ear candling and used them all their lives, while others might have been talked into using ear candles as a dare or suggestion from a friend. Ear candling is a matter of personal choice and the reasons people use them are as varied as people themselves. What we do know is that the majority of people who use them have not only enjoyed the experience but have recommended it to a friend.
It is said that ear candles can be used to alleviate symptoms ranging from simple ear aches, sinus infections, and sinus pressure, aiding sinusitis, releasing blocked energy, relieving pressure points of tension, and overall just being a soothing relaxing therapy. Ear candle practitioners do not claim that they cure these conditions, only that it will help to bring balance and promote healing. There are some myths regarding what happens during the candling experience. One of these is that the smoke enters the ear canal and softens the wax which is then drawn back up through the candle. This is the most common description of how candling works due to the fact that some of the wax from the candle itself may make its way down the inside of the cylinder and when cut open afterward is likely to resemble a waxy yellow substance that resembles ear wax.