Have you been looking for some ear candling but can’t find anyone to do it? The reason might be because many health professionals and governments alike are questioning whether or not this therapy even works!
If you’re wondering what ear candling is and what is does, please read “What is Ear Candling?”
Last month I received a newsletter from a respected Toronto Naturopathic Doctor that I would like to share with you on the topic of ear candling:
The FDA has alerted consumers about the dangers of ear candles. Ear candling has been used to to treat a number of maladies, ranging from sinus infection and sore throats to earwax buildup and hearing loss.
Use of ear candles creates the potential for fire hazards, inner ear and skin burns, wax-plugged ears, bleeding, eardrum puncture, and delay in seeking treatment for serious medical conditions supposedly treated by the ear coning device, the FDA said.
Testing done by Health Canada found there was little to no efficacy to support the product’s therapeutic value.
In my own not so scientific study, I used my otoscope to inspect someone’s ears before ear candling, and repeated the inspection after ear candling and found no difference whatsoever in the amount of ear wax. The “wax” inside the remaining piece of candle was merely burnt down ear candle. My naturopathic colleagues have conducted similar experiments with identical conclusions.
One person ended up in ER with severe double ear infections and needed IV steroids and antibiotics since both ear canals were sealed shut and they couldn’t get any antibiotic ear drops in. Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists report seeing many urgent ear cases coming in from candling.
Excessive ear wax in my experience is almost always associated with allergies, often food allergies and often a dairy allergy.
There are many sites on the internet that question the effectiveness of ear candling, but I’ve been having trouble finding reputable sources which advocate this therapy. Do you have any to share with us so that we get a good representation of both sides?