What is Hopi Ear Candling?
Hopi ear candling, also known as Thermo Auricular Therapy, is an ancient form of therapy practised by many people on a world wide basis. Its name is taken from the Hopi Indians of North Arizona, USA and means ‘peaceful people’.
Hopi candling is a very safe therapy and its popularity is growing as more people become aware of its positive benefits.
The process of Hopi candling involves a specially designed hollow candle being inserted just inside the ear canal. The candle is then lit and the suction that is formed draws the impurities from within the ear. This process is known as the chimney effect. The rising air gives the ear drum a gentle massage and also helps to regulate ear pressure. A small amount of ear wax is also removed during the treatment.
Contra indications for Hopi Ear Candling
Although anyone can be treated with Hopi Ear Candles there are cases where Hopi should not be used. These are called contra-indications.
The contra-indications for Hopi Ear candling are -
Providing you have none of these existing conditions Hopi Ear Candling will be a perfectly safe treatment for you to have. The number of Hopi treatments that may be needed to cure a problem depends on a number of factors. The age of the person, the length of time they have had the condition and what condition the person is suffering from. The older the person and the longer they have had the condition the more treatments that will be needed before there is a noticeable improvement, and some conditions are much more treatable than others, therefore fewer treatments are needed for positive results to be achieved .
There are some guidelines that can be followed with regard to the number of Hopi treatments a person can have to achieve positive results. For a problem that has come on suddenly, for example, a cold or blocked nose, it is safe to have treatments up to twice a day for the first 2 days and then 3 or 4 more over the next 10 days. Long term problems, such as hearing loss or tinnitus, Hopi treatments can be given 3 times in the first week, twice in the second week and once in the third week. A Hopi treatment once a month can be beneficial for preventing problems.
What can Hopi Ear Candling Do for You?Hopi Ear Candling has many positive benefits and can help with a variety of conditions of the ear.
These include -
- Glue Ear
- Hayfever and rhinitus
- Excessive ear wax
- General hearing loss
- Tension headaches
- Travel sickness
- Meniere’s disease
What to Expect During a Hopi Ear Candling TreatmentBefore you have your Hopi Ear Candling treatment you will be given a full consultation and asked a number of questions regarding any problems that you may have with your ears. This to help assess whether Hopi candling will be a safe treatment for you to have and to find out what your expectations of the treatment are.
You will be placed in a comfortable position laying down on your side. The Hopi candle will be gently placed just inside the ear canal and lit. The candle will be held firmly in place to prevent any of the ash from falling in or around the ear.
You will experience a fire crackling sound as the candle burns and possibly some popping of the ear. You will also feel a gentle massaging sensation to the ear drum and some heat as the candle burns lower. When the candle has burned it is carefully removed from the ear and extinguished.The entire process is then repeated for the other ear.
Once both ears have been treated you will be left to relax for a few minutes before receiving a soothing sinus or auricular massage. Whether you receive the massage and the type of massage you wish to have is your own choice although it can aid the positive benefits of your treatment.