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Readers Respond: Pros and Cons of Ear Candling

Responses: 80


Not a good idea

I just read the post about how people used to blow smoke in other peoples ears to help. The reason they no longer do this is because we learned that it is harmful. They have actually linked smoking and second hand smoke to ear infections in children. Working in and ENT (ear,nose, and throat) Dr.'s office and seeing so many kids come in with their parents who smell of smoke and the Dr.'s would actually tell them that their child could have surgery to help with the ear infections or you can stop smoking and it could help and your child may not need surgery. I am not saying that this is the only cause but it has been proven to be a significant contributing factor. As for ear candling, if you read articles written by the medical field you will find that they can actually remove any wax from the ear. There is not enough suction to remove it. I always tell people to light one out of their ear and they will get the same "stuff" in it. Some candles have more than others.
—Guest audiologist

Nope…Big NO NO for me

I tried ear candling for first time 2 months ago..and after two weeks I started to have itchy feelings in both ears, but nothing clicked that time and I went for second time Within a week..both my ears have terrible itch..still under medication..itch is really bad. It's a big No NO for me.
—Guest shakti

My kids swear by it and so do I

I never believed this would work either. My mom did the candling in my ear one day, I was amazed how much better my ears felt. So I did it to my husband and kids. I do it about 2x a year, in fact I just did it last night, it is amazing how different your ears feel. I read all the stories on here, you know what, maybe it is or maybe it's not ear wax, but I will tell you from 1st hand experience, when my kids complain about their ears itching or hurting, I candle their ears and I don't hear another complaint from them for about 5-6 months. You have to be careful to not stick the candle too far into their ears, keep a glass of water next to you, and cut a hole in a paper plate to help with the wax droppings. Try it once. Then you can make your own opinion. I love it, my kids and husband loves it, so with that, I will continue to do it.
—Guest Dina

Works wonders for me

I have had ear coning for over over 15 years, usually with very good results. I've gone to an ENT, was told I had a fungus infection in my ear and did not get results from the prescribed meds that I get from coning. People say there is no vacuum but I can feel suction at times and know when things come out...then the candle is clogged and needs to be cleaned out and process re-started. I've also burned the candle by itself to see what happens and there is not all the material (wax, fungus, ??) that is there when it is has been placed in my ear. I believe this to be an ancient practice (picture in the Smithsonian) that IS beneficial when done correctly.
—Guest Susan

This works!

I have been having a lot of trouble with my rt. ear over the last 1 1/2 yrs. My niece just ear candled that ear and there was a lot of wax in the candle. After she did it I then got Q-tips and cleaned. I usually have to use 4 or 5 removing the wax this time almost none and she did not do the whole candle may 3/4. My ear feels better than it has in months. I will be flying soon and plan for her to do both as I could see that it removed most of the wax. I plan for ear candling to be reg. thing and I am a person that you have to prove something works before I use something. This works!

Just tried it

My ear has really been bothering me since I came back from the beach a few days ago. So after trying just about everything else with no results I decided to try candling. I do not think there was a huge amount of suction inside of the ear but I definitely felt a warm sensation inside. After I cut it open and there was a lot of almost pollen looking material inside. The material itself was finer than sand but it was not really ear wax, I don't believe. My ear is still clogged however it's not as bad as it was before; I can hear much better now. I think I will try it again.
—Guest Mitch

Definitely works

I've always had a problem with build up in my ears and had to get them syringed by the doctor at least two times a year. I now use candles every now and again, and if I use ear candles before a visit to the doctor, she always checks and comments on how clean my ears are. I'm convinced they do work, and I'm definitely a fan!
—Guest Baz

It works for sure

I have sold ear candles for over 12 years and have had lots of feedback from customers who say it has transformed their lives. The most memorable ones are from people who suffered with tinnitus. I will say there is clearly no suction and the debris in the candle is from the combustion process, but for whatever reason the treatment works for many people.

excess ear wax

...by the way, excess ear wax buildup is sometimes caused by poorly functionig thyroid (which can cause so many other probems and is worth checking into) and you can deal with the itch after candling, if any, by warming garlic in some olive oil and putting a few drops in the ear after candling...which is an awesome treatment option!

Have had it done many times

I am a believer in ear candling. I have had problems with my ears plugging up since I was a kid. I used to go to the doctor and they would irrigate them with a waterpic. Then another doctor used a tiny vacuum like thing to suck the wax out. I had this done several times and it was painful but it was good to hear again. The last time i went, I felt a horrible pressure and then a pop. The next day i was diagnosed with a torn retina. I will never have it done like that again. Sometimes it takes a lot of ear candles to get the wax moving again. Also if you don't have the candle in the ear correctly it wont be able to get the wax out. That's probably why some skeptics have gotten the same result when they burn a candle by itself or in the ear.
—Guest pam


i candled my ears like 2 weeks ago and my ears STILL itch and are sore and clogged
—Guest Patricia

Ear Candeling is for me

I had a horrible sinus infection a couple of years ago to the point when I would bend down there was intense pressure in my head and bright yellow stuff would pour out of my nose and pool on the floor. Gross. Anyway ever since then I am so prone to sinus problems, headaches and itchy sore ears. I use a neti pot on a regular basis to irrigate my nasal passage. I also began to candle my ears just to see what would happen. Today I just had them done again (I do it 3 times a year) because I was getting plugged ears and sinus pressure. I immediately feel the pressure relief, I can smell and hear better right away. I works for me. I never do it myself as not all ear candles are equal. There should be very little wax on the cotton cone itself so it does not drip into your ear. I always go to a professional to have it done properly. She gives a facial massage along the forehead, cheeks and along the neck under the ear using essential oils as she lightly massages. Relaxing!
—Guest Jennifer

I'm a believer!

Had severe pain in my ears for months, went back and forth to doctors with no relief. Being a medical assistant I knew all that could be done for patients. Nothing worked until a friend recommended trying Ear candling. Pain was gone within a day. I now do it to my friends and have saved them loads on medical bills. I have seen amazing things come out of the ears and the results have made believers of my friends and family over the years. Until you have real ear pain you cannot understand how debilitating it can be. But I recommend at least 3 per ear. Yes it can be unsafe if not done properly but so can driving. Have a friend do it, don't do it yourself. And give it a few days to work. Really don't care what studies show... I know what I have seen and I know what I have experienced! And I am a big fan!
—Guest schmazmom

This stuff works!

My uncle has been using ear candles for a while, and just today he brought two over, and since I have alot of wax in my ears, I said, What the Heck? I did it, and my ears feel pretty darn good. The only con is the SMELL! but it's only been a few hours since I've had it done, and I guess I should go shower and see what that does. But there wasn't enough wax in the candle for what wasa in there, and some yellow-orange powder was in there too. I guess it was just wax something-or-other too.
—Guest thats how it works

Works for Me

I had a severe ear infection in CA about 14 years ago. After a bad ear doctor blew compressed into my ear and added pain, I took the advice of a friend who suffered from sinus problems (severe). She had it done and smelled a rusty chain out near the parking lot. She had not smelled anything in weeks. After the "quack" put the air into my ear and argued with his admin staff about a lawsuit from a patient, I tried the candling at a holistic salon. I could not only hear (something I could not do after the "quack") but could smell KFC that was 2 miles from the salon. Coming back to Cinci, OH I use these several times a year, with GREAT results. Less ringing, less plugged feeling and better balance.
—Guest Carol, Cincinnati

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