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When to Avoid Ear Candling

  • EaseWax
  • 20th April 2018

Hopi Ear Candle Therapy offers a safe, pain free, non-invasive treatment with a wide range of physical and psychological benefits.

That said, although anyone can be treated with Hopi Ear Candles, there are some cases where Hopi should not be used. These are called contra-indications.

It is important that you familiarize yourself with these contra-indications before undergoing Ear Candle treatments, to make sure that it is safe for you.

  • Infection or inflammation of the ear 

Although Ear Candle Therapy can be useful to combat symptoms of sinus infections and congestion from a cold or flu, the process should be avoided if you have an ear infection or suffering from inflammation.

Ear infections can become very serious and if left untreated can lead to hearing loss. Medical prescriptions or other natural remedies can be given orally to combat the infection most effectively. Once the inflammation has resolved, Ear Candling can be conducted to help with the healing process.

  • Recent surgery on the ear 

The ear is a very delicate organ and it must be given time to recover from any trauma. Although Hopi Ear Candles offer a safe and non-invasive treatment option, it is still best to avoid the practice for at least 3 months after ear surgery.

  • Perforated/ruptured ear drum

The eardrum is a thin membrane separating your outer ear from your inner ear. It’s made of a skin-like tissue, and serves two vital functions: It senses sound waves through vibrations and converts these into nerve impulses to send as signals to the brain. It also protects the middle ear from bacteria, water and foreign objects.

Normally, the middle ear is sterile. But when the eardrum is ruptured, bacteria can get into the middle ear and cause an infection.

Like skin, if the eardrum is torn it can mend itself without intervention in a matter of weeks.

If you have, or suspect you have, a ruptured eardrum it is best to avoid Ear Candling until you get the all-clear from a doctor.

  • Cochlear implants, grommets, drains or ventilation tubes

If you have an ear implant of any kind, Ear Candling is not recommended. Not only are you unlikely to benefit from the treatment as the implant will prevent the candle from working effectively. You also risk damaging the implant during the procedure.

  • Known allergy to Ear Candle ingredients

Hopi Ear Candles are made with organic, natural beeswax. If you have a known allergy to beeswax, or even bee stings, you should avoid this treatment. As the inner ear is such a sensitive organ, it can be more susceptible to allergens and put you at greater risk of a reaction.

Ear candles are often infused with a variety of herbs and spices which help promote relaxation or improve the healing qualities of the candle. It is important that you check the ingredients of any ear candle to make sure you are not allergic to any ingredients – including the cotton lining – before you begin treatment.

  • Auricular cysts

These cysts, though usually a-symptomatic, can be prone to infection and therefore it is not recommended that you use Ear Candles if you have a pre- or post-auricular cyst.

  • Mastoiditis or Acute Otosclerosis

Mastoiditus refers to an infection of the mastoid bone behind the ear, acute otosclerosis is an abnormal bone growth in the middle ear. In either case it is not recommended to use Ear Candles. You should speak with your doctor about treatment options, after which Hopi Ear Candle Therapy may become an option.

Other conditions that can be contra-indications for Ear Candle Therapy include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Severe breathing difficulties

Modern Ear Candles contain filters and produce very little smoke. However, if you suffer from breathing difficulties around small amounts of smoke you should speak with your doctor or a practitioner before using the treatment.

  • Pregnancy

There are mixed opinions regarding the safety of Ear Candling for pregnant women. We recommend you do you own research and speak with your doctor or midwife if you are considering Ear Candle therapy whilst pregnant.

In general, if you are receiving medical treatment for any ear condition you should always consult your doctor before turning to Ear Candle Therapy.

So long as you have none of these pre-existing conditions, Hopi Ear Candling should be a perfectly safe treatment for you.

“Ear candling is a pleasant and relaxing treatment to receive which, from personal experience and observation of clients, I can recommend.”

~Lyn Craven

Practitioner of Naturopathy, Bowen Therapy and

Energy/Reiki Therapist and Corporate Health Consultant.

If you have any questions about these contra-indications, or the benefits of Hopi Ear Candling please do get in touch. You can leave a comment in the section below, or contact me through the EaseWax facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EaseWax/

Keep an eye out for my upcoming blogs with Top Tips for Ear Candling at Home.

If you’d like to give Ear Candling a go from the comfort of your own home, you can order your EaseWax candles here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Easewax-Organic-Natural-Handmade-Protective/dp/B06W2KLVCL


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