What is it?
Thermo Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is a pleasant and non-evasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions. These ear candles induce a revitalising heat upon the head and ears, which soothes, relieves and relaxes.
A Brief History
This is an ancient and natural therapy handed down by many civilisations. It is believed that the Ancient Greeks used ear candles, initially probably for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but much later on a purely physical basis.
However, the practice reached the modern world via the native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona (it’s interesting to note that Hopi means peaceful people).
Ear candles were used traditionally by Shamen healers. Ancient wall paintings show their importance in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies of the tribe.
The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians.
How does it work?
The candles are made from the natural ingredients of beeswax, honey extracts, sage, St Johns Wort, chamomile, beta-carotene and organically grown flax. A constant high quality is ensured.
The candles work on a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions.
Secretion flow is gently stimulated and the vapour collects and removes impurities or deposits. Most of these are carried away through the candle “chimney”, although some of them can be found in the condensed candle wax residue after removal from the ear, or could even work their way up to the surface 24-48 hours after.
What is it used for?
Though results may vary from patient to patient, some of my clients have reported Hopi Candles to be helpful with:
- Excessive or compacted wax in the ears (see patients comments)
- Irritation in ears and sinuses
- Pressure regulation in cases of : sinusitis / rhinitis / glue ear / colds / flu / headaches / migraine Stimulation of local and reflex energy flow
- Energetic revitalisation in cases of hearing impairment
- Relaxing and calming effect in cases of stress
- Noises in the ears, ringing, tinnitus
Remember, if in doubt, always contact your GP.
Are there any side effects?
No contraindications are known to date but as a precaution, it is advisable not to use Hopi candles:
- If grommets are in place
- If there is inflammation or infection
- In the event of an allergic reaction to the contents
However, most clients find the treatment relaxing and regularly describe a “slight relieved feeling” in the ears and head but also a relaxing and calming effect on the whole system.
Where long-term conditions are being treated, the client sometimes experiences slight headaches and occasional popping shortly after the treatment.
What a typical Session entails
I will take you through a detailed consultation covering general health, nutrition & lifestyle issues which may be contributing to some symptoms. You’ll then be asked to lie comfortably on your side and listen to relaxing music. The lit candle is then gently placed into the auditory canal. I hold it in a vertical position, my hands keeping the candle steady and preventing any ash falling on to you. You will experience a pleasant crackling sound as the candle burns and a warm comfortable feeling. After the second ear is treated you will receive a detailed aromatherapy & acupressure facial massage to enhance the treatment’s benefits.
How much does it cost?
The treatment lasts approx 50mins and costs £45.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of some typical questions I’m frequently asked. Hopefully anything you might want to know is covered somewhere on this page. If it isn’t, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Q: Does the residue of the candle go into the ear?
No – the candles are made with a plug inside which prevents anything going into the ear.
Q: Does it help to have a treatment before taking a flight?
Yes – if you have no ear infection and if you suffer with ears or sinus problems, it is a good idea to have a treatment prior to your flight to get rid of any excess wax.
Q: I suffer from a lot of ear wax and often have them syringed. Could I use these candles instead?
Yes, you could. I have a number of clients who previously endured the discomfort of syringing but now visit me for hopi treatment instead.
As most of what is written above is an accumulation of my thoughts, knowledge and experience, I thought it would be helpful to include the comments of some of the patients I’ve treated.
I had Hopi Candles before I went on an aeroplane because the air pressure affects my nose. It was brilliant. I had no trouble at all!
So you think you clean your ears properly? So did I, but the wax these candles removes is incredible and it beats syringing any day. It’s painless and relaxing and if you suffer with your ears, you’ll be amazed.
I have suffered from partial deafness for years. With regular treatment I found lots of wax was being removed. This has been very helpful and my hearing has improved slightly.
SAFE AND PURE
We only use BioSun Ear Candles that have obtained the prestigious CE mark (93/42-EEC) for medical devices in Europe. No other ear candle in the world has this extraordinary level of certification.
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