A form of alternative therapy in which the tapered end of an ear candle is placed in a person's ear while the other end of the candle is lit, in the belief that earwax and other impurities are drawn out of the ear canal by a partial vacuum created by the candle flame.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During the ear candling session you lie on your side with your body in a straight alignment. A special conical candle is inserted into a protective plate. The candle is lit and slowly begins to burn. The small tapered end of the candle is gently placed into your ear canal. The ear candle by its shape, design and length draws ear wax and fungus deposits from deep inside your ear canal.
Health Canada has determined the candles have no effect on the ear, and no health benefit.
US FDA issued an alert identifying ear candles (also known as ear cones or auricular candles) as dangerous to health when used in the dosage or manner, or with the frequency or duration, prescribed, recommended, or suggested in the labeling thereof. Since the use of a lit candle in the proximity of a person's face would carry a high risk of causing potentially severe skin/hair burns and middle ear damage.