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“Candles were traditionally used by Shaman healers

and by the Indians in healing rituals and ceremonies,

to cleanse and harmonise energy fields and to drive out

negative energies as well as a physical clearance therapy

for problems relating to the ear, nose and throat.”

History of Hopi Ear Candles

 

Thermo Auricular Therapy - A New Application of an Ancient Therapy

What is Thermo-Auricular Therapy?

Very simply, it is the use of Hopi Ear Candles to relieve ear, sinus, nose, throat and head problems as well as stimulate the lymph system and the metabolism of the body.

Although there is evidence that many ancient civilisations used ear candle treatments it was mainly through the Hopi Indians of North Arizona that this treatment became more widely known. Hopi means "peaceful people" and for many centuries the Hopi lived in harmony with nature and Mother Earth. The candles were traditionally used by Shaman healers and by the Indians in healing rituals and ceremonies, to cleanse and harmonise energy fields and to drive out negative energies as well as a physical clearance therapy for problems relating to the ear, nose and throat.

What does it treat?

Thermo-auricular therapy should be considered for:

  • Excess wax
  • Irritations in the ears
  • Catarrh and sinusitis
  • Glue ear (although not if grommets are in place)
  • Colds, flu and sore throats
  • Rhinitis/hay fever
  • Noises in ear - tinnitus
  • Excessive excitement and stress
  • Relief of pressure before flying or diving.

NB Hopi ear candles will not be used if there is a perforated ear drum or infection in the ear.

What are Hopi Ear Candles?

The candles are hollow tubes made from organic linen impregnated with beeswax, honey, St John's Wort and medicinal herbs such as sage and chamomile. They have a filter towards the bottom which prevents any liquid wax or candle residue from entering the ear. The candles work on a chimney principle, drawing many impurities to the surface. They also equalise the pressure in the head and ears and the healing vapour can protect and soothe irritation, stimulate the lymph glands and so the immune system.

What happens during a treatment?

You will lie on the couch with your head comfortably to one side and the therapist will place the lighted candle carefully in your ear. The therapist will then place her hands gently around the base of the candle, protecting your head, but there is absolutely no danger and no possibility of burning. The candle is extinguished before it reaches the therapists hands and so a long time before it could reach your head. After repeating on the other ear you will receive a gentle, healing head massage that will enhance the effects of the candles.

Does it hurt?

No. As the candle burns you may experience gentle, reassuring warmth, and you will hear a pleasantly soft crackling sound - like a distant sparkler, or a seashell.

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