Ear Candling: why do people do it, is it safe, what other methods of cleaning your ears is there

Have you ever heard or considering ear candling? This health practice involves placing a long, thin, cone-shaped candle into the ear canal and lighting it on fire. As the candle burns, it supposedly creates a vacuum that draws out earwax and other impurities from the ear.

Ear candling is a practice that has been around for centuries, and was believed to have therapeutic benefits and was used to treat a variety of conditions, from earaches to headaches.

Today, it continues to be popular among some alternative health practitioners and individuals seeking natural remedies for ear-related issues.

How can Ear Candling help me?

People try for various reasons. Some believe that it can help to remove excess earwax, relieve pressure in the ears, improve hearing, reduce tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and alleviate symptoms of sinus infections and allergies. Others view ear candling as a form of relaxation therapy that can provide a sense of calm and well-being.

Concerns of Ear Candling

It is important to note that while some have reported positive experiences with ear candling, there is no scientific evidence to support its effectiveness. Studies have shown that it does not create a vacuum or suction force strong enough to remove earwax or other debris from the ear canal.

Ear candling carries a risk of injury to the ear canal and eardrum, as the heat from the candle and the hot wax can cause burns or puncture the eardrum. Additionally, the procedure can push earwax further into the ear canal, potentially leading to impaction and further complications.

In fact, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has issued a warning against ear candling, stating that it is not a safe or effective method of earwax removal.

Alternatives to Ear Candling

If you are experiencing ear-related issues, it is best to consult a medical professional who can provide a proper diagnosis and recommend safe and effective treatment options.

A healthcare provider may recommend ear drops, irrigation or manual removal with specialised tools to safely and effectively remove earwax or other debris from the ear canal.


When it comes to our bodies, it is important to be cautious and consider safe and proven effective ways to take good care of it. While believe it can help remove earwax and alleviate ear-related issues, there is no scientific evidence to support this. One should also seek advice from a healthcare provider and consider other less invasive methods such as ear drops, and ear irrigation.

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