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For all users of Hopi ear candle....Now I hate to burst your bubble you guys that have tried these candles, I have read a number of reviews where the users have actually opened these candles to review the contents on completion which i also have done. (am a user of hopi candles as well) If we are talking about the yellow powder like substance that you find above the filter, this has not come from your ear this is residue from the candle itself. (Being the sceptic that I am) I have actually burned down one of these candles (away from the ear) only to reveal that the contents are identical to what you think has been removed from your ear, on inspection of your ear candle after treatment. However in saying that I do use these candles and have had wonderful results my hearing has improved tremendously and the ringing in my ears is nowhere near as severe. So for those of you that have been using these candles dont be fooled by the contents but I for one will continue using these candles as results is all I want and as I have stated I certainly am getting that...thoroughly recommended. The only question I have on these, the candles that we purchase from our pharmacies are shorter than the original 30 cm variety has anyone tried the longer original ones as I feel they may be more beneficial as treatment would be over a longer period.
Its certainly been a while since I write a review of any of the more unusual health and beauty treatments I have subjected myself to over the years but Hopi Ear Candles are something I have been meaning to try for a couple of years. I visited a chiropractor?s practice this afternoon to make an appointment to sort out my trapped sciatic nerve and spotted Hopi Ear Candles for use at home for £6 for a pair. Given that in a salon this treatment would probably require about 45 minutes and cost between £20 and £30, I decided to try a pack out. Hopi Ear Candles or Ear Candling is a technique which has its roots in Siberia, Asia and North and South American Indians and has been depicted on ancient rock paintings. Hopi Ear Candles can be used to treat a wide range of Ear/Nose/Throat related ailments including sinusitis, asthma, colds and flu, headache/migraine, glue ear, compacted ear wax, catarrh and for stress relaxation. I have had problems with blocked sinuses etc and a feeling of fullness in one ear for as long as I can remember but at least the last 15 years. I did go to the doctor on more than one occasion thinking it might be a simple case of waxing, but was advised this was not the case and there was no build up. I am intolerant to wheat and dairy produce and my breathing is certainly eased radically if I stay off these foods, which unfortunately seem to be an occupational hazard right now. On top of that I have had the stinkiest stress headache for the last month or more and nothing but nothing seems to relieve it at present. The Process -------------- Obviously having the treatment in a wonderful spa salon will invariably create a more relaxing ambience than at home, but it is important to create a peaceful environment. Play some relaxing music very quietly. You want to be able to hear it but not so loud that it prevents you from nodding off to sleep. Secondly you need to be warm and in comfortable clothing such as ni ghtwear. Some light scents may also help, for example a favourite aromatherapy oil on your neck or shoulders, and some incense sticks burning in the room for a while after the treatment is finished and you relax also help to calm and unwind. The room should be draft free, or bits of the burning tube will have a tendency to blow around. The other major downside about doing the process at home is that you do have to have someone with you; it is not a procedure you should attempt alone as a burning ear candle and bedding do not mix, especially if you start to feel drowsy, which is often the case. Other than the environment and the services of a willing friend or partner you will also need some matches and a glass of water to dowse the candles once the treatment is done. The Candles -------------- The candles themselves are not candles in the traditional sense but are hollowed tubes, approximately 22cm long with a safety filter at one end. The candles are hand made from linen fabric, medicinal herbs and honey extracts. The most common manufacturer us BIOSUN. The pack comes will full straightforward instructions as to their use; however you light the end furthest away from the filter, and the process continues until the candle has burned to about 1cm higher than the red safety line, which still leaves a good 6-7 cm of tube left when the process is over. So you won?t burn your hair! The Experience ------------------ Once the candle is lit you gently insert it into the outer ear canal and you should be able to hear the lick of the flames. Ear candles work in a physical sense in the chimney effect of the candle creates a vibration of air which massages the eardrum creating a warming feeling inside the ear. It is especially good for soothing earache, as you can imagine heat application would be. Although it is a crackling and hissing of the flame that you are hearing I often felt it could be likened to a wave crashing sou nd. The process is certainly very relaxing and it takes about 12 minutes per ear. It is important that you don?t feel the presence of your willing friend in the room, for it to be as relaxing as possible and I guess this would get easier with experience in handling the candle for you. Once one ear candle has burned fully, it is a matter of turning over and repeating the procedure for the other ear. Sometimes during the treatment you get a slight popping sound as movement occurs within the ear. It?s certainly not unpleasant and gives a reassurance that the treatment is working effectively for you. I experienced this more in the ear that has given me all the trouble. By the time the second ear was completed I was definitely snoozing and relaxed. For optimal results you are recommended to relax for a further 15-30 minutes, ideally with that incense stick or something burning. I can honestly say my ears have never felt clearer in a long time, and my headache, while certainly not completely clear, is an improvement on how it felt a few short hours ago. I will certainly be giving the treatment another go in the future. Finally I read Sarah?s outstanding review on this process and realised you could peel open the candle to have a look at the result. So I did?It worked. I?ll spare you the details and be thankful its not colonic irrigation treatment I am subjecting you to! For an on line supplier try http://www.pilgrimsmindbodyspirit.co.uk/hopiearcandles.htm or key Hopi Ear Candle into your search engine. There are plenty of suppliers of the candles or salons that can give you the whole treatment. Now if only I could get this nerve untrapped!
I had suffered from permenant and painful earache for 3 months, thinking that the cold weather was to blame. After visiting my doctor, it became apparent that my ears were fully blocked with a build up of wax which was causing the pain and headaches. Later that week, my chiropractor told me about a natural alternative to having your ears syringed...ear candles. I bought the candles on-line which and began using them immediately. Performing ear candling was a pleasant and soothing experience....the hollow candle is placed in the ear and the end is lit....it gently creates a vaccum that sucks the wax and debris out of your ears. You need assistance to use the candles...although I have used them on my own, the experience isn't as relaxing. Each candle burns for approx 10 minuted and then you can cut the remaining part of the candle open and check out the contents of your ears - gruesome but fascinating!!! I just couldn't beleive how much wax came out of my ears. My earache immediately ceased..and 4 candle sessions later, my doctor has confirmed that my ears are now completely clear and my hearing is so much better. I'd recommend ear candles to everyone and have used them both of my children succesfully. The only drawback is the expense...buy ordering on-line is so much cheaper. HOPI Candles are the most well known and cost £6.50 per pair in health food stores. These were great but I preferred the following candles: www.something4thewickend.com sell a non-branded natural version at 10 pairs for £25 and are excellent quality.
I have a lot to live down at work. I saw these Hopi ear candles being used at the Seni martial arts show in April and thought they looked fascinating. So when my local GNC started stocking them I decided to shell out the £16.50 it costs for three sets. The ear candles were first used by the Hopi, a Pueblo people although their roots have also been traced to tribes from the Siberian praries, Asia and other native american tribes. They were used in initiation and medicinal ceremonies. The Hopi brought the candles to europe and the company who makes the ones I was using: Biosun have been marketing them since 1985. The ear candle is a hollow cotton tube about 22 cm long, treated with beeswax, honey extract and a variety of herbs, these being sage, St John's Wort, Camomile and essential oils. They have a sweet pleasant smell and a burning time of about 10 to 12 minutes. Inside the tube is a small filter about three centimetres up from the bottom. One end is quite clearly labelled in red with a red line about 5 cm from the end. To perform the treatment you should have one other person with you to ensure you do not fall aslepp and set fire to your ears. Lie down somewhere on your side with your head well supported by a pillow. It is often an added benefit to put on some relaxing music and really take in the experience. The other person lights the non labelled end of the candle and inserts the NON BURNING end into your ear, giving it a slight turning motion to seal it in place. Once it is properly in place you will hear a gentle crackling and hissing from the flame and may feel a very gentle fizzing sensation. Allow them to burn to about a centimetre above the red line then remove them and extinguish them. Then turn over and repeat. Afterwards you can enhance the effect by lying still for a further 15-30 minutes. So what do they do I guess you want to know. Well according to the literature the effect is p urely physical. By burning they create a 'chimney' suction effect to remove debris from the ear canal and the vibration in the air caused by the flame creates a massage like effect on the eardrum which is supposed to create warmth. they are designed to balance the pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses, help earache and headache or ear noise and reduce stress, tension and nervousness to enable you to relax. But do they work? From personal experience I can tell you they do. Luckily my sister kept an eye on my candle while I went through the treatment because I struggled to remain awake. Afterwards i felt more peaceful and relaxed than I had all day. The reccurent pain I have been suffering in my neck has eased and my ears are clean. I can hear better than I have in ages. You can unwrap what is left of the candle afterwards and see the debris they have removed - I was totally stunned by this. But are they safe? Yes I understand this is a big concern for many people. According to the literature they are certified medical products according to EC guidelines 93/42(EEC). The safety aspects stressed on the literature are to always have someone with you when using them and not to use them if you suffer perforated eardrums or have grommets. Also if you suffer any chronic or acute illnesses to seek medical advice prior to use. Apparently there are some very rare reports of allergic reactions in the form of itchiness in the ear, this can be relieved by eardrops. In the last fifteen years many doctors have tested the product and confirmed it to be safe. So yes they are safe, when used correctly. And why do I have a lot to live down at work? Well my sister was watching the candles for me during the treatment. My mobile phone rang and she took the call. Turns out it was my boss enwuiring about a shift, so she tells him "Sorry Lisa cannot come to the phone right now, she has a candle in her ear"....This could take some explaining! Personally I would recommend these to anyone who has problems with build up in their ears or just needs to relax. They don't come cheap but they are well worth the money. I am not quite sure where else you could get them as I went to my local General Nutrition centre and the only Biosun or ear candle resources I could find online were outside of the UK but maybe you will have more luck on the search engines than I do. Enjoy Happy Hunting
I was amused, as were many of my work colleagues by the solution that one of our group suggested for my current hearing problem. It was with much amusement but I must say curiosity that we learnt of her experiences with ear candles. By this time I literally could not hear anything, I was finding my job very difficult and was very frustrated with the news that I have to wait 2 weeks to get my ears syringed. So I decided anything was worth a try. The candles are in fact long thin hollow tubes made from linen and bees wax mixed with herbs including sage, St Johns Wort and camomile. The heat from the burning candle creates suction which draws the wax from your ear into the bottom of the candle. The candle is clearly marked to show which end to put in your ear and the level to which you should burn. During the treatment you lie on one side with your head slightly raised, it is helpful to have someone to assist you although not vital, I managed on my own. The lit candle is then placed in the ear, no, not the burning end! It takes about 10 minutes for the candle to burn during which time you hear some slight crackling sounds and feel a comfortable warmth which builds up during the process. It is on the whole a very pleasant and relaxing experience. It is important to treat both ears in the same session to keep ears in balance, but should not be used if the ear is damaged in anyway. Following the treatment it is recommended to rest for 10 to 15 minutes, I can not sit still for 2 minutes let alone 10 chose to ignored this advice but felt very light headed so returned to my resting position quite promptly. I must admit I was initially a bit disappointed and did not take the advise to repeat daily for seven days, mainly due to the cost. However, having returned to work today I have found a noticeable improvement in my hearing although still a long way from perfect and am very curious to see if I would benefit another tr eatment. Biosun, the manufacturers suggest for acute cases like my own to treat daily for up to 7 days but for general preventative treatments to use once a month. The candles can be purchased from health food shops and via the Internet.
Update 10.11.2002 Please note that the GIF image that this Site displays on the same page as my opinion for Hopi Ear Candles, is not an image of BIOSUN Earcandles, I do not know what brand that particular photograph depicts. Despite reminders in the past, this image has not been changed or clarified. Therefore, I cannot be held responsible or accountable if you have, or are, misled into purchasing another brand - which may not be up to the required standards. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------------- Thermo-auricular Therapy or Hopi Ear Candles are fast becoming another popular form of complimentary therapy. I am a qualified nurse with 25 years experience and qualified in various complementary therapies, and I was sceptical and in two minds about Hopi ear candles. Having had a mastoidectomy, and worked on an Ear, Nose and Throat ward, my professional training kept warning me against treatment and learning. I have syringed patients ears and I have been on the receiving end of a doctor syringing my ear. My first experience of Hopi ear candles was on the training course I attended. During the first candle treatment I was more concerned with remembering the sensations for discussion afterwards, rather than relaxation. However, after a couple of minutes on my second (bad) ear I found it rather hypnotic, started to relax and even went to sleep. By the end of the treatment, I was sold. Even more so, when the tutor left out for examination, everyone's candle bases - opened for inspection of content. 30 pairs. (I'll spare you the gruesome details, but it was immediately evident to me that this method is much more productive than syringing! As well as much more enjoyable.) Next day, I treated my husband and children. Since my children like detailed explanations, I had to spell out that they may hear - a sizzling or crackling noise, may feel a strange pulling sensation and the inside of the ear will feel warm. If they thought it was becoming too hot to cope with to let me know first, rather than wriggle about and cause an accident. They didn't need to, because they loved it. They gave me a running commentary when anything happened - "Crackling" (burning of candle); "I like the smell"; "Thud, thud - potatoes Mum!" (The sound of hard wax passing through the filter), "Deaf" (when filte r blocks momentarily) followed by "Not deaf anymore" "When can I have it done again?" *************************** The information below goes into more detail: 1. What are Hopi Ear Candles - BIOSUN Hopi Ear Candles are long, hollow, narrow tubes made to an old original recipe known only to BIOSUN. BIOSUN Hopi Ear Candles are made from high quality natural ingredients Honey extracts, Essential oil of sage, 100% Pure Beeswax, Crushed traditional Indian medicinal herbs (mainly sage and camomile), Beta-carotene and a Pesticide-free woven cotton. BIOSUN's knowledge of the latest scientific discoveries means the candles are produced to exceptional standards. For instance, the efficient filter, which prevents any liquid wax or excessive candle residue from entering the ear, is one of their improvements to bring it into the 21st Century. Differences in colour and length are viewed to be hallmarks of quality workmanship and a special characteristic of this natural product. 2. Where do Hopi Ear Candles come from - Many civilisations claim to having used ear candles - Ancient Greeks used them for cleansing and purifying and Latin Americans used them on a physical basis and Shaman healers use them on a more spiritual level. History traces the ear candle back to the native Pueblo Indians of North America - the Hopi Indians from where they get their name. The Hopi Indians are Native American people of the Shoshonean Indian division. They live in small groups of villages in northern-eastern Arizona. Their culture has been intensively studied over recent years. The Hopi people are industrious farmers who harvest large crops of maize, beans and fruits and they are skilful craftsmen. They are a peaceful tribe who live in harmony with each other and the environment. The Hopi Indians knowledge of natural healing and deep spirituality is rapidly gaining respect in the contemporary world. The ear candle is part of their many ancient natural therapies, used on both a physical healing and spiritual basis. 3. Why BIOSUN? SAFE AND PURE - BIOSUN EarCandles 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. BIOSUN Hopi EarCandles are crafted in Germany from the highest quality ingredients and are regularly tested at an independent laboratory in Germany. They have been shown to be free of all chemical pesticide and fungicide residues. No other candle worldwide is tested in this way. USER CAUTION - There are many inferior "home-made" ear candles sold, made from a petroleum by-product, paraffin wax or a mix of paraffin and beeswax. SUCH CANDLES HAVE NO SAFETY FEATURES and reports of burns from dripping wax and falling ash are commonplace. For your own safety, use only safe pure BIOSUN Hopi EarCandles. 4. How does it work When the candle is lit, and because the candle is hollow, it works like a chimney. Mild suction from the burning process draws impurities out into the lower section of the candle. The candles are approx. 22 cm long and the lower one-third is clearly marked for the Therapist to remove and extinguish the flame. Within this lower section is the filter - which, incidentally, BIOSUN state is environmentally compatible and is in the shape of the Indian Mother Earth symbol. Cerumen (wax) and debris from the ear is found on the external aspect of this filter - having been drawn through by the suction process. Slight pressure and vibration of the rising air gently massages the ear-drum. This has the effect of regulating the pressure system. This has been described as a soothing, liberating, lighter sensation in the ear and head areas. <b r> The flow of air circulates a concentrated vapour of the herbal extracts, soothing, calming and protecting any irritated areas. The warmth of this heat draught stimulates the peripheral blood circulation. Any stimulation of blood circulation leads to an improvement in the cleansing processes of the lymphatic system that, in turn, promotes immunological defences. It also stimulates energy points and reflex zones. The process gently increases natural secretion, which can continue to have effect up to 24-48 hours later. From an energy point of view - The high energy light from the flame penetrates through the candle tunnel like a headlamp. Transporting a vital spectral frequency inward to important energy centres. From an esoteric point of view - The cleansing fire carries negative vibrations away from the fine metabolic energy fields and harmonises the energy status. 5. When are Hopi ear candles used? - Traditionally, ear candles were used to cleanse and harmonise different energy fields of the individual to prepare them for a state of trance and drive out negative energies at a time when healing and spirituality went hand in hand. Now they are used for problems relating to the head and ears, but help in other ways also. Sinus problems < br>Hay fever Compacted wax in ears Headaches and migraines Tinnitus Helps to balance fluids - vertigo or Menieres' Syndrome Relaxing and calming for stress relief Sleep problems. Hopi ear candles are not a medication and are for external use only. Evidence is supported by many years of experience by practitioners. They do not constitute a guarantee of medical efficacy and IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, YOU SHOULD CONSULT A PHYSICIAN. It is advised that Hopi ear candles should not be used if the ear drum is perforated if there are grommets in place acute infe ction or inflammation or allergy to any of the components of the candles. The Therapist should: Ensure the Client is positioned on the couch comfortably on their side. Start with your 'best' ear first. Check that the candle will fit before lighting. Ensure that the seam points forward to the Client's face enabling the candle to burn away from the Client. Extinguish the used candle in a dish of water. (For safety reasons the candle should NOT be blown out.) At the end an empty candle base does not necessarily indicate that the ears are, or were, clear, because it may have loosened the wax. Sometimes a second period of candling is necessary and can be done straight away. Other signs to the Therapist will indicate whether this is necessary, such as the size of the flame. A slow burning, small flame would indicate impeded air circulation by compacted wax. Each candle takes between 10-15 minutes to burn. The candles are expensive, even to the Therapist, so treatment charges vary. Included in the treatment is a gentle massage to the surrounding areas to enhance the already improved peripheral circulation. Therefore, full treatment is 40-45 minutes, and dependent on the Therapist's hourly rate, a treatment could cost from £10 - £15, but have been told o f £40 charges in Health Farms.
Hopi Ear Candles, what are they you may say? Well they are an ancient and natural treatment for a number of health issues, i.e. Headaches, Migraine sinusitis and rhinitis and is also said it can help ringing in the ears. Where is from? It originates in Asia and can be traced back to the Indians of the Americas from where the Hopi tribe are, Hopi means People of Peace As I suffer with both sinusitis and ringing in my ears I thought what the hell in for a penny in for £15, that was the price for one treatment and that was a special offer (usually around £25). It looks nothing like a candle at all it looks more like a bamboo straw, it is really a piece of rolled linen that has been covered with bees wax and a mixture of Sage St Johns Wort and Camomile. The candle is put in to you ear while you lay on you side and is lit and you lay there for appox 5 – 15 mins depending on the person and the amount of problems that maybe in you ear, both ears have to be done as it is to do with the balance. While laying there it sounds a little like having a seashell to your ear with on or two pops and crackles, I myself felt a little light headed and could feel a little sucking on the inner ear itself and it was very relaxing having the warmth off the candle radiating down in to you ear area. When the treatment was finished I was shown the insides of the remains the candle and was amazed at the debris that had come out of my ears, especially my left, it was a chunk of wax about the size of a match head which is better off out than in I say. I felt the benefits straight away with my hearing not so much with sinuses but I knew it would need several treatments to make any differences so I have booked another treatment as I feel it was beneficial. I will change my op if there is anything else to report
Since being young my ears (along with my throat) have always been my weak point. I suffered many infections and periods of deafness and this continued into adult life. Along with that came excema inside the ear canals. A horrible conditions that makes you wish you could scratch your ears inside out! Many times this results in infections and deafness. As someone who sings a lot this was a great disadvantage as well as feeling a lot of discomfort. About two years ago I saw an article in a magazine concerning a professional singer who had the same problem. She recommended ear candling. Ear candling is a traditional Hopi Indian method of treating the ears and sinus areas. In one packet you have 2 hollow candles. Usually these are made of beeswax and cotton fibres and many have added herbs/oils. The candle is gently inserted into your ear and lit. You lay on your side during the process. The special way of making ear candles means that the ash does not drop onto you. NO trying to make these yourself unless you are an expert! At first there is the sound of crackling and sputtering as the candle burns. Gradually as the candle burns down you begin to feel heat inside your ear. This is NOT an uncomfortable feeling. In fact, I find it quite pleasurable and relaxing. Every Once the candle has burned down to the marker, it is blown out and removed from the ear. It is best to stay on your side for about five minutes. After a time you can roll over and have the other ear candled. Basically the treatment works because the hollow candle produces a vacuum - drawing out debris from the ear and circulating the air within - rather like having an inner ear massage. Because of this "drawing out" sensation, it can also be very useful for people suffering sinus problems and sometimes migraines/headaches. It is a much less invasive procedure than having the ears washed out by a doctor and can be used on children (get a dvice first!!!) DO NOT in any circumstances use these if you have a perforated ear drum or an infection in the ear. Get this cleared up first before using candles. Many holistic centres offer this treatment - at a price of course but then it's quite nice to let someone else do all the fiddling about. I personally use them on my own at home - but carefully. As I have very long hair I lay beside a mirror (with my eyes open) so I can clearly see how far down the candle has burned. You could of course get a friend/partner to help. If the ear is seriously blocked with wax/etc then recommend treatment is for 7 days, then once a month for preventative measures. I have found this a fantastic product to use and have recommended it so much to friends that the healthfood shop where I buy them had to start ordering in larger amounts! I have seen a massive improvement concerning the excema and will certainly carry on using them. The ONLY downside is that they are pretty expensive - although I am looking into bulk buying - maybe from the US. There are several different makes so you may have to try a few to see which you prefer. Try them now!