Science and Ear Candles

Posted in The Science of Ear Candles at 11:30 am by Administrator

Scientific method has not been able to prove that ear candles work.  This is true.  Of course they have been trying to prove that ear candles suck wax out of your ears.  Well, no wonder they haven’t been able to prove anything!

Years ago, most people doing or teaching the art of ear candling understood that all the gunk left in the bottom of the candle was from their ear.  Others went so far as to “read the tea leaves” of the residue inside the candle and diagnose health issues such as yeast over growth, cancer, high cholestrol etc.  Wow!  China and India now produce a NAVEL candle to insert. . .well you know.

I don’t subscribe to navel candles.  I think that’s carrying on the snake oil propaganda.  It dosen’t matter how great something really is in the beginning, there will always be people who abuse it to make a profit.

That’s what happened to ear candles.  A few greedy profit mongers started making claims that ear candles could cure almost anything.  They sold FEAR.  People bought it because that’s what the pharmaceutical companies sell on TV every day. We’re conditioned to believe all the  hype that we’ll “catch it too” if we don’t go see our doctor and get a pill.  Likewise, misinformed or greedy ear candle practioners said if you “don’t get ear candled every month, you’ll never get better.”.

After a while someone said, “Hey! I burned a candle in my Barbie doll’s ear and the candle looked just the same.  This is a fake!  A scam!  I’m telling!!  Mommy. . .”

Then, BAM!  Ear Candles no longer were a healthy and gentle alternative to ear irrigation, ear pick, or surgery; methods a doctor would normally prescribe.  Ear Candles  were labeled a “scam” because a few people wanted profit over truth.

I don’t have to have “proof” from science or the FDA (don’t even get me started on the FDA mistakes) to know they work.  I have earned the right to tell people ear candling works because I take responsibility for my own health and well being.

Because of years of ear candling, I saw my own children NOT have to go to the doctor’s office for ear infections and sinus problems.

I witnessed a plug of wax come out of my daughter’s ear when I was first learning how to candle.  She felt it loosen and it was stuck to the tip of the candle.  She could hear out of that ear again, where before, her hearing was muffled and we were debating on going to get her ears irrigated ( a very painful and nerve wracking treatment btw).

I’ve sent countless numbers of ear candles to members of the military because they swear that ear candling is the only relief they get from the sand and noise pollution surrounding them during their deployment.

I’ve seen bugs stuck to the ear candles after a session.  I’ve watched very happy people leave my office after ear candling because they feel good.  I even had a client who drove over 800 miles twice a year to see me because ear candling was the ONLY thing that helped his tinnitus (chronic ringing in the ears).  BTW, his doctor told him to as they had exhausted all other treatments.

My own D.O. referred clients who were unsuccessful in RX treatments for wax build up, ringing in the ears, and stress.  His patients (my clients) were much happier with the gentle treatment that ear candling offered as well as the results they enjoyed.

So, how do ear candles work?  Science and PMA (positive mental attitude) are like water and oil;  they don’t mix.   The proof is with the believer.  A  responsible believer who understands that a pill, a shot, a visit to the hospital or doctor dosen’t always give the desired results.

You can wait until you’ve spent hundred at the Dr’s office , exhausted all the treatments available and then decide that ear candling might benefit you, or you can try it first and then spend your copay at  the Doctor’s if you don’t get the desired results.

That’s the science of Ear Candling.


  1. The Ear Candle Lady Blog » The Ear Candle Experiment! said,

    May 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    [...] are all under the assumption that ear candles suck wax out of the ear.   See my other posts here:THE SCIENCE OF EAR CANDLES .  My dad taught me that when we “assume” anything  we make an “ASS of U and [...]

  2. AuntiePatricia said,

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    i’ve had very good results with ear candles. recently, i had injured my ear by pressing the eustachian tube hard enough to jam wax into the tube. i would wake up at night in excruciating pain. when i applied a wax candle to the problem, i experienced tremendous relief. i began using them to clear out what was there – and there appeared to be a lot of accumulated gunk.

    due to the controversy, i thought i was in a very good position to test ear candles. today i just burned an ear candle, holding it to my hand rather than my ear, to test the efficacy. the result was that there was wax inside the candle after burning, but far less than when i used it in my ear.

    if i had a very sensitive, accurate scale, i’d perform a simple proof: 1) weigh two candles, whole. make a mark on each 4″ from the base. burn one in the ear of someone who has wax build-up – and stop when the fire burns to the 4″ mark. burn the other, also to the 4″ mark, not in the ear but holding it instead to your hand. after burning, weigh the candle stubs with the collected wax. compare the weights.

    do you have a scale?

  3. rosie said,

    July 1, 2011 at 12:23 am

    That’s a great idea. I wish I had a scale that could do it.

  4. Dweezil said,

    July 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I’ll try to put this to good use immedaielty.

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