Ear candling is a controversial alternative therapy that claims to remove earwax and other toxins from the ears. It involves placing a hollow cone made of fabric or paper into the ear canal and lighting the end of the cone. The heat from the flame is said to create a vacuum that draws earwax and other debris out of the ear.
However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. In fact, ear candling can be dangerous and can lead to burns, ear infections, and even hearing loss.
Here are some of the risks of ear candling:
- Burns: The heat from the flame can burn the ear canal and eardrum.
- Ear infections: The wax and debris that is supposed to be removed from the ear can actually be pushed further into the ear canal, where it can cause an infection.
- Hearing loss: Ear candling can damage the eardrum, which can lead to hearing loss.
- Perforated eardrum: Ear candling can puncture the eardrum, which can lead to hearing loss and other complications.
There are no known benefits to ear candling. If you have earwax buildup, there are safe and effective ways to remove it, such as over-the-counter earwax removal drops or ear irrigation by a doctor.
If you are considering ear candling, it is important to talk to your doctor first. They can assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment for you.