Ear Candling Helps Tinnitus? (Nope. Please Avoid.)

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments and Research' started by bob, Feb 2, 2014.

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    1. bob

      bob Member

      Has anybody tried this treatment and how was the results.
       
    2. carlover
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      hi bob been there done that a good few times,sorry mate waste of time for me
       
    3. gary
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      gary Member Benefactor

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      I just went over to youtube and typed in ear candling, lot's of demos there plus different opinions.worth a look if you are trying to decide on this treatment.
       
    4. bob

      bob Member

      I'm going to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for one person it could work for another person.
       
    5. gary
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      gary Member Benefactor

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      True. let us know how it goes....
       
    6. Catarina
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      While I wouldn't discourage anyone to try something, I would be careful with ear candling. The general view is that it is at best useless, at worst dangerous. Institutions like Health Canada and the FDA in the USA are discouraging the use and have issued warnings. Sometimes they are said to be an old practice originating from the Hopi indians, but this has been denied by the Hopis. The stuff that is said to come from your ears during the treatment actually comes from the candle itself. Should you decide to try it, be careful the treatment is done by someone experienced. Absolutely don't try to do it yourself, you could damage your ears quite badly.
       
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    7. Steve H
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      Steve H Director Staff Benefactor Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

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      I echo what Catarina says, it's potentially dangerous and has been proven to do absolutely zero benefit to your ears.

      The best outcome is a placebo effect, the worst is damage to your ears from the candle wax.
       
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    8. carlover
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      Wouldnt pay someone to do it either,get them online and do it yourself its not rocket science ,easy enough,doesnt do diddly squat by the way.
       
    9. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

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      tried it once hesitantly... didn't help whatsoever.....

      wont try it again with what I have read about its potential dangers........
       
    10. Mad maggot
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      At the market I saw some people advertising ear candling where they put some weird candle in your ear, light it and it's supposed to clean your ears or something! It looks bizarre to me. Has anyone tried this? To me it looks dangerous.
       
    11. RichL
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      RichL Member Benefactor

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      Quite simply, it is a crock of shit and can be dangerous for nothing more than witch doctor therapy! ;)
       
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    12. erik
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      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

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      ear candling is wack!
       
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    13. Mad maggot
      Breezy

      Mad maggot Member

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      Don't think I'll try it then... Looks dangerous
       
    14. jimH
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      jimH Member Benefactor

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      Agreed,...useless for T,... however, if you let the candle burn all the way down it could be useful for us guys that want to get rid of those unsightly ear hairs....:D


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    15. carlover
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      You may as well shove them up ya jacksy ,at least that would be more fun
       
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    16. Mark662
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      Mark662 Member Benefactor

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      I have used Biosun (Hopi) ear candles for over ten years, maybe 4 or 5 times a year. They have had nothing but positive effect on my tinnitus, albeit temporarily. They do actually remove ear wax. You hear it being drawn into the candle tube and it is definitely ear wax residues left in the unburnt section after use. They aren't a substitute for other conventional methods of wax removal, as they will not remove compacted and excessive amounts.

      I believe some of my tinnitus was brought on by an ENT assistant vacuuming my ear.

      'Candle' is a misnomer. Biosun ear candles are not made of wax, but an impregnated cloth-type material. There is nothing to drip.

      I know it looks dangerous having something burning in one's ear. However, I have used them on my own with the aid of a mirror to check the burn progress, without issue.

      The process is relaxing and calming like the blurb says. I do not know why, but it is.

      These things get a bad press. Maybe someone has had a negative experience with them. I haven't.
       
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