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#209624 - 05/28/08 12:10 AM So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot...
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My wife has small ear canals and has always had trouble with earwax buildup. Up until now, she has been using ear drops to soften and then a syringe full of water to dislodge and remove the wax. She had heard of ear candling (or ear coning) before and has recently found someone who swears by it and is willing to introduce her to the procedure.

I, myself, want nothing to do with it and have flatly refused -- as a matter of principle -- to be my wife's practitioner. There is nothing but anecdotal evidence that it actually does anything (e.g. alleviates swimmer's ear, earaches), and the claim -- get a load of the second paragraph under the What Are The Cones Made Of? section for a good laugh -- that it removes earwax and toxins from the ear has been disproven. Basically, if it works I'm of the belief that it has nothing to do with the actual burning of a candle and/or that it's due to the placebo effect.

Before I completely close my mind to the idea that this could be useful to my wife, I wanted to ask if anyone here has tried it.
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#209637 - 05/28/08 02:53 AM Re: So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot... [Re: pmbuko]
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I hadn't even heard of it. The Wikipedia entry certainly makes it sound bogus, but if the price isn't too out there, it might be worth trying, if only to be able to shoot it down out of personal experience.

#209642 - 05/28/08 05:14 AM Re: So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot... [Re: pmbuko]
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Funny, I had it done once by an ear specialist to remove gobs of wax from one ear. It worked, though I don't understand why/how.

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#209648 - 05/28/08 06:23 AM Re: So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot... [Re: pmbuko]
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#209656 - 05/28/08 08:27 AM Re: So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot... [Re: FordPrefect]
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I'd never heard of this before but it instantly conjured images of Homer Simpson downing a vat of melted candle wax so he could eat chili made with some super hot pepper. Of course he OD'ed on the pepper and ended up meeting his coyote (I think,) spirit guide who sent him on a multi-colored, life changing quest.

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#209666 - 05/28/08 08:49 AM Re: So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot... [Re: Murph]
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Although I haven't personally, Ian and several of our friends swear by it. Certainly no reports of any harm coming from it. Lots of spas and homeopaths do it around here.
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#209667 - 05/28/08 08:59 AM Re: So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot... [Re: Amie]
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My wife enjoys the occasional trip to a spa. She had this done once as part of a package of services. She enjoyed the experience and claims that it did seem to clean out her ears.

It seems pretty simple to me. Earwax is a wax that apparently will burn, and a candle's wick will draw up whatever fuel it can - just as it does in a lantern. Kinda gross to think about, but it's just wicking (literally!) out the wax from one's ear canal and using it for fuel. I'd have to think that it's safer than dumping lots of chemicals in there in an attempt to flush it out.

I don't think I'd want to do it at home though. I'd have to think it would be better to go to someone that at least has experience doing it.

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#209679 - 05/28/08 10:17 AM Re: So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot... [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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I have tried it, and you will be amazing at how much crap your ears can store. I am a drummer so my wax builds up quite a bit with all the noise. It definitely works, not sure how it works, the heat softens the wax, and because of the fire burning, it sucks out the wax from the small opening, no doubt the fire craving oxygen.
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#209690 - 05/28/08 11:43 AM Re: So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot... [Re: Hutzal]
HomeDad Offline

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I've never tried it, nor have I read much positive things about it, I'll have to check with my wife but I believe physicians use warm water when draining the ears. I would consult with your physcian before doing anything of that nature.
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#209693 - 05/28/08 11:48 AM Re: So my wife wants to give ear candling a shot... [Re: HomeDad]
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I am very skeptical about alternative medicines not proven by the ol' double blind tests. I would look very carefully into the risks involved. On the other hand, I also believe very strongly in the power of placebos. Unfortunately for me, I don't believe that any placebos work, so I don't think they'd work for me.

Edited by kcarlile (05/28/08 11:48 AM)
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