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Hopi Ear Candling
(Thermo Auricular Therapy)

Hopi ear candling (or coning) is an ancient natural therapy that has been handed down by many civilizations. It is believed that the Ancient Greeks used ear candles, initially for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but much later on a purely physical basis. However, the practice reached the modern world via the Native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona and was traditionally used by shaman healers. The candles are still made on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians and they are used as a relaxing treatment to ease away the stresses of our Western culture and to address a number of problems relating to the ear, nose and throat area.

The process of Hopi ear candling involves a specially designed hollow candle that is being inserted just inside the ear canal and lit, vaporizing its ingredients and causing convectional air flow towards the first chamber of the ear. The vapors give the eardrum and the auditory canal a gentle massage and help to regulate ear pressure. A mild suction is also formed enabling wax and other impurities to be drawn out of the ear. The treatment is very relaxing and gentle and includes a facial massage to enhance its benefits.

Hopi ear candling can be used to help with:

  • Tinnitus, compacted ear wax and glue ear

  • Sore throats and hay fever

  • Headaches and migraine

  • Rhinitis and sinusitis

  • Catarrh and asthma

  • Stimulation of blood and energy flow

  • Regulation of pressure in ears and head

  • Relaxation in conditions of anxiety and stress

  • Stimulation of lymphatic system and metabolism


  • Perforation or lack of eardrum
  • Ventilation tubes, auricular drains or grommets
  • Recent ear surgery
  • Auricular cysts
  • Acute mastoiditis
  • Otosclerosis or Otospongiosis
  • Ear tumor


  • The Ancient Art Of Ear Coning (Valerie Anne Kirkgaard)

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