The Meridian Centre

Hopi Ear Candles

Hopi Ear Candles at The Meridian Centre, Billesley (nr Moseley), Birmingham

What is Ear Candling (Thermo-Auricular Therapy)?

Ear candling is a therapy which has been passed down through the generations for thousands of years by different cultures worldwide. These include ancient Egyptians, the Greek upper classes and various Native American Indian tribes including the Hopi Indians. Primarily the therapy was used to cleanse ears from ticks and mites, but also to evoke mental clarity and deeper spirituality.

The Hopi Ear Candle is a tube of organic linen which is hollow, with a filter at the end to prevent any wax entering the ear. Each candle comprises of beeswax and a mixture of medicinal herbs.

Hopi Ear Candles may support:

  • Alleviating headaches and migraine
  • Alleviating the symptoms of a cold, flu, sore throats, tonsillitis
  • Alleviating general irritation (otitis)
  • Relieving hay fever and allergies (rhinitis)
  • Relieving blocked sinuses
  • Relief of pressure before flying or diving
  • Reducing wax build up and restoring balance
  • Reducing or alleviating snoring
  • Improving hearing and noises in the ear like tinnitus
  • Increasing blood flow promoting necessary healing
  • Relieving stress and anxiety
  • Creating a balanced feeling
  • Promotion of relaxation and inner calm
  • Increasing alertness, clear thinking and aiding concentration

What to expect

The therapist will ask you some brief questions around your well being. After you are settled comfortably on the couch, a lighted ear candle is inserted into the ear whilst you are lying on your side. The burning candle creates gentle suction stimulating the ear, nose and throat balancing the pressure within the inner ear and massaging the membranes. Then you turn over and the process is repeated on the other ear. Some crackling and popping may be heard as the candle burns. Every precaution is undertaken to ensure no burning ash will fall upon you and the candle is removed long before it has burned down completely. Following this, a light relaxing facial massage takes place to break any congestion and drain any fluids and toxins from the lymph glands. A treatment takes around 50 minutes.

As with any therapy, the experience will vary from person to person. Emotional or physical changes can be immediate or may take a while and further treatments may be needed for chronic symptoms. Some will experience an increase in their general well being; some may feel lighter and clearer physically and emotionally; the senses may be enhanced (smell/taste/sight) and noise levels may be increased. Generally the experience is one of relaxation and of being comforted as symptoms alleviate.

Ear Candling is suitable for children or adults, apart from those that have or are experiencing the following:

  • Acute or obvious infection
  • Grommets are in place in the ear
  • Recent perforation of the inner ear
  • Recent ENT (ear, nose, throat) surgery
  • Evidence of a boil, cyst or open wound in the ear
  • Acute mastoiditus, ottosclerosis or ear tumour
  • Known allergy to the contents of candle to be used

For more information on Hopi Ear Candle Therapists click on names below or visit Meet the Team page.

If you would like more information and to make an appointment please call or visit the Meridian Centre.