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Hopi Ear Candles

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Hopi ear candles are named after the native American tribe who first introduced this therapy to the West.

The Hopi nation are renowned for their extensive knowledge of healing and their spiritual lifestyle.

Translated Hopi means "peaceful ones".

Ear candles have been used widely throughout North America and Asia and although the current treatment has come to westerners from the Hopi tribe, the use of ear candles to treat ear problems has been known for centuries. Ear candles have been used by the Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks.

Ear candles may not be the first thing that you think of to treat ear, nose and throat problems. However the people of Asia and North America as a spiritual and healing remedy have used them for centuries. In Europe the candles are used to treat many ailments, including migraine and headaches, glue ear in children, catarrh, sore throats, sinusitis, tonsillitis, flu and excessive ear wax.

Despite the name, the candles are in fact hollow tubes made in the traditional Hopi Indian way by using a combination of herbal extracts such as Sage (Salvia Officinalis), Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomile) and St. Johns Wort (Hypericum Perforatum), which are blended in honey, organically grown linen and beeswax.

During Ear Candle treatment - known as THERMO-AURICULAR THERAPY - the candles work in three phases, the first being a chimney effect where a gentle suction, draws out debris from the ear. Next, the mild heat stimulates the blood and lymph circulation, boosting the immune system, therefore boosting the bodys natural cleansing action. Finally a regulation of the pressure within the sinuses.

You do not need to be worried about being burnt. The candles have a filtering system and no residue can enter the ear. You will feel a warming sensation but the effect is gentle and relaxing.

Many people report an immediate release of pressure in their head after just one treatment session, although; depending on the condition, a number of sessions may be required to ease an ongoing problem fully.

A session begins with the therapist asking questions relating to your medical history and then checking the ears for any infections or visible problems with an Ottoscope. (Small devise with a light to look inside the ear) The candle is lit and placed gently but firmly in the ear creating a seal and is held in position. The heat from the flame creates the mild suction, which helps even the pressure in the sinuses, clearing the whole area in general. As the candle burns the warm herbal vapour circulates around the ear working on the impurities and deposits which are either carried away in the smoke or left condensed in the base, when the candle has burnt down to the required mark it is removed. The client may hear a crackling sound from the burning candle and experience a warming sensation, but neither is unpleasant.

When the first candle has been removed, the procedure is repeated for the other ear, even if only one side is causing problems, both ears are always treated to ensure balance is maintained, only when both ears have been treated are the contents examined to determine how much and what type of waste has been dislodged.

Finally, after a short massage, the ears may be checked to determine whether further treatment is necessary. Most people require between one and three treatments. Each treatment takes about half an hour and costs between 20 and 30.

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