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Ear Candling: Ineffective and Risky

August 13, 2019


>>FDA IS WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO
USE EAR CANDLES BECAUSE THEY CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY. AN EAR CANDLE IS A HOLLOW CONE
ABOUT 10 INCHES LONG MADE FROM A FABRIC TUBE SOAKED IN BEESWAX
OR PARAFFIN. THEY’RE PROMOTED AND SOLD IN
HEALTH FOOD STORES, HEALTH SPAS AND SALONS, FLEA MARKETS,
AND ON THE INTERNET. IN USE, THE CANDLE IS PLACED
IN THE OUTER EAR AND LIT WHILE THE PERSON LIES ON
HIS SIDE OR SITS UPRIGHT. THE BURNING CANDLE SUPPOSEDLY
CREATES A VACUUM THAT DRAWS EARWAX AND TOXINS OUT OF THE
EAR CANAL. CLAIMS FOR THESE DEVICES INCLUDE
RELIEF FROM HEADACHES AND EAR INFECTIONS, IMPROVED HEARING,
AND EVEN “BLOOD PURIFICATION.” BUT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT
EAR CANDLES PRODUCE NO VACUUM IN THE EAR AND THEY DON’T
REMOVE EARWAX. IN FACT, FDA HAS FOUND
NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT EAR CANDLES ARE EFFECTIVE FOR
ANY MEDICAL PURPOSE AND HAS TAKEN ACTION AGAINST
MANUFACTURERS OF THESE PRODUCTS. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY,
EAR CANDLES CAN BE DANGEROUS. IN ADDITION TO BEING A FIRE
HAZARD, THEY CAN CAUSE BURNS TO THE FACE AND EARS,
PERFORATE THE EARDRUM, AND PLUG THE EAR CANAL WITH
CANDLE WAX. AND FDA IS CONCERNED THAT THESE
PRODUCTS ARE BEING ADVERTISED FOR USE IN CHILDREN,
WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY PRONE TO INJURIES AND COMPLICATIONS. SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS SIMPLE —
DON’T USE EAR CANDLES. IN THE FDA CONSUMER CORNER,
I’M STEVE SYKES.

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