Ear Candling/ Ear Coning/ Thermal-Auricular Therapy is a kind of folk medicine practice intended to assist the natural clearing of earwax (cerumen) and “toxins” from a person’s ear by means of a hollow candle placed in the ear. In this one end of the hollow candle is lit and placed the other end of candle in the ear canal.
It is believed that Ear candling stimulates the peripheral lymph system, and work on the acupressure points as well as energy system around the ear. The radiation from the flame heats the air around the client directing “ki energy” to the ear from the fire.
In Europe, some ear candles are regulated as medical devices, tested for safety and bear the CE mark (93/42/EEC). The CE mark is mostly self-issued by the manufacturer, supposedly assuring conformance to a standard.