HERE’S HOPING

Posted: 7th February 2018

Suzie Abbott, The London Road Clinic.

The Hopi ear candle, also known as thermal auricular therapy, is a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions. It is believed that the Ancient Greeks used the candles initially for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but much later a purely physical basis. However, it was via the Native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona (‘Hopi’ means peaceful people) that the practice reached the modern world. The candles are still made today, based on the traditional formula originating from Hopi Indians. The candles are made of natural ingredients which include beeswax, honey extract and originally grown flax. These are combined with powdered Indian medicinal herbs such as sage, St John’s Wort and chamomile, well known for their healing powers. I use Biosun Hopi candles, which are the only ear candle registered as a Class IIa medical device. The candles have a purely physical function and work on a chimney principle, drawing impurities to the surface where they can gently be removed. The movement of the flame creates a vibration of air in the candle, generating a massage effect on the eardrum. This induces a soothing feeling of warmth and a balance of pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses. Hopi is an alternative method of treating irritation in the ears, build-up of ear wax, migraines, headaches, sinusitis, rhinitis, glue ear, colds and flu. It is an excellent form of relaxation or stress relief and can be an alternative to ear syringing. Hopi ear candling is suitable for men, women and children of all ages. It is safe and enjoyable therapy, but there are some medical conditions where it may not be advisable to carry out treatment, which is why it is important to have a full consultation before commencing. Hopi candles should not be used if you have grommets in the ear, or if there is inflammation or infection present. You should not undergo treatment if you have a perforated ear drum, have had recent ear surgery or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the candle. If you are under medical supervision for any ear-related conditions, you should seek approval from your doctor or consultant first. A typical treatment entails lying comfortably on your side. A lit candle will then be placed gently – but not fully – inside the ear canal and held vertically in place. You will experience a pleasant crackling sound as the candle burns and a warm, comfortable feeling. When complete, the candle is gently removed while you lie for a few moments before turning over to treat the other ear. Treatment lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes a mini facial, which helps to improve removal of impurities that may have been released during treatment. To book an appointment or find out more, contact Suzie Abbott at The London