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How does Ear Candling work?

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Ear candling is mainly used for clearing earwax from the ear and for a variety of other conditions related to the ear canal and sinuses.

The procedure involves insertion of a hollow candle into the ear canal. The candle is lit and left in place for several minutes. It is thought that the heat and suction from the hollow candle will suck out substances from the ear. However, research shows that ear candles do not have these effects.

When the candle is removed, a discolored, often brown, waxy substance often appears in the candle stub. Ear candling practitioners believe that this is earwax, bacteria, or other material extracted from the ear canal.

There is no reliable evidence that ear candling can remove earwax or treat other conditions.

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