Unless you have ever suffered from blocked ears then it is difficult to understand how uncomfortable and painful this problem can be.
Sufferers complain of feeling intense pressure within the ear and sometimes feeling that the ear itself is swollen. There are some people who have the misfortune to suffer varying degrees of pain and others who even report a loss of hearing.
In many cases the underlying problem isn’t a serious medical condition but simply a build up of excess wax that has accumulated in the ear canal. Although there are many products on the market that can help with the removal of excess ear wax all of these products are chemical based. Many people prefer to avoid chemicals if at all possible and so other more natural forms of remedy are being explored.
Another popular way of cleaning ears is to use cotton bud sticks but these can cause more problems then they solve as they can often push any wax further into the ear canal. In addition, sometimes the stick may be inserted too deep into the ear causing further complications.
The most popular natural treatment for blocked ears is a process called ear candling. Ear candling has been around for centuries dating back to the medieval times and beyond. Although people are curious as to how do ear candles work the actual process hasn’t changed that much from how it was originally performed all those years ago.
It is perfectly safe but it is strongly recommended not to do ear candling on your own as it really does require the assistance of another person.
Unlike regular candles, an ear candles is a hollow cylinder coated in wax. With the patient lying horizontally and sideways one of the ends of the candle is inserted into the affected ear. The other end of the candle is lit and the flame allowed to burn down for a while. Some prefer to push the candle through a paper plate beforehand so as to prevent the risk of candle wax dripping down the candle.
The lit candle creates a natural vacuum which helps to balance the pressure in the ear and it is this vacuum that then helps to loosen out any debris or ear wax that was build up inside the ear. Not only do patients report an immediate improvement with their ear problems but also general feeling of well being after the procedure.