Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dr. Andrew Weil: Is "Ear Candling" Hazardous to Your Hearing?

Dr. Andrew Weil, 7/15/2013
If you have wax buildup in your ear, there is a variety of effective methods to help remove it, but ear candling is not one of them. Also called ear coning, this practice involves inserting a hollow cone made of a cotton sheet that's been coated with beeswax into your ear. Someone else lights the other, wider end of the cone, in the hopes that as the flame burns, a vacuum will be created that draws the wax from the ear. When the flame goes out, there may be a dark residue on the remaining paper, but it is not removed earwax - it's a mixture of combustion products from the burned paper…

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