Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Beeswax ‘Ear Candling’ Gains Popularity

Wax In, Wax Out
Ear therapy gains popularity while some question its effectiveness
By Jennifer Vogelsong, Daily Record/Sunday News (USA), 3/13/2006

Mar 13, 2006 — Ann Heisler stretched out on a table in the dimmed light of the massage room, her head resting on a pillow, her body covered with a quilt.

A trickle of water from a relaxation fountain mingled with soothing sounds from the stereo in the corner. An orange flame flickered steadily from the candle protruding from her ear.

Candle protruding from her ear?

Well, more like a candle-shaped tube made from strips of muslin dipped in beeswax and infused with herbs. It's ear candling, or coning - an ages-old procedure that's gaining popularity with the acceptance of alternative medicine and traditional therapies.

Heisler gets her ears candled once a month because chronic allergies often make them feel clogged. It's a procedure she first learned of two years ago, when she went to Tranquil Touch Bodyworks in Red Lion for a massage…

History of Ear Candling
What it Does
Where to Find Them
Where to Get it Done

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