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Ear Candling Conference

November 18 - 19, 2006

The first-ever Ear Candling Conference took place in Reepham near Norwich. The humble, and much vilified, little candle has managed to pull speakers from Switzerland, Canada, United States of America and Belgium together in one place, prepared to share their thoughts and research data with the world.

Ear candling is no longer regarded as an "ear cleansing" tool as it has become very obvious that there is no suction element to the candle's function, nor is there a heating up of the ear canal. Ear candling is a simple, but extremely effective, energetic tool to influence health in a positive way. The noted effects stretch over millennia and across the whole world, covering most great cultures this small planet has ever known.

Jili Hamilton, the author of the first book ever written about ear candling, told the delegates how her path in life was totally changed by ear candling. She recounted many fascinating stories surrounding ear candling that she has come across in her search for more information. She also led us through the difficulties that someone encounters who is writing a book about a subject no one knows anything about.

M Harmony PhD shared her search result looking into verifiable ear candling data. She researched what constitutes a safe and healthy candle as well as the origins of ear candling and the ancient practices that have lead to ear candling. She caused controversy when she stated that the Hopi Native American tribe has been stunned by the revelation that they were supposed to have lent their name to the most famous ear candle in the world. Michelle said she had spent a lot of time with the Hopi's to find out that the Hopis have never used ear candles and have never heard of it.

Greg Webb is a Touch for Health tutor and examiner in his homeland Canada and combined with his passion for ear candling he has collated an incredible amount of data regarding the specific effects and pathways in which the body responds to ear candling. He showed how not only the lymphatic drainage improves, but also how the immune system is strengthened, the endocrine system enhanced, and the central nervous system is empowered. He shared his thoughts on how the energetic input is transferred via the chakra system, the meridian and the nervous system into the physical aspects of life.

Patrick Quanten concentrated on explaining in simple terms some relevant facts of quantum physics and new biology. All matter is energy condensed and all cells "listen" to everything that is going on in their environment. The combination of these allow the energetic influence of ear candling to be felt throughout the whole body, both via a direct influence on the cells and via the overall information distributed through the nervous network. He also showed that in free burning open candles only white smoke appeared at the bottom of the candle. The matter found inside the candles after burning only occurs by compressing the smoke. He suggested a relationship between what was found inside the burned candle and the changes made in the auric field of the person being candled.

Plenty of questions are still left open. Opinions still differ, but the delegates have agreed to continue to gather data and to share their knowledge and experience. To this effect it was suggested to set up a separate website dedicated to verifiable information on ear candling and a place where people could share their questions and experiences with each other. It was generally felt that the time has come to tell the truth about ear candling and to ensure that it becomes a safe and self-regulated therapy with therapists who uphold serious professional values.

Stephen Fullick
Patrick Quanten

Earcandles - Damage Report

By Dr Patrick Quanten MD


     Ear candles are being targeted as a dangerous device, potentially harming the individual’s health. It is part of the general census that non-approved therapies should be banned. Similar moves are made regarding homeopathy, osteopathy and chiropractics. Although there are hundreds of other therapies used in the modern western world, only a few come across a campaign to “inform” people of their dangers. The slogan used to justify the outpouring of specific stories, warning people about the potential dangers, is that “medicine is an evidence-based science”. One of the facts, published by the American Association of Medicine, is that their own investigation shows that the highest number of deaths per year can be directly contributed to medical intervention. Almost double the number of people die every year from complications and mistakes occurring with medical treatments and/or investigations than from cancer, the number two on their hit list. 

     If we are going to insist on using science as a base from which to work from, it would be good to take into account the “facts” science has established so far. 

     For almost a century, scientists have proven that everything in the universe is energy, that all matter is essentially compressed energy. Only a small proportion of the energy available within our universe is expressed in physical matter. The shape and form of this matter, as well as its functioning, is entirely determined by the energy from which it is made. Understanding the energy that creates the matter allows us to see how this energy could possibly be changed for it to result in a difference within the matter. Simple physics, a well-honoured science. 

     A human being is an energy field. The physical part is at the centre of a large field that brings together waves and frequencies of a great variety. How this centre functions depends on the interactions that go on within the more elusive part of the human being. The body expresses in physical terms these interactions and is therefore never the cause of any malfunctioning, but rather one of the effects.  

     All interactions between a human being and its outer-world are therefore also energetic. The result of these interactions we may observe in our physical world. 

     Another fact that appeared from the early days of quantum physics and relativity theories was that every observation changes the observed. Looking at something or testing something already helps to determine your end result by the way you look or test. It is said that “the observer is part of the observed”. This renders all standard medical tests invalid in relation to our health. On top of that, there is of course the evidence that we are looking at a living system which has the capability of completely changing the way it functions in a fraction of a moment, as demonstrated in the fight-or-flight response. Once again rendering all tests regarding its function before and after the response totally useless with regards to levels of “normal”, taken as a measure for health. 

     So, we may observe things, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that that is the only true observation that can be made. Very often the observation says more about the observer or the circumstances in which the observation has been made than about the true character of the observed. Not a very solid basis for “evidence-based science”! 

     How can we than relate this to ear candling? 

     First of all, it means that ear candling does not, can not, “clean out ears”. This advertising gimmick has served to sell a lot of candles for people looking for a non-invasive, non-painful way of removing earwax and blockages out of the outer ear canal. A few simple observations will show that nothing ever gets drawn from the ear. 

     In fact, ear candles do not alter the physical state of your tissues in any direct way at all. Ear candles work in the way our physicists state the universe works; it has an energetic influence on the human functioning. Fire has traditionally been a powerful way to deliver heat and dryness to a malfunctioning system, as well as lightening it. Fire is a powerful healing tool, and has been for many thousands of years; a well trusted and tested tool, at that. Ear candling is one way of using this power in healing. People have used this method in all major societies humans have created throughout the ages, and across the whole globe. It is a feat to deceive, to keep away from the truth, a whole population for a century. It is impossible not to get confronted with the truth in ten thousand years of human existence, all over the globe, in a great many different cultures unrelated to one another. 

     Thus, all the effects seen with ear candling are a result of energetic changes brought about by the burning of the candle at that moment in those circumstances. Hence, the effects vary widely, as we also experience with everything else. 

     Put in this framework we can now relate to problems resulting from the burning of candles in a person’s ear. As we are working with an open flame, we assume that adults are responsible people and capable of judging potential danger from the flame itself. If we are not then it is time to ban the sale and use of all ordinary candles too, as houses have burned down as a result of leaving candles to burn unsupervised. This is the first link in a chain. 

     The second one relates to the product itself. If the candle is heavily overburdened with wax there is a potential risk of it not burning up completely and running down the candle. The likelihood is it will run down the outer side of candle as that is where the wax bas been applied, not the inside, and therefore it won’t reach the eardrum. Another fact observed in a well-made candle is that within about 30 seconds of the burning process in progress, the small hole at the bottom of the candle will block up with debris, in itself stopping all other material including candle wax from running into the ear canal. As ear candles work energetically, you may, if you are extremely worried about the running of candle wax, simply block the bottom hole in the candle and the problem can of course never occur again! 

     The third one relates to the person receiving the ear candling. Indeed, we have seen what looked like burn marks on the eardrum. We need to modify how we express what we “see”. In scientific terms, it is only what we “believe” we see (simple physics). Wax that runs down an ordinary candle may feel hot but the truth is that it never burns our tissues to any degree. It may cause a sudden sensation of heat delivered to the tissues but there is no long-term damage to any tissues. In the case of ear candling, the wax will have a long way to run before it possibly could reach the eardrum. All the way down it would of course be cooling down. We have also already pointed out that later in the burning process the access to the ear canal will be blocked, increasing the likelihood of the physical pattern, as the running down of the hot wax, not being the explanation of this phenomenon. 

     All explanation of everything, a scientific fact, is always energetic. No different here! The extra energy that the fire of the candle brings to the energetic part of the human system is delivered to the most dense parts of the human, the physical body, via the ear. Hence, there is a high concentration of energy surrounding that part of the body. In a reasonably well-functioning system, this powerful energy will dissipate extremely quickly and the energy will flow away from the entry point across a large part of the field. However, if, for whatever reason, this energy flow is disturbed, partly blocked, one can experience a build-up of heat within the tissues. We see this situation occur when people have neck problems, blocked ear channels and various skull pressures. It is this change in energy balance, within an individual at a particular moment in time, that is responsible for the sensation of heat, and if not dealt with appropriately, as responsible therapists and adults should do, that problems may arise within the tissues. 

     We don’t ban cooking because somebody burns themselves or gets hurt by spitting fat. No, we educate them about the reality of the world they are living in.  

     It is wise to make the most of powerful tools.

     It is also wise to train people in truth.


Patrick Quanten has been a general practitioner since 1983. The combination of medical insight and extensive studies of Complementary Therapies have opened new perspectives on health care, all of which came to fruition when it blended with Yogic and Ayurvedic principles. Patrick gave up his medical licence in November 2001.
Patrick also holds qualifications in Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathy, Reiki, Ozon Therapy and Thai Massage. He is an expert on Ear Candling and he is also well-read in the field of other hard sciences. His life's work involves finding similarities between the Ancient Knowledge and modern Western science.

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