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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

Ear candling and the Autonomic Nervous System

by Dr Patrick Quanten MD


The autonomic nervous system comprises a series of reflex arcs which control or modulate involuntary functions, such as blood pressure, heart rate, glandular secretions, intestinal motility and bladder function. The nerves comprise two systems, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic, that receive impulses arising in the central nervous system. Both systems form synapses at autonomic ganglia in the periphery before innervating their target tissues. The sympathetic ganglia form a chain along the spinal column extending from the cervical to the lumbar regions. The postganglionic sympathetic fibres mediate their effects by releasing norepinephrine (adrenaline). There are, however, two exceptions in that the nerves stimulating the sweat glands and those causing a dilatation of the blood vessels in the skeletal muscles are both cholinergic. The final component of the sympathetic nervous system is the adrenal medulla which is derived from the same embryonic tissue as autonomic ganglia and releases adrenaline into the general circulation. In contrast, the parasympathetic ganglia are usually situated near or in the organs they innervate, so that responses tend to be more discrete, subserving local functions. Parasympathetic postganglionic fibres are cholinergic.

The brain regulates the degree of sympathetic and parasympathetic traffic by integrating a number of input signals including those from the baroreceptors (pressure), from the perception of pain and emotional stress, and from mental and physical effort. Although a rather generalised response of the sympathetic nervous system may occur with severe stress, more often the brain controls specific autonomic functions discretely.

The brain plays a key role in the control of arterial pressure by regulating cardiac output, rennin release and sympathetically mediated vasoconstriction. The sympathetic impulses that lead to vasoconstriction arise from the vasomotor centre in the medulla, which is the major site for integrating the excitatory and inhibitory inputs that determine the final level of traffic in peripheral sympathetic neurons. The vasomotor centre is under constant stimulation by fibres arising from higher centres of the brain including the hypothalamus. This tonic level of excitatory impulses is heightened by wakefulness, pain, mental and muscular effort, or emotional stress. A major inhibitory regulator of sympathetic activity is the baroreceptor system. With a rise in arterial pressure and accompanying stretch of the baroreceptors in the carotid sinus and aortic arch, the baroreceptor fibres fire more rapidly. These baroreceptor impulses travel to the medulla where they inhibit the sympathetic outflow from the vasomotor centre. Any rise in arterial pressure results in an inhibition of the resting level of sympathetic output to resistance vessels and to the heart, thereby lowering the blood pressure. This actually means that there is a self-regulating mechanism that controls blood pressure from within by a balanced interplay between pressure and the response of the system to it.

The peripheral effects of the sympathetic nervous system are diverse. The integrated cardiovascular response of arteriolar constriction (constriction of the blood vessels), tachycardia (rapid pulse rate), enhanced cardiac contractility (better pumping function of the heart), and rennin release maintains or raises arterial pressure (your “blood pressure”). Metabolic functions including lipolysis (breaking down of fat), glycogenolysis (production of sugars), and the release of antidiuretic hormone (retaining and preserving water) are stimulated by the sympathetic nervous system, as is mydriasis (widening of the eye pupil), ejaculation, and bronchodilatation (widening of the airway tubes). The sympathetic nervous system also participates in the regulation of body temperature and salivary secretion.

The peripheral effects have been classified as alpha or beta. Alpha receptors mediate vasoconstriction, pupil dilatation and relaxation of the gut. Beta adrenoreceptors are also divided into two types: beta1(mediating increased heart rate and contractibility and probably rennin release) and beta2 (mediating relaxation of bronchial, uterine and vascular smooth muscle). There is also some evidence that both alpha and beta receptors can be regulated at the membrane level, which is difficult to fit in with the general picture presented about the autonomic nervous system. For example, exposure to a stimulant may decrease the number of receptors, while conversely, exposure to antagonists may increase receptor numbers. Another anomaly within the theoretical concept of how the body functions!

The peripheral effects of the parasympathetic nervous system act on the diverse organs which the system innervates. Acetylcholine released from parasympathetic nerves results in a slow sinoatrial rate and atrioventricular conduction (slow heart rate), in a stimulation of salivary (saliva), bronchial (airway tubes), and gastric (stomach) secretions, in a contraction of the iris (eye pupil), in a stimulation of the bronchial smooth muscle contraction and stimulation of the intestinal motility, in a sustaining of the penile erection, and in a promotion of sweating with increased heat loss. Acetylcholine is also the neuromuscular transmitter for skeletal muscle as well as acting on the nicotinic type of receptors in the autonomic neurons.


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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