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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

Questions, Answers, Applications, Instructions for use


Ear candling is a centuries old method of bringing an enhanced state of health to the person, healing ear, nose, throat and sinus problems.


Ear candling has a very consistent track record of success. Helping people with problems like: sinus congestion, colds, flu, sore throats, ear aches, ear infections, sinus infections, lymphatic congestion, swollen glands, snoring, vertigo, balance, tinnitus, allergy symptoms, asthma, bronchitis, most hearing difficulties, ear pressure when flying or diving. That’s only the beginning of the list of benefits.


With the ear candle inserted into the ear, the heat from the flame creates a stimulating, soothing, warming effect. The mechanics of this process are energetic in nature. Adding heat to the system, especially in such a subtle way, results in a stimulation of lymphatic drainage (swelling goes down); in burning off excess mucus in middle and inner ear, sinuses and nose (breathing improves); in increasing mobility and effectiveness of the white blood cells (improved immune response); in stimulating the pituitary gland (controls glandular system). Ear candling strengthens the bodily systems through balancing the energetic system.


It depends upon what your initial complaint is and how long it has bothered you. The common denominator is that the real power of ear candling comes from repeat treatments. Each additional treatment brings your body to a higher state of well being which after several sessions typically leaves you with an improved state of health.

Long term symptoms are usually best treated with 4-6 sessions of 2-4 ear candles per ear over a 6 week period, followed by several monthly treatments until the desired level of symptom relief has been reached. Great improvements in symptoms are noted early on in the treatment, sometimes even after one session.

Short term symptoms are most effectively treated by daily treatment of 2-4 ear candles per ear for several days followed by 2-3 weekly treatments for maintenance.

A maintenance schedule, in the absence of particular symptoms, of 3-4 treatments a year does wonders to keep a person healthy.

Children under 12 should have less candles per ear at each session and have less frequent sessions, especially long term.


Throughout the centuries and in many cultures, traditional folklore medicine has made use of burning of herbs for medicinal, ceremonial and spiritual ascension purposes. In respect of this tradition herbs have been added.

The herbs were largely chosen for their benefit to the earn nose and throat area, their ability to stimulate the immune system and also to balance the energy systems of the body.

The presence of the herbs in the ear candles creates a significant difference in the total bodily effect of the ear candling process.


The ear candle produces three residues: black smoke, wax and powder. These are manifestations of the burning process through the person’s energy field. The residue reflects the person’s underlying energetic state which has created the physical symptoms. You will notice this residue changing as the symptoms change and the person becomes more balanced.


Please read the full instructions before attempting to use these ear candles. Never try to candle your own ears, as you are using an open flame, and that would be inviting an accident. Always have someone do it for you.

You will need a protector plate. They are easy to make. A styrofoam picnic plate covered with a good grade of aluminium foil, and an inch hole cut off-centre, is all you need. This will allow the tapered end of the candle to be inserted. It should fit snugly, if it doesn’t then wrap a damp tissue around the candle to ensure a snug fit.

You will also need:

– ear candles - protector plate (see above)

– sharp scissors - bowl of water (old margarine tub is fine)

– lighter or matches - towel to cover hair

– wet paper towel - second protector plate with V-shaped edge cut out

  1. Have the person lie on their side on a flat surface; a rolled towel or pillow under the head, the hair covered with a towel. Use in a well ventilated place, and not underneath a smoke alarm.
  2. Insert the tapered end of the candle into the hole in the first protector plate allowing 2 inches or 5cm to protrude below the plate. Place the tapered end into the ear. Ask the person to seat the candle properly into the ear if required. If the candle is not seated properly smoke will come from between the plate and the ear.
  3. Light the top end of the candle. Observe the burn and trim the black wick when it is about I inch long. To cut the wick, you slip the second protector plate with the V-shape around the candle and cut above the base of the flame. The burned end fill fall away from you onto the plate. Drop the black wick into the bowl of water, as it will be very hot and maybe even smouldering.
  4. Extinguish the flame when it is burning no lower than 2 to 3 inches from the bottom of the candle. Put the wet paper towel over the burning end of the candle. Remove the plate and candle from the ear, and let the burned candle cool down before you open it to examine the contents.

Do not put your head in water for 24 hours, and if the ears are sensitive post-candling, use cotton wool in your ears for the first two hours, especially when going out in the wind and cold.

We know of no case or have knowledge of anyone being harmed by using these techniques properly. However, we do know of many cases where individuals have benefited in many ways. There are no known contra-indications to those who know how the process works and, provided ear candles are used properly, they can be used in all circumstances.


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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