Ear Candle Efficiency

by Patrick Quanten MD

One of the ongoing problems about the ear candling scene is that there is no standard for efficiency. We know that the candles work and we know what they are best at. It improves health in a variety of ways by changing the human energetic field. The physical effects that have been noted all come through a change that the fire has brought about within the aura of the person. All this has been discussed in other articles, but we have not been able to relate the different types of ear candles to how efficient they are in relieving physical symptoms.

Using client's statements as proof for the efficiency of a treatment is not acceptable. People can feel a lot better for a great variety of reasons that cannot be demonstrated to be due to a single factor. A linear correlation between a therapy and the feeling of a person or even a measurable change in symptoms is scientifically unacceptable. Every experience is a combination of a myriad of influences, not the result of the impact of one therapeutic action. Hence, we will need a more verifiable way of "measuring" the influence of a singular action, like ear candling, in order to get an idea of the impact that action has on our life. Whether or not we then experience that impact as an improvement or a deterioration or a non-event is a separate matter.

Observing the candles burn at the start of the process, we notice that the first thing that we see is the smoke coming from the candle. This is followed by the appearance of the powder at the bottom of the candle, which blocks the hole at the ear end of the candle. Later on, fat is also formed at the bottom of the candle. It is important to consider the sequence of events in order to begin comprehending at which level the burning takes effect.

The physical structure of any living cell consists of three different types of "tissues": gas, water and fat. Every tissue we find within the human body is made out of stuff that is soluble in either gas, water or fat. Since all materials come into our physical reality from the energy field by compressing the energy, energy eventually materialises out into physical matter. Matter is made from energy by increasing the pressure within the energy field, or by lowering the temperature.

From Ayurveda we know how the different tissues that ultimately make up the human body come into existence. It starts with the lightest matter first, from which the next layer is made, and then the following one and so on. There are seven fundamental "tissues", and in order from light to heavy they show up in this particular order: juices, blood, muscle, fat, bone, nervous and seed ("The Formation of Tissues" – science section). The seed tissue has all the information of all the other layers compacted within it. The nervous, bone and fat tissue are basically made from the heavier energies, of which fat is the most fluidy, the lightest. Muscle, blood and juices are made from the water element, of which juices is the most light, the most fluid of all the tissues. Put differently, the heavier structures of the human body (expressing the human energy field) are made by compressing fat into bone (structural) tissue and compressing it further into nerves. The lighter structures are made by compressing water into blood (heavy water) and further into flesh (movable tissue).

So it is all about heavier tissues made from lighter ones: first made from water, then from fat. Fat is heavier than water, so all the tissues made from fat are heavier than those made from water. Also, creating matter happens because of increased pressure and/or lowered temperature. Heavier matter comes into being when the pressure increases and/or the temperature drops even further.

We also know that it is the fire of the ear candle that delivers the changes to the energetic field, which then in turn alters the physical functioning of the body. As a result of that fire the changes are of the following nature: warmth, dryness and lightness. The energies are changed in this particular fashion and produce a difference in the physical tissues. We have also argued that we need to recognise those changes within the burning of the candle itself, and within the debris the candle produces.

Burning the "air" of a person, the aura, makes the energies from which the tissues are made lighter and drier. Lighter material shifts to an even lighter form before the heavier materials do. Just remember, it takes less heat to burn petrol than it does to burn wood then it does to burn coal. It also means that it is more difficult to set fire to the energies that make those particular materials, as the material expression of the energies gets heavier too. The air inside the candle has the energies of all the person's tissues as they are at that moment in time. Heating those energies up will first of all lighten the gas elements and produce smoke. The lighter elements that warm up are seen in the smoke the candle produces. As the heat increases, the water elements begin to lighten up and as they do they also dry out (remember boiling water). The water elements that warm up are seen in the dry powder in the bottom of the candle in the sense that what once was water, now only leaves dust after the water has evaporated (matter in solution in water). With still increasing heat the fat elements begin to lighten up. This means a shift from the very heavy energies of the tissues made from fat to the lighter fat tissue, which is in fact fluid fat or oil. Fat does not evaporate, it burns away totally when heated further, as seen when burning ordinary candle wax. The fat elements that warm up are seen as the fat in the bottom of the candle.

We can now deduct that the more smoke that comes of an ear candle, the more light elements have been burned; the more powder we find at the end of the burning of the candle, the more water has been removed from the person's aura, and consequently from the body; the more fat we find at the end of the burning of the candle, the more of the heavier elements have been removed from the person. In order to burn the heavier elements you will need more heat compared with burning away the lighter ones. This already means that a candle that is not burning hot enough cannot make any impact on the heavier structure of the person. Or, the other way around, a type of candle that never produces any fat cannot make a difference in the heavier structure of the person.

We now have a way to define the efficiency of an ear candling session. First we can determine how the candle burns on its own, only changing the energy of the candle itself and making very small changes to the environment, the room it stands in. This will give us a fairly steady response in terms of the amount of smoke, powder and fat we notice from candle to candle. This tells us whether or not the candle burns hot enough in order to facilitate changes within the heavier structures of the creation. If we find that a free-standing candle only produces powder and no fat, we know that the candle can only alleviate water-related problems within a person. This can be very effectively used in conditions of excess mucus. However, it is important to realise that it will rapidly dry the tissues out, thereby creating a disharmony within the tissues, as the fat-related tissues will not become lighter by such a candle burning.

Some types of candle produce a minimal result under these test conditions; little powder and very little fat. Other candles have a greater production of debris elements in the same room. This means that the first type of candle changes less of its own energy field, but as both candles have burned away we have to be careful not to jump to too far reaching conclusions. They can still both be effective on all tissue levels, only the amount of energy that has been changed varies between a candle producing less or more debris. The remaining question is how much potential the candle has left to dedicate heat to the aura of a person.

If we truly want to establish the efficiency of a candling session, it is wise to always burn a free-standing candle at the same time in the same place as the therapeutic session takes place in. The amount and distribution of the debris in the therapeutic candles can then be compared with the amount in the reference candle. It is this difference that can tell you exactly what the extra is the candle has altered for the client through its fire. A shift towards more powder means that the therapeutic candle has specifically dried up a lot more water elements. A shift towards more fat means that the therapeutic effect will be felt a lot more in the fatty elements. This relates to the system having more energy and eventually making serious changes to the way the system functions at a deeper level. In other words, it will have a more lasting effect then when only the water elements have been changed. The water state in the body is very flexible, and has to be able to alter quickly in response to immediate changing circumstances. The fat elements provide a steadiness to the structure and its function.

We can use the effect we see of the burned candle to establish the effectiveness and the potential for effectiveness of that candle.

  • Candles that produce very little debris have little potential
  • Candles that only produce powder have little potential to make long-lasting changes

Know the candle you work with.

Use a therapeutic reference to establish the result of the candling.

Understand the impact of ear candling, so you can effectively guide your clients towards health.

March 2012


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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