Ear Candling Case Studies Client Study 1: About Blob Blob is 74 and although she suffers from a number of serious ailments she is in reasonable health. Amongst her ailments she has breast cancer, arthritis, a pacemaker and diabetes and as such she is unable to receive many of the alternative therapies she would like to try. She has recently been suffering from sinusitis and some of her tablets make her very tired indeed. As she is diabetic, her blood sugar levels were checked before and after treatment as a precaution and also to assess the effects of the candling upon these levels. First treatment</B> Treatment: Ear Candling and Reiki She is quite elderly and was unable to lie on her front for the treatment, so had to ensure she was comfortable on her side. I found that the angle of her head had to be just right to enable it to stand correctly in the ear. At first she was quite fidgety and I was concerned about the candle, but she settled down properly about halfway into the treatment. </B> Post-Treatment Observations</B> </B> Blob felt very relaxed following her treatment and said she was very sleepy. I have treated her in the past and this is a normal reaction for her. Upon checking her blood sugar it had fallen but not significantly. She said that she was quite aware of the candle in her ear, but that it wasn’t uncomfortable and she had found this a bit of a distraction at first. In the following days Blob commented that she had been quite sniffly and her nose kept running, which she found quite inconvenient. Normally her sinuses are blocked and can be a little sore, so this was a bit of a change for her. Second Treatment</B> Treatment: Ear Candling and Reiki Although I had explained that it was best that she shut her eyes and relax in silence and let the candle do its work, she continued to talk all the way through the candling. </B> Post-Treatment Observations </B> Blob took some time coming around following this treatment. She was quite ungrounded and I used the method of grounding shown in the class to bring her around – the results were impressive. </B> Third Treatment</B> Treatment: Ear Candling and Reiki</I> Blob was very quiet for this treatment. She seemed to fall asleep towards the end and needed grounding again following treatment. </B> Post-Treatment Observations Blob said this was by far the most relaxing treatment of the three. She commented that in hindsight she should have just let go during the other treatments. Summary Blob says her hearing has not improved during treatments. She has had some relief from the sinusitis and found treatments relaxing overall. She is surprised that she was able to lie on her side for this as she had expressed some concern about lying in the same position for a considerable amount of time. Client Study 2: About Blob Blob is 48 and works as a teacher. She finds her work particularly stressful. She is currently training as a reflexologist as she is very interested in complementary therapies. She is very busy and finds it exceptionally hard to switch off, even with reflexology or massages – she is often very aware of what the therapist is doing, trying to work out the techniques used. Our objective is to gain full relaxation for Blob to help relieve some of her stress. She has no contraindications to the treatment, although she does get the occasional migraine and her sinuses are a little blocked following a few colds which she has been unable to completely shake since Christmas. First treatment</B> Treatment: Ear Candling and Back, Neck Massage Blob seemed to relax completely during the treatment and I was unsure if she fell asleep or not during the second half of the treatment. </B> Post-Treatment Observations</B> Blob was sleepy following treatment and needed some time to come around. Blob admits that she is normally quite highly strung, so I was surprised that her vocal tone was much softer following the treatment and the speed of her speech was a little slower. I was told that in the days following the treatment she’d noticed she’d had less severe headaches than normal. Her sinuses remain blocked but she explained they felt a little less painful than normal and a pain in her throat (which she hadn’t mentioned before) had also lessened. Second Treatment</B> Treatment: Ear Candling and Face Massage Blob still is not over her cold, and complained of pain behind her ears. Post-Treatment Observations </B> Blob was relaxed immediately following her treatment and she sighed quite a few times during the treatment itself, this was something I hadn’t thought to monitor previously. Seemed to occur when she was falling into a deeper state of relaxation. She later commented that she felt quite light-headed later in the day, which she attributed to the ear candling. However, the pain behind her ears apparently subsided the next day. </B> Third Treatment</B> Treatment: Ear Candling and Reiki</I> Blob has been very stressed this week and was looking forward to her treatment. </B> Post-Treatment Observations</B> </B> Blob had some earache today before her treatment, which she thought had lessened by the end, although it not had completely gone. Her experience overall of ear candling is that she found in the days following treatment she was much calmer overall and felt more in control and able to deal with anxieties both at home and at work. She claims that she’s had some relief from the headaches and would consider further treatments, to see if they can further reduce this problem. </B> Summary</B> Blob says she has enjoyed treatments tremendously and is impressed by how easy it is to let go. She says each treatment was different and the benefits were not limited to pure relaxation. She also gained much relief from the symptoms of the cold / infection she has been fighting. What Hopi Ear Candling Means To Me</B> </B> My initial thoughts are that Hopi Ear Candling is a non-intrusive, unique and gentle therapy, which would benefit most people. My experience confirms initial thoughts that this is the perfect therapists therapy. There are no distracting movements and no techniques to try and decipher. For non-therapists the client can switch off totally almost as if the therapist is not there at all. It appears to be a much more personal and private therapy than other hands on methods. It seems to allow the client to reflect or simply switch off, whatever is most needed at the time. At the time of treatment it appears the effects are subtle, the hissing lulling the client into deep relaxation, almost meditation. The benefits seem to come through in the hours and indeed the days following the treatment. I feel that the biggest benefits in terms of relaxation and stress relief come when the therapy is combined with Reiki, rather than massage. Following treatment the extra minutes of healing and relaxation really seems to enhance the treatment they have just received. I’ve found that although people are interested in hearing about the effects of dairy produce in relation to mucus production, but the people I treated did not wish to try this. As I am not a qualified nutritionist, I intend to provide a leaflet outlining dietary changes which might be made, whilst stressing that a visit to a dietician is appropriate if further investigation is desired. From the therapists point of view, I find the therapy very relaxing indeed. It allows me to relax and contemplate the findings of the consultation, to fully plan the second part of the treatment and to plan aftercare. The issue of staying alert during treatment cropped up in the course but I’ve found that concentrating on the flame keeps me both alert and focussed. I do try and give reiki whilst performing the treatment, but I feel the quality of the two treatments may be compromised. My biggest personal concern is getting the ergonomics correct prior to starting treatment, this is something I’ll have to work on as I felt I wasn’t quite comfortable enough, so need to be more aware when setting things up. My experience of viewing the contents of the candles following one or two of the treatment gives me the impression that although it cannot reverse hearing loss or pressure, it can reduce wax related problems. I am sure it can and indeed will reduce the stress on the sinus region by removing at least some of the congestion present. My thoughts are that this therapy is a much preferred method of ear wax removal over conventional treatments such as syringing. I definitely feel this is a good therapy for children, who are of an age and maturity that they fully understand the importance of lying still whilst treatment is carried out.