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Faeriefeet
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Let me first say that I am a fairly heavy user of ear candles. Everytime I get sick or my sinuses just don't feel right or my ears won't stop popping or ringing, I go buy ear candles. My dad always told me I was crazy for sticking a burning piece of waxy paper in my ears and then he got into it big time a few months ago. I mean, whether or not he feels like he needs it, he gets his ears candled every weekend and pays a lot of money for it, too.

So when he asked me to do a little research on them to find out how they worked, I said "sure, no problem". He specifically wanted to know how ear candles work on navels. I had never heard of this technique and didn't have a clue how it could possibly work as the navel is not really a hole, but more of an indention.

I found out how they work on navels: they don't work period, at least not according to the various resources I found (some that were doctors and the like). The stuff that comes out in the end of the candle is from the candle itself. On lab tests they found that it's not earwax at all, but just wax from the candle. Furthermore, they are really bad for your ears, causing wax buildups from the candles and scarring your ear drums.

My question is this...everyone I've asked who have used ear candles personally, myself and my dad included, have said that they really feel better after using them. Is it just in our heads? Or perhaps the warm smoke soothes our ears? (I heard an old folk remedy that mothers used to gently blow tobacco smoke into their childrens ears to cure middle ear infections, which according to doctors works, as it kills the bacteria causing the infection)

Any ideas, personal experiences, etc?

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Unusual Elfin Lights
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We had a good discussion a while back.

I personally have not seen any value to it, but many have. Placebo might be the word. [Wink]

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moonlight
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I don't know much about ear candling, but if you are looking for something to clear out your sinuses and plugged up ears when you are sick, check out a neti pot. I used to get chronic sinus infections but I have been using the neti pot every morning for about the last five years and not only have I not gotten any sinus infections, I have hardly gotten sick at all.

And no, it doesn't hurt and it isn't uncomfortable. It is very refreshing!

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Faeriefeet
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quote:
Originally posted by UE Loyalist:
We had a good discussion a while back.

I personally have not seen any value to it, but many have. Placebo might be the word. [Wink]

Thanks for that. I looked back a couple of months and didn't see anything...I just didn't look back far enough.
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Kabouter
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Whenever I was having problems with my ears, mum would give a cotton ball with a drop of herbal oil (tea tree and almond, iirc) and hot water. Dispute the merits of herbal remedies all you want, but that warmth does wonders, and considerably cheaper than "candling".

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lawguy
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quote:
Originally posted by UE Loyalist:
...Placebo might be the word. [Wink]

sssshhhhh. You're giving away the secret to all homeopathy; cut it out!

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gizard
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Side note of wisdom with the neti pot- use well or bottled water. Treated water, when heated, SUCKS in the nasal passage. And sucks is the medical term I'm quite sure. Owwie.
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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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You do realize that quite a lot of bottled water is bottled tap water, don't you?

Seaboo

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Floater
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I must admit that when I first saw this thread I wondered "What the NFBSK is she talking about?". I still do, so I decided to look around and I found the straight dope on ear candles. Apparently you've been had.

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I hit the wrong button.

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quote:
Originally posted by Seaboo Muffinchucker:
You do realize that quite a lot of bottled water is bottled tap water, don't you?

Seaboo

Here is what the EPA has to say about bottled water:

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Bottled water is not necessarily safer than your tap water. EPA sets standards for tap water provided by public water systems; the Food and Drug Administration sets bottled water standards based on EPA's tap water standards. Bottled water and tap water are both safe to drink if they meet these standards, although people with severely compromised immune systems and children may have special needs. Some bottled water is treated more than tap water, while some is treated less or not treated at all. Bottled water costs much more than tap water on a per gallon basis. Bottled water is valuable in emergency situations (such as floods and earthquakes), and high quality bottled water may be a desirable option for people with weakened immune systems. Consumers who choose to purchase bottled water should carefully read its label to understand what they are buying, whether it is a better taste, or a certain method of treatment.
Personally, I don't trust bottled water unless it comes from a municipal water source.
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