Ear Candling

Ear Candling Specialist
Our patients at The Phoenix & Dragon in Austin are often surprised to learn about the many advantages of ear candling. Sharon Shuppert is competent at performing this integrative medicine procedure. Call the clinic to learn more.
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Ear Candling Q & A

by Sharon Shuppert, Dipl.OM, L.Ac

What is ear candling?

Ear candling is an alternative/ complementary medicine procedure that helps to reduce the accumulation of ear wax. During the procedure, Sharon or a technician will insert a hollow candle into the external auditory canal of the ear. The candle is actually a long hollow tube that is tapered on one end.  It is made of fabric that has been soaked in beeswax. The practitioner lights the candle and shallowly inserts the tapered end into the opening of your ear.   The candle will burn for approximately 15 minutes. Once the candle is burned down to about 4”, the candle is removed and the flame is extinguished. Inside the candle stub is a brown waxy substance, which is a combination of ear wax, bacteria, and debris from the ear.

What are the advantages of ear candling?

Ear candling helps to remove ear wax and increase both physical and mental well-being in the process. Ear candling, as performed by Sharon Shuppert, Dipl. OM, L.Ac., offers the following benefits to patients:

  • Enhanced hearing
  • Reduced sinus problems
  • Increased relaxation

Furthermore, by removing accumulated ear wax, this procedure may help reduce pain associated with ear infections, minimize pressure that may contribute to tinnitus and vertigo, and reduce sinus pain.

Am I a candidate for an ear candling treatment?

Ear candling is an ancient complementary medicine practice that has been used for hundreds of years. This technique has been growing in popularity most recently. Still, the procedure may not be for everyone. During your initial appointment, Sharon will conduct an interview about your medical history, discuss your current symptoms, and explain the procedure to you in detail. Together, the two of you will decide if ear candling is the best option for you.

Keep in mind that the professionals at The Phoenix & Dragon are highly skilled at performing ear candling treatments. Therefore, if you have any questions about this treatment, please contact the clinic. Our staff is happy to address your concerns.

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