Ear Candling or 耳烛 (ěrzhú)

Seen Aesthetics House Pte Ltd (Booth No: F7) providing this service (15 mins for S$10) at World Food Fair 2011, Suntec (Thursday, September 8 at 9:00am – September 11 at 10:00pm)



Ear Candles: Ineffective and Risky,FDA Patient Safety News: Show #95, February 2010

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning people not to use ear candles because they can cause serious injury. An ear candle is a hollow cone about 10 inches long made from a fabric tube soaked in beeswax or paraffin. They are promoted and sold in health food stores, health spas and salons, flea markets and on the Internet.

In use, the candle is placed in the outer ear and lit while the person lies on his or her side or sits upright. The burning candle supposedly creates a vacuum that draws ear wax and “toxins” out of the ear canal. Claims for these devices include relief from headaches and ear infections, improved hearing, and even “blood purification.”


But studies have shown that ear candles produce no vacuum in the ear, and they don’t remove ear wax. In fact, FDA has found no scientific evidence that ear candles are effective for any medical purpose, and has taken action against manufacturers of these products.

Most importantly, ear candles can be dangerous. In addition to being a fire hazard, they can cause burns to the face and ears, perforate the eardrum, and plug the ear canal with candle wax. FDA is particularly concerned that these products are being advertised for use in children, who may be especially prone to injuries and complications.

So the bottom line is simple — don’t use ear candles.

In February 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to 15 companies: KingCone International; IndianMountain Center; BobaleeOriginals Manufacturing; InternationalEar Candle, LLC; HomeRemedies Solutions; Harmony Cone; A..J.’s Candles Inc; Wholistic Health Solutions; Wally’s Natural Products Inc.; Body Tools; Health, Wealth, & Happiness; White Egret, Inc.; Brennan & McCoy; Amasha; Unisource; and Herbs, Heirlooms and Homebrew.

While ear candles are widely available in the U.S., selling or importing them with medical claims is illegal. This means that one cannot market ear candles as products that “Diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease”. In a report, Health Canada states “There is no scientific proof to support claims that ear candling provides medical benefits. … However, there is plenty of proof that ear candling is dangerous.”

Ear candles cannot be legally sold in Canada. The Medical Devices Regulations of  Canada’s Food and Drug Act states that medical device of this type must be licensed by Therapeutic Products Programme of Health Canada before the product can be sold. No licenses have been granted for this product. Canada has issued directives prohibiting the importation ear candles.
Additional Information:
FDA Medical Device Safety website. Advice for Patients: Ear Candles. February 18, 2010.

FDA Consumer Update. Don’t Get Burned: Stay Away from Ear Candles. February 18, 2010.

FDA Consumer Update. Ear Candles: Risk of Serious Injuries. February 20,2010.

Why Ear Candling Is Not a Good Idea


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