Hopi Ear Candling
(thermal auricular therapy)
A Brief History
Back in the mists of time, before we had hospitals and the medical knowledge we use today, people had to rely on more natural and traditional types of medicine in times of crisis. As a result, many forms of “folk medicine” evolved over the centuries, such as herbalism, homeopathy, acupuncture, reflexology to name just a few. Ear candling is one such treatment. .The fact that these forms of medicine have withstood the test of time says something about their efficacy and their validity.
Ear candling (which is also known as ear coning and thermo auricular therapy) can be traced back to the Hopi tribe of native Americans. The Hopi are the oldest Pueblo people, who have been using this therapy for both health and spiritual purposes for centuries.
'Hopi' means 'peaceful people'. The 'Hopis' (Pueblo Indians) were first to settle in the North American Continent, and they had great respect for Mother Earth. A very spiritual people, they lived in harmony with nature and universal laws were passed down to them by the great creator 'Massuu'. Ear candles were used traditionally by Shamen healers. Ancient wall paintings (such as those found within the caves of the Grand Canyon) show their importance in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies of the tribe.