No it’s not a new song from Elton John, but a kind of “ear therapy” I tried at the Raohe Street night market after seeing a blurb on tv about it. I’ve had chronic ear problems for four years now, ever since scuba diving with congested sinuses in the Philippines. My hearing is only 40% in my right ear, and I get earaches easily. I thought that maybe this ear candle business would do the trick.
They use conical, hollow, beeswax candles, because the beeswax doesn’t drip. After you’ve been seated, you put your head down on a cushion on a table. They light the wide end of the candle, and stick the narrow end into your ear. It feels warm and not entirely uncomfortable. You can feel the slight tug of the suction caused by the flame.
After about ten or fifteen minutes, the candle will have burned down quite low. The remove it and then cut open the bottom part of the cone to show you the gunk that came out of your ear. It’s quite astonishing. And gross. My hearing didn’t improve, but they said that since I had problems with my ears, there would probably be a lot of gunk in there and it might take more than one visit.
I’d like to try it again, but the night market isn’t cheap - 300NT per ear. Anybody know cheaper places to get it done, or even better where you can buy the candles? It’s not exactly rocket science - my girlfriend has volunteered to learn the art in order to help out my poor ears. Or maybe she just likes the thought of inserting flaming objects into various orifices! :shock: