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"Hopi" Ear Procedure or False Advertising?

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March 21, 2008
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For those of you who don't know (I certainly didn't prior to yesterday), there's a procedure offered at many European salons, and now in the states, called Ear Candling. It uses heat from a candle to create suction in the ear canal. The supposed end result is the removal of wax and other debris from the ear.

The salon owner who told me about it said, "it's actually a Native American procedure... if that sort of stuff interests you." "That sort of stuff" does indeed interest me, so I did some browsing around online.

The technical term for the procedure is Thermal Auricular Therapy, but it is now being referred to as Hopi Ear Candling. One website claims the technique dates back to ancient Greece, then migrated to America, "where native American Hopi Indians used it widely" [1]. According to the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, however, no such procedure was ever used by the Hopi tribes [2].

So my question to all of you is this: Have any of you ever heard of this remedy used within a tribe? Or do you feel "Hopi" was attached to the name, simply to appeal to alternative medicine fanatics like myself?


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`Although manufacturers of ear candles often refer to them as "Hopi" ear candles, there is no such treatment within traditional Hopi healing practices. Vanessa Charles, public relations officer for the Hopi Tribal Council, has stated that ear candling "is not and has never been a practice conducted by the Hopi tribe or the Hopi people"

The Hopi tribe has repeatedly asked Biosun in Australia., the manufacturer of 'Hopi Ear Candles' to stop using the Hopi name. Biosun has not complied with this request and continues to claim that ear candles originated within the Hopi tribe.

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`I guess I have aq friend of mine I need to put a bug in their ear about this..they do those treatments.
I think it was dfone just to sell a product and I think if they are going to use the Hopi name then the Hopis should get some of the revenue.

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