The Ancient Art of Ear Coning

10 Feb 2013
by Markus Kasunich

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 “I have been facilitating (and receiving) ear coning sessions for many years, and I have found it to be powerful on many levels of consciousness…

Even though there is much debate on this subject, my personal experience has been nothing but positive and transformational for my clients and myself.  I have personally seen positive affects for vertigo, fungal ear infections, inner ear issues, clearing of sinus cavities, and the clearing of vibrational blockages in the upper chakras. It can also help quiet the mind and create a deep sense of relaxation. 

Many people also use the experience as the ancient alchemists did — as a ritual of initiation to honor life transitions and other significant shifts in consciousness. I have included this article by Valerie Anne Kirkgaard to offer a wonderful  and detailed perspective on an age-old technique…”   – Markus


What is Ear Coning? 

Ear coning is a safe, simple home remedy for gently removing excess wax and toxins from inside the ears and eustachian tubes. Long,tapered cones are inserted into the ears and lit. The waxy, tackysmoke generated by the beeswax cones spirals down into the eustachian tube and then returns the toxins which adhere back to the cone. The entire process is relaxing and noninvasive.


What is the History of Ear Coning?

The art of ear coning dates back for centuries, to the ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Tibetan, Aztec, Mayan and American Indian cultures. Cherokee, Mexican Indian and European healers interested in reviving the lost traditions still practice coning. German medical students are taught coning as a part of their medical practice.

It is said that the Amish use ear cones as well. In working with clients over the past years (since 1992), I’ve heard interesting stories about ear cleaning which have included the Turkish bringing coning to the middle east, and beautiful girls cleaning ears in Thai barbershops. The culture of India gives its own special brand of ear care with men who publicly walk the streets offering to clean your ears with long instruments carried in their hats which they will whip out and use to clean your ears for a penny (they produce some amazing results). I have also heard that the Egyptians had a form of coning and worked with frequency medicine. Ear cleaning has been practiced for at least five thousand years by many cultures and is considered as necessary a part of personal hygiene as is tooth and gum brushing.


How Does The Process Work? 

jtw-ear-diagramLet it be known we are cleaning the eustachian tubes. As the beeswax candle/cone burns, the burnt beeswax forms a slightly tacky powdery smoke. As you look into the top of the burning cone, you can see the smoke spirals down in the cone. As the smoke is pushed into the tube, the sticky particles adhere to toxins and incoming smoke causes them to return to the cone to be collected, as the blocked tube is in itself a closed channel. This is why paraffin cones (which are oil based and mildly carcinogenic), lack significant effectiveness – they do not smoke. The heat from the paraffin cones does however stimulate the acupressure points, which is a good thing.

The eustachian tube is one of the drains of the lymphatic which has the daily job of cleaning your blood. It releases the toxins it accumulates through the surface of the skin, the elimination tract and through the eustachian tubes. These tubes are quite small and eventually become blocked, due to the large amounts of inorganic substances which our bodies incur. Examples would be: prescription drugs, chemicals in our foods, plastics etc. and toxic substances in our water and air.

Most people assume that when their ears feel blocked or stuffy, it is an ear wax problem and about 1 in 20 times, this is true. Coning can remove ear wax, and it co-mingles with the cone wax. You’ll notice that the mingled wax tends to be darker. Wax is usually not the problem though and replaces itself within 24 hours. What tends to give people the most problem, is what I refer to as eustachian ash or the residue from the lymphatic system which frequently blocks the tubes. The ash, which when removed from the cones can range from light ivory color to orange swirls with bits that look like brown crystals or small brown broken bits of beer bottle glass.

You guessed it, the brown crystals are the most toxic and are actually irritating the inside of the eustachian tube. People with this condition tend to experience tension in their neck and shoulders and sometimes in their jaws. When these crystals and toxic powder are released, relaxation and sinus relief is the result. As the body is allergic to many toxins found in the tube, sinus problems frequently are resolved as sinus congestion can be a reaction to the toxins.


What Can I Expect During and After the Session?

If you have excessive hearing loss, you might be more aware of the candle heat than an average hearing person as your feeling senses are more developed than a regular hearing person. Since we leave 4 to 6 inches of candle left unburned, you have nothing to fear from the heat or flame.
Most people are aware of some crackling and popping as the candle is burned and the ear wax is being pulled out. Relax and enjoy the soothing influence of the experience. After the session you may feel lightness in your head and noises may appear to be louder. While you adjust to your new level of hearing, you might want to put some organic cotton in your ears with a little ear oil or olive oil to soothe the ear canal. If you feel itching in the ears, you might want to use the oil or some hydrogen peroxide for a day or two after the session. The itching will stop.

You might find your sinuses are draining and sinus headaches may decrease. This decrease occurs as the sinus cavities are soothed and plates of the skull return to a natural position. Sinus headaches are often caused by a misalignment of the cranial bones. These cranial plates can become misaligned for a variety reasons including: birth trauma; colds; toxins in the environment; and allergic reactions to the foods we eat, the clothing we wear, and the paraphernalia we use (e.g telephones). This is aided by the heat stimulating the acupressure points in your ears.

Many people experience an improvement in hearing and a wider perception of tones. However, if you have a hearing loss due to bone loss or nerve damage, you may notice no improvement in your hearing though you may notice an improvement in some other area.



What Will Come Out Of My Eustachian Tubes? 

Most people think that all they have in their ears is ear wax. However, most difficulties are due to substances other than wax. If you have a history of prescription drugs and/or poor diet, you will have large amounts of a powdery substance emerge. I call it eustachian ash. If you’re a farmer, what comes out of your ears may wiggle (worms), for a plasterer, old plaster dust and so on. What comes out of your ears is determined by your external and internal environment.

If you burn a cone outside of the ear, you will notice that the cone will produce powder and wax. The powder is similar in color to the powder in a healthy ear. The more toxic ear powder is orange, frequently with crystals. Because of their high toxicity, the orange powder and crystals must be disposed of safely. When I cone, what I’m after is the powder. The more toxic a person is, the more orange the powder. People suffering from Candida frequently exhibit this orange powder with dark swirls in it.


How Will Coning Affect Me? 

You may feel stoned (a pleasant version). Coning starts a cleansing process which might have a variety of results. Some known benefits of coning include: the removal of ear debris from nerve endings; the detoxification of the sinus and lymph system; and the sharpening of mental functions, vision, hearing, smell, taste and color perception. (I became more telepathic after one particular coning).

Interesting things have occurred as I have coned peoples ears. Some have forgotten to put their hearing aids back in. Others have had emotional releases as the toxins left their bodies. Some people have had an improvement in their sinus conditions and some have felt generally more vibrant. I’ve had reports of color perception becoming brighter. Many report hearing distinctions in sound and tone that were not available to them before. People have said on
occasion that they are able to listen to conversations with more ease and perception.

Sometimes people are not aware of the changes and yet I know something has improved, just by the vast amounts of powder that are removed from the ears.

Many musicians, singers and composers love to get coning done, for it heightens cavity resonance or the way they hear sound. Ear coning has been done in many families for centuries: many people tell me this is something their mothers used to do for them. Although some doctors perform ear coning, anyone can learn to be quite competent with just a few hours of training.

To say that ear coning should only be done by a physician is similar to saying that only a physician is qualified to take a temperature. If a person has a great deal of embedded wax buildup, I suggest they go to an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist to have it removed. Ear coning will remove the wax; however the process can be quite slow and therefore costly, if done by a professional. Regular maintenance of the ears, through quarterly or semi annual coning will maintain healthy ears, once the eustachian tubes have been cleared. You know when the tubes are clear, as you will feel smoke or warmth by the collar bone.

– Valerie Anne Kirkgaard, MA


Markus is a holistic business, life & consciousness coach, published author and professional speaker. He offers private online coaching, retreats, workshops and classes on a wealth of topics. Through his integrated (Mind, Body, Spirit) approach of conscious living of he explores practical life-tools that inspire and empower your personal journey into the ever-evolving relationship with The Universe of You.


  1. |

    Ear coning seems like a unique technique in order to remove ear wax. Thank you for sharing.

  2. |

    Please share… I would love that.

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