Ayurvedic Ear Oiling

Nurturing Your Senses: Ayurveda’s Approach to Ear Care

In the pursuit of longevity, Ayurveda emphasizes safeguarding our sense organs. Simple routines can work wonders in preventing and alleviating common issues like tinnitus and earaches. By giving due attention to our senses, we ensure they maintain their vitality as we age.


Why protect the Ear?

Among the senses, the ears are particularly susceptible to the air element or ‘vata dosha.’ The fast-paced modern lifestyle, constant exposure to dry winds, cold, and persistent noise from devices like computers and TVs can disrupt the delicate vata balance. This disturbance impacts not only the ears but the overall vata flow in the body. According to Ayurveda, the ears and eyes are connected to the soles of the feet. Applying oil in the ears imparts a cooling effect that can alleviate sensations like burning feet.

Karna Purana: Ayurveda introduces a procedure called Karna Purana – the instillation of medicated oils or clarified butter (ghee) into the ears. This practice offers significant benefits for ear-related ailments, including hearing loss, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease (known for vertigo), swimmer’s ear, and various other ear conditions.


Conditions for which Karna purana procedure is used

Ayurveda practitioners generally use Karna Purana therapy for purifying the ear canal and ear structures. However, there are other conditions for which this practice is helpful which include:

  • Earache
  • Earwax blockage
  • Wax removal or excess wax
  • Ear congestion
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Meniere’s disease (feeling like world is spinning)
  • Hearing loss
  • Swimmer’s ear (painful infection of the outer ear)
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain disorders
  • Vertigo (sensation of whirling and loss of balance)
  • General body aches
  • Vata diseases (Neurological disorders)
  • Depression
  • Body balance disorders

Karna Purana: Procedure, Advantages, and Considerations

Performing Karna Purana:

Karna purana is especially recommended during Vata season and therefore it is usually performed during autumn, winter and early spring. However, it is effective for all seasons for calming the nervous system and the overactive mind. 

  • A 15-30 minutes head massage of the patient should be done before the procedure (Brahmi oil can be used for massage).
  • Ask the patient to lie down on the lateral position.
  • Pour a few drops of medicated warm oil in the affected ear and let the patient stay in the lateral position for 15-20 mins.
  • Ask the patient to rest for half an hour after this procedure.

The procedure should be followed continuously for a week for better and desirable results. If patient has not got the desired results, then repeat the procedure after a month.


Benefits of Karna Purana Therapy

During the Karna purana therapy, 2-15 drops of medicated oils are instilled in the ears. These oils have strengthening properties for ear structures. They nourish all parts of the ears including external ear, middle ear, inner ear, and eardrum. The Karna Purana therapy has many benefits, such as: 

  • It is very helpful for balance disorders; balance disorders are characterized by vertigo, dizziness and loss of balance.
  • It is good for frequent earaches; the ayurvedic oils used in this therapy are beneficial for reducing inflammation and pain in the ears.
  • It improves hearing capacity and quality. 
  • It enhances better interpretations of sounds by the hearing center in the brain.
  • The mind disturbs due to many reasons such as depression, sleeplessness, emotional trauma etc. Karna purana helps to calm the brain and mind as well.
  • It increases sense of sound by enhancing ear functions.
  • If taken regularly in an interval of six months, it helps prevent frequent ear infections.
  • Karna purana helps in headache and migraine that are associated with body balance problems.


Contraindications and Side Effects

Karna Purana therapy must not be administered if the person is suffering from the following:

  • Eardrum rupture
  • Ear injury
  • Cuts in the skin of ears
  • Ear wounds
  • Burns that affect ears

Although a very effective form of Ayurvedic treatment for healing ear problems, Karna Purana may cause a few side effects, such as:

  • Causes ear infections if the medicated oil is not preserved properly or is infected with microbes.
  • Some people may experience discomfort in the ears after the procedure, but it will only be for a little time.


Karna Purana stands as a priceless gem in the realm of Ayurvedic knowledge, offering a pathway to comprehensive ear wellness and enhanced vitality. Embracing this therapeutic practice with mindfulness and expert guidance can unlock a harmonious melody of benefits for the ears, mind, and overall well-being. Given the specific intricacies of these medicated oil therapies, seeking the expertise of a practitioner is recommended to ensure optimal results and minimize potential risks. As vital sense organs, our ears deserve meticulous care and attention to flourish in their optimal state.


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