Karna Purana

The ayurvedic procedure of instilling medicated oils or clarified butter (ghee) in the ears is called Karna Purana. It is beneficial in ear diseases including hearing loss, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease (characterized by mainly vertigo), swimmer’s ear and other diseases related to the ears.


  1. Karnpoorna
  2. Karnapoorna
  3. Karn Purn
  4. Karna Poorana

Indications of Karna Purana

In the following diseases, Karna purana helps:

  • Earache
  • Earwax blockage
  • Wax removal or excess wax
  • Ear congestion
  • Tinnitus
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Swimmer’s ear
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain disorders
  • Acoustic nerve weakness
  • Vertigo
  • General body aches
  • Vata diseases (Neurological disorders)
  • Depression
  • Body balance disorders

Generally, ayurvedic practitioners use karna purana therapy for purifying the ear canal and ear structures.

Oils for Karna Purana

Which oils are used in Karna Purana?

The following medicated oils are beneficial in Karna purna therapy:

  1. Bilva Oil
  2. Nirgundi Oil
  3. Kshara Tail
  4. Badhiriya Nashak tail
  5. Karna Bindu Oil (Tail)

Indications of Bilva oil in Karna purna

  • Tinnitus
  • Earache
  • Hearing loss

Indications of Nirgundi oil in Karna purna

  • Ear infections
  • Pus in ears
  • Swimmer’s ear
  • Ear congestion
  • Earwax blockage
  • Wax removal or excess wax

Indications of Kshara Tail (oil) in Karna purna

  • Ear infection with discharge
  • Otitis Media
  • Otitis Externa
  • Worms in ears
  • Earache but with pus discharge
  • Tinnitus associated with excess wax in the ears

Indications of Badhiriya Nashak oil in Karna purna

  • Hearing loss
  • Earwax blockage
  • Wax removal or excess wax
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Ear congestion
  • Swimmer’s ear

Indications of Karna Bindu Oil (Tail)  in Karna purna

  • Blockage of ears due to ear-wax

Procedure of Karna Purna

The followings steps are followed in Karna Purna Therapy.

  1. Do head massage of the patient for 15 to 30 minutes before the procedure. The brahmi oil can be used for head massage.
  2. Ask patient to lie down on the lateral position.
  3. Take medicated oils as per disease and indications of the oils.
  4. Pour a few drops of medicated warm oil in the affected ear and let the patient stay in the lateral position for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Ask patient to rest for a half an hour after this procedure.

The procedure should be followed continuously for a week for better and desired results.

If patient has not got the desired results, then repeat the Karna Purna procedure after a month.

Dosage of Karna Purana Oils

2 to 15 drops of medicated oils are instilled in the ears during karna purana therapy.

Benefits of Karna Purana

Karna Purana has many benefits in ear disorders. It helps to treat the incurable diseases such as tinnitus. It improves hearing quality, helps in hearing loss and reduces frequent ear infections. Other benefits of Karna Purana are given below:

  1. Medicated oils are used in Karna Purana. These oils have strengthening properties for ear structures. These oils nourish all parts of the ears including external ear, middle ear, inner ear and eardrum.
  2. It is very helpful for Balance Disorders. Balance disorders are characterized by vertigo, dizziness and loss of balance.
  3. If you are suffering from frequent earaches, then it is the good therapy for your ears. The ayurvedic oils used in the therapy of Karna Poorna are beneficial for reducing inflammation and pain of the ears.
  4. Karna Purna also improves hearing capacity and quality. It nourishes the acoustic nerve and improves signal quality to the brain. It also enhances better interpretations of sounds by the hearing center in the brain.
  5. The mind disturbs due to many reasons such as depression, sleeplessness, emotional trauma etc. The karna purna helps to calm the brain and mind as well.
  6. It increases sense of sound by enhancing ear functions.
  7. If karana purana taken regularly in interval of six months, it helps to prevent frequent ear infections.
  8. Karna purana helps in headache and migraine that are associated with body balance problems.

Contraindications of Karna Purana

Karna purana therapy is contraindicated in following cases:

  1. Eardrum rupture
  2. Ear injury
  3. Cuts in the skin of ears
  4. Ear wounds
  5. Burns that affects ears

Side effects of Karna Purana

There are very rare side effects with Karna purana. These are:

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

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.

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  1. I am from California aged 73 years and suffer from clicking and ringing sounds in both ears since 2 years. It started after a road accident 2 year before. After traumatic injury, my hearing capacity muffled, but now some extraordinary sounds of clicking and ringing are disturbing me a whole day. I have developed tinnitus in my both ears; my doctor said it is age related problem and not associated with accident.

    I searched for an alternative cure for tinnitus and found your article. Its new treatment for me, so I want to ask a genuine question, can this karma punana really helps in tinnitus. I will plan for coming to India if it is effective cure, so please answer me genuinely.

    1. Yes, karna purna is effective for tinnitus (clicking and ringing sounds that you experience), but you know that in medical science, we cannot give any guarantee of 100% effective treatment.

      There are many treatment failures. However, I can assure you that it have really helped many people with tinnitus. Please consult an ayurvedic doctor first face to face and let him understand every aspect of your body type (body intrinsic nature), humors involved and other medical history. I will welcome you in India and hope you will get a great treatment for your tinnitus symptoms with ayurvedic medicines and karna purna.

  2. Migraine is my childhood problem and I have also tried acupuncture for it, but it is not effective for me. Karna purna may help me because my symptoms are associated with some body imbalance as well. I have read that body imbalance problems occur due to something wrong in ears, so I would like to try this treatment. Thank for a great insight into the karma purna.

  3. I am suffering with hearing loss, but the reason is unknown and I have consulted to many doctors and some of them said it may be due to nerves weakness. Should I go for this therapy?

        1. Not, in ruptured eardrum, there is a small tear or hole is present in tympanic membrane, which may cause leaking of oil or medicines to inner part, so karna purana is contraindicated in this condition. You should never try this treatment in a such condition.

  4. At what age can you do the karna purana treatment? Do you have any information if it helps on toddlers that were diagnosed with auditory neuropathy?


    1. We can start karna purana therapy after the age of 10. Karma purana is contraindicated in toddlers. However, in special cases, it can be done, but individual consultation with panchakarma specialist is required.

  5. Nowadays, I’m suffering with hearing disorders like missing clarity in hearing, and few other imbalances.

    Can Karna-purana be preferable to get back the good hearing ability?

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