If you see someone with their ear pierced on the innermost cartilage fold of their ear it could be for more than just fashion. Called a “daith piercing” some people that suffer migraines claim that it helps relieve their symptoms.
As anyone who lives with migraines will tell you, the severe headaches are nightmarish. The throbbing pain migraines cause often leads to feelings of nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound. It can be debilitating.
Some migraine sufferers have sought relief from acupuncture and homeopathic medicine to relieve the crippling symptoms. That’s where daith piercing has grown in popularity.
Advocates say it works in the same way as acupuncture, targeting pressure points on the ear’s surface to ease discomfort. The location of the piercing is a point targeted by acupuncturists to help cure headaches, but whether or not permanently piercing the point works is scientifically unknown.
But that has not dissuaded individuals from coming forward to share their positive stories. Nicole Bandes posted her experience on Facebook, writing, “I’ve now had this (piercing) for over six months and can honestly admit that is has worked for me.
“I’ve seen a reduction in frequency and intensity of my migraines where nothing else seemed to help. My husband noticed it before I did (and that’s saying something). Maybe I just wasn’t willing to admit that it was actually working.
“Since getting it, I think I’ve had less than five migraines. Only one of those has actually made me fully non functional for a day. I’ve dramatically reduced my use of drugs to deal with the migraines.”
Although some people have sworn by it, what works for one person might not for another. And piercings may not be for everyone. The healing process can be long and painful. It’s fascinating that something like a piercing might work in alleviating pain. And even if it doesn’t, it can be passed off as a fashion choice. As Nicole says, “It is a simple and inexpensive thing that can easily be removed if it doesn’t work.”
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