Scientists discover a bizarre new alternative health remedy every week or so. Of course, half of them turn out to be a load of rubbish, but if you suffer from migraines I’m willing to bet you would try nearly anything to cure them!
Until now piercings have been used for two main reasons, either as part of a tradition or for fashion and style. Although a new discovery which has just been made could actually result in people getting pierced for medical reasons!
I bet you never thought you would hear anyone say that!
Well, a lot of people have gone and got daith piercings done since this discovery was made. Many found that it made a massive difference and they were getting less headaches or migraines. Here are some tweets on this very topic:
first migraine since my daith piercing. wow what a difference it made
— kell (@gotta_love_kell) December 31, 2015
Only the second headache I’ve had since I got my daith pierced
— armybrat Chelsea (@Mixxed_Chelsea) December 24, 2015
Three different people have told me to get a daith piercing because they apparently help with migraines…
— Jodie (@itz_j0di3) December 23, 2015
How is This Even Possible?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine which originated from China. It is also becoming very popular in modern society and is still widely used around the world.
The practice involves inserting needles into the skin of the patient to stimulate the nerves. The acupuncture points around your ear correspond to body parts and are said to remedy a number of ailments. Acupuncture is often used to treat pain but is also an effective treatment for many other ailments.
One of the acupuncture points which is used to treat migraines and headaches is the inner ear. The exact position where the daith piercing is placed.
This discovery was made by pain specialist Dr Thomas Cohn.
How to Tell if This Will Work for You
First off, you need to find out if acupuncture works on you. Some people do not get relief from their headaches through acupuncture. If you have never had this treatment done before, book yourself an appointment and and see if you get any relief from your headaches or migraines.
Maybe even go for few acupuncture sessions. Try to go along to one while your head is sore and see if it actively helps you feel any better. You could also try massaging your inner ear whilst you are stuck at home with a migraine, if massaging it helps, that is a sign that acupuncture will work!
The rule being that if acupuncture helps your migraines, then getting a daith piercing should be a more permanent solution.
Be Careful Though!
Just because a lot of people are claiming this works, that does not mean it will work for everyone. In fact, for some people there is chance that getting a daith piercing could end up making your migraines worse.
No in depth studies have been done yet so there is no concrete proof that getting daith piercing is going to cure your migraines.
Simon Evans, CEO of Migraine Action warns migraine sufferers to practice great caution until more clinical studies have been carried out. He also stated that those who do go and get the piercing done should continue the treatment they have been prescribed by a medical professional, even if they feel they have been ‘cured’.
I know it’s exciting to hear that there could be a cure for migraines, but don’t jump straight into getting a daith piercing in the hope that you will be forever cured.
I would strongly suggest that you test the waters first.
Start off my locating the inner ear (shown in the photos above) and massaging the area next time you feel a migraine coming on. If you find relief, you should take the next step; book an appointment with your local acupuncturist and see how you react to having actual needles inserted into your inner ear. Keeping in mind that people do occasionally have adverse reactions to this treatment.
All I’m saying is don’t go and get a daith piercing for the purpose of curing your headaches unless you know for a fact that acupuncture provides you with a significant amount of relief!
Let’s hope we hear more about the daith piercing being the cure for migraines in the future of medical science!
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-Hannah. Founder of Pro Piercing Kits.