Do Daith Piercings Help Migraines?
A daith piercing goes through the crus of helix, which is the innermost fold of cartilage on the ear. Some people have found that a daith piercing helps reduce the severity and frequency of their migraines.
As you already know, migraines are severe headaches with pre-pain symptoms that affect the senses and lead to:
- Pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of the head
- Increased sensitivity to sound, light, and smells
With more than 37 million people in America suffering from migraines and the condition being the third most common disease in the world, it’s no wonder people are experimenting and discovering creative ways to treat their migraines, which are often associated with underlying issues.
The Idea Behind Daith Piercing for Migraines, and Why People Think it Works
How much do you know about pressure points?
Some of my patients like to cut right to the chase with that question. It opens the door for a productive conversation about treatment options and modalities for migraines.
Pressure points are located all over the body. They are specific spots that are particularly sensitive to pressure. You may know the term in association with martial arts, in which practitioners will use those pressure points to force compliance from an opponent. It doesn’t have to be that intense, though.
Certified acupuncturists stick needles into the pressure points on the ear to treat migraines, and the results have been positive. The principle is solid: based on the sheer number of positive responses, a daith piercing may be an option to provide consistent relief from migraines.
What About the Scientific Research?
Unfortunately, there aren’t any studies on daith piercings and migraines from the medical community; however, there are several articles from alternative specialists and practitioners that talk about their use and experience with daith piercings for migraines.
As with all piercings, there are some risks, including:
- You run the risk of infection by putting a hole in your cartilage
- You may have an allergic reaction to the jewelry
- There is a risk of nerve damage, such as loss of sensation in the area
While there may not be any science to back up the effects of daith piercing for migraines, we are blessed with the power of knowledge at our fingertips and can see that this method has worked well for people that had a favorable response to acupuncture.
Migraine Treatment Alternatives
Okay, so maybe getting stabbed in the ear isn’t your thing. That’s okay. There are other options.
- Herbal remedies. Talk to a naturopathic practitioner about how to find the right herbal supplements, powders, tinctures, etc.
- Functional medicine practitioners are a goldmine of information for amplifying the strength of your body’s natural healing processes.
- Acupuncture (yes, I know; these are needles, too, but a lot gentler than a piercing).
- Auriculotherapy is acupuncture targeted to the ear using several small needles. Alright, that one made me twitch a little, but it’s still worth the mention.
- Dietary and lifestyle changes (check out my posts on the Elimination Diet for migraines).
If you have migraines in addition to other chronic conditions that you receive treatment for, remember to talk to your primary provider before making any changes to your regimen. Trust me, if you’re on a lot of medications, the last thing you want to do is aggravate those chemicals in your body with changes. It’s worth the call or office visit.
If your doctor brushes you off and doesn’t listen, it’s time to fire them. You don’t have time for that nonsense. You are on this post because you’re on a mission to educate yourself about your condition, and your explorations for a better way of living should never be disregarded. It’s time to feel better, and you need a medical partner to help you get there. I’m glad you found your way here, so I will end this post by saying, WELL DONE! Your curiosity and research are paying off. You’re getting closer.
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