In the past few years, there has been a lot of hype about the efficacy of inner ear piercing in relieving migraine attacks. However, there is no medical evidence to support this theory, some migraineurs have pierced their ears in search of some relief. In fact, some of them have even found it.
Before we delve further to investigate the efficacy of daith piercings to treat migraine attacks, let’s get one thing out of the way: till date there is no cure for migraine.
Even though some people claim daith piercings as a “cure” for migraine, the reality is that they are genetic, neurological disorders for which there is no lasting cure at this time.
So What Is Daith?
It’s a small piece of cartilage in the inner ear. Daith piercings can take a very long time to heal, and also run the risk of infections.
Because migraines are so complex and hard to tame, people often go to great lengths to make their life comfortable. We aren’t 100 percent sure what happens in our brains that trigger an attack-and are even less sure on how to stop or prevent one. Some of the best migraine management tools-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, stress relief, and diet changes- come from outside the medical world and help make life of migraineurs easy.
All those who vouch for the efficacy of daith piercing for migraines point to the potential for acupuncture for lasting relief. So daith piercings actually corresponds to a specific acupressure point situated within the ear that lines up with our digestive system. Dr. Will Foster, a famous acupuncturist recently told a local news WVLT that if your migraine attacks are related to digestive issues, there is a chance daith piercing could help. Some people may get good results, while others don’t.
If you really want to see if daith could reduce your attacks, try acupuncture first. In fact, a trained acupuncturist may even place a stud directly on the pressure point on your daith that you can wear for some weeks to assess the effect.
The daith piercing is not a new technique. It was there even 3500 years ago, but this name has been coined in the 1990s. In fact, daith piercings also have a symbolic meaning due to their location which is quite close to the ear canal. A “captive” style ring is inserted in the piercings, which has a round bead soldered into the metal loop.
It’s Like Acupuncture
Daith piercings mimic the acupuncture principle by straightaway hitting the pressure point, which is believed to relieve some pressure on the person’s head. It’s mostly done on the same side where migraine occurs, and thought to reduce migraine attacks in the area. This process is popular with patients not interested in taking migraine medication.
How It’s Done?
The process is straight forward and is done using a straight needle that is directly passed through the center of the cartilage. Then a small ring is inserted in the piercings and it appears to come straight out of the ear canal. The process takes just 12-15 minutes and would cost around $100-$150 at the most.
Is There Any Effect On Migraines?
Well, nothing firm has come out till date. Many patients report considerable relief once they undergo the procedure. It’s akin to Botox where patients felt some relief by releasing pressure caused due to migraines by paralyzing the muscles so that the nerves didn’t send any pain signals to the brain.
What Do The Numbers Say?
Well, until recently there was limited data on effectiveness of daith piercings for migraine. Recently, Carl CIncinnato at MigrainePal conducted an informal pool and crunched he numbers. This anonymous survey enlisted 390 respondents who tried daith piercings for migraine. Around 49 percent of the respondents found decrease in frequency of their migraines after getting daith piercings. For 51 percent of the respondents, the biggest group, the frequency of migraine attacks remained the same.
When it comes to severity of attacks, about 45 percent of the respondents found that daith piercings actually reduced the severity of their attacks. However, 48 percent reported no change in severity. Overall, this poll made one this clear, death piercing does have some effect on people with migraines and helps in reducing their severity and frequency. Few people had good results that were sustained over time.
If you’re suffering from migraines, it’s up to you to decide which treatment is worth investing the money, time and hope into. While there is no medical research or data to suggest that daith piercings can help migraines, many patients have seen amazing improvement in their quality of lives. At the same time, some have gained only cute little piercings from this experience.
Care Is Important
If you’ve made up your mind to get a daith piercing, you need to keep few things in mind. It’s important to clean your wounds daily while they’re fresh. You can use lathered baby soap and rinse it with water. If you feel your piercing has become irritated, soak it in lukewarm water for some relief and healing. If your daith piercing accumulates lots of diet, there are chances of infection due to bacteria.