Could This Popular Piercing be the Cure for Migraines?

Fancy AND functional

Body piercings have been around for a very long time but have in recent decades undergone a major resurgence and are now seen everywhere and on almost everyone. The daith piercing is one that goes through the innermost part of the helix in our ears. It also happens to be trending RN, with celebs such as Bella Thorne, Zoë Kravitz and Kylie Jenner all sporting them.

Something else that has been around for longer than anyone reading this has been alive is acupuncture. But what do these two things have in common other than there being needles involved? The alleged ability to provide relief for those suffering from migraines.

Alternative Medicine

Migraines are more than just a headache. They are a result of a neurological condition which can be debilitating and for which there is still no cure. The symptoms range from a throbbing head, to nausea, vomiting and an increased sensitivity to light or sound. In other words, they are the worst.

But some people claim that, since getting a daith piercing, they haven’t experienced any migraines at all. Why? It’s based on the principles of the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. This works using pressure points that are connected to different parts of the body and can provide relief when small pins are stuck into the correlating bit of skin. The part of the body that is connected to headaches and migraines happens to be the ear helix, which is why people claim that sticking a piercing through it is akin to receiving permanent acupuncture in that area and, as such, migraines are kept at bay.

Sounds incredible, but does it work? While many people who have the piercing, as well as body piercers, claim that it does, the medical community isn’t buying it. Doctors say that a piercing will not change the pain pathway of the migraine and that if people are experiencing any relief it is more than likely thanks to the placebo effect. This is when the belief that you will have certain results is self-actualising because of the power of your mind. Real or perceived, experiencing fewer migraines can be a welcome change for those who get them on the regular.

While we shouldn’t read too much into the healing powers of this piercing, if you want a new piece of bling that could potentially have some healing side effects, you know where to stick that needle.

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