The severe headache usually appears as a throbbing pain at the front or side of the head and often causes feelings of nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light and sound. But a growing number of migraine sufferers believe they may have found an unusual way to ease symptoms: daith piercings.
A daith piercing is a piercing in the innermost cartilage fold of the ear. Advocates say it works in the same way as acupuncture, targeting pressure points on the body’s surface to ease discomfort. Many people on social media have come forward to share their positive experiences of getting a daith piercing.
What people say
The managing director from Arizona said on facebook that: “I’ve now had this (piercing) for over six months and can honestly admit that is has worked for me. I have 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.”
Natalie Thompson is another fan of the procedure. When he appeared on BBC radio Leicester, she described how she’s had a constant headache for the past three and a half years, as well as regular migraines.
She appeared on the show four weeks after getting a daith piercing migraine. “My headache has gone from a five or six out of 10 down to a three. It’s still there, I’m not headache free. I’m still on the medication and I haven’t changed anything that the consultants have given me. But since the piercing it has dropped considerably.” She said.
So, does the piercing really work?
There isn’t a lot of hard science behind the correlation between daith piercings and headache relief. Some people have found relief with this method, but it certainly won’t work for everybody. Although daith piercings appear to be a recent trend, the location of the piercing has actually been targeted by acupuncturists to help cure headaches in the past.
“Acupuncturists target this area during sessions, and many people experience short-term headache relief after treatment,” he says. Simon Evans, CEO of Migraine Action, also points out that daith piercings may not work for everyone.
“We are always pleased when people gain some measure of relief from their migraine. Migraine is a term covering a range of similar conditions in which headache can be a symptom,” he tells Huff Post UK Lifestyle.