Having to deal with nausea, throbbing headaches, blind spots, and tingling sensations every couple of days is no one’s cup of tea. If you suffer from migraines or know someone who does, you know how excruciatingly painful and disorienting they are! But can the world of beauty and science come together to cure these awful recurring headaches?
If you’ve spent hours online in search of remedies for migraines, then you’ve probably come across multiple articles of people using daith piercings for this purpose. However, something that is unique and trendy usually raises a lot of questions about its effectiveness. Don’t worry though because we’ve got you covered with all the answers!
What is a daith piercing?
A daith piercing is at the crus of the helix and basically goes around the inner cartilage fold of your ear, just above the ear canal. This particular type of piercing is more painful to get when compared to an ear lobe piercing because it’s on a cartilaginous bone which offers more resistance. Once pierced, not only does it need a lot more aftercare as greater risks of infections are involved, but it will also take about 3 to 6 months to heal.
How does it help migraines?
The association of daith piercings with migraines stems from the traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture, in which needles are used to apply pressure on certain parts of our body to help relieve pain by stimulating different nerve endings. Following the same principle, daith piercings apply pressure on the Vagus nerve (which is a nerve that stretches from your head to your gut) to offer relief from migraines.
Is the treatment effective or is it just a myth?
There are a lot of varying opinions surrounding the effectiveness of this treatment from both experts and patients. However one of the most important things to note is that there is no scientific proof that confirms that daith piercings can cure migraines. All of the current evidence is based on experiences of people, a few clinical trials, and surveys. While some consider its success a result of the placebo effect, which is generally short-lived, others admit to noticing a significant decrease in the intensity of their migraines after getting their piercings.
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How to decide if a Daith piercing is the right choice for you!
Since everyone reacts differently to various treatments, it’s always a great idea to consult your doctor before making any permanent changes to your body! However, if you suffer from diseases such as hemophilia, or are prone to skin infections, and taking anticoagulants or immunosuppressive drugs then you should seek alternate remedies and avoid this one.
For those who aren’t quite ready to make such a permanent change to their body, it’s recommended to try acupuncture first. This will help find the exact pressure point on your ear (also the spot where you’ll be getting the piercing) and will let you know whether it will be effective for you or not. The acupuncture should be tried on both ears to see which one aids in the quickest relief. Moreover, you could also try clip-on piercings, although this won’t be as effective because clip-on earrings apply lesser pressure in comparison to real ones.
What are the risks involved if it doesn’t work?
Many people believe that getting the piercing is a win-win situation because even if it doesn’t cure your migraine, you still end up with a really cool piercing. However, that’s not always the case as it comes with a lot of potential side effects, regardless of whether it’s successful or not.
The most common problem to be wary of is how easily this particular piercing can get infected. As it is on the cartilage, the risks increase because decreased blood flow to this part of your ear delays the healing process. Elements such as hair, bacteria, dirt, leftover shower products, etc can all play a part in causing an infection.
Along with that bleeding, scarring and swelling are other possible side effects. If you don’t keep up with the aftercare of your piercing, it could result in the formation of an abscess, and in the worst-case scenario, you might even need to get the infected part of your cartilage removed! People have also reported an increase in their pain after getting this piercing, especially in the jaws, ears, and head which ultimately defeats the entire purpose of the piercing!
The Final Verdict!
If you’ve decided to move ahead with the piercing, make sure you’re getting it done by an experienced specialist who will also give you the correct information about the after-care of the piercing. However, if the treatment proves unsuccessful, feel free to try alternative treatments such as acupuncture, meditation, and prescribed medications for relief and prevention.
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