By Christina Wolfgram
If you’re like me and suffer from chronic headaches and migraines, I’m guessing you’ve also triedeverything in an effort to find relief. Because headaches seem to be unique to each person, so are the cures. People have suggested I go vegan, huff peppermint oil, or get botox in my forehead – “Bonus,” one woman said, “it will help with your wrinkles.” I’m 25.
And after years of resisting cheeseburgers and sniffing enough essential oil to kill a horse, I’m always looking for more solutions, or better yet, the solution.
Recently, Metro UK published an article that suggests getting a daith piercing could help with chronic headaches. Umm, what? Get me some ice and a needle, I will do this myself, Parent Trapstyle.
A daith piercing passes through that teeny tiny fold of cartilage on the innermost part of your ear. You should not actually try the piercing at home (I said to myself in the mirror). Some acupuncturists believe there is a pressure point located in that little fold and target the area when treating migraines. Dr. Thomas Cohn in Minnesota blogged back in March that he witnessed patients “coincidentally” seen improvement with their condition after getting the daith piercing. He stressed that the correlation between the piercing and migraines has not been formally studied, which, to someone who was just about to pierce her own ear, is kind of a red flag.
On the other hand, piercing establishments are now warning that they cannot guarantee that the daith piercing will help with headaches or migraines. I Prick U Body Works in New York recently posted a photo of the ear piercing, noting in the caption, “One of our favorite piercings to do and we are so happy that it is gaining popularity again. This will not cure your migraines though.”
Migraines affect everyone differently. People are probably swearing by this solution because it really does work for them. Before making an appointment at your nearest tattoo parlor or asking your long lost twin sister to pierce your ear, try acupuncture to see if that pressure point can relieve your pain. Obviously, it would be best to go see a professional who works with needles, but you can also squeeze the little fold of cartilage between your fingers when you feel a headache coming on.
If you find that it works for you, by all means, pierce away. Migraines: ’till daith do us part.