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Can This Type of Ear Piercing Help Your Migraine?

Medical Daily logo Medical Daily 2017-02-15 Janissa Delzo

Migraines can be an intensely painful experience, but is an ear piercing going to reduce the pain? According to some people, yes. But before you rush to the nearest piercing parlor, it’s important to note there is no medical research stating piercing the inner cartilage fold of your ear is a permanent cure.

The likely answer to why people are reporting reduced pain is due to the placebo effect, Dr. Estemalik told the Cleveland Clinic. The placebo effect happens when a patient is positively affected, despite receiving an inactive treatment.

Dr. Estemalik doesn’t recommend a daith piercing because of the danger of infection; however, at least one doctor thinks there may be hope for those who try it.

Migraines are the most common for people between the ages of 25 and 55, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. © Photo courtesy of Pixabay Migraines are the most common for people between the ages of 25 and 55, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.

Acupuncturist Dr. Will Foster explained to WVLT that the specific point on the ear where this piercing occurs is associated with digestive organs, therefore if your migraine is related to digestive problems, there’s a chance this piercing may be a success for you.

“There are zones on the ear that correspond directly to zones on the body,” Dr. Foster told WVLT. “Some people get good results. Some people don’t.”

For Netra Young, the piercing experience has been positive thus far. She has even started a blog called “Netra’s Journey,” documenting the relief she’s experienced.

Although the daith piercing has no scientific research to back it up, it’s understandable why people are getting it done since a cure for migraines has not yet been discovered. Migraines are not only uncomfortable, but can also create burdens for those who experience them. In the 2013 Global Burden of Disease Study, migraines were found to be the sixth highest cause of years lost due to disability, according to the World Health Organization.

In the United States alone, 38 million men, women and children are affected by migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.

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