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Ear piercing for migraines?

Prairie Sky

Prairie Sky

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Yesterday I had an appointment with my therapist. I mentioned that since lowering the dose of Depakote my migraines have become worse, and using Advil to control them is a two-edged sword.

She told me about something she heard of from a client: piercing a certain part of your ear (not the lobe, I think it's through one of the ridges.) Apparently this client had had three other friends who had it done and all four of them said their migraines were gone.

I never heard of such a thing. My therapist didn't know any details, what it's called etc. I suppose you'd have to wear something to keep it from closing up; not sure if I could even do that. We don't wear jewelry and definitely not piercings. But maybe if it's for a medical reason?

It sounds a bit strange though. How and why does it work, and if it works that well, why isn't it more well known? Or is it? Does anyone here know more?
 
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Peaches90

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It's called a Daith piercing. It's a piercing of the cartilage on the front of your ear (google Daith piercing and you'll see what I mean). I have mine pierced, but not because of migraines.

The reason it's supposed to help is the idea that the piercing stimulates an acupuncture pressure point there. I have read that it's aligned to digestive problems, in which case it would only work if your migraines were digestive-linked but I'm not sure on the truth in that. Lots of people report it works for them, lots of people claim it's just a placebo. I'm a skeptic, but everybody is different and if it works for an individual in any way, that's great.

If you aren't keen on the piercing itself, a good acupuncturist should be able to treat the area; you could try this first if you're not sure?
 
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Sounds like a bit of a myth to me. I think it's just another one to chalk-off as a 'the brain is a complex organism...' type thing. I've had two main stages in my life where I had regular migraines, REAL migraines with aura and projectile vomiting (not the latter ones). Both episodes were at least ten years apart, with no notifiable cause or reason for them to stop; they just seem to come and go when they choose.
 
Prairie Sky

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Thanks a lot, Peaches! Now I have a name to go on to research it.

I've had migraines consistently as long as I can remember; they come and go in waves every three or four weeks. In the between weeks I have constant minor headaches that are similar to medication overuse headache. The migraines are classic with aura and vomiting; sometimes Advil dulls them down enough to function and sometimes it doesn't.
 
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Oliviaholly

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I went for my faith piercing and he said I cannot garuntee it will stop migraines but I didn't know nothing about it I just liked the piercing lol. But I can tell you that I still have migraines with the faith piercing. Good luck
 
Prairie Sky

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I looked it up and it has to do with the acupressure site for the digestive system. I'm really not sure about that whole idea of the ear representing the body. Apparently you can press and massage the point to see if it makes any difference though.
 
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