Living with migraines can make daily life a nightmare for some. Now, sufferers claim they have found relief through a simple treatment that doctors have likened to acupuncture.
A £50 piercing of the inner ear – known as a daith piercing – helped reduce the symptoms of migraines or cured their headaches altogether, some people claim. They have taken to social media to share stories of how the piercing helped ease their headaches.
Dr Thomas Cohn, a US doctor who specialises in pain relief, said a daith piercing may cure migraines in the same way as acupuncture can help the headaches.
Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body to ease pain. It works by stimulating nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue, according to the NHS. This results in the body producing pain-relieving substances, such as endorphins.
Writing on his blog, Dr Cohn said: 'Visit an acupuncturist and see if needles in certain parts of your cartilage provide some relief. If you find that it works, maybe it's worth considering a permanent piercing. For those of you who are needle-adverse, locating the daith piercing location may still help provide relief.
If you begin to have a migraine, take your thumb and middle finger and gently massage that location on your ear. Switch ears after a few minutes, or massage both at the same time. If you notice significant relief, and you deal with regular headaches, a daith piercing could be a worthwhile solution.'