Migraine Piercing The Facts
Posted on Thursday, March 03 2016 02:09:00 PM in Blog posts by Richard Soper
Migraine Piercing The Facts
It has been 4 months now that I have been doing a survey on daith piercings. So this is now becoming interesting. Having done over 100 information recorded daith piercings which have all been done at the route of the daith, we are starting to build a picture of what is happening. This will help us to find out why the piercing can be a cure. Incidentally there are some recorded piercings near the daith for example rook and forward pinna piercing which according to the people with them have also cured their migraines. These are not confirmed as they are at the moment no more than social media posts.
I asked questions such as: Age, frequency of migraine, how long they have been having them, how long they last, what medication has been tried, what medication they are on, what alternative therapies have been tried, what triggers the migraine, where does it start, how it starts and what is the pattern that it takes. All of these interviews have been conducted by me personally with the information being put straight to spreadsheet.
I also made a note of the jewellery we used for the piercing and have taken pictures of the piercing when done.
The piercing was done on the side where the pain starts and if there is no side and the pain is severe or chronic, it is done on both sides.
We have only two men on the survey, so 2% male 98% female approx. Having never experienced migraines myself, I was amazed at hearing the stories of what a crippling ailment migraine is. Several of the ladies had spent over £10,000 on different treatment such as botox, acupuncture and osteopathy. One lady had attended a specialist migraine clinic in California, she has spent over £100,000 over the course of around 10 years, desperate to find a cure.
37% Miracle Cures
From the results so far I have around 37% that I can categorise as a miracle cure and around 15% that I can categorise as no help at all. The rest vary from less frequent, less painful or the pain has moved from one side to another. Usually if this happens the pain is less than before.
I noticed that in some of the 1st piercing I did for this there has been longevity changes with some pain returning after approx 3 months, however pain was still far less than without the piercing in all of these cases.
What the people say
These are unedited (apart from surname removed) emails sent to me last week by customers on the database.
I'd just like to update you on my progress with my piercing. I have not had a single migraine since having the piercing done back in November 2015! Now that is amazing, like I said previously I used to get migraines at least 2-4 times a week and not having them any more is incredible. I have worked out that I have saved in roughly 4 months £160 which I would normally spend on prescriptions. I have recommended it to all of my friends who suffer from migraines, and I have said it doesn't work in everybody but it has on me so it's worth giving it a go! A lot of people on Facebook commented on a post recently about the piercing and roughly 70% of them said that it had worked for them. I'm extremely impressed with the result and I will keep sending my friends your way for it to be done. I can't praise your team enough at Real, as you guys and girls have been doing my piercings for nearly 6-7 years now and I can honestly say that I'd never go to another piercing company. Thanks again.
Yours sincerely Kay
Hi Richard had been meaning to contact you. I have not had a migraine now for 3-4 months. So pleased. Sarah
I have lived with chronic migraines a lot of the time they would be cluster migraines for well over 30yrs. The migraines would start generally on the left side but not always. I had the Daith's piercing on 3rd Dec., 2015. Since then I haven't had an episode, I have headaches, some quite severe (now starting on the right side) but not had to take prescription medication for migraine since I've had the piercing. I was extremely sceptical about having it done but I was desperate and to be honest I would've of and had tried almost everything. I will be back to have the right side pierced soon just wanted to make sure it worked for me first. It really is quite amazing. Thank you. Mary
Thanks for the email, i would definitely say that there's an improvement since having it done, In fact I'm thinking of having the other ear pierced! I would recommend anyone who suffers from migraines to get it done!
Hope to see you soon! Maria
Apologies for the delay. The piercing has made a huge difference to my migraines. Whereas before I was getting at least 1 per month, I have only had a couple since I had the piercing done in November & they have both been much less severe. I also tended to get a lot of headaches that just seemed to 'hang around' and these have also become far less frequent & I can honestly say that I don't remember when I last had to take any pain killers for a headache.
The only issue I do have is that I have a slight swelling on the piercing which I did come & see one of your team about a couple of weeks ago. I was cleaning it with the saline spray but she told me to leave it & see how it was & if necessary you could change the ring. The swelling is still there although the weeping has stopped but I wonder if it would be better to get the ring changed.
Overall, however I can't believe how much difference the piercing has made to me. Sarah
Just to let you know that I have only had one bad headache since my daith piercing in November. So pleased!
Many thanks, Suzi
Great so far I haven't had a migraine since having the piercing and have barely had any what I would call daily normal headaches.
Haven't taken any painkillers since the piercing which is also in heard of for me.
The piercing itself still oozes slightly which sometimes concerns me as its been a few mo this now but my partner says it looks fine not red or inflamed looking and it is only after moving the piercing so I hope that is normal.
Kind regards Amanda
It's looking quite positive so far, the piercing seems to be healing well and although I still have some headache pressure to varying degrees most days it isn't as troublesome, more discomfort than painful,.
I have had a few times where it's felt as though a migraine is starting but it hasn't developed into one, I'm still aware of some nerve pain on my scalp and in my eye, so after many years of up to 12 migraines a month I have now gone over 4 1/2 weeks without a migraine, I would say that's pretty damn good☺, fingers crossed I'll be saying the same at the next update.
Thank you Richard for doing my piercing and for taking an interest in migraine and Daith.
Many thanks Diane
Unfortunately they haven't completely stopped but I have definitely noticed an improvement; I have gone from regularly having between 9 and 12 migraines a month to just 6 or 7 which is a great improvement for me. The migraines triggered by my cycle have reduced which I think is where the main improvement has been. I still occasionally have them triggered by the tension headaches I sometimes get but this is mostly due to the fact that these headaches are very resistant to painkillers and keep getting worse until they trigger the migraine which is actually quite a relief as these I can treat.
I do think that of the migraines I now have more are on the left side than previously; the right side having the piercing, although I don't have any recorded data to support this.
Overall, as things stand I do think it was worthwhile having the piercing and now I just wait to see if the improvement is long term.
With regards to the piercing could you confirm what gauge the piercing is so I can get the right size jewellery if I decide to replace the earring; also how long should I leave it to heal before doing this?
I hope the above information is helpful and if you need any more information don't hesitate to contact me. Kind regards. Stephanie
I have lived with chronic migraines a lot of the time they would be cluster migraines for well over 30yrs. The migraines would start generally on the left side but not always. I had the Daith's piercing on 3rd Dec., 2015. Since then I haven't had an episode, I have headaches, some quite severe (now starting on the right side) but not had to take prescription medication for migraine since I've had the piercing. I was extremely sceptical about having it done but I was desperate and to be honest I would've of and had tried almost everything. I will be back to have the right side pierced soon just wanted to make sure it worked for me first. It really is quite amazing. Thank you.
Kind regards Mary
So there you have it real feedback from real people. Of course they are not all positive but the majority are.
As far as I am concerned, at the moment the cure seems to be related to the swelling rather than an acupuncture point. This I have stated before, my Father studied acupuncture in China and was one of the first acupuncturists in Europe. He received his Nei Ching PhD in 1985. There appears to be no acupuncture point relating to headaches or migraines in this part of the ear. However these are my personal views only and no doubt will be disputed or debated in due course.
Richard Soper CEO BMG Jewellery